Google detailed how it took down malicious apps and developers from the Play Store last year in its new security report.
In 2019, Google recorded a 98 per cent decrease in apps accessing SMS and call log data. It was further able to stop over 790,000 policy-violating app submissions before they even made it to the Play Store, the official blog notes.
The store’s threat protection service now scans over 100 billion apps every day, which is double the number it scanned in 2018.
The company enacted a policy to better protect families in May 2019 to update or remove tens of thousands of apps to make Play Store safer.
It also launched a refreshed Google Play Protect built-in malware protection for Android devices that prevented more than 1.9 billion malware installs from non-Google Play sources.
Google Play Product Manager Andrew Ahn wrote about Android’s built-in threat protection tool. The figure represents an increase from 1.6 billion malicious apps from outside of the official Android storefront that was blocked in 2018 and 2017 each.