German mobile app market reaches Euro 1.5 bln in revenue in 2017

German mobile app market reaches Euro 1.5 bln in revenue in 2017

This means your chance of installing a malicious app - be that one that tries to damage your phone or steal your information, or an app that is simply trying to deceive you into thinking it's Spotify when it's just a bad copycat - from the official Play Store is getting smaller by the day.

Both Google Play and the App Store enjoyed a 20 per cent YoY growth in consumer spend during the last quarter of the year, but the App Store maintained its nearly two-fold lead over Google Play in terms of amount spent, as $11.5bn passed through the store. Google has also been explaining how it has been going after these apps and stopping them, before they get onto individual's devices.

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The quarter saw Google Play widen its lead over the App Store to 145 per cent in achieving its highest quarter ever to surpass 19bn new downloads internationally. Showing that Google's Play Protect service is really doing its job. Some of the types of apps that Google removed in 2017 included Copycats, Inappropriate Content and Potentially Harmful Applications. Of course, all of this was done thanks to the huge improvements Google made in its ability to detect abusive app content and behaviors, through new machine learning models and techniques. Inappropriate content is pretty self-explanatory, but it includes extreme violence, hate, illegal activities and such. These are actually the apps that most users are afraid of. Google is active against such apps as well and it took down more than a quarter of a million impersonating apps past year. That's 70% more than what Google removed in 2016, and of that 700,000, 99% of the apps were taken down before a single user could install them. To combat this, Google wants to teach users how to make better security decisions, though it's also using Google's Safe Browsing tools to detect if an app connects to a known bad site.

All we know is that the number of bad apps removed grew faster than the total number of apps in the store, which makes sense if you take into account the next statistic Google revealed today. Reiterating that it takes these kind of harmful and malicious apps very seriously and will continue to improve its system.

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