98% of Android apps that spy on users' calls and texts were banned from the Play Store in 2019, Google announced. The Mountain View company says that the 2% of apps still available on the store cannot function properly without having access to call and SMS data. Explanations.
In a directive published in October 2018 for Android developers, Google announced the removal of Android applications that collect SMS and call history for no reason. The firm gave developers a 90-day period to adapt to this new policy. Over the past year, Google has therefore followed through on its threat. The result: 98% of apps that request access to calls and texts have been removed from the Play Store, the computer giant announced in a blog post on February 11, 2020. "We have seen a significant 98% decrease in applications accessing SMS data and the call log Announces Google.
Some of the apps that violate Google’s policies have simply been updated by their developers to get the job done. Google says the 2% of apps that haven't been banned or altered really need access to calls and texts to "Perform their primary function". De facto, the 98% applications deleted or adapted therefore requested access to your calls and SMS under false pretenses for the sole purpose of steal your personal data.
Despite Google’s new rules, there are regular malicious Android apps on the Play Store that require access to private data on your smartphone. Recently, a study by VPN Pro has also lifted the veil on the presence of 24 Chinese applications, including fake games or antivirus, which collected calls and SMS from users. Discoveries of this ilk are legion. According to Google, the Play Store has yet blocked 790,000 Android applications which violates its rules before their publication on the store in 2019.
Google blocked the installation of 1.9 billion malware on Android in 2019
Google continues its report by claiming to have blocked the installation of 1.9 billion malware from a third-party platform or an APK stolen in 2019. The previous year, only 1.6 billion viruses had been detected before infiltrating the smartphones of their victims. According to the company, Google Play Protect, its protection mechanism against malicious software, is therefore largely improved in the last three years.
"Google Play Protect analyzes more than 100 billion applications, providing users with information about potential security issues and the actions they can take to keep their devices secure. " explains Google. In its early days, Play Protect analyzed only 50 billion apps per day. Is it enough to protect Internet users from the many malware that prowl? We await your opinion in the comments below.