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  1. Google has removed 41 Android apps from the official Play Store. The apps were infected with a new type of malware named Judy, and experts estimate the malware infected between 8.5 and 36.5 million users. According to researchers from Check Point, the apps were available on the Play Store for years, but have been clean and virus-free for most of the time. It appears that starting with April 2016, the apps were slowly updated with malicious code. The purpose of this code was to launch a browser app, load an URL, and use JavaScript to locate and click on specific banners that would bring profits to the malware's creators. One company behind most malicious apps According to Check Point, almost all malicious apps were made by a South Korean company called Kiniwini, but registered on the Google Play Store as ENISTUDIO corp. It is unclear if the company added the malicious code itself, or its servers were compromised and the code added by a third-party. Furthermore, besides the hidden ad-clicking activity, the operators of the Judy malware used it to insert intrusive ads in other apps, almost to the point that users had no possibility of viewing or interacting with the original app's content. A list of apps infected with the Judy Android malware is available here. Despite apps going through periodic reviews, Google's Play Store security system, named Bouncer, wasn't able to pick up the malware's malicious activity. Nonetheless, help is coming! Google launches new Android security services On May 17, during the Google I/O annual event, Google announced a new service called Google Play Protect. According to Google, this new service continuously scans all Android apps and user devices for malicious behavior and uses machine learning to detect any suspicious activity. Once it detects a malicious app, it removes it from the phones of all users who installed it. The new Google Play Protect service suite is currently shipping to all devices with the Google Play app installed. Source
  2. Chrome Home is an experimental feature of Chrome for Android that makes major changes to the mobile browser when enabled. Chrome has the reputation of being a very stable browser, one that is kept more or less like it is in regards to the user interface and functionality. While that is certainly the case, Google has worked on modifications to the user interface of the browser all the time in the past. Most of these experiments are not disclosed to users of the browser, while some are launched as experiments to get feedback on them before the decision is made to roll them out to all users, or throw them in the garbage bin. Chrome Home Chrome Home is such a new feature. Unlike other interface modifications or changes in the past, it is a major one. It changes the browser's New Tab Page, but also the main toolbar of Chrome, as it moves it from the top to the bottom of the browser screen. Note that the new feature is only available in beta releases of Chrome right now (Chrome Beta, Chrome Canary, Chrome Dev) First, lets take a look at how you can enable the new Chrome Home feature: Open Google Chrome Dev on your Android device (may also work with Canary and Beta already). Type chrome://flags in the browser's address bar and tap on the submit button to load the address. Locate Chrome Home on the page. The easiest way to do that is to tap on menu, select Find on Page, and enter Chrome Home to jump to the flag right away. Tap on the default menu underneath the Chrome Home flag, and set it to enabled once the selection menu comes up. You are asked to restart Google Chrome at this point to apply the change. Note that there are two additional flags right now that you can enable: Chrome Home Expand Button -- which adds a button to Chrome Home that lets you expand the interface when you tap on it (you need to swipe otherwise). Chrome Home NTP Redesign -- enables the NTP (New Tab Page) redesign for Chrome Home. Chrome Home moves the browser's address bar to the bottom of the screen. This is a major move, considering that most browsers display the address bar at the top. Even if you don't mind the change, it is likely that you will need to grow accustomed to the new position, and that it will feel out of place in the beginning. The move of the address bar is the most visible, but not the only change that Chrome Home introduces. You can swipe up using the toolbar as your base for the motion to display the new tab page interface on the screen. This interface lists top sites (you visited) or popular sites, news, and links to Home, Downloads, Bookmarks and the browsing history. Tip: You can disable the popular sites by setting the flag "show popular sites on the New Tab Page" on chrome://flags to disabled. You can use the swipe motion to increase or decrease the size of the interface. Downloads, bookmarks and history display those directly; useful to manage downloads, open bookmarks, or manage the browsing history of Chrome for Android. (via Stadt Bremerhaven) Article source
