Android users are vulnerable to these scams

Every minute, twenty three American Android users will access a malicious URL. These are the statistics from Q1 of 2018 according to a report from PSafe’s dfndr lab, which analyzed 200 million digital files from more than 21 million active users of its security application. According to Tech.Co these URLs include “fake virus alerts to phony dating sites, [and] new Android scams.” Tech.Co put together a list of which scams Android users are most likely to fall for, based on the data PSafe released. If you’re an Android user, from the United States or elsewhere, keep an eye out for

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Frightening new Android malware causes concern for users

If you’re an Android user, you might want to pay attention to news of the recent, aggressive form of malware known as RedDrop. This Android-exclusive bug can steal a device’s photos, contacts, files, and other data, and is also able to record live audio and rack up massive phone bills for the victim, according to Tech Spot. RedDrop was discovered by UK mobile security and data management firm, Wandera. Wandera said it found RedDrop was present on the phones of employees at several global consultancy firms, and that it is “one of the most sophisticated pieces of Android malware.” Wandera

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Android P promises to stop apps from listening to you through your phone

We posted back in January about the scandal that broke regarding some apps in the Google Play Store which were using users’ microphones to listen to their conversations without clear consent. It looks like Google has heard the complaints about the issue, and made a move to remedy the situation. The next version of the company’s mobile OS, Android P, will include new privacy protections that prevent apps from using a phone’s camera and microphone in the background. According to ZD Net, the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) said in a developers note for the OS that “once an app

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Some Android apps are listening to you without your clear consent

A recent scandal has broken in the news, reporting that certain smartphone games downloaded via the Google Play Store are listening to you through your microphone. Perhaps even more strangely, the apps aren’t listening to what you are saying; they are listening to your TV, computer, or whichever device you use to consume media. The apps even listen through the microphone while not in use. The apps use microphone access to collect data on “what shows you watch, which ads you hear, and even what movies you see,” according to The Verge.  This is a particularly shady practice, especially considering

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Google Cutting Out the Android Middleman

Google reportedly has its own smartphones and smartwatches ready for release by the end of 2016. With the widespread global success of Android OS, it makes sense that Google would want to keep more of the profits for itself. Google started by partnering with manufacturers like Samsung or HTC to sell Android-based third-party devices. It has also recently relied on Nexus devices, which were manufactured in collaboration with a number of tech firms. But now Google is cutting out the middlemen and selling in-house devices under the Google brand. The first, Android Nougat, is set for release this fall. Google’s

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Dell Ditches Android Tablets

Dell has decided to stop selling tablets that run on Android OS, focusing instead on Windows two-in-one devices. Dell has been discontinuing a number of Android-run devices for a while. Now, the Venue line of tablets and the Wyse Cloud Connect computer will no longer be available. “The slate tablet market is over-saturated and is experiencing declining demand from consumers, so we’ve decided to discontinue the Android-based Venue tablet line,” a Dell spokesperson was quoted as saying in a Network World article. Although the traditional slate tablet was fun and innovative at one point in history, two-in-one devices have the

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FCC, FTC to Investigate Mobile Security Updates

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are launching parallel probes into the mobile industry’s security update practices. The agencies want to determine how manufacturers issue security updates for mobile devices, and how carriers review and release the patches. “As consumers and businesses turn to mobile broadband to conduct ever more of their daily activities, the safety of their communications and other personal information is directly related to the security of the devices they use,” stated an FCC press release. “There have recently been a growing number of vulnerabilities associated with mobile operating systems that threaten the

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Android Updates Boost Accessibility

Smartphones make our lives so easy we don’t often think of the challenges they pose for individuals with disabilities. Google is working to make their products more accessible, releasing a group of updates including Voice Access Beta, which allows anyone to control their phone by talking to it. Voice Access Beta is meant for “people who have difficulty manipulating a touch screen due to paralysis, tremor, temporary injury or other reasons.” It allows users to instruct their device to perform a range of tasks, such as “open Chrome,” or “scroll down.” At the moment, the beta version of Voice Access

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Android Users Can Save Apple Music to SD Card

Apple has recently released an update for the beta app of Apple Music for Android. As Android users may know, one of the perks of having an Android over an iPhone is the additional storage available through the use of an SD card – which Apple products do not support. Now it seems that Apple is choosing to recognize that perk, and are allowing Android users the option to store songs from Apple Music on their SD card. This is a pretty decent update for a few reasons. Firstly, having the option not to store all your music on your

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BlackBerry + Android = Love

BlackBerry is committed to developing new devices based on the Android OS, announcing plans to continue to follow the course charted by the BlackBerry Priv. BlackBerry plans on releasing at least one, but possibly two, smartphones powered by Android in 2016. CEO John Chen told CNET the emphasis on Android should not come as a surprise to users considering BlackBerry 10 failed to gain popularity after its release in 2013. This, coupled with the fact that BlackBerry’s OS holds only a one percent market share while Android enjoys nearly 53 percent, leaves little shock in the company’s decision. The BlackBerry

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