Thu. Jun 4th, 2020

AV-TEST: Google Play Protect has a disappointing performance

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Recently, the well-known security evaluation agency AV-TEST tested 19 anti-virus solutions for mobile platforms. It turns out that Google Play Protect is not completely trustworthy. This round of tests provided a comprehensive assessment of the protection, usability, and functionality of the 19 Android security software.

A variety of software scored 13 points, including:
  • AhnLab V3 Mobile Security
  • Avast Mobile Security
  • AVG Antivirus Free
  • ESET Endpoint Security
  • Kaspersky Lab Internet Security for Android
  • Sophos Mobile Security
  • Symantec Norton Mobile Security
  • Trend Micro Mobile Security
All of the above products received 6 points of protection, 6 points of usability, and 1 point of functional scores, with almost no performance.
Unfortunately, the Google Play Protect rating is terrible. AV-TEST points out that Google Play Protect scored only 3 points for availability scores, and protection performance and functionality were directly awarded zero points. When detecting the latest Android malware in real time, Google Play Protect can only block 62% of malicious files (the industry average is 97.8%). The latest Android malware detection in the past 4 weeks was slightly higher than 69.2%, but still far below the industry average of 98.2%.

Finally, Play Protect also triggered at least 189 false warnings when installing and using legitimate apps through the Google Play Store.