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Google play adds an important change adding “security metadata” to the all Android apps. With its DRM (digital rights management), Google’s intent is to improve the security of the Android platform by making it harder for fraudulent apps or those with malicious code to be installed.
“The metadata is applied to all apps from developers using the latest APK Signature Scheme, and Android will eventually require that data to be present in any installed app. Google explains that this allows apps to be verified even if they didn’t come from the Play Store, as well as add them to users’ app library, meaning later updates can come from the official source” indicates slashgear.com.
The changes of Google Play store mean that Android users can feel safe and assured when they have been signed off by Google. This helps prevent malicious apps designed to harvest data while mimicking popular software from getting installed in the first place.
Google says “We’ll be able to determine app authenticity while a device is offline, add those shared apps to a user’s Play Library, and manage app updates when the device comes back online. This will give people more confidence when using Play-approved peer-to-peer sharing apps. This also benefits you as a developer as it provides a Play-authorized offline distribution channel and, since the peer-to-peer shared app is added to your user’s Play library, your app will now be eligible for app updates from Play”.
At the moment it seems that the tech giant Google is only “exchanging” this idea to developers, not to the end users of Android, although it is something that will be very beneficial for both parties.
“The metadata gives more control to developers over how and when their apps are used. For example, changing the metadata string could force users to update to the latest version, such as one that now includes ads, instead of sticking with an earlier version”, mentions slashgear.com.
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