Google is rolling out its Play Protect — that gives a secure downloading experience to its users — to all the Android devices with Google Play Services 11 or higher. Google officially announced the service during Google I/O 2017 in May and now the feature finally arrives to all the devices.
Google Play Protect aims to keep users safe from malicious apps, as it is a unification of Android security systems like Verify Apps, browser protection, and anti-theft measures. Though the service’s app verification portion has already been in effect for years — which routinely scans apps to ensure that they are working and haven’t been compromised.
According to Google, “All Android apps undergo rigorous security testing before appearing in the Google Play Store. We vet every app developer in Google Play and suspend those who violate our policies. So even before you download an app, you know it’s been checked and approved. Then, Play Protect scans billions of apps daily to make sure everything remains spot on.”
Play Protect’s app scanning feature works automatically for all the users, but you can customize its settings further — like turning off regular security threat checks — by visiting Google > Security > Verify Apps in your device settings.