Google has released its annual Android security report for 2015 and the company has revealed that malware is down significantly on Android.
The company released some figures and data collection is down 40% to 0.28% of installs, spyware is down some 60% to 0.02% of installs and hostile downloader is down 59% to 0.01% of installs.
Overall, PHAs were installed on fewer than 0.15% of devices that only get apps from Google Play. About 0.5% of devices that install apps from both Play and other sources had a PHA installed during 2015, similar to the data in last year’s report.
It’s critical that we also protect users that install apps from sources other than Google Play. Our Verify Apps service protects these users and we improved the effectiveness of the PHA warnings provided by Verify Apps by over 50%. In 2015, we saw an increase in the number of PHA install attempts outside of Google Play, and we disrupted several coordinated efforts to install PHAs onto user devices from outside of Google Play.
You can see Google’s full Android security report for 2015 at the link below, it looks like their regular security updates improved security on their devices significantly last year.