Google Removes 2 Malicious Play Store Android Apps

Mandy Carr
June 23, 2017

In the first 4 years of Android Market, Google launched multiple stores to download content. Magic browser, uploaded to Google Play on May 17, masqueraded as an "ultra-fast, simple and practical mobile browser", while Noise Detector promised to let you "easily measure the noise level of the current environment".

Goole Play will now be the only app store that will be fully supported by Google starting on June 30.

The absence of an on-device notification is because of the "technical restrictions" that exist on the Android Market application. From July 1, people who still use such ancient devices will no longer be able to access the Android Market at all - and it goes without saying that new app installs will thus be a no-go too. "Google Play, the replacement for Android Market, is available on Android 2.2 and above", Maximilian Ruppaner, a software engineer on Google Play said in a statement.

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[Representational Image] Google shuts out-dated Android Market apps store and will shift focus completely to Google Play store.

While this is unfortunate news and may prove to be inconvenient, it's worth pointing out that Google Android 2.2 Froyo and below don't even show up on monthly distribution charts anymore. According to Android Authority, Android 2.3 Gingerbread is nearing a comparable fate.

Google just announced on their Android Developers blog that they will be ending support for the Android Market app on June 30. Even though Asian users were mostly the target of this reinvented version of Xavier, with the biggest number of infections spotted in Vietnam and Indonesia, the security firm says that it also detected downloads of infected apps in the United States and Europe, though in this case the number of substantially smaller. If you are still using a legendary Android device that is older than 7 years, probably its time for you to upgrade now. Let us know by leaving a comment below! Meaning, devices running on Android 2.1 (Éclair) and lower still used Android Market.

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