Published: Thu, November 07, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Google Launches Standalone Android Auto App For Android 10 Users

Google Launches Standalone Android Auto App For Android 10 Users

With the launch of the Android 10, Google made a decision to bake in Android Auto in the operating system instead of letting it float as a standalone application.

Last month, Lukas Stefanko, an ESET security researcher, compiled a list of 172 apps on Google Play with upwards of 335 million installs that were found to engage in ad fraud, credit card phishing, and serve other kinds of malware.

In the past, Google said that both of those systems have been able to detect thousands of destructive Android apps submitted to the Enjoy Retail outlet. The Android Auto icon reportedly disappears from the app drawer on phones powered by the latest iteration of the Android OS.

ESET, Lookout, and Zimperium have all contributed to the discovery - and eventual takedown - of hundreds of malicious apps on Google Play in recent years. Google says that it picked these firms because of their past successes in finding potentially harmful apps, their dedication to improving the the Google ecosystem, and the recognition they have received from analysts.

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At the moment, it is not clear what are these technical limitations and which smart TVs will be affected in particular. Netflix has been around for so long that certain older devices are no longer able to support the streaming service.


Google has finally released Android Auto for phones as a standalone app to allow anyone to launch the full Android Auto experience on their mobile device. So Google will integrate its Google Play Protect detection system with the scanning engines used by the other Alliance members. At I/O, Google has announced the Assistant Driving Mode and a spokesperson confirmed that this new expertise would replace the Auto app's phone interface.

They have been found to engage a number of sneaky workarounds to get past Google's security checkpoints - make use of remote command and control servers to download second-stage malicious payloads, incorporate encrypted code, and even contain time-based activation delays to bypass detection barriers. After many years of fighting alone, Google has now formed an alliance with third-party protection services to end malware before it reaches the store. The partners will analyse that dataset and act as another vital set of eyes, prior to an app going live on the Play Store.

In practice it means that Google will share with these companies the pending applications to publish on Play store.

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