google: Explained: How Google removes bad apps and ‘fake’ developers from Play Store
Working with SDK developers
SDK, or Software Development Kit, are meant to provide functionality for app developers. However, as Google explains, it can sometimes be tricky to know when an SDK is safe to use. What Google did is that it engaged with SDK developers to build “a safer Android and Google Play ecosystem”. Google says that SDK developers have improved the safety of SDKs used by hundreds of thousands of apps impacting billions of users. “This remains a huge investment area for our team, and we will continue in our efforts to make SDKs safer across the ecosystem,” said Google in a blog post.
Limiting access to user data
Google says that it has ensured new platform protections and policies. It has further collaborated with developers to create awareness. 98% of apps migrating to Android 11 or higher have reduced their access to sensitive APIs and user data. What this does is that no app developer gets too much user data. Further, Google reduced the unnecessary, dangerous, or disallowed use of accessibility APIs in apps migrating to Android 12, while preserving the functionality of legitimate use cases. Then there’s Google Play Protect which scans billions of installed apps each day across billions of devices to keep people safe from malware and unwanted software.
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