Google Play Protect is an anti-malware service that monitor apps for suspicious behavior, and amply ensures security by removing malicious apps before they can cause any damage on Android phones, introduced by Google.
The Play Protect is rather the pulling under the same umbrella of the former "Verify Apps" feature and tracking system, "Find My Phone" with some other nifty security systems into Android with the overall aim to protect Android devices from malware-ridden apps using in-built malware scanner.
But according to AV-Comparatives, an independent security analytics firm based in Austria, Google Play Protect performance is short of what was obtainable with third-party antivirus apps, which in its test involving Play Protect and popular antivirus apps like Avast, Avira, AVG, Bitdefender, F-Secure, Kaspersky, McAfee, and G Data, Google Play Protect scored 83.2% in malicious apps detection.
The malicious apps detection rate for Avast, Avira, AVG, Bitdefender, F-Secure, Kaspersky, McAfee, and G Data was at 99.9% with Trend Micro scoring a whopping 100% detection rate.
Google Play Protect’s in-built malware scanner was unsuccessful in detecting malware in apps, with what is perhaps the worst score in false-positive test. According to the test, 28 apps were flagged as ‘malicious’ by Play Protect wrongly out of 500 apps. Albeit, the Play Protect service continuous-scanning model was to ensure that even an app that appeared legit at installation could be red-flagged if it later tried to download a malicious module, but it proved insufficient to the safety of Android users.
Therefore, it remains sacrosanct that there is still need for third-party security apps, as Google’s efforts have been proven ineffective to solve the Android malware issue.