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“There never was Cyberpunk for Android, but unfortunately users don’t know better.”

Google’s security expert Dr. Qian is describing various types of annoying and scary malware that have hit Android devices, including adware, ransomware, and spyware. One example was a fake Cyberpunk 2077 game that wasn’t a game at all.

Like his Epic counterpart, Qian has three basic arguments that we’re now seeing on-screen:

Android devices face a significant threat of malware that can harm users

Android sideloading screens are prudent and consistent with best practices

Prof. Mickens’ proposals are less flexible, would introduce new security risks, and impose significant burdens on Google.