Android apps are becoming more popular as the Android operating system gains ground in the mobile market. IDC expects Android to take more than 40 percent of the worldwide smartphone market in the second half of 2011. However, with Android's growing popularity comes a growing risk of malware attacks.
Just read an article about a couple of apps being pulled from the play store because they contained malware where when you connect your Android device to a computer, it then activated the mic on your pc and recorded and sent to the malware distributor.
Google has removed 26 apps from Android Market that contain malware called DroidDream Light, capable of stealing a significant amount of personal data. Meanwhile, Google has caught flak over its quiet removal of several game emulators from Android Market, with some observers saying the emulators are legal while other suggest Google may be caving to pressure from game console companies....
According to the latest numbers about app store downloads, Google’s Play Store sees about 60% more volume for downloads than Apple’s App Store. There were roughly 160 million downloads in Q3 on the Play Store, while the App Store only saw about 100 million.
Google has reportedly pulled several Android mobile applications that were lousy with malware from its official Android Market. This follows a report earlier this week from Lookout Mobile Security, which claimed it found dozens of apps in the market that contained malicious code.
For those of you who are worried about the increasing concern of malware hidden in select apps that make it into the Google Play store, you can rest easier knowing that Google and Symantec are hard at work trying to spot the culprits. Symantec has recently identified 29 apps containing malware that ultimately targeted Japanese markets.
In response to reports citing a significant upsurge in Android malware, Google has revealed how it tries to ensure the security of Android Market, and detect malicious apps.
Writing on the Android developer blog, Hiroshi Lockheimer, VP of engineering at Android, said: "Today we're revealing a service we've developed, codenamed Bouncer, which provides automated scanning of Android Market for poten