Google in the attempt of making the browsing safer for the Android devices has introduced a device local safe browsing API for developers. The search giant made an announcement at Google I/O in May regarding this and the day has finally arrived.
Google in its blog post announcement has made it clear about the accessibility of API and its easy usage. The API will hopefully encourage many developers to adopt and make use of its capability. Access to this API will be available for the developers with the beginning of Google Play Service version 9.4.
The API determines whether the particular URL has been classified by Google as a threat. SafetyNet acts internally and it implements a client for the Safe browsing Network Protocol v4 developed by Google. Both the client code and network protocol were designed in a way to preserve user’s privacy. It also minimizes the battery and bandwidth consumption. With this API developers can take full advantage of Google’s Safe Browsing service Android. It can be done in a most resource-optimized way without implementing its network protocol.
Device-local safe browsing API enables developers to use protection that Google uses on the web and it helps developers to determine whether a link is safe to visit or not. There are tons of phishing websites that attempt to get login information from the user as well as sites that host malware. These malicious websites are actually not considered as safe and marked as a known threat on Google’s list. The API implementation is extremely easy within the app.
As per Google’s security team, this is just one step towards making Android much safer for browsing. Earlier they had updated their documentation for Safe Browsing Protocol Version 4 and now made client-side Safe Browsing a reality. “Since our initial launch we’ve shown hundreds of millions of warnings, actively warning many millions of mobile users about badness before they’re exposed to it”, as reported in Google Security Blog.
The API is using the latest version of the Safe Browsing protocol which helps it to acts quickly and saves data. Apps using Google Safe Browsing API specifies exactly the threat type including malware, phishing or both.