Google identifies and takes action against Play Store app spyware

Reuters

Reuters

According to Google Play's Head of Business Development Kunal Soni, more Indians are going online and more devices are getting cheaper.

Given that it's a staple on every single phone running an "official" version of Android, it's no surprise that Google Play Services is the first app to break the five billion download benchmark. "One start-up", said Google's vice-president for South-East Asia and India Rajan Anandan, at the company's first ever App Excellence Summit in Bengaluru where it brought together over 700 Indian app and games developers.

Rajan Anandan, VP-India & SEA, Google, stressed on the need for developers to focus on localisation, product quality, and the 1 billion Indians who are increasingly becoming heavy internet users.

Along with this integration, Truecaller had also announced a completely new redesign of the Android app that includes features including SMS filter, Flash Messaging and Truecaller Pay.

Kochikar also told the assembled developers that Google has seen a 150 percent year over year increase in apps installed, and added that it's important to make the content more local. This does not mean that there are 5 billion active devices with Google Play services installed.

"At Google Play we are committed to helping Indian developers of all sizes build successful, locally relevant businesses".

Google recently also rolled out a 120 days' free subscription for it music streaming service Google Play Music.

Just this week, Google has announced it is taking action against 20 Play Store apps that were found to contain malicious code - "Lipizzan" spyware - that allowed users to be spied on.

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