Google Play services have been removed from an Android app that was reportedly created by a company that sells anti-phishing software.
The app was supposed to allow users to remove Google Play-branded anti-tracking, anti-virus and other measures from apps, but Google said that was not possible.
The company said that in the future, users would be able to “use the app to remove any Google Play anti-privacy measures, and disable or uninstall any Google Account or Google Play Store-branded security features.”
In a statement to Recode, Google Play said that it “was aware of an incident of a malicious developer modifying the app in the early stages of development.”
“We’ve been working closely with Google to ensure the app’s integrity, and we’re taking steps to mitigate this risk,” the company said.
“We are aware of a similar incident involving the app being made available on other platforms.
We are working with our partners to review the app and ensure it’s safe to release.”
Google Play also said that the company “removed anti-abuse filters from the app when it was first released to the Play Store, but this functionality has since been removed.”
Google said it “is actively working to fix this issue.”
Google is in the midst of an internal review into anti-trust issues in its Play Store.
It has already removed the anti-counterfeiting feature from the App Store.
“Google Play services are designed to protect users against harmful third parties using the apps they download, and are not designed to allow third parties to circumvent the app permissions they require,” Google said.