Android Police is reporting that they have found the following strings in the GooglePlay store that indicate that Google is finally looking to add a built in malware scanner to Android devices. The proof cited is the following string file:
<string name=”package_malware_title”>App Check</string>
<string name=”package_malware_consent_text”>”Allow Google to check all apps installed to this device for harmful behavior?
To learn more, go to Settings > Security.”</string>
<string name=”package_malware_banner_warning”>Installing this app may harm your device</string>
<string name=”package_malware_banner_blocked”>Installation has been blocked</string>
<string name=”package_malware_recommendation_warning”>Google recommends that you do not install this app.</string>
<string name=”package_malware_recommendation_blocked”>To protect you, Google has blocked the installation of this app.</string>
<string name=”package_malware_app_name”>App name: “%s”</string>
<string name=”package_malware_checkbox_label”>I understand that this app may be dangerous.</string>
<string name=”package_malware_consent_title”>Verify apps?</string>
This is great news, as Android remains susceptible to various types of malware, mostly due to the open source nature of the OS. Obviously, this openness is one of the things users love about Android and changing it would cause Google to lose a lot of business. Many tech savvy users have developed various ways of detecting malware already, but an ingrained scanner would definitely be an asset for users that do not have the know how, the time or the inclination to tweak their devices themselves to detect malware.
Hopefully the built in malware scanner will be announced and available soon. We will keep all of you posted as information becomes available.