  3. Since Google had acquired Android in 2005, things have surely changed, from phone looks to the nature of the applications. Perhaps only a few can remember the first generation of Android games. Over the time, the obsession of Android based games may come and go, but as far as the antiviruses are concerned, they still remain most popular types of apps in android. It has long been argued that who exactly needs an antivirus? Well, you don’t need one if you are already playing it safe. Downloading apps only from the Play Store, and keeping your security settings on. However, it is essential for those who wants to explore unknown things or likes to do it rough. Anyway, here are the 20 best free antivirus and anti-malware Android apps to keep your phones healthy. 20. Max Clean Security Antivirus Max Antivirus is a multi feature anti virus app that keeps your phone protected from viruses, adware and malware. It also cares about your privacy, and provides a boost whenever your phone needs it. It comes with some secondary functions like app lock and junk cleaner which can come handy anytime. The app gives you advance warning about any suspicious activity. Overall, Max Clean Security Antivirus is light, free and reliable app. 19. Green Booster Antivirus Green Booster Antivirus is new in the market, but has some promising features which is good enough for a reason to test it out. It comes with one click scan and a nice real time protection feature. This app is for those who likes small and light apps, but without compromising its ability. 18. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Malwarebytes provides you a lite weight, no nonsense and above all, absolutely free anti-malware protection for your android devices. With nearly 10 million downloads and higher user ratings, is app is starting to get the respect it deserves. The app rigorously scans for various malware, including spyware and trojans and notifies you when someone is spying on you or when you are about to open a malicious website. 17. Hi Security Virus Cleaner With over 20 million+ installs, the Hi Security Virus Cleaner is gaining popularity among the android users quite rapidly. To ensure the customers with world class antivirus and malware protection, Hi Security has an official tie up with McAfee, a part of Intel Security. It also comes with an intelligent app lock system with dashing lock themes. With Hi Virus Cleaner you can periodically scan your device at ease. 16. Hi Security AntiVirus Lite Hi Security AntiVirus Lite is an another alternative for those who seek something new. As we mentioned, the app is relatively new and provide its users with a powerful antivirus engine with cloud based database, which ensure your device’s security. It also comes with an app lock for better privacy options and wifi security to give you an edge against ARP spoofing and DNS hijackings. 15. Lookout For many android users (T-Mobile) especially in the United States, Lookout Security and Antivirus have become a natural option. Unlike many other pre-installed third party apps, Lookout is a decent option when it comes to basic antivirus protection. For free users, it provides almost every basic feature including a robust anti malware and spyware and a backup facility for your important contacts. 14. TrustGo Antivirus and Mobile Security TrustGo is a free and powerful virus scan engine, which allows you to quickly find suspicious apps carrying viruses or stealing private data on your devices. The app comes with a clean and easy interface. Overall, it has every important feature of an able antivirus, from real-time protection, and a privacy guard to a system manager, find-my-phone functionality, and data backup just in case you need it. 13. Avira Antivirus Security Avira Antivirus Security is relatively new, but it’s making quite a lot of buzz already. Now you can secure your photos, contacts, emails and credit card numbers without any hassle and for free. Avira gives you full power over our phone’s security with tons of features. It’s free and promising and definitely worth a shot. What do you think? 12. AndroHelm Mobile Security AndroHelm Mobile Security provides a complex security for your smartphone from nearly all possible threats. With more than 1 million installs, is surely building its trust among the customers. Among its popular features, the app provides its customers with real-time protection from malware and spyware. It also scans new apps upon installation, frequent updates of the antivirus database, quarantine mode, app backups, virus protection, and a lot more. You can also remotely block and delete your phone data. 11. Eset Mobile Security and Antivirus Eset Mobile Security and Antivirus is another popular application for android devices. Since it comes in a paid version, paid subscribers always gets a bit more, but its free version is perfect for basic protection. The free version comes with on-demand scan, strong anti-theft feature, and a rare USSD vulnerability protection. And speaking of a rare feature it also comes with a tablet-specific interface. 10. Dr. Wed Security Space Even though, Dr. Wed Security app is paid, everyone can enjoy it for free up-to 14 days, after that a commercial license must be purchased to continue. Anyway, with this app you will get a strong anti-spam features, and a ton of anti-theft quality, including remote lock, remote wiping and custom remote messages, plus a cloud checker to block potentially harmful websites. 9. Bitdefefender Antivirus Free Bitdefender is most likely the lightest and modest of all apps in this list. To be exact, it has two main features, first an incomparable app scan to keep your device clean and second, a real-time antivirus protection. The real-time keeps a watch full eye on other apps to monitor anything suspicious. In terms of the interface, the app is simple and neat, and so is the scanning, it takes only a few moments to get everything done. 8. Quick Heal Antivirus & Mobile Security Quick Heal Mobile Security does not only provides protection to your Android smartphone from malware, but it also secures it against possible theft or loss. Among many features, it has Call filter that allows you to block unknown and unwanted numbers. It also notifies you about malicious apps and how they can affect your privacy and protection. Quick heal also have a capable audit function that guides you about highest settings that can enhance your device’s security. 