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  1. You shouldn't profit from punishment The lawyer leading the complaints against Alphabet in the EU Android case doesn’t sound impressed by giant ad-slinger’s proposed remedy. Not one bit. While appealing the verdict, Google has also proposed separating its Android bundle into two parts, charging for the part that includes the Play app store. And this is the bit that vexes Thomas Vinje, the Clifford Chance lawyer and the legal counsel and spokesperson for FairSearch, a group representing Google’s critics. Since access to a broad range o
  2. Fenix, which is a codename, is a new browser for Android by Mozilla that will replace the current Firefox web browser for Android eventually. Fenix is open source and interested users may follow development on the project's GitHub website. Firefox users interested in the new browser could not get it from Google Play up until now; this changed recently with the release of a preview version of the browser called Firefox Preview. Designed for beta testing and feedback, it is available to all Google Play users who sign up to participate in the testing. Firefox Preview is ba
  3. Unsweetened: Android swaps sugary codenames for boring numbers Android gets a new logo, and it looks like a final release is coming any day now. We usually get a fun codename to go along with each big new Android release. The names are based on sugary snacks that started with the letter C in Android 1.5 and have been working their way down the alphabet. Over the history of Android, we've had 1.5 Cupcake, 1.6 Donut, 2.0 Eclair, 2.2 Froyo, 2.3 Gingerbread, 3.0 Honeycomb, 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, 4.1 Jelly Bean, 4.4 KitKat, 5.0 Lollipop, 6.0 Marshmallow, 7.0 Nou
  4. Microsoft unveils Puppets, its Animoji alternative Microsoft released a new beta version of the company's Swiftkey keyboard application for Android recently. The new beta release comes with a new feature called Puppets. Puppets works similarly to the Animoji feature of Apple's iOS operating system. It gives Swiftkey users an option to create virtual character (puppets) clips based on the recorded facial expressions of the person that is in front of the camera. Microsoft introduced the feature in Swiftkey Beta for Android. The featur
  5. Dr. Mario World by Nintendo for Android: first look Dr. Mario World is Nintendo's latest mobile game. The game is now available for Android and iOS devices, and gamers from all over the world can download and install the game on their mobile devices. Dr. Mario World is a free to play game with in-app purchases. The game is a mobile remake of Dr. Mario, a game released in 1990 by Nintendo for various systems including the Game Boy, NES and SNES. First, the basics. You can download Dr. Mario World from Google Play and install it on the device. The game
  6. Google confirms “Play Pass” subscription service for Android apps Screenshots show $4.99 a month service for "hundreds" of apps and games. Google is testing a new "Play Pass" subscription service for the Google Play Store. The company confirmed testing of the new service to Android Police, after the site was sent screenshots of the subscription service by a user. Screenshots show the service would have users sign up right inside the Play Store, allowing them to pay a monthly fee for access to "Hundreds of premium apps and games." The promo mentio
  7. Two privacy-first, open-source platforms want to give consumers what the tech giants won’t. But starting from scratch isn’t easy. For years, the devices and services we use have ever more aggressively monitored our activities and mined our data. But as consumers have grown increasingly attuned to privacy concerns, solutions have been appearing to help them evade tracking. Browsers such as Brave and search engines such as DuckDuckGo play up their privacy-first design. When it comes to the dominant mobile operating systems, Google has talked about preserving pr
  8. Chrome on Android adds new features to make autofill more secure Google announced today a new feature for Chrome on Android that lets you authenticate credit card transactions through biometric information. In addition, the web browser on mobile is introducing improvements to its native password manager that will make signing in to a site quicker with the new touch-to-fill capability. Currently, when you make a purchase through Chrome on mobile, you will be asked to enter your card's CVC before the autofill feature provides your full card number to a form. Over
  9. Google reportedly peeks into Android data to gain edge over third-party apps Google is already under investigation by Congress, DOJ, and 50 state AGs. Enlarge Aurich Lawson / Getty Images 37 with 31 posters participating, including story author Google for several years has collected app-usage data collected from Android phones to develop and advance its own competing apps, a new report alleges. The project, called Android Lockbox, "collects sensitive Android user data" for use within Googl
  10. Android malware posing as Covid-19 contact tracing apps You might want to think twice before downloading a contact tracing app from a link (Image credit: EclecticIQ) As countries around the world started providing Covid-19 contact tracing apps to their citizens, cybercriminals used this to their advantage to distribute Android malware, according to a new report from EclecticIQ and ThreatFabric. Researchers from both companies as well others identified malicious Android apps that were disguised as the official contact tra
  11. Chrome is about to get a great new security tool – but only if you use Android If your login details are compromised in data breach, Chrome will let you know and prompt you to change them. (Image credit: Shutterstock) The Android version of Chrome is catching up with the desktop edition, gaining a security feature that helps to ensure that your passwords are safe. The browser has long featured a password manager that is used to store the login details for the sites you visit. This saves you from having to constantly type
  12. It’s calling the partnership the ‘App Defense Alliance’ Google announced today that it’s teaming up with three security companies to help identify malicious apps before they’re published on the Play Store and can potentially do harm to Android users. The company is calling this partnership the App Defense Alliance. Android is on over 2.5 billion devices, according to Google, and the company says that makes the platform “an attractive target” for abuse. That abuse can take the form of hidden malware or secret code designed to spy and siphon away sensi
  13. Google expands Chrome's Site Isolation feature to Android users Google also expands Site Isolation protections for desktop users. Google Chrome's Site Isolation security feature is now also available in a limited fashion on Android devices. If Chrome for Android users visit a site where they enter passwords, Chrome will isolate that site from all the other tabs in a separate Android process, keeping the user's data safe from Spectre-like attacks, Google said today. Furthermore, Site Isolation, which has been available for desktop users s
  14. Signal Users on Android Need to Update Right Now Image: Signal Signal, a popular encrypted messaging app, has recently patched a flaw that left Android users’ audio calls vulnerable to bad actors. Basically, the bug would’ve let someone answer calls for you—and it could all happen without you even knowing. Google’s Project Zero team reported the bug on September 27, and Signal fixed it in version 4.47.7, which was released last week.
