Google this week announced that it is expanding its Android certification program for hardware makers to include a new Google Play Protect logo that will help consumers find secure and stable devices.
“Google provides certification for Android devices to make sure users receive secure and stable experiences,” the Google announcement notes. “We work with manufacturers across the globe to run hundreds of compatibility tests that ensure devices adhere to the Android security and permissions model. These tests also verify that the Google apps pre-installed on devices are authentic, and that apps from the Play Store can work as intended.”
According to the platform maker, Google Play Protect will provide users with a baseline protection against malware, privacy hacks, and more.
As it turns out, any major Android maker—Samsung, HTC, OnePlus, whatever—already offer this certification. But Google Play Protect is probably more relevant for smaller device makers, especially if a user is unsure about them. And now they’ll have something to look for: The Google Play Protect logo on the box.
“We recommend asking for a certified device or looking for the Google Play Protect logo on the box, to make sure it brings the benefits of certification and additional layers of security provided by Play Protect,” Google notes.