Google releases reCAPTCHA API for Android Devices

Google has released reCAPTCHA API for Android mobile users. The API is part of Google Play Services. Google’s reCAPTCHA is a free service that protects a website from spam and abuse. It uses an advanced risk analysis engine and adaptive CAPTCHAs to keep automated software from engaging in abusive activities on your site. Google developers team can now add the verification to mobile applications to distinguish between bots and human users.

Wei Lu of Google’s reCAPTCHA team said :

“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.”

“Mobile developers can do both the device and user attestations in the same API to mitigate security risks of their apps more efficiently.”

Vinay Shet (Product Manager, reCAPTCHA in Google) said:

“On websites using this new API, a significant number of users will be able to securely and easily verify they are human without actually having to solve a CAPTCHA. Instead, with just a single click, they will confirm they are not a robot.” 

User’s reCAPTCHA experience requires clicking a checkbox attesting they are not a bot. Machine learning capabilities will either pass the user through or present a traditional CAPTCHA to ensure they are breathing person. Invisible reCAPTCHA does not require the checkbox, and only suspicious traffic is supposed to trigger a CAPTCHA verification requirement.

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