Google’s Android OS is famous for its open-ended structure that allows developers from all over the world to create apps and upload them to the Play Store for free.
As a result, the Google Play Store is filled with more than 1.5 million apps, games, books and many other creations from different web developers other than Google’s in-house team. However, the open nature of this platform sometimes may leave it open to very dangerous people who want to sneak corrupt and malicious files into the Android app store.
Talking of less-honest individuals wanting to spread their evil doing to other innocent users via the Play Store, Google runs a dedicated system that analyzes all apps to determine how secure they are before they can be certified for publishing in the marketplace. In the wake of this analysis, Google has announced the banning of 13 apps from the Play Store, but this doesn’t mean they will stay out forever.
Why Google banned 13 apps from its store
It is not the first time for apps to be banned from the Play Store. It has happened before and usually, Google gives the developers room to rectify the problem, but this is mostly in genuine cases. Apparently, the 13 banned apps were making a fool out of Google.
The apps had some simple ways of boosting their numbers. While none of them seemed unusual from the top, they happen to be busy in the background, downloading other apps and as a result, their download numbers are boosted. To make matters even worse, some of these apps go to the extent of posting positive reviews as well as provide ratings without the knowledge of the owner.
The security researchers also revealed that from the list, there are some that will go further and try to access your device’s root, which means even if you carry out a factory reset, they will still be installed on the device. Google has come across this scenario, but rather than encounter it in the Play Store as with this case, previous cases happened with third-party Android app marketplaces.
Once the app has gained root access to your Android phone, the team of researchers claims that it will be very hard to get rid of it. You might even be needed to install a third party Root Explorer app so as to manually find the installed apps and remove them. You can also re-flash to the OEM ROM.
Some of the apps removed by Google from the Play Store include Honeycomb, which had already seen more than a million downloads and others such as Cake Blast, Crazy Block, Cake Tower, Just Fire, Ninja Hook, among others.
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