Google launches a new app named "Android Auto for Phone Screens" for Android 10 phones. It isn't clear, however, what implications the alliance will have on privacy as the combined security apps and Google Play Protect could result in a treasure trove of data about users, too.
Have you ever wondered what is the app that sits at the core of the Android operating system, the app that provides Android fans with a premium user experience?
Google said earlier this year that just 0.04% of all Android apps downloaded from Google Play were considered potentially harmful apps - or about 30 million potentially malicious apps. It will provide its detection capabilities and improved security for the Android ecosystem and will also spearhead investigations that make the Google Play Store safer.
As part of this Alliance, Google is integrating its Google Play Protect detection systems with each partner's scanning engines. Scientists from ESET, for example-which gives antivirus and internet security-in September alone detected 172 destructive apps on the Google Play Retailer, with far more than 330 million installations on user units. Besides, the researchers of the three partners have several times exposed the fake apps on the Play Store. It should be mentioned that when a user downloads and installs these compromised apps in an Android device, they easily mask themselves from the users.
Hand-picked endpoint protection companies that offer products to protect mobile devices from malware combines their engines to increase the efficiency in identifying potential threats. The scanner service then sends back the scan results directly to the partner. These partners are regularly recognized in analyst reports for their work. Together, they will fight against bad elements and actors in the Android ecosystem. Google mentioned that information sharing and trade collaboration are "important" to combat rising mobile app threats. Google withdrew that app from its Play Store in June 2019, but still, this app was continuously finding a loophole to find its way to smartphones.