Android Auto Is Now Available for Your Phone Running Android 10

Google enlists mobile security firms to help rid Google Play of bad Android apps		
	Zack Whittaker

		9 hours

Google enlists mobile security firms to help rid Google Play of bad Android apps Zack Whittaker @zackwhittaker 9 hours

ESET, Lookout, and Zimperium have all contributed to the discovery - and eventual takedown - of hundreds of malicious apps on Google Play in recent years.

With the launch of the Android 10, Google chose to bake in Android Auto in the operating system instead of letting it float as a standalone application.

You can also manage your infotainment system to listen to music, radio, podcasts, audiobooks, and news on a wide range of apps, including Spotify, Google Play Music, TIDAL, Pandora, Deezer, iHeartRadio, Amazon Music, Napster Music, as well as SiriusXM. With the new app, users can simply launch the app, as they would do with other apps, and access the entire Auto experience like earlier.

The risk of you downloading malware from Google's official app store is already pretty low.

If you're out of the loop on the Stadia but reading this article anyway, here's a quick catch-up: Stadia is a streaming service that Google hopes will allow people to play high-end games without having to own the latest or greatest hardware, software, or fancy gadgets. For this new initiative, Google joined hands with three more security companies ESET, Lookout, and Zimperium and their main focus is set to notice "the integration of Google Play Protect detection systems with each partner's scanning engines". In some cases, the hackers pull this off by scrambling the app's computer code to hide the malicious processes. All the results will be shared and consolidated, with the analysis results to be used for stopping bad apps from being published on the Play Store, and protect the Android app ecosystem and users from malware attacks.

I installed the app myself just to try it out - fortunately, I have a Pixel 3, which is one of the few phones that Stadia will be compatible with at launch.

The reason of this new job, Google reported, was to unify malware and threat detection engines and make improvements to the security scans that Android apps go by right before remaining released on the Participate in Store.

A Google spokesperson told PCMag the company will consider expanding the alliance in the future.

Working with these simple tactics, malicious Android apps have been constantly slipping via Google's application scanning system.

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