How to Trust Google Play Store Tests with Appdome-Protected Android Applications

Last updated May 12, 2024 by Appdome

Learn to Trust Google Play Store Tests in Android apps, in mobile CI/CD with a Data-Driven DevSecOps™ build system.

What Do Google PlayStore Tests Check?

Google Play Store tests help developers identify and fix bugs or issues before their apps are publicly available.  In general, Google Play Store tests can check for:

  • App crashes and bugs: This is a core aspect of testing, ensuring the app runs smoothly and doesn’t crash unexpectedly.
  • Functionality: Tests verify if all the app’s features work as intended and deliver the promised user experience.
  • Performance: This includes aspects like loading times, resource usage, and responsiveness of the app.
  • Usability: Testers provide feedback on how intuitive and user-friendly the app is, identifying any confusing elements.
  • In-app purchases (if applicable): Tests ensure the billing system works correctly and users can make purchases successfully.

By going through these tests, developers can significantly improve the quality of their apps before releasing them to the public on the Google Play Store.

How to Ensure Your Appdome Secured Mobile App Passes Google Play Store Tests?

Appdome’s security features safeguard your Android applications from various threats. However, these protections can sometimes trigger during Google Play Store’s automated testing process, potentially causing test failures. Here’s how Appdome helps navigate this and ensure your app passes Play Store tests:

Appdome’s Trust Google Play Store Tests feature identifies the specific signature of Google Play’s testing tools (instrumentation) and separates them from unauthorized attackers who might use similar methods. This distinction ensures your app behaves normally during legitimate testing while staying secure against real threats.

Prerequisites for Using Trust Google Play Store Tests:

To use Appdome’s mobile app security build system to Trust Google Play Store Tests , you’ll need:

Trust Google Play Store Tests on Android apps using Appdome

On Appdome, follow these simple steps to create self-defending Android Apps that Trust Google Play Store Tests without an SDK or gateway:

  1. Upload the Mobile App to Appdome.

    1. Upload an app to Appdome’s Mobile App Security Build System

    2. Upload Method: Appdome Console or DEV-API
    3. Android Formats: .apk or .aab
    4. Trust Google Play Store Tests Compatible With: Java, JS, C++, C#, Kotlin, Flutter, React Native, Unity, Xamarin, Cordova and other Android apps
  2. Build the feature: Trust Google Play Store Tests.

    1. Building Trust Google Play Store Tests by using Appdome’s DEV-API:

      1. Create and name the Fusion Set (security template) that will contain the Trust Google Play Store Tests feature as shown below:
      2. fusion set that contains Trust Google Play Store Tests

        Figure 1: Fusion Set that will contain the Trust Google Play Store Tests feature
        Note: Naming the Fusion Set to correspond to the protection(s) selected is for illustration purposes only (not required).

      3. Follow the steps in Sections 2.2.1-2.2.2 of this article, Building the Trust Google Play Store Tests feature via Appdome Console, to add the Trust Google Play Store Tests feature to this Fusion Set.

      4. Open the Fusion Set Detail Summary by clicking the “...” symbol on the far-right corner of the Fusion Set, as shown in Figure 1 above, and get the Fusion Set ID from the Fusion Set Detail Summary (as shown below): fusion Set Detail Summary image

        Figure 2: Fusion Set Detail Summary
        Note: Annotating the Fusion Set to identify the protection(s) selected is optional only (not mandatory).

      5. Follow the instructions below to use the Fusion Set ID inside any standard mobile DevOps or CI/CD toolkit like Bitrise, App Center, Jenkins, Travis, Team City, Circle CI or other system:
        1. Build an API for the app – for instructions, see the tasks under Appdome API Reference Guide
        2. Look for sample APIs in Appdome’s GitHub Repository
    2. Building the Trust Google Play Store Tests feature via Appdome Console

      To build the Trust Google Play Store Tests protection by using Appdome Console, follow the instructions below.

      1. Where: Inside the Appdome Console, go to Build > Security Tab > ONEShield™ section.
      2. When you enable Anti-Emulator you'll notice that your Fusion Set you created in step 2.1.1 now bears the icon of the protection category that contains Trust Google Play Store Tests

        Fusion Set applied Trust Google Play Store Tests

        Figure 4: Fusion Set that displays the newly added Trust Google Play Store Tests protection

      3. Click Build My App at the bottom of the Build Workflow (shown in Figure 3).
    Congratulations!  The Trust Google Play Store Tests protection is now added to the mobile app

Using Threat-Events™ for Google Play Store Tests Intelligence and Control in Android Apps

Appdome Threat-Events™ provides consumable in-app mobile app attack intelligence and defense control when Google Play Store Tests are detected. To consume and use Threat-Events™ for Google Play Store Tests in Android Apps, use registerReceiver in the Application OnCreate, and the code samples for Threat-Events™ for Google Play Store Tests shown below.

The specifications and options for Threat-Events™ for Google Play Store Tests are:

Threat-Event™ Elements Trust Google Play Store Tests Method Detail
Appdome Feature Name Trust Google Play Store Tests
Threat-Event Mode
OFF, IN-APP DEFENSE Appdome detects, defends and notifies user (standard OS dialog) using customizable messaging.
ON, IN-APP DETECTION Appdome detects the attack or threat and passes the event in a standard format to the app for processing (app chooses how and when to enforce).
ON, IN-APP DEFENSE Uses Appdome Enforce mode for any attack or threat and passes the event in a standard format to the app for processing (gather intel on attacks and threats without losing any protection).
Certified Secure™ Threat Event Check x
Visible in ThreatScope™ x
Developer Parameters for Trusting Google Play Store Tests Threat-Event™
Threat-Event NAME
Threat-Event DATA reasonData
Threat-Event CODE reasonCode
Threat-Event REF
Threat-Event SCORE
currentThreatEventScore Current Threat-Event score
threatEventsScore Total Threat-events score
Threat-Event Context Keys
message Message displayed for the user on event
externalID The external ID of the event which can be listened via Threat Events
osVersion OS version of the current device
deviceModel Current device model
deviceManufacturer The manufacturer of the current device
fusedAppToken The task ID of the Appdome fusion of the currently running app
kernelInfo Info about the kernel: system name, node name, release, version and machine.
carrierPlmn PLMN of the device
deviceID Current device ID
reasonCode Reason code of the occured event
buildDate Appdome fusion date of the current application
devicePlatform OS name of the current device
carrierName Carrier name of the current device
updatedOSVersion Is the OS version up to date
deviceBrand Brand of the device
deviceBoard Board of the device
buildUser Build user
buildHost Build host
sdkVersion Sdk version
timeZone Time zone
deviceFaceDown Is the device face down
locationLong Location longitude conditioned by location permission
locationLat Location latitude conditioned by location permission
locationState Location state conditioned by location permission
wifiSsid Wifi SSID
wifiSsidPermissionStatus Wifi SSID permission status

With Threat-Events™ enabled (turned ON), Android developers can get detailed attack intelligence and granular defense control in Android applications and create amazing user experiences for all mobile end users when Google Play Store Tests are detected.

The following is a code sample for native Android apps, which uses all values in the specification above for Trust Google Play Store Tests:


Using Appdome, there are no development or coding prerequisites to build secured Android Apps by using Trust Google Play Store Tests. There is no SDK and no library to code or implement in the app and no gateway to deploy in your network. All protections are built into each app and the resulting app is self-defending and self-protecting.

Releasing and Publishing Mobile Apps with Trust Google Play Store Tests

After successfully securing your app by using Appdome, there are several available options to complete your project, depending on your app lifecycle or workflow. These include:

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