New Update Google Play Protect: Real-time Threat Detection via Play Store v37.5 (September 2023 Update)

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A quote from Google System Updates for September 2023 - FIDO2 support and more

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  • [Phone] Google Play Protect install-time protection now performs real-time threat detection for new apps. [3]
[3] Available through Google Play Store v37.5 updated on 09/11/2023


Of course, outside of this new layer of protection, Play Protect will continue to check apps uploaded to the Play Store for any malicious code. This is no small feat either since, according to a report from 2020, Google scans over 50 billion apps per day and in that same year stopped 790,000 dangerous apps from publishing on the Play Store.

Mishaal Rahman, a well-known Android expert and researcher, pointed out on Twitter that Google Play asks you to submit a form to Google for analysis when you sideload an app that hasn’t been checked over by Play Protect, which is most likely used to gather data to facilitate this new real-time scanning feature.

However, real-time app scanning hasn’t been rolled out to all users just yet, but since it’s a part of the September 2023 changelog then it should be publicly available by the end of the month. The Play Protect changes will be available after update 37.5 and the current version is 37.4.
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TL;DR
  • Google Play Protect will start asking if you want to scan an app before it’s installed.
  • The app scan is performed in real-time at the code level to prevent malicious app installations.
  • After the scan, users will be told whether the app is safe or not.
If you want to keep your phone safe from malware, it’s necessary to know if the app you’re about to download is malicious or not. That’s true whether you’re using the Google Play Store or some other method for installing an app. To help with that, Google is rolling out enhanced real-time scanning for app installs.

Google has announced it is boosting its threat detection efforts with real-time app scanning at the code level. Google Play Protect will now ask if you want to scan an app before you install it. It will then notify you if the app is safe or potentially harmful.

Google Security Blog: Enhanced Google Play Protect real-time scanning for app installs
 

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