A security firm has discovered a major Android exploit that would allow hackers to take control of your smartphone’s camera in the background and use it to take pictures or record video while the phone is locked. The security report reveals that the exploit affects Google and Samsung smartphones, bringing the tally of affected users into the “hundreds of millions.”#technology #smartphone #Android #hacking #security #privacy
Push notifications are an essential part of our smartphones. Without them, we could miss important messages or miss out on hearing the latest news as it happens. Unfortunately, it appears that there might be a major problem with delayed Gmail notifications on Android, which is certainly no good.#technology #Android #email #Gmail
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.#technology #internet #Google #Android #Chrome #security
In the run-up to today’s Pixel 4 event Google was leakier than a fishnet stocking full of soup. One of the things that fell out was Google Recorder, which made its way into some people’s hands before it was officially unveiled on stage.#technology #Google #Android #Pixel #Recorder
It might not be a big surprise anymore, but it looks like it’s going to be a big deal.
Google Recorder is going to be a brilliant tool for students, journalists and anybody else who needs to record and transcribe speeches, lectures or interviews – and the good news is that while it was unveiled purely for the Pixel 4, it’s been tested on other Android devices too.
In a somewhat unconventional spectacle that included a fireside chat about the company’s environmental initiatives and photographer Annie Leibovitz dropping by to talk about smartphones, Google’s Pixel 4 event in New York today included few surprises, and at times, even fewer details on its new hardware.I hear they named one of their products the PixelBook Go. I wonder what Microsoft think about this...
Some Android phone and tablet users are reporting a bug with Google Assistant, which causes their device's screen to stay powered on indefinitely after hearing the wake phrase 'Hey Google'.#technology #Google #Android #Assistant #security
Security researchers at Sophos have found a manipulative strain of adware in the Google Play Store that attempts to avoid removal by hiding its own icon in the launcher, or by disguising itself as a legitimate system app.#technology #mobile #Google #Android #adware #security
The researchers found 15 apps in the Play Store that serve no purpose other than to display intrusive ads, and are unusually difficult to uninstall – and there may still be more undiscovered.
Chinese researchers have found no less than nine zero-day vulnerabilities in how Android handles VoIP in its more recent versions.#technology #Android #VOIP #hacking #security
The researchers stated that most security investigations focus on network infrastructure and apps, whereas they decided to look at Android’s VoIP integration.
There’s one thing worse than waiting for your phone to get a new version of Android, and that’s a brand-new phone launching with an old version of the platform.#technology #mobile #Android #Google
Fortunately, Google is cracking down on this practice (h/t: XDA-Developers), as it will no longer approve new devices running Android 9 Pie after January 31, 2020. In other words, new devices submitted to Google after this date will need to run Android 10.
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.#technology #Android #messaging #Signal #security
Attackers are exploiting a zero-day vulnerability in Google’s Android mobile operating system that can give them full control of at least 18 different phone models, including four different Pixel models, a member of Google’s Project Zero research group said on Thursday night.#technology #mobile #smartphone #Google #Android #Pixel #hacking #security
According to Google's researchers, the vulnerability impacts the Pixel 2, Huawei P20, Xiaomi Redmi 5A, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, Xiaomi A1, Oppo A3, Moto Z3, LG phones running Oreo and the Samsung S7, S8 and S9 running Android version 8 or higher.#technology #mobile #smartphone #Android #security
Google today announced Action Blocks, a new accessibility tool that allows you to create shortcuts for common multi-step tasks with the help of the Google Assistant. In that respect, Action Blocks isn’t all that different from Shortcuts on iOS, for example, but Google is specifically looking at this as an accessibility feature for people with cognitive disabilities.#technology #mobile #smartphone #Android #Assistant #ActionBlocks
While it was only a matter of time, YouTube Music, instead of Google Play Music, is now Android's official music app. Moving forward, Google says YouTube Music will come pre-installed on all new Android smartphones that ship with Android 10 and Android 9 Pie.#technology #Android #Google #YouTubeMusic #PlayMusic
It’s hard to develop a new smartphone operating system from scratch. But forking one is another story.What if there were a sudden huge demand in Google-free Android phones?
So when developer Gaël Duval wanted to create a smartphone operating system that emphasized privacy, he started with Android… and then stripped all the proprietary Google services he could.
By now, most people know that the Huawei Mate 30 and Huawei Mate 30 Pro smartphones will not ship with Google apps on board. Originally, we thought you would be able to unlock the bootloader to install Google apps on a Huawei Mate 30 Pro, but the company recently dashed those hopes.#technology #mobile #Google #Android #Huawei #Mate30Pro
Luckily, there appears to be a fairly simple workaround — discovered on Reddit — which allows a user to run Google apps with no rooting, unlocking, or software hacking necessary. However, the method does come with some considerable privacy and security risks, so it is by no means flawless.
Google Now On Tap first introduced us to the wonders of searching our screens, as Google’s feature highlighted noteworthy snippets of text and other details on our phones.#technology #mobile #Google #Android #Lens
Since then, we’ve seen Google Lens emerge as a powerhouse of a visual lookup tool, allowing us to copy/paste text from the real world and much more. Now, 9to5Google reports that the search giant is working to integrate Google Lens abilities into the Google app’s screenshot function.
