How Google just quietly made your Android phone more secure

Android PhoneBy now, you’ve probably heard all about the changes introduced with Google’s Android 4.3 release. But those fresh features and bits of polish are only part of the story. One of Google’s biggest changes to the Android platform is actually happening outside of the operating system — and it’s affecting almost every Android device in the world.

It’s the widespread launch of a universal app-scanning system — a system that watches your device for any new application, even one loaded directly onto the device (“sideloaded”) from outside of the Google Play Store, and instantly checks the app for malicious or potentially harmful code.

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