Last month, Naked Security uncovered evidence that Google was planning to starting scanning Android apps for malware on users’ smartphones.
Google has now confirmed that the functionality will be coming to the next version of Android (4.2, also known as Jelly Bean).
In a recent interview with Computerworld, Android’s VP of Engineering explained that in the next version of the operating system, it will be possible to scan any apps that are installed from third-party marketplaces.
Hiroshi Lockheimer told JR Raphael that the first time apps are installed from anywhere other than the official Google Play store, Android will display a message asking the user if they want the app to be checked for “harmful behavior”…
Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.
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