7. McAfee Security and Power Booster McAfee is without a doubt one of the most popular anti virus software brand out there. And now their android based app is also achieving the same fame or maybe even higher. Even though paid subscription gets you a slightly better experience, but for free, you can get some pretty decent features as well. Free features include a top notch anti theft feature with remote access and a CaptureCam. With McAfee you can also save yourself against malicious web sites and ARP spoofing attacks with its streamline web protection. 6. Kaspersky Internet Security Kaspersky is perhaps one of the most recognizable names among the top dogs in this industry. And like the majority, it also has a free version and a paid version with slightly more features. The app provides its users a strong anti-phishing and anti-theft function for better security. The app also features a highly capable web filter to stop dangerous sites from attacking your device and a ever useful call blocker for privacy. 5. Avast Mobile Security Antivirus Engine! Check. Call Blocker. Check, Anti-Theft! Check. App locker! Check. Junk Cleaner! Check. It is nearly all that we need in an anti-virus. Avast is a well respected and trusted antivirus product over PC and android. The features include the usual device scanning and real-time protection, but it also includes regular antivirus database updates, anti-theft features, and the ability to remote lock your device in case you lose it. 4. AVG AntiVirus Security You can join the 100 million+ users to take advantage of AVG AntiVirus to secure your device from any future threat. Compared to other similar apps, AVG is a bit lighter and provide similar options like real-time protection, device scanning, and steady database updates. Plus, there is a task killer. It also protects your wireless network with regular scans for network encryption and password strength. 3. CM Security Since the first launch of CM Security it had some major success, when there was less competition. Time has changed, but CM Security still remains among the top freeware antivirus app till date. CM Security includes one of the most advanced app locks feature available in the app market. It now comes with fingerprint mechanism and modern anti-theft feature that takes selfies of people trying to sneak it in their pocket. Overall, the app is lightweight and won’t take much of your phone’s space and it’s completely free. 2. Norton Security and Antivirus Norton is reliable, effective and will not disappoint when you need it the most. That is why nearly 20 million android costumers trust Norton with their mobile security. On a downside, the app is heavy and can cause executive power draining on several occasions, but quick and successful virus detection will make up for that. With a free Norton anti virus app, you get possibly the best in class privacy and device finder features with a fortified virus protection. 1. 360 Security – Antivirus Boost 360 Security is perhaps the most popular free antivirus app available on the Play Store with more than 200 million downloads. Apart from malware and virus safety, 360 Security also comes with a load of awesome features like speed booster, and power saver, which intelligently saves power by automatically triggering apps’s Clean feature. In a case when you lost your phone, its anti-theft solution can Erase, Locate, Alarm and Lock, to assist you with retrieving the lost device and protecting personal data. Article source
  4. All versions of Android are affected by this vulnerability According to a group of security researchers from There's a new Android Researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology and UC Santa Barbara, there's a new Android exploit in the wild, which affects all version of Google's mobile OS. Called Cloak and Dagger, the exploit could allow hackers to steal your information by creating a malicious app that only needs to set two permissions, namely BIND ACCESSIBILITY SERVICE ("a11y") and SYSTEM ALERT WINDOW ("draw on top"), to log keystrokes and steal your passwords and other sensitive information. It's a fact that's not that easy to force users into enabling accessibility permissions, but skilled hackers can trick them into doing so, and once they activate both permissions, they'll be able to install software, steal data from installed apps, and basically take full control of your Android phone without you even knowing. "In particular, we demonstrate how such an app can launch a variety of stealthy, powerful attacks, ranging from stealing user’s login credentials and security PIN, to the silent installation of a God-mode app with all permissions enabled, leaving the victim completely unsuspecting," explained the researchers in their report. Google took the necessary steps to prevent such attacks Shortly after the researchers made this discovery, it appears that Google immediately took action and released an official statement explaining what they did to prevent such attacks for now, which appear to