Google Could be Working on Android Malware Scanner
Mobile platform has been responsible for several cases pertaining to infecting malicious code into Android devices.
According to code discovered by Android Police, Google is purportedly creating a built-in malware scanner for Android devices.
The string file associated with the Google Play Store, which was recently updated, refers to an "App Check," as well as a variety of menu pop-ups such as "Allow Google to check all apps installed to this device for harmful behavior?", in addition to "Installing this app may harm your device."
Consequently, Google seems to be preparing Android devices to warn users if there's malicious apps present on their smartphone/tablet. Android Police said the revelation could be related to the search engine giant's recent purchase of VirusTotal.
Sophos analyst Graham Cluley stated that, following his examination of the new code, the feature may not be available until at least API level 17 comes into fruition, or the next version of Android after 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Recently, a major Android security flaw was discovered that causes all of the data stored on an Android-powered smartphone to be erased.