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February 28, 2014

Google Play services update to allow Verify Apps to monitor malware


Google is updating it’s Play Service will allow Verify Apps to monitor malware. Google Play service is one of the more important features of Android that many users would not even realise its existants. The features job is to scan apps that are installed for malware, and Google has claimed that the feature is successful enough that only .001% of malicious apps even get the chance to cause harm. But, that isn’t enough, Google wants to lower that number more with an update to Google Play services.


According to ComputerWorld the  upcoming update to Google Play services, the Verify Apps feature will be tweaked a bit to allow it to continuously monitor (in the background) installed apps and alert you at any time if an app turns malicious. Verify Apps works by checking for known expressions of malicious code when an app is installed, but some apps may not have that code present until after installation. For example, an app could download additional files after installation that could contain malware.

Of course, the update to Verify Apps should serve to catch those apps. And, because the update is coming via Google Play services, that means the update will be pushed out to almost 99% of the Google Android ecosystem in the background without  manufacturers, carriers, or users having to do anything at all.


source: ComputerWorld


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Dave Thornton

Senior Editor

Senior Editor
Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini