Google has just revealed security statistics on the Play Store for the year 2021 and the data is impressive.
The search giant banned 1.2 million apps from the Play Store, as well as purging 190,000 malicious and spammy developer accounts. Google is betting heavily on the security of its app store.
Google closed 190,000 accounts from malicious programmers and spam
Google has introduced the Data Security section in its app store
Privacy and security are currently the watchwords for Google when it comes to its Play Store app store. Recently it was reported that the company is disabling all third-party applications that record calls, as well as introducing a new “data security” section in its store that asks developers for more information about the data collected from users.
And from the action, Google went to the disclosure of data, having now presented its Play Store security report for the year 2021. By the impressive numbers that were released, the company will not have had a quiet year.
According to the information, the technology giant banned 1.2 million applications for not respecting its security and privacy policies. For the same reason, it removed 190,000 spam and malicious programmer accounts. Also 500 thousand inactive or abandoned developer accounts were closed.
On the other hand, Google also clarified that 98% of applications migrated to Android 11 reduced access to sensitive APIs. Included here is the Accessibility API which is now active only for specific use and not for call recording.
As of November 1st, some apps are out of the Play Store
Also in order to strengthen the security and privacy of users, Google has already made it known that as of November 1st, all applications that do not use API destinations for two years will leave the Play Store.
For Google, all users who update their devices regularly “expect to realize the full potential of the privacy and security protections that Android offers”, hence the measure of the search giant.
At this time, developers who wanted to make an app available on the Play Store have to meet the Android API target of the latest major version. If they don’t, they run the risk of the app disappearing from the Google store.
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