Google is making it easier to find certified Android devices. These are devices, both smartphones and tablets, that Google has certified as being worthy of the Android name. And certified Android devices will now come with Google Play Protect branding to make them easier to spot.
If you’re looking to buy an Android device it’s absolutely crucial that you choose one that has been certified by Google. This ensures a certain level of safety and security, a wide range of Google apps pre-installed on your device, and access to the Google Play Store to download more.
It’s Better to Buy a Certified Android Device
Recognizing certified Android devices is about to get easier. This is thanks to Google launching a new program aimed at improving the branding. From now on you just need to look for the Google Play Protect logo to know that “the device comes with the security benefits of certification”.
The Play Protect branding means Google ensures that device meets its standards. Thus, it will “adhere to the Android security and permissions model,” have “software builds with recent security updates,” and “ship without pre-installed malware and includes Google Play Protect”.
Buying a certified Android device also means that “the Google apps pre-installed on your device are authentic and can work as intended”. These Google apps include YouTube, Gmail, Google Chrome, Google Maps, and Google Search. All of which we’d struggle to live without.
While this program has gone live around the world, it was announced on the Official Google India Blog. The reason being it’s in developing countries where consumers may be tempted to buy an Android not officially certified by Google. And be lumbered with a poor device as a result.
Buying Android Devices in Developing Countries
Most people reading this won’t have to worry whether their Android device is certified by Google. Because the major phone manufacturers all have this covered. However, for those in developing countries seeking cheaper alternatives, this sort of easy-to-spot branding could prove priceless.
Do you own an Android device? If so, has it been certified by Google? Or is it from an unknown company that hasn’t sought Google certification? Will you be looking out for the Google Play Protect branding from now on? Please let us know in the comments below!