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Researchers with the International Computer Science Institute claim to have discovered thousands of free Android apps on Google Play that track the location of children, serve up targeted ads to kids, and perform other functions that are potentially in violation of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The researchers published their findings in a study (PDF) titled, "'Won't Somebody Think of the Children'? Examining COPPA Compliance at Scale." "Based on our automated analysis of 5,855 of the most popular free children's apps, we found that a majority are potentially in violation... Read more...
Sony unveiled the first two smartphones in the Xperia XZ2 line back in April with the announcement of the XZ2 and XZ2 Compact. A third model has now been revealed and this one aims directly at smartphone photographers out there that value camera performance. The Xperia XZ2 Premium promises ultra-high sensitivity with a dual camera system and 4K HDR movie recording capability. The camera claims the world's highest ISO 12800 sensitivity for video recording available in a smartphone, for photos the sensitivity is 51200. Those settings enable ultra-low light image and video capture that Sony says was... Read more...
There's still a lot we don't know about Google's upcoming Android P release, but thanks to an inadvertent leak on Google's own blog, speculation about certain minor details has now exploded. It looks like the Home button icon has turned into a pill, the back button into an outline, and the dialog boxes now have curved edges. In a blog post talking about network security improvements in Android P, a screenshot left in tact revealed all of the things mentioned above, as well as a couple of other aesthetic changes. Since publishing, Google cropped out some of the screenshot, which could either mean... Read more...
LG has announced that it is opening a new Software Upgrade Center in South Korea. This will be its first facility of this type and the goal is to provide customers globally with faster, timelier smartphone OS and software updates. Faster Android updates have been one of the major reasons that Android fans choose Google's devices over other competing products. LG has located the new center on a campus in Magok-dong, western Seoul. The software center will be charged with regular OS updates for LG smartphones and for ensuring a consistent user experience on LG devices. The Upgrade Center will continuously... Read more...
It's April 1 and this day makes many of us around these parts skeptical about oddities we find online. Google is doing something that at first glance seems like an April Fools joke, but it’s a legit thing that might keep your kids (and you) entertained while all those Easter Eggs are being hidden in the yard. Most will be familiar with Where's Waldo, the red and white stripped hide-and-seek master from books and posters growing up. Google and Waldo have teamed up to let you try and find him using Google Maps. Waldo wrote, "I’m always on the lookout for fantastic new places to explore.... Read more...
To say that Huawei has been beleaguered of late would be an understatement. The company has seen all hopes of distributing its smartphones in the U.S. thwarted, be it from wireless carriers or from nationwide retailers. Much of trouble that Huawei has been faced with comes as U.S. authorities are concerned about its close ties to the Chinese government. This poses a potential national security risk, which is why Americans are being warned to avoid Huawei products. Huawei has brought some of the trouble on itself by using shady tactics like encouraging fans to post fake reviews on Best Buy's website... Read more...
Earlier this month word was going around that Google might be rebranding its Android Wear wearables operating system to Wear OS. That rebrand has happened and the very first developer preview of the new operating system is now available. There are a couple caveats to this early developer preview of the OS, with the biggest being that Wear OS is only supported on two Huawei smartwatches. The supported devices include the Huawei Watch 2 and Huawei Watch 2 Classic, and this release is in no way geared toward everyday consumers. Google is specifically calling attention to a few features of Wear OS... Read more...
It seems that Verizon Wireless is going to sell a new Android phone made by Palm, a brand you probably have not heard referenced in quite some time. There are not many details to go on, other than the fact that TCL is working with Verizon to bring the Palm-branded handset to market, which could hold some nostalgic appeal. Whether TCL and Verizon play up that angle remains to be seen. While details of the actual handset are pretty much non-existent, Android Police says an unnamed "trusted source" indicated the Palm device will launch on Verizon sometime in the second half of this year. Verizon is... Read more...
There have been quite a few leaks surrounding the OnePlus 6 over the past month, which means that we must be getting really close to its official launch. We have previously seen leaked prototypes that suggest that the OnePlus 6 will have a notched display, and now we have official confirmation of that design decision. OnePlus sent a cropped image of the smartphone over to The Verge, which shows the notch in all its glory. Needless to say, most Android enthusiasts have not taken too kindly to the design trend, because it reminds them too much of the iPhone X. And if we recall, even Apple fans weren't... Read more...
One of the things that sets Android apart from other mobile devices and tablets is access to the Google suite of apps that are commonly called GApps. The GApps suite includes a number of applications including Google Play, Gmail, Camera, Keyboard, and others. Google is now adding tighter restrictions on what devices can access the GApps suite. Normally when an OEM complies with Google's requirements for GApps and pre-loads them on their devices, the devices have been certified for the apps to ensure everything works as Google intended. The problem is that some smaller OEMs were skipping that certification... Read more...
If your Android phone has suddenly started bombarding you with advertisements, you might the victim of malware, and specifically a strain that recently infiltrated Google Play by disguising itself as a bunch of handy utilities. Researchers at security firm Sophos discovered the tricky malware, saying that infected apps amassed over half a million downloads before Google removed them. Six of the booby-trapped apps claimed to be QR code readers, while another billed itself as a smart compass. All of them actually worked as advertised. To further mask the scent of foul play, the hidden adware in each... Read more...
In response to reports that Facebook had been collecting call data and SMS text messaging histories from Android devices between 2015 and 2017, the social networks says simply, "This is not the case." The denial is part of a press release titled "Fact Check: Your Call and SMS History" in which Facebook explains that nothing nefarious occurred, and that Android users gave the company permission to scrape certain data from their devices. "Call and text history logging is part of an opt-in feature for people using Messenger or Facebook Lite on Android. This helps you find and stay connected with the... Read more...
The last thing Facebook needs right now is yet another controversy, though one is starting to brew anyway. Already reeling from privacy concerns over the misuse of user data by Cambridge Analytica, a political data research company, it is now coming to light that Facebook has been collecting call history and SMS text messaging data from Android phones for the past several years as well. How and why did this happen? It all boils down to Android permissions, and how Facebook's mobile app was taking advantage of an earlier versions of Android to collect a surprising amount of sensitive information.... Read more...
Samsung has announced that it has launched the Galaxy Tab Active 2 in the U.S. The tablet is ruggedized, making it suitable for people who are hard on electronics or business users who frequently work outdoors. The tablet is designed to function in extreme conditions and offers an integrated LTE modem for connectivity on-the-go. The tablet can be used to access job-specific tasks and software with support for software for asset management or factory automation. "As digital transformation of business accelerates, mobile workers across industries require a device that is purpose-built to fit their... Read more...
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