The flexibility of Android lies in its ability to sideload apps from sources beyond the official Play Store. This freedom of choice is likely to extend to EU iPhone users in the coming months. However, it’s crucial to exercise caution when installing apps from external sources, as some may harbor malicious intent and pose security threats. With the new update, Play Store will scan your device’s downloaded APKs to flag potential threats.
Google Play Store will undergo UI overhaul to flag security concerns
Thankfully, newly discovered flags indicate that Google may be planning a UI overhaul for the Play Store. The overhaul mainly focuses on similar security concerns.
First spotted by code sleuth AssembleDebu in GApps Flags & Leaks Telegram channel (via Android Police), Google appears to be working on a new onboarding UI for the Play Store. The new UI is still in testing but leaked screenshots suggest that it will prompt users to verify their identity and payment methods before they can download apps.
This could help to reduce the risk of accidental downloads, as well as downloads of apps that contain malware or incur charges. There is no word yet on when the new UI overhaul will be rolled out to all Android users.
Play Protect will scan downloaded APKs for potential security threats
Google has been taking steps to improve security for Android users. For example, Google Play Protect’s upcoming update will scan downloaded APKs for security issues in real time. The company is also developing a new onboarding UI for the Play Store. It will prompt users to verify their identity and payment methods before they can download apps.
Google has also been working on a feature called Android Safe Browsing. It will notify users of threats while browsing the web. In the meantime, users can take the necessary steps to bolster security. This includes ensuring that all purchases always require authentication and using Play Protect to scan the device for malware.
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