Microsoft’s Your Phone app is getting smarter by the day. The app allows you to connect your Android smartphone to your Windows 10 PC to access notifications, SMS, photos, and more. Samsung users can do even more with it as a result of the company’s partnership with Microsoft.#technology #mobile #Windows #YourPhone #Android
We all hate being placed on hold when calling a business – especially the part where you're forced to listen to excruciating hold music that seems to drone on endlessly.Very clever. And if it's coming to the Pixel 4 soon, it could come to your Android device... well, maybe never, given how Google and Android phone manufacturers work.
But what if your phone's virtual assistant could go on hold for you, freeing you up to do other things? According to a new report from 9to5Google, the upcoming Pixel 4 could be getting that very feature.
Vivaldi has released a new browser for Android, packed with features that it hopes will lure users away from Chrome.#technology #internet #web #www #browser #Vivaldi #Android
Vivaldi made a name for itself with its super-customizable desktop browser, which lets you change pretty much every button, menu and bar to suit the way you use the web. It also boasts tab stacking – an incredibly helpful feature that allows you to collect related tabs together in a group so it's easier to find the one you want.
Bogus text messages aren't just being used to send you to malicious websites or crash your phone -- in some cases, they can hijack your emails. Check Point Research has discovered a vulnerability in phones from Huawei, LG, Samsung and Sony that lets attackers use custom SMS to intercept all email traffic on target devices.#technology #mobile #Android #security #privacy
Android 10 has landed, complete with a new name, a new mascot, and several fun features. One of the most important aspects of the new operating system is enhanced security and improved user control over permissions. You can now fine-tune the data apps access, restrict location services based on usage, contain background app activity and best of all, do all of this from a single privacy hub in settings.#technology #mobile #Android #privacy
Android 10 is here with loads of new features and some important changes under the hood. It’s all covered in our Android 10 announcement post, our features overview, and the update tracking hub. But what if you don’t have time to read through it all? Then Joe’s 11m:24s video overview of Android 10 is just what you need. Watch it below and stay tuned for our full Android 10 review coming soon.#technology #mobile #Android
There’s now a simpler way of swiping between Gmail accounts on Android that has long existed in iOS. Android Police reports that as of version 2019.08.18 of the app, you can swipe up or down on your profile picture in the top right of the interface to switch between accounts. Alternatively, you can tap on your profile picture to select from a full list of your accounts, just as you could before.#technology #Android #Gmail
As far as we know, Huawei is going to launch the Huawei Mate 30 Pro and vanilla Mate 30 at some point this year (rumors suggest they’ll land on September 18). This would be the first major flagship smartphone launch from the company since it was placed on the United States government’s Entity List.#technology #mobile #Android #Huawei #Mate30Pro
However, according to a Google spokesperson speaking with Reuters, Huawei would be in violation of the ban on U.S. firms working with the company if the Mate 30 devices come with the officially licensed version of Android that includes the Google Play Store and other Google-branded apps.
Microsoft has created an SMS Organizer app for Android .that’s designed to automatically sort messages. The software giant originally released the app in India last year, but XDA-Developers has spotted it’s now making its way to the US, UK, and Australia today. SMS Organizer uses machine learning to automatically sort messages and organize them into separate folders.#technology #mobile #sms #Microsoft #Android
Google is working on a Fast Share local file-sharing feature for Android Q, meant to replace its Android Beam functionality. But Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo have plans of their own, jointly announcing a local file-sharing standard that will be featured on all their phones.#technology #Google #Android #FileSharing #FastShare #Xiaomi #Oppo #Vivo
Google has announced that it's rolling out a new feature that will allow Android device owners to use the fingerprint scanners on their phones, or their PIN unlock code, to authenticate Google accounts.One thing I like about Apple's Safari is that it remembers your passwords but doesn't automatically fill in the password fields on a website. After all, it doesn't know who is holding the phone or tablet. It requires you to touch the fingerprint sensor. Or, I assume (I don't use it) Face ID.
Google now lets you sign in to some of its services on Chrome on Android using just your fingerprint, rather than having to type in a password. The feature is available starting today for some Android phones, and it will be rolling out to all phones running Android 7 or later “over the next few days.” According to a Google help page, the feature also allows you to log in using whichever method you have set up to unlock your phone, which can include pins and pattern unlock.#technology #mobile #Google #Android #security
Having your emergency contact information on your Android device could end up saving your life one day. By having valuable information such as medical info on your phone, paramedics can know what you’re allergic to and act accordingly.My phone doesn't have an Emergency information section in the Settings. But I installed an ICE (in case of emergency) app, which is on the front screen. The phone has a fingerprint sensor on the back, so I'm assuming that if I'm incapacitated any paramedic is going to try the obvious.
You don’t need to install a third-party app to have this information on your phone. By knowing where to go on your phone, you can have this life-saving information handy.