Items tagged with Android

Fans of the defunct Blackberry Passport who fancy the idea of a similar device that runs Android will want to check out the new device from a company called Unihertz. The smartphone is the Unihertz Titan, and it looks almost just like the classic Passport device. Unihertz is billing the smartphone as "unbreakable" and is aiming it at working pros, outdoor enthusiasts, and physical keyboard fans. The device is going to head to Kickstarter, meaning there is no guarantee it will ever be made. Unihertz has shared some details on the device, like its 4.5-inch 1440x1440 IPS LCD and its giant 6,000 mAh battery. The smartphone also has a dual-SIM slot and global LTE support along with wireless charging.... Read more...
We've simply grown accustomed to reading about Android malware on a regular basis, but this latest entry is both intriguing and incredibly dastardly in its deeds. Called Agent Smith, this malware has already infected 25 million Android devices globally with adware. Of those 25 million devices, India has been hit the hardest, taking the brunt of the attacks with 15 million infected devices. Agent Smith, which was first observed in the wild by Check Point Research earlier this year, has been coursing through the Google Play Store. After monitoring the its attack vector, Check Point Research was able to summarize Agent Smith's modus operandi into three parts. First, the malware lurks in... Read more...
How much data are Android apps gathering from your device? A recent study concluded that over 1,000 Android apps are able to take a user’s data even if that user has denied permissions. These apps are able to harvest geolocation data and other identifiers. Researchers at the International Computer Science Institute studied 88,000 apps from the Google Play store and discovered that 1,325 of these apps are able to gather data even if they have been denied permissions. Their research was presented at the Federal Trade Commission's PrivacyCon this past June. Serge Egelman, director of usable security and privacy research at ICSI, remarked at the conference that, "If app developers can just... Read more...
We mentioned a few days ago that the Windows 10 19H2 insider preview build was available and talked about it being rather boring as for as updates go. However, Microsoft has a made some changes in the latest Windows 10 preview that includes Eye Control and Your Phone improvements that are expected to be seen in a Windows update that will land in the first half of next year. Eye Control has some new options including mouse drag-and-drop, allowing you to combine click and drags with Shift and Ctrl modifier keys. The launchpad can now be hidden by selecting the pause button and reappears when the user briefly closes their eyes or looks away from the screen. A second activation method has been... Read more...
Google is working on making changes to how Android users share files between devices. The service looks to be a direct competitor to AirDrop offered on iOS devices. The new Android file sharing utility is called "Fast Share" and 9to5Google says that it was able to successfully activate the service, which is the replacement to Android Beam that was introduced with Android 4.0 in 2011. Fast Share on Android allows the sharing of images and other files on your phone along with URLs and chunks of text to nearby devices without needing the internet. Fast Share is in the system share sheet and accessed by using the Google blue diamond-shaped nearby icon. It can also be launched in the Settings >... Read more...
We’ve been hearing about Google’s Fuchsia in dribs and drabs for years, but it appears that the company is really gearing up to push development of the next-generation mobile operating system. Google has posted official documentation at Fuchsia.dev, which is indeed a Google-owned domain. According to Android Police, which was the first to stumble across the new dev site, most of the information available on the site has been previously available through the Fuchsia Git. At this time, the dev site is pretty barren, but does have links for a Code of Conduct for individuals for Fuchsia groups, how to get started with Fuchsia, and instructions on how to build/test/debug... Read more...
This mobile app is definitely something to scream about in more ways than one. The Android game “Scary Granny ZOMBYE Mod: The Horror Game 2019” s stealing users’ Google and Facebook data. The malicious app attempts to siphon both data and money from its users to attackers.  “Scary Granny ZOMBYE Mod: The Horror Game 2019” was a horror game that mimicked another popular Android game “Granny”. Users were tasked with running away from zombies while uncovering extra lives and various weapons. The game was installed over 50,000 times and boasted a 4-star review in the Google Play store before it was removed on June 27th. Image credit: Wandera Security... Read more...
