Rolling out to all phones and tablets running Android 2.3+ is an update to the Verify Apps feature that will now continuously check apps for malicious activity, keeping your Android device even safer. The feature is being introduced through the Play Store rather than a system update, meaning that it won’t be delayed by carriers.
Previously, the Verify Apps feature only scanned apps that were being installed from sources other than the Play Store, and once they were installed, they were past any malware checks. Now, Android will continuously monitor the behavior of apps and alert you if any of them are acting maliciously.
This can’t save you from pointless apps masquerading as anti-virus apps, but it can help the Android ecosystem to be a more secure one. While it’s rare that malware sneaks into the Google Play Store, it does happen, and users are even more at risk if downloading apps outside the Play Store. With this update, Google is actually making it safer to use apps not from their own store.
Still, it’s hard for Google to check for and identify every malicious app in existence. Do you think your device has been infected with malware despite this update? Don’t worry, there are ways to check for it and get rid of it, then be sure to use an antivirus app in the future.
Do you think Google is doing enough to combat malware on Android? Is this update a welcome addition to your device? Let us know in the comments.