Millions of Android users could be banned from the feature after an “imminent danger” warning

GOOGLE could shut down a feature in its latest phones after it was revealed to be a secret backdoor for hackers.

The feature allows Android users to sideload obsolete apps onto their device.

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This meant users could install outdated versions of apps.

But Google may scrap the feature with its upcoming Android 14.

The tech giant plans to enforce tougher rules on apps as part of new API restrictions, which observers say will block apps that don’t meet the minimum requirements.

The feature can often promote the spread of malware.

While users might not like the latest update of an app and continue to use an outdated one instead, developers release new versions for a reason.

Aesthetic changes can come with an update, but the main reason for updating an app is usually to fix bugs and security holes.

Google is stepping up its game against hackers and malware as phone fraud surges amid the cost of living crisis.

The increasing availability of AI bots like ChatGPT by criminal gangs has also unleashed a new wave of new malicious codes that can find their way onto devices.

A type of malicious code that “can be easily modified to completely encrypt another person’s computer without user interaction” is currently circulating on Android phones, according to experts.

API requirements also prevent developers from releasing apps that target older Android phones.

Essentially, Google’s goal is to ensure that users don’t unknowingly allow malware to enter their devices.

But it also helps ensure apps work optimally on the latest phones.

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