Android's main advantage over iOS is that users can install apps outside the Play Store. However, that trump card from Google's operating system could be hampered in the future.
The 9to5 Google publication found evidence in the latest version of the Play Store app to prevent apps from being installed from unknown sources.
This measure aims to provide a new layer of security for the most widely used operating system worldwide. We are well aware that Android is heavily exposed to malware and many come in precisely with installing apps outside the Play Store.
There is evidence that this may be an option rather than an imposition
If you are already thinking that this is the end of the manual installation of APK´s on Android, calm down that will not be so. Strangely, it is mentioned that this may be an optional feature.
For whatever reason, Google may place on the users' side whether or not to enable this new feature. A decision that, if confirmed, turns out to be strange. If the idea is to prevent the installation of such applications, why give the user the power of decision?
Additionally, as Android is set up today, it is now possible to block app installs outside the Play Store. Or rather, in order to install an APK you have to go to settings and activate the option to install apps from unknown sources.
It is not yet clear whether this feature will actually reach users officially. If this happens, Google has to substantiate and explain this new strategy very well.
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