The Google app and its synchronized applications, including Maps and Gmail, have been flagged as potential malware on certain smartphones.
Users of Huawei, Vivo, and Honor phones have reported encountering a security threat notification when attempting to open the Google app.
These devices are urging their users to uninstall the app due to its classification as a “Trojan SMS-PA” malware.
Phones running their respective operating systems, with the exception of Vivo, are flagging the Google app as a high-risk threat.
Google clarified that the security alerts were being generated by devices lacking certification related to Google Play Protect.
– Certain smartphones are identifying the Google app as potential malware and warning users against its usage.
– Huawei, Vivo, and Honor phones have reported encountering a security threat notification when trying to open the Google app.
– The app is being classified as a “Trojan SMS-PA” malware, urging users to uninstall it.
– Other applications under Alphabet Inc’s subsidiary, such as YouTube, have also been flagged as high-risk threats.
– The issue seems to be a false positive, and devices lacking certification related to Google Play Protect are generating the security alerts.