Google May Add Malware Scanner to Android 4.2

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Android Police's Ron Amadeo reports that a recent update to the Google Play Store appears to include functionality for a new malware scanner.

"Apparently, there are two parts to this. There is something called 'App Check' that will allow Google to inspect every app you've already downloaded, and a doorman-style app blocker that will warn you if an app is suspicious," Amadeo writes. "It also sounds like they will have a 'shut up and download it' button, for people that like to live on the edge."

"Google already has a server-side Play Store malware checker called Bouncer," notes The Next Web's Emil Protalinski. "The automated anti-malware system removes malicious apps uploaded to the Play Store and is meant to prevent repeat-offender developers. Yet what is being described here is a client-side antimalware system ... Where did this all come from? Well, look no further than Google’s acquisition of VirusTotal last month."

"With a built-in malware scanner in the Google Play app store -- for not just apps, but media of all sorts -- we'll be able to rest easier in the future with downloads from across the platform," writes SlashGear's Chris Burns. "This update sits on the Google Play software now, but will be activated only in the future when the software is complete and ready for action."

"Our examination of the new code in Google Play suggests that the company is building an API framework for virus-scanning in the future, and that the functionality will not be available until at least API level 17 (which will be supported in the version of the Android operating system after Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)," writes Sophos' Graham Cluley.