Google Could be Working on Android Malware Scanner

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.

 

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  • Funny thing is, NO app can self-install on an Android device. The user HAS to give it permission first.
    Another thing is, if the user does not heed the warnings, it doesn't matter how many warnings you give him/her. They'll go ahead and ignore them.
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  • Two things Android needs to improve upon:

    1. Optimization
    2. Security
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  • Recently, a major Android security flaw was discovered that causes all of the data stored on an Android-powered smartphone to be erased.

    Why mention this? This wasn't malware but a security flaw (which was patched)...probably worse than malware.

    Just don't see how it's related, unless you list all the security flaws...maybe it was an FYI "...plus some other bad stuff too".
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