Google Play Rains on Facebook Home’s Parade

Back in the day, Android users had it easy when they can have their apps updated, even beta updates, without having to go through Google Play Store. This included Facebook Home as the social networking suite exploited the said loophole, pushing beta updates to a limited amount of users directly from Home itself.

But Google has abruptly changed all that with a revision on its Play Store’s terms and conditions. Google’s app market now requires all Android users to update all downloaded apps through the Play Store itself.

The revised terms and conditions, under the Dangerous Products section, states: “An app downloaded from Google Play may not modify, replace or update its own APK binary code using any method other than Google Play’s update mechanism.” It is also under this section where Google Play prohibits the transmission of “viruses, worms, defects, Trojan horses, malware, or any other items that may introduce security vulnerabilities to or harm user devices, applications, or personal data.”

While the revision may be seen as Google’s way to prevent Facebook from bypassing the Play Store, it is more of a mechanism to prevent malicious apps to utilize this loophole. It is just so happened that Facebook got caught in this loophole closure. Android has been criticized for being vulnerable to malware and other security vulnerabilities.

Source: Google Play, via TechCrunch

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