Android’s diversity has long been a blessing and a curse. A myriad of options are available for any price point or interest, but fragmentation and security have been sticking points. Google has implemented several initiatives to combat the issues, and the company has a new program in place to benefit security.
Certified secure devices will now receive Play Protect branding, guaranteeing that a suite of security features are working to protect the device. Examples of these security features include scanning apps for malware, safe browsing protection in Google Chrome, and Find My Device to locate and secure a lost device.
Nearly all mainstream manufacturers are certified, but the program is largely designed to combat vulnerabilities and security issues in emerging markets with small manufacturers. Next time you’re shopping for a device, use Google’s handy tool to find out if the manufacturer is Play Protect certified.