Google has added Digital Rights Management (DRM) to all Android apps in Google Play to improve application security. The aim of adding this feature is to make sure that Android users are using authentic apps that are not corrupt in any case. The method works much like signed drivers in Windows.
The company was expected to be working on this feature for quite a while, to check that the apps downloaded from Google Play and shared offline can also be verified same as others in the App Store. DRM is something that can be used for other applications just like its association with streaming music and videos.
Google is defining this new feature by saying: “small amount of security metadata on top of APKs to verify that the APK was distributed by Google Play”.
James Bender, the Product Manager of Google Play writes on their Official blog.
“No action is needed by developers or by those who use your app or game. We’re adjusting Google Play’s maximum APK size to take into account the small metadata addition, which is inserted into the APK Signing Block.”
In a Blog of the Android Developer, the company gave details about adding DRM; Google will be capable of helping the developers to boost their availability, particularly in countries where data connectivity is limited. Without the internet availability, the user will also be able to ensure the app legitimacy.
“In the future, for apps obtained through Play-approved distribution channels, we’ll be able to determine app authenticity while a device is offline, add those shared apps to a user’s Play Library, and manage app updates when the device comes back online. This will give people more confidence when using Play-approved peer-to-peer sharing apps,” the Company said.
The app has once been verified will be added to your app library. Basically, it will be qualified for new updates from Google Play later on. Besides this, you can also share it via Family Library.