Most Android users simply use Google Chrome by default for their browser because it's there and well, it works. However, there are plenty of alternative browsers out there for the Android platform including Firefox, which is getting a big update today. The new browser is being dubbed the Firefox Preview in its early development state (it was developed under the codename Fenix) and is up to twice as fast as the preceding versions of Firefox for Android. The GeckoView engine, which is optimized for mobile, is said to allow for speedy feature updates from Mozilla, and it nabs some of the same privacy-centric features from the desktop Firefox browser to keep all of your data safe. "Firefox Preview... Read more...
Sony unveiled its Xperia 1 smartphone back in February, and the big claim to fame for the device was its 4K display. Several months later, the smartphone is finally up for preorder, and according to Amazon, the Xperia 1 will ship July 12. There is still a big catch to the Xperia 1 in that Sony doesn't have the best name in the smartphone realm and the device sells for $949.99, which is on par with high-end devices like the iPhone and Galaxy smartphones. Sony knows that it will need a value add to lure buyers to the Xperia 1 over other flagship devices, and its offer is a free set of headphones. The headphones offered to all who preorder the device aren't basic headphones either; they are the... Read more...
It is often recommended that one of the best ways to avoid malware on mobile devices is to stick with established, reputable app stores. The two big ones are Google's Play Store and Apple's App Store, for Android and iOS, respectively. But is this a foolproof way to avoid malware? The answer is no, according to a two-year study. The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Sydney and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization's Data61. It focused solely on Android apps in the Play Store. The researchers found that counterfeit apps impersonating popular legitimate apps have become so sneaky that even a tech-savvy user might struggle to detect that something is... Read more...
Only two people in the entire world have a net worth of more than $100 billion. Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft, is one of them. He earned his fortune by spearheading the world's largest PC software company, and with his vast wealth, it's hard to fathom him having many regrets. Even so, he does readily admit to the "greatest mistake ever" during his heyday at Microsoft, and it is a big one. He regrets not building Android, or more specifically, the equivalent of what Androids represents in the mobile world. "You know, in the software world, in particular for platforms, these are winner-take-all markets. So, you know, the greatest mistake ever is the whatever mismanagement I engaged in that... Read more...
Well, this is surprising—a new security report makes the bold claim that "all mobile applications are vulnerable" to one kind of threat or another, and it really does not matter whether you are using Android or iOS. In fact, according to the report, iOS is not only just as insecure as Android, but even more so, if looking at the more critical vulnerabilities that exist. The report was put together by researchers at Positive Technologies, a global provider of enterprise security solutions for vulnerability and compliance management, incident and threat analysis, and application protection (according to the company's About page). According to the report, users downloaded mobile apps over... Read more...
Generally speaking, pricing on flagship smartphones has continued to climb, because all of those fancy bells and whistles found on the top-end models do not come cheap. Not everyone has or is willing to spend a grand or more on a top-shelf handset, though, and some of the cheaper alternatives make too many sacrifices to hit a lower price point. That is not the case with Samsung's Galaxy S10e. The Samsung Galaxy S10e is the least expensive model in the Galaxy S10 family, the others consisting of the regular Galaxy S10, the larger Galaxy S10+, and the decked out Galaxy S10 5G. Make no mistake, however, even though the Galaxy S10e is positioned at the rear of the pack, it is not a budget or entry-level... Read more...
For a long time, the only place to get Nintendo games and characters was on a Nintendo game console. However, Nintendo has been bringing some of its popular characters and properties to mobile devices with games like Super Mario Run and Pokemon Go. It's been a while since we've heard anything new from Nintendo on the mobile game front, but that is changing with Dr. Mario World. Dr. Mario World will launch for download on Android and iOS devices on July 10, 2019. Gamers can pre-register for the game on both devices now. Dr. Mario World is a puzzle game that sees Dr. Mario trying to eliminate viruses. Players have to match capsules with viruses to make them disappear. All the player has to do is... Read more...
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