affect all version of the Linux-based Android operating system, including the latest Android 7.1.2 (Nougat) release. "We’ve been in close touch with the researchers and, as always, we appreciate their efforts to help keep our users safer. We have updated Google Play Protect — our security services on all Android devices with Google Play — to detect and prevent the installation of these apps. Prior to this report, we had already built new security protections into Android O that will further strengthen our protection from these issues moving forward." Android security It's very likely that the next Android update to patch the exploit, but that might take a while considering how various Android versions are distributed, so it is better that you always check what apps are installed on your mobile device and what persmisions are enabled. For more details on how the new exploit works, check out the videos below, courtesy of Yanick Fratantonio, one of the researchers involved in this publication. Cloak & Dagger: Clickjacking + Silent God-mode App Install Article source All Android Phones Vulnerable to Extremely Dangerous Full Device Takeover Attack
  5. LuckyPatcher v5.0.0 Description: This android application helps you to break the Android Market License Verification and remove ads on android applications. Removing google ads from android application dramatically increase your battery life of your android device. Know: Although stable, functioning of Lucky Patcher can't be guaranteed at 100%. So you are solely responsible of use of this application. Under no circumstances Netbew be responsible for any problems caused to your device (rebooting loop, unstable system, etc...). What's New: ~ Hot fix bug to get dalvik cache; ~ Try fix InApp and patches for Android L; ~ And custom patch; ~ Fix bug with binder widges Download Link http://tusfiles.net/c6z69x1epv9n
  6. Keep in mind that this app is configured for a demo IPTV portal for testing purposes. If you want to use the app you have to configure the app for your IPTV provider. The app doesn't support m3u (or any others) playlists. ============ NOTE: This app is designed to be used by experienced users. To work correctly it must be configured first and if you've never configured IPTV boxes it may be difficult for you to configuring it. Keep in mind, that this app contains a lot of settings that has to be configured before it may be used by a user(read wiki first). If you do something wrong you may make the app unable to work. What's New v0.9.06 * Updated Exo player to v2.4.0 * Fixed compatibility with some portals * Fixed some issues Requirements: 4.0 + Download: ARM7 v0.9.06.02: Site: http://www.datafilehost.com Sharecode[?]: /d/3c2a2b80 x86 v0.9.06.03: Site: http://www.datafilehost.com Sharecode[?]: /d/9f56cc08 Tested and working.
  7. See details this investigation: Ztorg: money for infecting your smartphone An eight-month-long investigation by Roman Unuchek, a security researcher at Kaspersky Lab, has uncovered one of the most complex malware distribution schemes seen to date on the Android malware scene. According to Unuchek, for the last year, the criminal group behind the Ztorg Android trojan has been using so-called "rewards apps," to deliver malware on the devices of unsuspecting users. These "rewards apps" are Android apps that provide money to users who install apps from their collection. A user using a rewards app usually earns a commission of a few US cents if he installs an app on his device. The more apps they install, the more money they earn, which they can then use to buy game coins or access to commercial apps. These apps are usually managed by advertising companies who get paid by app developers who want to make sure their app reaches as many devices as possible. Rewards apps are some of the few app types that allow everyone to get what they want. The user gets money, the app maker gets installs, and the advertiser gets his pay-per-install fee. Rewards apps delivered applications infected with Ztorg According to Unuchek, some of the rewards apps available through the Play Store have delivered apps installed with the Ztorg malware. The researcher says that not all apps delivered through rewards apps are infected with malware, but once in a while, these services push trojanized apps. Unuchek discovered this distribution method by accident, as he was initially looking at how the Ztorg malware was evolving, after he was the first one to spot the malware in September 2016, disguised as a Pokemon Go guide app. As he found new Android apps infected with Ztorg on the official Play Store, the researcher noticed that these apps were growing in popularity in huge increments, sometime doubling the number of installs overnight. One rewards app deletes malware offer and denies everything By some clever sleuthing, Unuchek tracked down the source of these installs to rewards apps such as Appcoins, SuperPocket, or Make money-Earn gift cards. The researcher says that when he contacted developers behind the Appcoins rewards app to inquire from where the advertising offer for the Ztorg-infected app came from, Appcoins devs "deleted the [app install] offer and answered [Unuchek] by saying there was no malware and that they had done nothing wrong." Certainly not the response the researcher was expecting, which raises plenty of questions about the intentions and professionalism of the people running these services. Three apps infected with Ztorg spotted each month Furthermore, the researcher found other