For the third year in a row, Google has shared many details regarding the state of security in the Android ecosystem.
The company starts with the basics, saying that it has a goal to protect over 1.4 billion Android users out there in the wild, and then breaks down what that actually means, starting with Potentially Harmful Apps (PHAs). Google notes that the safest place to install Android apps is straight from Google Play, and notes that in nearly every category measured by the company, threats dropped significantly:
Google also notes that it made noteworthy changes to security in Android Nougat, including improvements to overall encryption, new protects in the audio and video departments, and boosted security measures for enterprise users.
The company finally notes that it is focused on security moving forward, reiterating its goal for monthly security updates. It also revealed that over 735 million devices from over 200 manufacturers received security updates in 2016:
One last noteworthy detail from the report: Google paid out nearly $1 million as part of its Android Security Rewards program, giving back to the people out there in the wild who find vulnerabilities in the Android platform.
[via Android Developers Blog]