Google Play Peer-to-Peer App and Game Sharing Is Live With SHAREit

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Last year, Google announced a change to APKs uploaded to the Play Store that would insert a bit of security metadata to verify the integrity of said files. The metadata was made official in June this year. Contrary to popular belief, it is not like DRM and the truth is a little far from that. Now, the Android Developers blog has announced that Play-sanctioned peer-to-peer app sharing is now possible thanks to the existence of said metadata. Google says this should benefit both users and developer as users will now have access to more secure software without needing to download it first, and developers because they can now reach a larger user base.

No action is needed by developers or your users. This is an important step that improves the integrity of Google Play’s mobile app ecosystem. Offline Play peer-to-peer sharing presents a new distribution opportunity for developers while helping more people keep their apps up to date.

Thanks to that metadata, Google Play can tell when an app that’s been shared from another device is what it claims to be. The step is essential as a malicious app can be renamed to look like an everyday app. The app’s authenticity can even be determined offline without requiring Play Protect or any other scan. Apps that are approved will show up in the Play Store and will receive official updates from that point. This would make sideloading even more secure

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Peer-to-peer sharing is handy in places where data networks are few and far apart. Generally, mobile data isn’t cheap at such locations and with the app and game sizes are getting exponentially bigger, being able to download once and share with all your friends and family is a much-needed feature. The first sharing channel supported is SHAREit, but Files Go and Xender are expected to follow suit in the coming weeks.

Source: Android Police

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