Google Rolls Out Enhanced Verify Apps Feature to Android Devices, Adds Constant Scanning

All apps are verified prior to install, but they will also be constantly monitored

By on April 11th, 2014 02:50 GMT

Google has just announced it has started the rollout of a new feature on Android smartphones and tablets, which is meant to enforce security of these devices.

The new feature is in fact an addition to the already available Verify Apps feature, which scans applications before they are installed on an Android device.

With the newly enhanced Verify Apps feature, Android devices will receive an additional layer of protection against potential malware.

Aside from the fact that all applications will be scanned prior to installation, Google announced the the improved feature will constantly monitor applications' behavior to make sure no viruses that haven't identified yet passed through the initial scanning.

According to Google, the new enhancement “will now continually check devices to make sure that all apps are behaving in a safe manner, even after installation.”

The new feature will be rolled out in stages to all Android devices powered by Gingerbread 2.3 and up. Keep in mind that this new security feature is offered for free, which will probably render any third-party antivirus app installed on an Android device useless.

What do you think you think about Google's move? Would you still use a third-party antivirus for your Android device to identify any potential malware in apps?

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