Back at Google I/O in May, Google announced Play Protect, the consumer-facing evolution of Verify Apps, which is the background app check service that makes sure you don’t have any suspicious or malicious software installed on your device. Verify Apps has existed for many years and has grown from an opt-in feature to an opt-out one, then to a background process, and then earlier in February it started displaying the apps it had scanned.
Play Protect aims to bring Verify Apps to the foreground in the Play Store and make sure that all users are aware that their device’s security is being monitored. The first aspect of the service is a visual modification of the Verify Apps screen under Settings -> Google -> Security -> Verify Apps that is now starting to display a Play Protect screen. (I’m guessing the name of the settings item will be changed later.)
The new screen doesn’t change a lot from the previous Verify Apps one, except the addition of a short description of what it does and a Looks good checkmark that should make you feel better about things. The toggles and the recently scanned apps sections are still the same as before.
The change started rolling out over two weeks ago to users, but it appears to now be more widely available — all of my devices currently have it. It seems to require Play Services 11 or above, so technically everyone should have it but here’s a link to APK Mirror should you want the latest and greatest APK.
As for the more consumer-facing aspect of Play Protect, namely the Play Store card that tells everyone that their devices are all fine and protected, well it doesn’t appear to be live for me yet, so it might be on a slower or delayed rollout. Please let us know