This should surely not be the first time you must be
hearing about reCAPTCHA, it exists all across the interwebs. With the use of
this technique, Google has been helping internet services to protect themselves
from bot invasions. And now it is planning to enable the same protection on
Android-powered hand-held devices — be it a smartphone or tablet.
Following its very important announcement about increasing
the visibility of Google Play Protect service, the search giant has now
announced that the first reCAPTCHA Android API has been launched to help
protect mobile apps and data safe. It will be available to developers as part
of the Google Play Services package.
This brand new API is being debuted in celebration of the
tenth-anniversary celebration of the reCAPTCHA, which was developed by
researchers at Carnegie Mellon Univerity in 2009 and later acquired by Google.
It has since been building upon the system and has finally released its first
API for mobile. The reCAPTCHA Android API will be included with Google
SafetyNet, which provides developers with device attestation and safe browsing
experiences. The use of the API has been described as under:
It will use our newest Invisible reCAPTCHA technology,
which runs risk analysis behind the scene and has enabled millions of human
users to pass through with zero click every day. The users on mobile can now enjoy
their apps without any interruption, while still staying away from spam and
The CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing test to
tell Computers and Humans Apart) has always been a nuisance that asked you for
random number and alphabets to differentiate you, a human, from the fabricated
However, in the early days of 2017, Google has already
begun eliminating the said process with the release of invisible reCAPTCHA.
This verification system packs within the same security measures that’ve been
available with reCAPTCHA but it will now operate in the background.
The reasoning for this upgrade is quite simple. The
reCAPTCHA has been built and designed to allow websites and now also Android
apps to provide a seamless and intuitive user experience, without annoying
users by asking them to solve puzzles to prove they’re human. And Google is
taking a first step towards making the verification process effortless on
mobile by releasing the aforementioned API, which comes integrated with the