The technical means of copyright protection, known as DRM, have been a stumbling block in the dialogue between developers and users for several years already. The former want to protect their intellectual property from copying, the latter — to dispose of the purchased product at their discretion. Google has always been considered loyal to Android users, and manually installing APK files has long been one of the key features of the mobile OS. But judging by the latest information, soon this may change.

Google took up the "purity" of Android-applications

Android has always been famous for the ability to install the program manually, but according to a recent publication on the developer’s blog, Google decided to implement DRM elements on the Google Play platform.

«We added a few metadata for security to make sure that the APK file was received via Google Play,» the search giant says.

Technically, this is copy protection. According to Google itself, adding DRM should protect users from viruses and other malicious programs.

Google took up the "purity" of Android-applications

«In the future, for applications that have been distributed through channels approved by Google Play, we will be able to determine the authenticity of applications, even when the device is turned off. Also, we can add these programs to the user library and control the update of the program after the device connects to the network. This will give users more confidence when using applications approved by Play, «- said in Google.

A similar system of protection has long been used in the gaming industry: as an example, you can recall the popular online services Steam from Valve and Origin from EA. Of course, DRM is just a tool, and only developers can decide how to apply it. The massive introduction of a new system for protecting digital rights for Android-applications is not yet being discussed — but everything will depend on the policy of the developers themselves in the future.