This should surely not be the first time you must be hearing about reCAPTCHA, it exists all across the interwebs. Google has been helping internet services protect themselves from bot invasions with the use of the said technique. And now it is looking to enable the same protection on Android-powered hand-held devices — be it a smartphone or tablet.
Falling in line with 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 everyday. Now mobile users can enjoy their apps without being interrupted, while still staying away from spam and abuse.
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 bot.
Google has, however, already begun eliminating the said process with the release of invisible reCAPTCHA in the early days of 2017. 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. Invisible reCAPTCHA has been designed to allow websites (and now 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 invisible technology.