In 2021, 1.2 million policy-violating apps were prevented from being published on the Play Store, while Google banned 190k bad accounts and “closed around 500k developer accounts that are inactive or abandoned.”
Limiting access to user data has been another tentpole, with the company touting that “98% of apps migrating to Android 11 or higher have reduced their access to sensitive APIs and user data.” Of course, this push is not without controversy in regards to Google limiting what applications are able to do.
We’ve also significantly reduced the unnecessary, dangerous, or disallowed use of Accessibility APIs in apps migrating to Android 12, while preserving the functionality of legitimate use cases.
Meanwhile, Google reiterated that Pixel devices are using “machine learning models that improve the detection of malware in Google Play Protect” and work in an on-device manner. The other first-party highlight is Android 12’s Security hub.
The detection runs on your Pixel, and uses a privacy preserving technology called federated analytics to discover bad apps.
More on Google Play:
- Google announces Privacy Sandbox on Android to balance ads in apps with better user data protections
- Work-managed Android phones can now auto-install app updates immediately
- Play Store will hide outdated apps that don’t support the latest Android features from new users
Author: Abner Li