The Google Play Store is one of the great apps on android devices, second perhaps to Google Play Services. The Google Play Store systems the primary app distribution for developers, and the essential app for maintenance and discovery for the average user. Primary does not mean limited, and both users and developers surely have other mediums for downloading new apps and distributing. But, these mediums pose a potential security risk to the end-user. Now, Google is preparing to have Play Store advise about apps that can install unknown apps to keep users informed, and testing settings for Incognito Mode.
Incognito Mode: Google is changing on privacy and giving users control back over data. Google apps are receiving an Incognito Mode option to let users opt-out of having data collected for that session. Google Play Store v17.0.11 covers new series that specify the app will get its own Incognito Mode. Warning for active Install for Unknown Apps approval: In the Android 9 Pie, Google removed universal toggle, which allowed the installation of apps from outside of the Google Play Store. Instead, the users have to grant permission to each app that goes to queue an APK for installation when APK does not create from the Google Play Store. For, e.g., Fortnite is accessible on Android but not distributed through the Google Play Store for financial reasons. The users have to download the Fortnite Installer from the Epic Games website and then grant Chrome for the permission to sideload the Installer APK to queue the installation. Installing the Fortnite Installer, the installer recommends revoking the approval from the browser to keep the gate closed and stop silent misuse.
The Google Play Store is making to prompt users to evaluation the app installation authorizations granted to any other apps. Instead, this is likely an try to close down a possible attack vector. Most of the users grant this permission and never revoke it when their goals achieved, which leaves the door open for potential misuse. Optimistically, Google’s reminders are not aggressive to a constant annoyance for those who monitor their sideloading activities.