Google is taking new steps to identify and eliminate malware in the Android Market. Codenamed “Bouncer,” Google will now scan every new and existing app in the Market against known malware, permissions and publisher information. This is the first time that Google has been so proactive in attacking the Android malware problem and a welcome step for its application ecosystem.
Google will institute Bouncer without disrupting the Android user experience or requiring an Apple-like approval process. The tactic that Google is using focuses on the cloud and identifying malware as opposed to checking each app’s credentials at the door. Furthermore, Google said that Android malware is actually decreasing, contrary to prior reports. <!>[pb_builder]