Google Play Protect is the new public-facing security package for Android

Security on Android is no longer the exaggerated problem it once was. The phones, tablets, smartwatches, and streaming devices powered by the platform are all safe and secure. We’ve known that for years to be honest. This week, however, Google made an effort to bring its care for security to the forefront. Google Play Protect is a “comprehensive security services” package for Android devices that’ll monitor behavior and protect your data.

Now that there are 2 billion Android devices roaming the globe, Google needs to ensure security is at its maximum level. Google Play Protect, while not seriously overhauling Android security, gives visibility to the work that was being done behind the scenes. It’ll live at top of the refreshed ‘My apps & games’ screen where users see a list of available updates, installed apps, and apps that were installed but no longer on the device.

When launching Google Play and heading over to the ‘My apps & games’ screen, you’ll see the package immediately scan for anything abnormal.

And, even before you download any apps, Google Play Protect scans its catalog of more than 50 billion apps to pick up on potential risks. Needless to say you’re definitely getting high-end protection in multiple ways.

Google won’t be giving Play Protect to all devices at once; however, people with Android phones and tablets should expect to see it appear at some point in the coming weeks.

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About the Author: Justin Herrick

Born and raised in New Jersey, Justin is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University where he studied marketing with a focus on digital marketing. He's very talkative and enjoys discussing anything from technology and sports to video games and television. As for Justin's current device rotation, he carries around the Google Pixel and Nexus 9. In the rare case that his phone or tablet is not in his hand, he is either flicking through cards on his Moto 360 (2015) or typing away on the Microsoft Surface Book. Justin is patiently waiting for the day that Google replicates the Galaxy Nexus with modern day specifications.