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Google took down over 700000 bad Android apps in 2017

Google took down over 700000 bad Android apps in 2017

Google took down over 700000 bad Android apps in 2017

In efforts to keep you, and everyone using Android safe, Google remove over 700,000 apps from the Play Store last year, that's 70% more than last year.

Between 2015 and 2017, worldwide spend on entertainment apps across both stores grew over four times, while in-app subscriptions on Google Play fuelled consumer spend - particularly on productivity apps.

These takedowns cover malware as well as apps that violate Google's policies on inappropriate content, such as apps with pornographic content, and apps that promote extreme violence, hate, and illegal activities.

A major reason for this is the "massive scale and the global reach of Google Play make the platform a target for bad actors", according to Google. More than 2 billion Android devices in the world rely on apps, whether it's ordering a pizza or trying to catch Pokemon in real life.

Google shared the details on the Android developer blog today to show that its policies, detection techniques and security teams are making progress in the fight against shady developers who abuse its app store's relationship with two billion Android users. Ahn says engineers removed tens of thousands of such apps past year. We take these extremely seriously, and will continue to innovate our capabilities to better detect and protect against abusive apps and the malicious actors behind them.

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Copycat apps created to resemble popular mainstays remain a popular method of trying to deceive users, according to Ahn. This revenue growth was actually eclipsed by three of its fellow top 10 apps, though: CBS at 128 percent, Starz at 147 percent and YouTube at 154 percent.

Despite these apps that managed to slip through Google's apps marketplace, the company said that "99% of apps with abusive contents were identified and rejected before anyone could install them".

As for other trends, Kleidermacher noted that Google is seeing more apps that try to run cryptominers on phones, but for the most part, these trends come and go. Potentially Harmful Applications are those that try to get your personal information. How safe do you feel with Google Play Protect overall?

Still, Google's Play Store protection isn't flawless.

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