On Thursday, Google introduced ‘Google Bouncer’ a significant-sounding effort to protect the Android Market. It is a new security element for Android store that’s intended to keep Android users malware free. Bouncer will scan all existing and future apps in the Market. Google has been condemned for its stumpy barrier of entry into the Market in the past, decided to retroactively drag all affected applications that have been reported by sellers. Its been heard that Bouncer runs every app in its cloud infrastructure to replicate how it might work on an Android smartphones to come across for anything fishy. Developer accounts are also inspecting to protect against banned individuals making comeback.
According to Hiroshi Lockheimer, VP of engineering for Android, “The service performs a set of analysis of new applications, applications already in Android Market, and developer accounts. Here’s how it works: once an application is uploaded, the service immediately starts analyzing it for known malware, spyware and trojans. It also looks for behaviors that indicate an application might be misbehaving, and compares it against previously analyzed apps to detect possible red flags. We actually run every application on Google’s cloud infrastructure and simulate how it will run on an Android device to look for hidden, malicious behavior. We also analyze new developer accounts to help prevent malicious and repeat-offending developers from coming back.”
Also former director of public policy at Google, Alan Davidson said “We've chosen not to be the gatekeeper, we don't usually go back and attempt to make sure that every app does what it says it's going to do. We are actually trying to make the most of the ability of small app developers to get online.” Lockheimer also exposed that this service was already operational for a while now and that involving the first and second halves of 2011 Google noticed a 40% drop off in the number of potentially-malicious downloads from Android Market.