|By Le Williams | 1 year ago|
Google will introduce the integration of security metadata to Android application packages (APKs) distributed through Google Play. Users with restricted internet access will have the ability to verify peer-to-peer app sharing legitimacy.
The update is targeted towards limited internet users in areas where mobile data is at a premium, either due to price or availability, which leads to APKs being frequently shared peer-to-peer.
“One of the reasons we’re doing this is to help developers reach a wider audience, particularly in countries where peer-to-peer app sharing is common because of costly data plans and limited connectivity,” noted James Bender, Product Manager at Google Play.
While offline, the authenticity of apps obtained through Play-approved distribution channels can be determined.
According to Google, the update includes a new date-based version scheme, for entering a “Service address” that will be “sent to emergency services if you dial an emergency number.”
Bender further explained, “In the future, for apps obtained through Play-approved distribution channels, we’ll be able to determine app authenticity while a device is offline, add those shared apps to a user’s Play Library, and manage app updates when the device comes back online. This will give people more confidence when using Play-approved peer-to-peer sharing apps.”
Google says that developers will actually benefit from the change, as apps shared peer-to-peer in areas with poor connectivity can now be kept up to date by the Play Store.