Technology giant Google has started rolling out a new feature that’s aimed to increase the security of Android devices and the data stored on them. Dubbed ‘Google Play Protect,’ the feature is available for all Android devices running Google Mobile Services 11 or later. It scans all the apps for malware, before and after they are installed. It’s represented by a security badge icon.
Google Play Protect further allows users to find their lost devices via the ‘Find My Device’ service. Users can sign in to their Google account remotely, or call on the device directly from the browser. It also locks the display of the phone remotely and shows a message with a contact number, so that if someone finds the lost smartphone, he/she can return it to the owner.
The feature includes with a ‘Safe Browsing’ option for Google Chrome browser, which alerts users if they visit malicious websites.
In an official statement, the company said, “Google Play Protect continuously works to keep your device, data, and apps safe. It actively scans your device and is constantly improving to make sure that you have the latest in mobile security. Your device is automatically scanned around the clock to give you peace of mind.”
The company has started rolling out the feature and it will eventually reach all users. Along with protecting Android devices, Google Play Protect constantly scans the devices in the Google Play Store. The company believes that the new feature will reduce downloads of malicious apps from the Google Play Store.