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Google launches a dedicated site promoting certified Android devices

29 August, 2017, 00:31 | Author: Lloyd Doyle
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"A common strategy employed by PHA [potentially harmful apps] authors is to deliver their apps via a hostile downloader", Android security product manager Edward Cunningham wrote yesterday on Google's Android Developers Blog. It will also offer gestures similar to 3D Touch that will allow you see notifications by pressing an app. Users will still be able to install applications from sources outside of the Google Play Store and other first-party sites, but they must first grant specific permission for such actions. Show us some love by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for instant social media updates from our website! The feature itself has been present since the Jelly Bean era as verify apps, but with Play Protect Google is making the information more consumer-friendly.

If you live outside China then your Android device will have Google Play Store pre-installed.

"When used on a device running Android O and higher, hostile downloaders can not trick the user into installing an app without having first been given the go-ahead", he said.


The tech giant added several new features for the latest Android software, including the limits for the location and execution of the apps that are running in the device's background to save memory and battery life.

The features will put a mask over the apps but users will not get to control and customize it on their own. According to comScore's new 2017 U.S. Mobile Apps Reports, more than half of American smartphone users download exactly zero new apps a month. Google has been providing certification for Android devices to maintain that end-users have a stable experience. With Android O, you will be warned if an app is trying to install an update, to help you identify PHAs and remove it from the device. The company has just announced that devices certified by the Play Protect program will say so on their packaging. One of the nifty features of the stock Android package is Google's own launcher that's now known as Pixel Launcher, after it was rebranded from Nexus Launcher previous year.

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