Google Took Down 700000 Apps From Google Play In 2017

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These safeguards led to the removal of over 700,000 apps from the Google Play Store in 2017, the company announced today.

The news isn't all bad: Google said 99 per cent of the bad apps were binned by tools that employ machine learning, so nobody ever had the chance to download them. The vast majority of these malicious apps (99 percent), never made it into the store and was outright rejected by Google's algorithms and security teams.

With over 2.8 million total apps, Google's Play Store is the biggest app store on the planet. In 2017, they climbed 4 percent from 2016, when apps brought in Euro 1.45 billion, and 17 percent compared to 2015, when the app market saw revenues of Euro 1.3 billion.

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Google says that it has also developed new detection models and techniques that can identify repeat offenders and abusive developer networks at scale. There were 100,000 such bad developers that were removed, with the company taking other steps to prevent the creation of new accounts. Unlike many online publications, we don't have a paywall or run banner advertising, because we want to keep our journalism open, without influence or the need to chase traffic. The improved machine-learning models sift through massive amounts of incoming app submissions and flag them for potential violations. In August previous year, Google had to remove 300 apps from the Play Store, which hid the WireX botnet malware and used the devices they installed to generate a wide-scale distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on other web services, causing loss of revenue and data. When you look at 2016, there was about a 70 percent increase in the apps removed between 2016 and 2017. Tens of thousands of apps with inappropriate content were taken down past year as a result of such improved detection methods. There were tens of thousands of apps which fell into the inappropriate content category that includes hate speech, pornography, and illegal activities.

When you think about it, the fact that so many apps were removed from Google Play is a good thing. Potentially Harmful Applications are those that try to get your personal information. Although Google Play Services helps make Protect and other security measures available across a wide range of Android versions, it's still true that most Android phones aren't running recent editions of the operating system. They offered together 5.6 million apps for German users. "We have much more data than before for the models train on so can better detect nuances and hidden abuse", the Google rep said.

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