Google Android 4.2 Scans Apps for Safety

scanningAndroid 4.2 Jelly Bean has a built in app scanner to increase the security of the open Android OS. Every version of the OS seems to get a little better at detecting flaws in security and this is the best version yet. The built in app scanner is said to be a light weight version of Google’s Bouncer software that is used scan Google Play apps.

The built in app scanner will actually allow you to side load apps and still stay as secure as downloading from Google Play by first verifying that you want to install the app. After you verify you are trying to install something the apps data will be sent to Google and analyzed against known malicious software.
Android’s VP of Engineering Hiroshi Lockheimer stated:

“We have a catalog of 700,000 applications in the Play Store, and beyond that, we’re always scanning stuff on the Web,” “We have a pretty good understanding of the app ecosystem now, whether something’s in the Play Store or not.”

A few things can happen after the app gets a response from Google, one of which being the expected outcome and installation proceeds. The other two are getting tagged as questionable and you having the option to proceed or being flagged as dangerous and installation aborted all together.

Via Android-Advice