Jelly Bean Android 4.2 doesn’t exactly represent a great leap over Android 4.1, but one of the features quietly bubbling away is a malware scanner that interrogates sideloaded apps – those installed from non-Google Play sources.
While that might sound vaguely reassuring, don’t go sideloading that dodgy Chinese stripper app just yet. See, the malware scanner detected a paltry 15.32% of threats in a recent test.
Said test was conducted by North Carolina State University’s Xuxian Jiang, who sideloaded a whopping 1,260 instances of malware onto the Samsung-built Google Nexus 10. Only 193 were picked up.
The slightly worrying thing is that Google has supposedly been notified of many of the threats.
Of course, many would argue that you’d have to be installing something pretty dodgy – or from a dodgy source – in order to pick up malware.
Though the flipside of that argument is that even the supposedly safe Google Play market has unwittingly played host to malware. And sideloading, though potentially dangerous, is the only solution for Chinese Android users, while it's also necessary for installing apps from the Amazon Marketplace, for example.
Scarier still, Kaspersky recently yelled that Android malware had risen threefold – yes, threefold! – in Q2 2012. Run for your lives!
via: Ars Technica