Compared with Apple’s iOS, Google’s Android ecosystem is relatively more open. But in the review of Play Store apps, it seems that it is not as strict as the App Store. Considering that it is impossible to check every app submitted by developers one by one, Google has been working hard for many years to improve the App screening level of machine learning (ML) technology and artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms. Recently, Google disclosed the latest data, which shows that related technologies have achieved remarkable results in 2020.
To enhance the security and integrity of the Google Play Store, pre-prevention is still the most important part. At the same time, Google also has an automated process that can scan for newly submitted apps (and existing apps in the store). Thanks to the continuous enhancement of device learning capabilities, this App review process has detected more than 962,000 violating apps in 2020 and blocked approximately 119,000 malicious/junk app developer accounts.
Even in terms of the size of Google’s ecology, such numbers are enough to impress us. If Android malware slips through the Internet — from sending spam emails to unauthorized purchases — it will obviously cause substantial harm to a large number of users in the follow-up.
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Prior to this, Google has exposed multiple incidents of application audits that have slipped through the Internet. Although the technology giant will also take high-pressure control measures against Android malware, it usually can only make up for it after receiving relevant reports.
In addition, due to the sensitive nature of certain types of apps, app stores need to ensure that they pass a strict manual review process (such as COVID-19/election-related apps). In response, the company has formulated and implemented new policies to better protect users’ privacy and safety.
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