Google announces raft of Play Store security policy updates

Google has announced a number of changes to its Play Store security policies that will come into effect over the coming year.

Starting in September, a new section will be added to Google’s Enforcement policy that will mean inactive or otherwise abandoned developer accounts will be closed after one year of dormancy.

October will see various policies introduced on different dates.

On 15 October, the Device and Network Abuse policy will be clarified to prohibit...

Google is surveying developers to find the OEMs that aggressively kill apps

Google is surveying its developer community as part of what appears to be a bid to crackdown on OEMs that aggressively kill apps.

Key factors in most consumers’ smartphone purchase decisions include how fast the device feels and its battery life. To make their devices feel snappy and full of life, OEMs often aggressively kill apps more than Google intended.

Google doesn’t seem happy about that. And it shouldn’t be, the company has put a lot of work into features...

Perforce acquires AI-based mobile testing experts 21 Labs

Enterprise development solutions provider Perforce has acquired the AI-based mobile testing experts at 21 Labs.

The acquisition will bolster Perforce’s existing portfolio of solutions for the enterprise development lifecycle with powerful testing capabilities.

21 Labs’ self-learning, AI-based mobile automation testing tool helps businesses to deploy quality iOS and Android apps faster.

Shani Shoham, CEO and Founder of 21 Labs, said:

“Together,...

Q&A, Albert Jordan, HARMAN: On building a platform for connected vehicles

Developer spoke with Albert Jordan, VP of Ignite Automotive Cloud at Samsung subsidiary HARMAN, about building a platform for connected vehicles and why developers should come along for the ride.

Developer: Why should developers launch apps on the Ignite Store over other automotive app platforms?

Albert Jordan: Aside from the Google Automotive Services (GAS) Play Store, there are no standard Android app stores deployed commercially. OEMs have tried to deploy their own...

Google CEO teases ‘significant’ announcements at I/O 2021 as some normality returns

Google CEO Sundar Pichai told investors this week to expect “significant product updates and announcements” at this year’s I/O developer conference.

Pichai said the company’s product releases are returning to their normal pace now that employees have adjusted to working from home.

Google is allowing employees to return voluntarily from next month and is expanding its remote working policy to allow for working from overseas for more than 14 days a year if they...

Play Store’s AI security blocks almost one million policy-violating apps

Google’s AI-powered Play Store security has blocked almost one million policy-violating apps from reaching users.

In a blog post, Google detailed what it’s been doing to protect the billions of Android users and millions of developers creating apps for the world’s largest mobile platform.

2020 was a year when many of us made sacrifices to our freedoms to protect not just ourselves, but those around us. Unfortunately, criminals sought to take advantage of more...

Report: Developing markets are suffering a mobile malware pandemic

Anti-fraud platform Secure-D has released a report highlighting the mobile malware pandemic that developing markets are suffering.

The report is based on Secure-D’s processing of one billion mobile transactions and service sign-ups for 35 mobile operators in 23 emerging markets, helping to protect a total of almost 840 million users.  

Secure-D detected 46,000 malicious apps; with around one in six (16%) mobile devices in emerging markets carrying at least...

HARMAN’s Ignite Store Developers Portal provides a hub for Android Automotive devs

Samsung subsidiary HARMAN has launched the Ignite Store Developers Portal, a hub for the Android Automotive developer community.

HARMAN is traditionally an audio company but began its transition towards offering connected services in 2015 following the acquisitions of Redbend and Symphony Teleca. The following year, HARMAN acquired automotive cybersecurity firm TowerSec.

The company now has years of experience in the automotive industry and launched the HARMAN Ignite...

Open-source solution switches GMS for HMS to enable AppGallery distribution

Bluesource has released a solution that switches apps using GMS (Google Mobile Services) for HMS (Huawei Mobile Services) to enable AppGallery distribution.

The open-source solution is called the Choice SDK and aims to save developers time and cost in converting their existing apps which use GMS and Firebase frameworks to be usable in Huawei’s ecosystem.

Martin Sprengseis-Kogler, Managing Partner at Bluesource, said:

“Businesses across Europe would like to...