Google to introduce new anti-malware system for its mobile OS

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by CBR Staff Writer| 15 October 2012

The new anti-malware system is rumored to be part of Android 4.2, code named "Key Lime Pie"

Google is planning to introduce a new anti-malware system for its mobile OS, which is claimed to detect malicious apps in its Google Play store as well as on the Android devices themselves.

The new Google Play shopping app is expected to include code snippets that suggest links to a future inbuilt malware scanner.

The new APK release of the Google Play Store includes "App Check" within the code, which has every text prompt of being a device-side malware scanner for the Android platform.

App Check will scan all user pre-installed apps to check the presence of malware on user phone or tablet, according to www.androidpolice.com.

It will also check new installations and block them from being installed if they contain any malware as well as provides an option to override any preventative measures the malware scanner makes.

According to The Register it is likely the anti-malware capabilities will arrive in Android 4.2, also known as Key Lime Pie. It could ship on upcoming LG handsets as early as November, the report said.

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