Android malware detector works… 15% of the time

The latest version of the Android operating system has been called one of the most bug-ridden releases since Honeycomb, although it has also been recognized as the safest version yet.


Google’s app verification service was found to identify malicious apps only 15.32% of the time, compared to various anti-virus programs that varied from 51% to 100% accuracy.

You have to love progress at Google.

  • tylernol

    I love how the article talks about the “real world” Android user not needing to worry about this…almost all the Android users I know are obsessed with getting free/pirated stuff.

    • “It should be the noted that in real world situations a majority of users will not experience malware, which is generally found in pirated software.”

      (for clarity of your reference)

      That’s funny you say that ’cause I know 0 Android users who pirate, seriously, and I know a good number of them.

      • tylernol

        it is probably skewed due to the fact that I am and I know a lot of linux software engineers

      • JohnDoey

        Most users of Android-based phones ate protected by the fact that they don’t use apps, don’t know what they are, or how to install them.

        Bur Android phones get returned at a 20% clip, and then are resold to users in some cases without being wiped, and users have purchased Android phones with viruses preinstalled. And anyone can fall for a link in a Google Search that can install an app.

  • Opie

    15% of the time, it works every time.

  • JohnDoey

    iOS anti-virus mechanism has been 100% effective for the entire 5+ year life of the platform. I remember how Nerd heads exploded all through late 2008 as Apple rolled out App Store with software reviews and approvals. Now, that is the single most popular iPhone feature with CIO’s. Duh. After what happened with Windows XP (basically a Big Dig virus-wise) it is hard to believe Google made that mistake with Android.