Google offers bug bounty to clean up mobile apps

The Android parent developed this smart messaging app with one objective in mind, and that's to make it easier for people to communicate with their friends. Hack some of the most popular apps used by people in Google Play Store.

For the time being, there are only a limited number of the app which is compatible with this feature and the "Try it" feature is available just in a few regions as of now.

Google revealed at I/O earlier this year that Play Store subscriptions have been growing like insane, with the amount of revenue and the number of subscriptions on the platform doubling in 2016, compared with the previous year. Instant Apps are not enabled for all applications by default.

This data will then be shared with other app developers to continue providing a safe space for every downloader.

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Currently, only the 13 apps are subject to evaluation due to their popularity, while other new apps will be opened for testing after a trial period. And some shopping apps also saw a growth in customer conversion rate.

Here's how Google's transactions fees for developers will now be structured: for the first year, they'll get a 70 percent cut, with Google taking 30 percent. All apps invited into the program must have their own coordinated disclosure program in place, and security researchers are expected to apply for a reward from the Google Play Security Reward Program only after the vulnerability is made public by the participating company. Like if you type Vimeo in Google on your phone, the search results will show you a link to the instant app of Vimeo.

Google is introducing a new program to help root out vulnerabilities in third-party apps in its Google Play storefront. However, Google claims that it will add support for Android 5.1 devices shortly.

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