The novelty works as a response to the plethora of malicious programs that have passed through the protection filters and reached the users' devices. Earlier this week, for example, Google removed 13 malware applications that racked up more than 2 billion downloads, some of them as antivirus software.
The App Defense Alliance establishes a joint verification system between Google Play Protect and partners to counter threats and identify suspicious programs before being launched on the Google Play Store. This is complementary to the security mechanisms already adopted by Google.
Cybersecurity companies now act as a second look, scanning applications for threats to prevent them from being published. With different technologies running analytics, Google's idea is to increase the efficiency of identifying malicious apps.