19 January 2018
Google does value security and software updates which is why so many people purchase Google Pixel devices. But what if app security and stability could be improved on all devices running on Android? Google has launched a new program to squish some of the most annoying bugs found in apps on the Play Store. Google is basically encouraging young developers to work with app developers to fix vulnerabilities found in apps. The cherry on the top is that Google will pay you $1,000 for finding and fixing the vulnerability. Your $1,000 gift might be your free ticket at purchasing one of Google’s new Pixel 2 devices!
Google has called this initiative, the “Google Play Security Reward” program. If this tickles your fancy, bear in mind that as of now this is only applicable to certain apps. The list of apps currently includes Alibaba, Dropbox, Duolingo, Headspace, LINE, Snapchat and Tinder along with “all Google-developed Android apps available on Google Play”. The vulnerabilities should not be based on subjective opinions like the icons being too square or too round. These should be bugs which pose a threat to the functioning of the app like force closing or a bug in the UI of the app.
The researcher will work with the app developer to fix the bug, after which Google needs to be informed of the solution through which the issue was resolved. Once this has been confirmed, you’re $1,000 richer than what you were!