Google took down 700000 bad apps in 2017

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According to a new report, USA consumer spending in the top 10 SVOD mobile apps grew 77 percent in 2017 to around $781 million on the App Store and Google Play.

Google was able to do that through machine learning created to weed out apps with inappropriate content, malware and copycats, Andrew Ahn, the Google Play product manager, said in the blog post. Google has also made it harder for those developers to re-join Google Play under different accounts as well in an attempt to stop this abuse.

It credits Google Play Protect for one of the biggest improvements: its ability to spot extremely harmful apps that commit fraud, steal info or allow hijacks.

Apps that violate Google Play policies come in all shapes and sizes.

Google introduced Files Go in December 2017 and is claimed to have been installed over 10 million times.

When you think about it, the fact that so many apps were removed from Google Play is a good thing. You also can manually scan your Android device using Play Protect from the Update section of Google Play Store. Read on to learn more about the 700,000 apps removed from Google Play Store in 2017, and what it might mean for you as an Android user.

With the increase of efforts from Google, this is apparently a 70 percent increase over the total removals that happened in 2016. He did not provide an exact number but only said that 99% of all the malicious Android apps Google identified a year ago were detected and rejected during the review process before anyone could install them.

And remember, many Android users in China and elsewhere don't have access to the Play Store.

As far as copycat apps were concerned, Google removed more than 250,000 of those types of apps. Tens of thousands of apps featuring inappropriate content like pornography, extreme violence, hate and illegal activities were also pulled. They often try to make their apps look like existing popular apps, for example, to trick users into installing them. Potentially Harmful Applications are those that try to get your personal information. Over the years, this commitment has made Google Play a more trusted and safer place.

Still, Google's Play Store protection isn't ideal.

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