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Google Play Protect rolling out to more Android devices

Google Play Protect rolling out to more Android devices”

It's certainly a little easier for kids to watch shows on Android TV now, so if you've been waiting then search for it on Google Play on your TV or set top box, or head to this link and install it remotely.

Along with the application scanning feature, Google is highlighting Chrome's Safe Browsing protections and a rebranded version of the Android Device Manager (now called Find My Device). From here you can see a page that displays all the recently scanned apps and also toggles that let you disable devices scanning and the sending of unknown apps to Google for better detection.

While we were seeing the Google Play Protect rebrand of Verify Apps on a few of our devices before today, none of us were seeing the features rolling out in the Play Store via server-side switch. Note that this feature is still rolling out and may not be on your device yet.

This also meant that some feature would be given more prominence than before. Back then, it would only scan the apps during installation, but in 2014 this moved to be a full-time scan feature. This allows Android users to feel more comfortable and safe knowing that apps are continuously being scanned to ensure they are safe for further use.

You will get the new Google Play Protect Security Suite through an update to Google Play Services. For most people, they will not realize that Google Play Services was updated, so you will have to go into the Settings to check the app itself.

The cool thing is that if something is found, it will automatically be removed for you. For example, when you can tap on convenience stores near me, it shows a list of whatever stores are closest to you, including directions, numbers, etc. So if you need to locate the nearest ATM or find out where the latest movies are playing or even plan to pick up groceries from the kirana store on your way home, Google will now help find what you need quicker.



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