  15. Vulnerability in fully patched Android phones under active attack by bank thieves "StrandHogg" spoofing flaw exploited by 36 apps, including bank trojans. Enlarge portal gda / flickr A vulnerability in millions of fully patched Android phones is being actively exploited by malware that's designed to drain the bank accounts of infected users, researchers said on Monday. The vulnerability allows malicious apps to masquerade as legitimate apps that targets have already installed and come to trust, resear
  16. “Absolutely relentless” “ad blocker” plasters users with—you guessed it—ads Ads Blocker uses several tricks to covertly and constantly bombard users with ads. Enlarge captcreate / Flickr A fake ad blocker available outside of Google Play is bombarding Android users with ads, many of them vulgar, and to make matters worse, the cleverly hidden adware is hard to uninstall. As documented by antimalware provider Malwarebytes, Ads Blocker, as the app is called, employs several tricks to surreptitiously and
  17. Google & Samsung fix Android spying flaw. Other makers may still be vulnerable Camera and mic could be controlled by any app, no permission required. Enlarge Aurich Lawson / Getty Until recently, weaknesses in Android camera apps from Google and Samsung made it possible for rogue apps to record video and audio and take images and then upload them to an attacker-controlled server—without any permissions to do so. Camera apps from other manufacturers may still be susceptible. The weakness, which was
  18. EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY — Google will pay $1.5 million for the most severe Android exploits Big bump coincides with investments Google has poured into securing its Pixel phone. Enlarge New Line Cinema Google will pay up to $1.5 million for the most severe hacks of its Pixel line of Android phones, a more than seven-fold increase over the previous top Android reward, the company said. Effective immediately, Google will pay $1 million for a “full chain remote code execution exploit with persistence
  19. All Android 8 (Oreo) or later devices are impacted. Google released a patch last month, in October 2019. Google patched last month an Android bug that can let hackers spread malware to a nearby phone via a little-known Android OS feature called NFC beaming. NFC beaming works via an internal Android OS service known as Android Beam. This service allows an Android device to send data such as images, files, videos, or even apps, to another nearby device using NFC (Near-Field Communication) radio waves, as an alternative to WiFi or Bluetooth.
  20. Google's decade-old feature used in Chrome to reduce browsing history is now available for location services in Android. After announcing it twice in the past year, Google is keeping its promise and unrolling Incognito mode for Maps for its Android users, the company confirmed in a blog post. Modeled after the same tool that can be used in Chrome since 2008 to visit web pages without any browsing history being recorded within the platform, the new feature will prevent users' activity in Maps from being saved to their Google account. This means that,
  21. Jack Wallen offers up his best advice for avoiding malware on Android. We're back to the topic that bears repeating every month or so: Android and malware. They seem to be like chocolate and peanut butter these days. But why? Is it the developer's fault? Is the onus on Google? I'm going to open a rather messy can of worms and say the blame could easily fall on the shoulders of everyone involved--including the user. But in the end, no matter how secure a platform Google released, if Android is used poorly, bad things will happen. The same holds true f
  22. An extra level of security WhatsApp has announced that its app can now be locked with a fingerprint on Android, following the addition of biometric security to its iOS version earlier this year. Turning the feature on means you’ll need to use your fingerprint to unlock the app even after unlocking your phone. It’s an extra level of security similar to what you might find in a banking app. The update doesn’t appear to be available in all regions just yet, but once it arrives, WhatsApp says you’ll be able to toggle on the extra security from within the
  23. Researcher discovered a double-free vulnerability in WhatsApp for Android that could be exploited by remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on the vulnerable device. A security researcher that goes online with the moniker Awakened discovered a double-free vulnerability in WhatsApp for Android and demonstrated how to leverage on it to remotely execute arbitrary code on the target device. The expert reported the issue to Facebook that acknowledged and addressed the flaw with the release of WhatsApp version 2.19.244. The expert discovered that the flaw resides in the DDGifSlurp
  24. A new set of 25 Android apps caught illegally charging users at the end of a trial period. Security researchers from Sophos say they've discovered a new set of "fleeceware" apps that appear to have been downloaded and installed by more than 600 million Android users. The term fleeceware is a recent addition to the cyber-security jargon. It was coined by UK cyber-security firm Sophos last September following an investigation that discovered a new type of financial fraud on the official Google Play Store. It refers to apps that abuse the ability for Android apps to ru
  25. Apps spotted abusing use-after-free() bug seven months before patch At least three malicious apps with device-hijacking exploits have made it onto the Google Play Store in recent weeks. This is according to eggheads at Trend Micro, who found that the since-removed applications were all abusing a use-after-free() flaw in the operating system to elevate their privileges, and pull down and run further malware from a command-and-control server. The malicious apps were Camero, FileCrypt, and callCam, so check if you still have them installed. "The th
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