Android 4.2 will scan your apps for safety

Android 4.2 Jelly Bean will include a built-in app scanner, according to Android vice president of engineering Hiroshi Lockheimer, who last week spoke with Computerworld’s JR Raphael.

The app scanner, which was hinted at last month, is a thin client of the Google Play store’s Bouncer software, which scans every app uploaded to the official Android app store.

If you choose to “sideload” an app from elsewhere directly to your device, Android 4.2 will prompt you to “verify” it.