Google renames Android Wear to Wear OS

Joanna Estrada
March 17, 2018

Google has officially announced that it is rebranding Android Wear to Wear OS.

The company has released its Android security report for 2017 to shed further light on the improvements its made to the platform to protect over two billion Android devices a year ago.

The report claims that Play Protect scans more than 50 billion apps on a daily basis, and this has helped Google remove almost 39 million vulnerable apps from Play Store a year ago. The Play Protect service mainly uses machine learning to prevent the installation of PHAs, but it also employs a variety of tactics to keep users and their data safe.

All in all, it was a good year for Google Play Protect.

Play Protect was updated with an offline scanning feature in October past year, and this feature helped identify almost 35 percent of the potentially harmful apps installed on devices that were either offline or had no network connectivity. Here's to a better 2018 for Android security. Now the mobile payment option is available on smartwatches in more countries.

Google has done a great deal to increase its bug bounty programs and $1.28m was paid out to researchers that participated in the Android Security Rewards program. Wear OS has the ability to download applications from the Google Play Store and integrates Google Assistant. Instead, it appears to be a response to the OS' increasing compatibility with platforms beyond Android, including Apple's iOS.

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