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In court, Google Play Protect is shooting Google in the foot.

One of the Epic expert’s biggest points is turning out to be that Google automatically scans incoming apps for malware through a feature called Google Play Protect.

“Now the malware scanner’s going to run, and it’s going to look and see if the app you were trying to install is malicious,” Professor Mickens tells the jury.

Mickens says it’s Google’s most important protection against bad apps.

Judge Donato interrupts to ask: “Could all those other steps be skipped and a user go directly from ‘I’d like to install it’ to the GPP stage?”

Mickens won’t go quite that far: “I don’t think they should be skipped.” He promises to come back to that point in a couple of slides.