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You can now easily identify the original Government apps on Google Play Store

Concerned about the authenticity of government-related apps on the Play Store? Google has introduced a “Government” badge system to alleviate these worries. This badge will help users identify genuine government-affiliated apps, ensuring they can trust the source of their downloads.

The badge, serving as a visual identifier, now adorns government app listings, search results, and the primary Play Store feed, ensuring their visibility.

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When you tap on the badge, you’ll see a message confirming that the app is indeed affiliated with a government entity. It reads “Official government — Play verified this app is affiliated with a government entity.” It’s a pretty simple and effective way to know you’re dealing with a genuine government agency.

And this isn’t just for the US – Google will roll out the badge system globally. But it is currently active in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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According to a report from news outlet 9to5Google, the feature has been in the works for some time now. But getting that coveted government badge isn’t a walk in the park.

Government agencies must follow some rules like they must use official email addresses when creating developer accounts. And apps handling even more sensitive matters, like voting, will undergo additional verification before the app goes live on the Play Store. So far, over 3000 apps have earned the badge, but it’s just the beginning.

While Google is doing its part, it’s still wise to exercise caution when downloading apps – even if they don’t have the badge. For instance, you can check reviews and developer information to reduce the risk of downloading anything malicious or spammy.

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