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.