In many cases the danger of Android malware is greatly exaggerated, and Google has some data to prove it. The company collected data on 1.5 billion installations, and found that users went through with the installation of potential harmful applications (PHA) in just 0.12% of cases.
The dubious iMessage Chat app, which liked to send all of its data via servers in China, has been removed from the Google Play Store. The question remains, if there was a legitimate iMessage app for Android would you use it?
Avoid at all costs the iMessage Chat app in the Play Store
A recently published paper by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has outlined the security concerns the two government agencies have about the use of Android by emergency service personnel including the police and the fire department.
How Google has been making Android a safer place since 2012
Security researchers have found a bug in Android which allows them to create malicious Android apps which appear to be genuine with the correct digital signatures. However it is unlikely that such apps will make it into the Google Play Store. But those who use third-party sites need to beware.
Report: Android’s malware problem is getting worse, and only users of the latest version are safe from harm