interesting things. For example, Unuchek discovered some shared infrastructure between the Ztorg gang and the Gooligan Android malware, first spotted in November 2016. Furthermore, almost all Ztorg-infected Android apps spread through these rewards apps were registered by developers that used emails with Vietnamese names. "Every month after I started tracking this Trojan in September 2016 I was able to find and report at least three new infected apps on Google Play," Unuchek writes in the conclusion of his investigation. "The most recent apps that I found were uploaded in April 2017, but I’m sure there will be more soon." Apps infected with Ztorg are incredibly dangerous, because once the user launches this app into execution, the trojan uses rooting exploits to get admin privileges on the user's device. Until now, researchers spotted Ztorg using these admin privileges to show ads, but the malware could do much more harm if its authors ever desired. Article source
  8. Whenever I order a smartphone or any other electronics gadget, I research about it thoroughly over the internet. Many times other people have already bought the device and they upload review videos on Youtube and other times they just leave comments on Amazon or other online shopping sites. But even after than, when I use the smartphone for the very first time, I check all the hardware details using an app like DevChecks System Info. This app shows detailed system information for the Android devices. DevChecks System Info gives you complete information about various things in your Android phone – battery, GPU, CPU, SoC, memory, storage space, camera, wireless network, mobile network, and obviously the operating system (Android) version installed. All this information is neatly arranged under various sections and is very easy to find. On the Dashboard (the first screen) of the DevChecks System Info app, you can find a summary of all the information which includes the CPU status (the status of various cores, the CPU temperature, SoC temperature, CPU loads etc.), battery, network, RAM, storage, and the model of the smartphone. You can tap on any of these to get to the respective Android settings section. For example, if you tap on battery status, it will open the Android’s battery settings screen. Other than the Dashboard, you can also find much detailed information about various sections of the phone. These sections include hardware, system, battery, network, memory and camera. Apart from these, you can also add floating monitors to show you the status of CPU, memory and storage use. These floating monitors can also be docked to the status bar of Android. Conclusion: DevChecks System Info app is a very informative app that displays all and complete information about your Android smartphone. This information can also be exported to a text file and later can be printed using a wireless printer. You can get the DevChecks System Info app for Android from https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=flar2.devcheck. Article source
  9. Blancco Technology Group has just released a study on the State of Mobile Device Performance and Health, revealing that Android smartphones fail fewer times than Apple’s iPhone. The study shows that in the first quarter of 2017, Android smartphones recorded a failure rate of 50%. By contrast, iPhones had a failure rate of 68%, while during the previous quarter, 47% of Android devices experienced various failures, compared to 62% for iOS in the fourth quarter of 2016. The failure rate refers to “devices that had excessive performance issues that could not be resolved,” Blancco’s study reveals. The data was collected from millions of Android and iOS mobile devices that “were brought into mobile carriers and device manufacturers for diagnostics testing in North America, Europe and Asia during the first quarter of 2017.” Apps on iOS crash three times more than on Android The study reveals that applications running on iPhones have a tendency to crash almost three times more than on Android phones. The failure rate for crashing apps reaches 28% of all failures on iOS in the first quarter, while the rate is just 10% on Android smartphones. Facebook is among the apps that crash the most on iOS and Android. Android performance issues Other issues that affected iPhone users were overheating with a rate of 3%, together with GPS problems, 0.5%. By contrast, Android users complained about problems connected to weak carrier signal - 6%, as well as camera malfunctions - 3%. Among models with the highest failure rates, Blancco’s study identifies the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The former has a failure rate that increased from 3% in Q4 to 10% in the first quarter of this year, while the iPhone 7 Plus has a rate of 11% in Q1, higher than the 3% rate in Q4 2016. Samsung’s Galaxy S7 has the highest failure rate among Android-running phones included in the study, with 9%, and it’s followed by the Galaxy S7 edge with 8% and Galaxy S5 with 5%. It’s worth mentioning that these iPhone and Android models are among the highest selling on the market, which partially explains the high failure rates, considering that a large portion of people are actually using them. iOS performance issues Source
