Google Introduces A Google Play Protect Logo To Android Devices

2017-08-30 15:39 Posted by: Judy in Go to Comment

Android security has been always a headache for Google since there isn’t a mandatory App Store like that in iOS operating system to prevent a bad link from giving rise to a persistent malware issue. Even worse, as with the accelerated expansion of the operating system to dozens of carriers and device manufacturers, Google found it more difficult to fix a vulnerability thoroughly.

As an effort to build users’ trust on the manufacturers as well as their Android devices, Google recently has announced to brand certified Android devices with Play Protect logo.  

Manufacturers around the world can choose to have Google’s most popular apps pre-installed on Android devices. All certified devices are ensured to be safe and secure as the Android team at Google have provided hundreds of tests to make sure they comply with the Android security and permissions model. Besides, the authentication of the Google apps that have been pre-installed on the devices is also tested by the team, alongside the verification of apps from the Play Store being able to work well as expected.

Backed by Google Play Protect, certified devices can benefit from many other advanced security features, including automatic device scanning for malware and Find My Device, which together offers very basic protection against malware and privacy hacks.

Google has unveiled a list of certified partners in the company blog. Some reputed brands like Motorola, HMD, Samsung, LG, and Xiaomi are all included in the list.

After 2015’s Stagefright bug, Google has carried out a series of aggressive moves against malicious apps, including using machine learning to fight problem apps and asking partners to offer better patching schedules. The introduction of Certified Android Device is also regarded as a part of the anti-virus strategy, coming on the heels of Google withdrawing around 300 Android apps from Google’s Play Store because of secretly hijacking phones for DDoS attacks. The apps were found to provide services like ringtones and storage managers with the “WireX” botnet on the behind.

The WireX botnet was first discovered by researchers from Akami in the event of a company suffered from a DDoS attack that involves hundreds of thousands of IP addresses. Currently, researchers from Akami, Flashpoint, Team Cymru, CloudFlare, Google, and other companies are working together to fight against the botnet. What Google was doing is removing all malicious apps from affected Android devices as soon as possible. 

Related Articles

Week 2017/11/13 Top 5 Web Hosting Industry News
During this week, there are many exciting or surprising events happening to the large companies in the industry, such as Qualcomm, Google, Alibaba Cloud, Twitter, and so on.
Microsoft Adds Cassandra Support into Cosmos DB, Better Availability Guarantees
Being a managed DB cloud service, Cosmos DB obtained several updates yesterday, which was purely to enhance its availability for a wider range of users.
50th TOP500 Supercomputer List Released, China and Linux Are Big Winners
For the first time, China pulls ahead of U.S. in the fiftieth TOP500 list of the fastest supercomputers in the world by a margin of 202 to 143. At the same time, Linux is found completely dominating the supercomputers—all the top 500 world’s fastest supercomputers are running Linux operating system!
Red Hat Enterprise Linux and ARM Finally Meet on A Shipping Product: RHEL for ARM
After seven years, the promise of running Linux servers on ARM processors finally becomes reality.
Report: China’s Private Cloud Market Remains Dominated By Local Companies
CCW Research, under the guidance of Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (ISTIC), recently unveiled Analysis on Current Situation and Development Trend of China’s Private Cloud Market Over 2016-2017, analyzing definition of private cloud, market pattern in China and the chief players in the market.
Be the first to comment!
About the author
Views: 41639
Articles: 146
Having been an website editor for web hosting, SSL, SEO, cloud and domain registration for years. Well knowledgeable about online presence creation, optimization and security.

Author's Hot Articles


Hot Posts

Service Recommendation

Cloud Hosting
Cloud hosting is the fastest growing hosting solutions in the industry. »
Cloud Storage
Best Cloud Storage are named based on customer and expert reviews. »
The most popular SSL certificate providers in the industry are here. »
China Web Hosting
Find out a comprehensive evaluation to the host service provider in China. »