Google brings reCAPTCHA API to An­droid

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Ten years af­ter be­gin­ning to of­fer pro­tec­tion to Web users, Google has now taken a step to­wards pro­tect­ing mo­bile de­vices and brought its renowned reCAPTCHA API to An­droid. The move is to pro­tect An­droid users from spam and abuse, as well as coun­ter­moves by its com­peti­tors in the smart­phone space, which in­clude Ap­ple and Mi­crosoft.

“With this API, reCAPTCHA can bet­ter tell hu­man and bots apart to pro­vide a stream­lined user ex­pe­ri­ence on the mo­bile,” said Wei Liu, prod­uct man­ager for reCAPTCHA, Google, in a blog post.

Avail­able as a part of Google Play Ser­vices, the reCAPTCHA An­droid API comes along with Google Safe­tyNet that pro­vides ser­vices such as de­vice at­tes­ta­tion and safe brows­ing to pro­tect mo­bile apps. The com­bi­na­tion en­ables de­vel­op­ers to per­form both the de­vice and user at­tes­ta­tions us­ing the same API.

Carnegie Mel­lon alumni Luis von Ahn, Ben Mau­rer, Colin McMillen, David Abra­ham and Manuel Blum built reCAPTCH as a CAPTCHA-like sys­tem back in 2007. The de­vel­op­ment was ac­quired by Google two years af­ter its in­cep­tion, in Septem­ber 2009. The so­lu­tion has ben­e­fited more than a bil­lion users so far.

Google is not just lim­it­ing the ac­cess of reCAPTCHA to An­droid but also plans to bring it to Ap­ple’s iOS as well. It would be in­ter­est­ing to see how it is adopted by iOS de­vel­op­ers. Mean­while, you can use the reCAPTCHA An­droid Li­brary un­der Safe­tyNet APIS to in­te­grate the se­cured so­lu­tion into your An­droid apps.

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