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In August past year, Google had to remove 300 apps from the Play Store, which hid the WireX botnet malware and used the devices they installed to generate a wide-scale distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on other web services, causing loss of revenue and data.

That number was up 70 percent compared to 2016, but 99 percent of those apps were removed before anyone could install them. When Google says that automation is "aiding the human reviewers in effectively detecting and enforcing on the problematic apps", we believe this change of tack could perhaps be the most crucial bit.

Ahn says PHAs are generally very rare but claims that with the launch of the Google Play Protect service in mid-2017, Google has reduced the rate of PHA installations by a factor of 10 compared to 2016.

Despite all the security measures, initiatives, app scanners and AI driven algorithm, some malicious apps always make to Google Play, and Google is also aware of it.

Last year, Google put all of its malware scanning and detection technologies under the umbrella of Google Play Protect. In 2017, Google took down more than a quarter of a million of impersonating apps.

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Google also explains how it differentiates bad app or actors on its platform.

This news today is part of a larger shift I've seen over how Google handles Android.

Google was able to do that through machine learning created to weed out apps with inappropriate content, malware and copycats, Andrew Ahn, the Google Play product manager, said in the blog post.

Inappropriate content: Apps that promote pornography, extreme violence, hate, and illegal activities. More than 2 billion Android devices in the world rely on apps, whether it's ordering a pizza or trying to catch Pokemon in real life. They offered together 5.6 million apps for German users. Other malicious apps that Google removed included those called PHAs. These are malware scanning, application monitoring for rogue behavior, the ability to remotely locate, lock, and optionally wipe your device, and warnings about dodgy sites, which try to feed you malware or trick you out of personal information. Basically, through the use of improved AI, the company has been able to provide more protections for Android users. And finally, of the 100,000 developers who got the boot, Google said that they made it more hard for them to create new accounts and go back through the process of trying to post evil apps. If there's a fix that requires a newer OS, you're stuck. Google said it had taken down more than 250,000 copycat apps in 2017. "Now that Google Play has reached critical mass, we've definitely shifted gears to focus on building a trusted and safe store".

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