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Android Security 2016 Year in Review

When it comes to getting apps on your phone both Apple and Google have a large selection to choose from. Many apps over the year have been built cross platform, meaning they are available for both ecosystems. The difference comes in how the apps are made accessible to you, Google makes is fairly easy to install apps that are not on the play store while the same can’t be said of Apple. Apple also reviews every app before putting it into the app store while Google traditionally did not.

Due to these differences its generally been easier to get dangerous apps on a Google device than Apple. Google is changing that however, Google shared the third annual Android Security Year In Review.  A work by Google to protect more than 1.4 billion Android users.  In 2016, Google worked on improving their abilities to stop dangerous apps.

Improving Android security

Google built new security features into Android 7.0 Nougat.  Google collaborated with device manufacturers and other members of the Android ecosystem.  Android users should remember that Google Play is still the safest and most secure place to download apps.  As reported by Google, installs of Potentially Harmful Apps (PHAs), decreased in the past year.

It is reported that by the end of 2016, 0.05 percent of downloaded apps exclusively from Google Play contained PHAs.  Bringing the percent down from 0.15 percent as reported by Google in 2015. But Google is not done just yet.  They are still working on reducing the numbers of devices affected by PHAs in 2017.  No matter where Android users download their apps from.