Google might stop people from downloading apps outside the Play Store through the company’s Advanced Protection Program…
There could be a big change coming to the Google Advanced Protection Program. For those unfamiliar with the program, this is an optional choice users must register for in order to receive additional security measures.
Google Advanced Protection Program could Prevent Outside Play Store Installations by Users
The practice of installing apps outside the Google Play Store and Apple App Store, is called “sideloading.” The reason Google and Apple frown on sideloading is due to the very real possibility said unsanctioned apps could contain malware and more nefarious code.
If it makes its way to wide, stable release, it won’t affect the majority of Android device owners. Instead, it would only impact people who have voluntarily opted into the Google Advanced Protection Program.
However, if fully implemented, the move makes sense because it would merely add another layer of security to protect users’ devices. Again, there is no guarantee the change will even make it out to the public.