Google has blocked more than a million harmful apps before publication

According to data shared by Google, machine learning systems and review processes in 2021 blocked 1.2 million Android apps from being published on Google Play. Such applications would have resulted in ” billions of harmful installs.

At the same time, some 190,000 so-called malicious or spammy developer accounts were banned, while nearly half a million inactive or abandoned developer accounts were closed.

Such figures are up from those of 2020 with more than 962,000 Android apps in violation of the established rules having been blocked from publication on Google Play, and the banning of 119,000 developer accounts.

Restriction of access to APIs

Google also points out that it has taken other measures to improve security and privacy protection with Android, including new developer tools, improved SDKs and restricted access to APIs. and sensitive data.

It is reported that 98% of apps migrating to Android 11 or later have reduced access to sensitive APIs and user data.

With apps migrating to Android 12, there’s also talk of disabling hijacked accessibility APIs for call recording and preserving them for legitimate use cases.

Source: GNT – actualités by

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