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Google has introduced a new security feature on Android 4.2, JellyBean that aims to reduce the running of malware on an Android device.
A similar software to this was released in the past with Bouncer, which was available in the Google Play store.
Bouncer checked applications in the Play store for malicious content.
Now Google is implementing similar software directly into the Android operating system that will detect any foul play coming from foreign programs.
The service will be checking sideloaded applications in particular, and even though Android does not allow users to sideload apps, this restriction can be removed by enabling "Unknown sources" installation option from the Settings menu.
When this is enabled, Android users can now install any application on their device, including malicious content.
The new security feature will check the application when it is being installed with a list on Google's server to see if it matches with any of the malicious apps out there.
Android 4.2 was unveiled earlier this week and will launch on the Samsung Nexus 10 and LG Nexus 4 devices.
The software was originally expected to be called Key Lime Pie, but that name will probably end up being used for a later build of Android since Google decided to stick with JellyBean.
Android 4.2 features some exciting new updates to Google Now as it can now pull information directly from a users Gmail account including package tracking, hotel, and flight details. This makes the software much more useful for those looking for convenience.
The software also features Gesture typing which is similar to Swype. It allows users to simply glide their fingers across the keyboard to hit each letter of the word they are trying to spell, and it will give them suggestions as to what word they are attempting to write.