Google axed 700000 bad Android apps from Play store past year

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How does Google do this?

With more than 2.8 million apps, Google's Play Store for downloading apps on Android devices is the largest app store in the world. This is clearly not an example of a system that Google is boasting to have "halved the probability of a user installing a bad app, protecting people and their devices from harm's way".

So, what does that mean?

If you are wondering just how many malicious apps are really out there, we just learned Google removed over 700,000 apps from Google Play Store in 2017.

Nevertheless, this 99 percent is an impressive feat for Google when compared to 2016 when the company was only able to remove 70 percent of abusive apps. Ahn claims 99 percent of apps with abusive content were identified and rejected before anyone could install them. He also highlighted new detection models and approaches that can identify repeat offenders and abusive developer networks.

Already in 2018, Google has removed 60 games from the Play Store.

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Speaking of Copycat applications, Google stated that deceiving users by impersonating famous apps is one of the most common violations. It also notes that famous titles get a lot of search traffic for particular keywords, and the bad actors try to cash on this traffic. The impersonators carried out this practice through deceptive methods such as "confusable unicode characters or hiding impersonating app icons in a different locale". Google says it took down more than a quarter of a million of impersonating apps from its platform in 2017.

Coming to the inappropriate content, Google says that it never allow apps that contain or promote inappropriate content, such as pornography, extreme violence, hate, and illegal activities. Human reviewers then jump into the scene, with tens of thousands of apps removed in the past year.

These numbers were published today in an end-of-year report authored by Andrew Ahn, Product Manager of Google Play.

The US was found to have had the strongest YoY growth in spend on both the App Store and Google Play in Q4 2017, while Germany came in third place in both rankings also. "Now that Google Play has reached critical mass, we've definitely shifted gears to focus on building a trusted and safe store".

Annual potential harmful app installs rates was reduced by 50 percent year over year. If there's a fix that requires a newer OS, you're stuck. When it does happen, these attacks will be hard to detect.

A popular (but dubiously accurate) critique of the Play Store is that it has relied too heavily on automation to approve apps.

100,000 bad developer accounts removed in 2017.

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