Google today announced a new initiative intended to fight the spread of malicious apps on Android.
Called the App Defense Alliance, it’s a collaboration between Google, ESET, Lookout, and Zimperium that aims to reduce the risk of app-based malware by identifying and remediating new threats.
Google says it’s integrating its Google Play Protect service — which uses a combination of machine learning and heuristic analysis to detect abusive behavior — with each App Defense Alliance partner’s scanning engines.
Partners can send a request to Google Play Protect to have an app analyzed, after which the service will send the scan results directly to the partner.
It’s a two-way street: Google Play Protect can send requests to partner’s scanner services and receive results from the partner’s scanning engines.
ESET, Lookout, and Zimperium will perform these and other checks prior to apps going live on the Play Store.