Google said in 2017 it removed more than 700,000 malicious apps from the Google Play Store, its virtual store for Android apps. The app giant also expelled more than 100,000 developers from the platform for trying to infect the more than 2 billion Android users in the world.
The company explained, in a statement , that this has been thanks to the use of artificial intelligence to find malicious applications even before they did any damage. In fact, according to Google, they could identify “99% of the apps with abusive or malicious content before they were installed” by any user.
The number of malicious apps found in Google Play Store and eliminated during 2017 exceeds those that Google eliminated in 2016 by 70%.
However, this does not mean that Google is doing everything possible to keep Play Store “clean” of malware, but that more and more malicious apps come to the platform on a daily basis. A recent study claims that almost 400 malicious apps arrive on Android every hour . Play Store, in total, has more than 2.8 million applications.
According to Google, in addition to the malicious apps, Google has also eliminated a quarter of a million apps that did nothing but copy others.