This security feature is being implemented in India and will be progressively rolled out in other countries.
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Google has integrated numerous security features into the Play Store, making most of the apps on this platform secure options. However, downloading apps and games from unverified sources is often the source of unwanted malware and viruses on Android devices. That’s why Google is implementing a solution for this problem.
The Play Protect update includes real-time code-level scanning of apps. Whenever an app is installed via an APK file from sources outside the Play Store, it undergoes an analysis to assess its characteristics.
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Subsequently, this information is sent to the Play Protect backend for an in-depth evaluation of the code. This new feature not only identifies known threats but also has the capability to detect emerging threats.
When attempting to install an APK file, a screen message will appear with two options: “Scan App” and “Do Not Install.” Once the scan is complete, Google will provide an explanation if the app is not installed. This security feature is being rolled out in India and will progressively expand to other countries.
It is reported that Google Play analyzes over 125 billion apps daily and can deactivate high-risk apps if detected.