Android, Google’s mobile operating system is the most popular operating system on smartphones. This means it also gets the most apps and app downloads as compared to any other mobile operating systems.
This also means that Android devices are more prone to malware and viruses that may slip in with app downloads every now and then. Now a research from NortonLifeLock and IMDEA software institute in Madrid has backed this claim.
According to the research, Google Play store accounts for 67.2 percent malicious app installs on Android phones. This, the research points out is due to the volume of downloads from Google Play.
The researchers at NortonLifeLock and IMDEA recorded data from 7.9 million apps from 12 million Android smartphones over a four month period to come to their conclusion.
The research also points out that 10 to 24 percent Android users come across at least one unwanted app download.
The Google Play market defense against unwanted apps work, but still significant amounts of unwanted apps are able to bypass them, making it the main distribution for unwanted apps, researchers said.