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Nokia: Nine percent of Android apps tested for Nokia X contain malware

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Wed Feb 26 2014, 09:32
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BARCELONA: NOKIA HAS CLAIMED that nine percent of the Android apps it tested ahead of the launch of the Nokia X contained malware, highlighting the growing number of threats targeting Google's mobile operating system.

During an interview with The INQUIRER at Mobile World Congress, and following the unveiling of the Nokia X device line, Amit Patel, VP of developer relations at Nokia, revealed that during Nokia's two-stage testing process, which involved an app going through a virus and malware scanner, 9,000 of the apps tested contained some sort of virus or malware.

Patel said, "Before we launched the Nokia X, we tested apps to see how compatible they were, and we found that nine percent of the 100,000 apps we tested, from multiple Android app stores, had viruses."

Nokia would of course want to highlight the security issues with Android apps, as it's trying to tempt users over to its own ecosystem. However, several studies have already backed up Patel's points, warning of the huge number of malicious Android apps out there.

Patel went on to explain that Nokia will carefully vet apps being submitted to its Android-based Nokia ecosystem, saying that things will be done differently than on the Google Play storefront.

"There's two tools we have, the intake system and the marketing system," he said.

"On the intake system we are doing things a bit differently than on Google Play. We're doing pre-moderation, which means we'll first check that an app is legal and doesn't infringe any copyrights, and then we do quality assessment.

"When it comes to the merchandising tool, we take into account how many downloads an application has had, and consider consumer feedback. We have manual merchandising on a global level, we want to make sure the right apps are available on the Nokia X platform."

"There's a few things we do to make sure the content going in is of a reasonable quality," Patel added, likely taking a dig at the number of fart apps available in Google Play.

At present, there are "hundreds of thousands of apps" already available for the Nokia X, Patel told us, saying he couldn't provide an exact number because there are already too many too count.

"We've got apps in our Nokia store, and we've also got partner stores, which because of the ease of compatibility, just work on the Nokia X." µ


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