Google Intros 'Bouncer' Security System for Android Market
Google today announced that it is taking more active measures to keep malware out of the Android Market. It said it is using a new service that it calls Bouncer to sweep through the Market for potentially malicious software It scans new applications, applications already in Android Market, and developer accounts for known malware, spyware, trojans and for apps that may be misbehaving. Google says that Bouncer has been running for a while now, and has seen the incidences of malware and spyware drop significantly in the last few quarters. Google also notes that it has built Android with security in mind, and sandboxes applications — meaning that can't always share data back and forth. It also reminds users to use the permissions listings for each application, which could identify malware. Last, it said Android is designed to prevent malware from modifying the platform or hiding, so it can be easily removed if necessary.
Google Reveals Android "L" Features
Google today talked about some of the new features that will eventually appear in the L release of Android later this year. Google has re-envisioned the lock screen to incorporate more of the notifications, as well as the ability to automatically unlock the device when a trusted wearable is nearby.
Google Releases Docs and Sheets Apps for Android and iOS
Google today made available stand-alone Google Docs and Google Sheets applications for mobile devices running Android and iOS, including smartphones and tablets. Previously, Docs and Sheets were bundled inside the Google Drive application.
Google Enables Safe Browsing in Chrome By Default
Google today said it has made Safe Browsing the default behavior in Chrome for Android. Any Android device running Play Services 8.1 and higher (which should be most) will have Safe Browsing mode turned on starting with Chrome 46.
Qualcomm to Add Malware Detection to Snapdragon 820
Qualcomm today said the Snapdragon 820 processor will contain new anti-malware tools to protect smartphone users from threats. Qualcomm Snapdragon Smart Protect can provide "real-time, on-device machine learning" to detect zero-day malware before it wreaks havoc on smartphone owners.