August 5, 2022
Android malware

Google Android Malware Includes 350 New Malicious Apps Every Hour

Security researchers at G Data reveal over 750,000 new malicious apps have appeared during the first quarter of this year, estimated to grow to 3.5 million…

Native apps are ubiquitous and app fatigue is a real thing. In fact, the average smartphone user spends 2 hours and 42 minutes on one or mobile device per day, with 2 hours and 19 minutes accounting for apps. What’s more, smartphone consumers spend 89 percent of media time in apps but just 11 percent on the mobile web.

But, fewer the .01 percent of all mobile apps will return a positive ROI, being financially successful by 2018. Approximately 52 percent of all mobile apps lose at least half their peak users after just three months. Now, new insight from G Data, a security research firm, finds 8,400 new Android malware samples appear every day.

Google’s Battle: Android Malware Sees 350 New Malicious Apps Every Hour

Antivirus software firm G Data found in its research over 750,000 new malicious apps have sprung up in the first quarter of 2017, with an estimate to increase to 3.5 million by the end of the year.

Android malware chart
Credit: G Data

The report also notes that malicious apps are particularly prominent on third-party device makers. By comparison, there were 3.2 million infected apps last year, and 2.3 million in 2015. Android Lollipop and Marshmallow top the list of the most infected, with the following breakdown:

  • Gingerbread (2.3 – 2.3.7): 0.9 percent
  • Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0.3 – 4.0.4): 0.9 percent
  • Jelly Bean (4.1.x – 4.3): 10.1 percent
  • KitKat (4.4): 20.0 percent
  • Lollipop (5.0 – 5.1): 32.0 percent
  • Marshmallow (6.0): 31.2 percent
  • Nougat (7.0 – 7.1): 4.9 percent

“The problem with the spread of new Android versions and patches is that the release and development chain of special versions for manufacturers and their products is too long. Even if Google provides a patch, third-party vendors will have to adapt it so their partners (e.g. like mobile carriers) can adapt it. This either takes ages to complete or fails completely.”

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