Google releases Android Ecosystem Security Transparency Report

Google has already published the Android Security Year in Review which shows up the detail open source platform trends, with some of the new features and enhancements. Now, the company has revealed that it will now also publish the Android Ecosystem Security Report on a quarterly basis.

The report details help to reduce the potentially harmful Application rates on a device and in the Google Play Store. This comes after the government hard the stance which includes India, for more transparency regarding the user data usage policy, which is given the risk of cybercrimes and hacks more specifically via the harmful apps on the Google Play Store.

The reported primarily focuses on detailing with the PHA rates in the various markets, Android version, and different countries. It counts the PHA rates by scanning around 50 billion apps daily from both the inside and outside of the Google Play using the Play Protect.

The report states that the PHA rate has been on a steady decline year on year, and it averaged a lower PHA rate of 0.08 percent in 2018's first three quarters. To compare, in 2017, on average 0.09 percent of devices that exclusively used Google Play had one or more PHAs installed.

Google also notes on its blog that the PHA rate continues to steadily decline on phones that have the newer Android version installed. This is because of ‘continued platform and API hardening, ongoing security updates and app security and developer training to reduce apps' access to sensitive data.

In particular, newer Android versions-such as Nougat, Oreo, and Pie-are more resilient to privilege escalation attacks that had previously allowed PHAs to gain persistence on devices and protect themselves against removal attempts,' the company explains on its blog.

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