Google gives Android developers tools to determine best price for apps
Android developers are getting new functionality in the Google Play store to better showcase and price their apps. The new features also provide opportunities for app quality and security improvements.
Google is giving Android developers many new functionalities. Android developers can now even ... Read more
Screen recording app was spying on its users
ESET reports that an Android app was secretly spying on its users. iRecorder - Screen Recorder introduced malicious code through an app update almost a year after its initial listing on Google Play. ESET's research exposed that this code enabled the app to covertly upload one minute of ambient audi... Read more
Google touts success in handling “bad actors” in 2022
The tech giant says it cancelled thousands of developer accounts and blocked over a million apps from reaching Google Play.
Google has issued an internal report on how successful the tech giant was in enforcing its new security policies on its Google Play app store.
Anu Yamunan and Khawaja Sh... Read more
Cybercriminals abuse OEM certificates to weaponize Android malware
Malicious Android apps have been signed using legitimate certificates from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of Android devices. The certificates provide malicious apps with system-level privileges.
Android OEMs use platform certificates to sign the core ROM images of devices containing t... Read more
Google introduces passkey support for Android and Chrome developers
Google released passkey support for developers on Android and Chrome as a part of its effort to increase the adoption of passwordless authentication.
Passkeys are a widely accepted alternative to traditional authentication passwords. Google, Apple, and Microsoft all announced intentions to... Read more
Google Play plans to ban Android VPN apps that block ads
Google will prevent Android VPN apps listed on the Play Store from tampering with or restricting advertising beginning in November. The shift may cause issues for privacy applications.
The revised Google Play policy, which was revealed last month, will go into force on November 1. It specifies t... Read more
Google and Apple want to remove apps older than 2 years from stores
Google and Apple recently announced plans to remove old applications from their respective app marketplaces. Both businesses agreed to delete any apps that had not been updated in two years last month.
In early April, Google revealed a two-year cutoff plan that would take effect in November, whi... Read more
A Google Play app with more than 10,000 downloads carried remote access trojan
According to a security firm, a malicious program downloaded more than 10,000 times from Google Play installed a remote access malware that collected users' passwords, text messages, and other private data.
The trojan, which goes by the aliases TeaBot and Anatsa, was discovered in May of last ye... Read more
Google Play apps with 300,000 downloads stole user credentials
Researchers say they've found a batch of apps on the Google Play Store downloaded more than 300,000 times before they were shown to have trojans that siphoned passwords, 2FA (two-factor authentication) codes, took screenshots, and logged keystrokes.
The apps pose as PDF scanners, cryptocurrency ... Read more
Google lowers Google Play commission on commercial apps
Google is lowering the commission on subscriptions and goods sold through Google Play apps. Third-party developers may be able to make more money from their applications as a result.
There has been quite a bit of noise around the mobile app stores of both Google and Apple for some time. Many dev... Read more