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  11. Netflix has confirmed that its app for Android doesn’t work on devices that have been rooted. The company revealed that rooted Android phones or those with unlocked bootloaders can no longer download the app from the Google Play Store. Netflix stated for Android Police, “With our latest 5.0 release, we now fully rely on the Widevine DRM provided by Google; therefore, many devices that are not Google-certified or have been altered will no longer work with our latest app and those users will no longer see the Netflix app in the Play Store.” The official Netflix app simply appears as “incompatible” on rooted smartphones or devices that have unlocked bootloaders, even if they weren’t previously rooted. Surprisingly, the Netflix app continues to work on those devices, but they no longer have the ability to download the application from the Play Store. Netflix app works as before on rooted phones The Netflix app continues to work on rooted phones, allowing users to browse and search the catalog or play videos just like before. Still, the application won’t receive updates past the Netflix 5.0 version, meaning that no new features will come to users on rooted phones. Netflix relies on Google’s Widevine DRM technology, which is compatible with multiple desktop and mobile platforms. The technology provides one of three security levels for each device, depending on which processes run in the Trusted Execution Environment (TEE). Still, the Play Store listing appears to be connected to the device’s SafetyNet status, not the Widevine TEE. Therefore, it’s quite surprising that the Netflix app can’t be downloaded from the Play Store on rooted devices, but that it continues to work on such Android phones. Perhaps, at some point, the application will stop working on all Android smartphones that have been altered, which will surely disappoint some users. When that happens, the Netflix app will join the list of apps and services that don’t work on rooted phones, together with Android Pay. Source
  12. Almost all recent OnePlus smartphones are vulnerable to attacks that can downgrade the phone's operating system and expose the device to previously patched security flaws. Mobile security expert Roee Hay of Aleph Research discovered the vulnerabilities and reported the problems to OnePlus in January, but the company failed to address any of the issues. According to Hay, the vulnerabilities affect OnePlus models such as X, 2, 3, and 3T, running both OxygenOS and HydrogenOS, which are custom versions of the Android OS running on OnePlus phones. Attack is possible because of OTA update process via HTTP Hay says that an attacker can launch an attack and hijack the phone's Over-The-Air (OTA) update process, which is susceptible to man-in-the-middle (MitM) attacks because it's handled via HTTP instead of HTTPS. The researcher says that even if OnePlus OTA update packages are signed to prevent the installation from unauthorized locations, they aren't verified based on version or timestamp. This slip-up allowed Hay to install an older version of the OxygenOS or HydrogenOS, downgrading the phone to a previous OS version that was susceptible to previously patched security flaws. The video below shows Hay performing the OS downgrade attack. In addition, Hay also discovered that an attacker could also install OxygenOS on devices designed to support HydrogenOS, the precursor of OxygenOS. In some cases, installing the superior OS on an older product would lead to crashes or a permanent denial of service. Last but not least, Hay also installed another version of the Android ROM boot-up package on different OnePlus devices. For example, the OnePlus X ROM on a OnePlus One device and vice versa, causing again, a denial of service state due to hardware incompatibilities. Physical access attack is also possible Besides these scenarios that rely on performing a MitM attack on the OTA update, the Aleph Research expert discovered that an attacker with physical access to the device could also reboot the phone into Recovery Mode and sideload the OTA package that way. Unlike the MitM attack that was universal, this second attack vector only worked on OnePlus 3 and 3T models, and where the Secure Start-up feature is disabled. This is the second time Hay has taken the hammer to OnePlus security. Back in March, the researcher published another piece of research that showed how an attacker could hijack OnePlus 3 and 3T models with a malicious charger. Videos of those previous vulnerabilities being exploited — which OnePlus developers patched — are available below. Source
  13. It’s no secret now that some Android apps are killing your battery. These apps keep working in the background all the time, even when you aren’t using them. They’re pinging the internet and using motion sensors, all of it sucking the battery’s life. While several apps do this, some are far worse than others. The biggest leeches are often some of the most popular apps. We can also now identify these apps thanks to research conducted by mobile carriers, antivirus makers Avast and AVG, and tech enthusiasts. Here are the worst apps that drain battery on Android devices. 1. Snapchat Bad news, Snapchat users. This is the most battery-hogging social media app according to every survey out there. Snapchat was ranked #4 in Avast’s list and #2 in AVG’s list. Several users on the XDA Developers forum mentioned a significant battery boost after uninstalling Snapchat. What You Can Do Enable Travel Mode, one of the new Snapchat features you need to know about. Travel Mode prevents Snapchat from pre-loading images and videos in your feed. You’ll find it in the app’s settings. You should also disable location tracking, a major battery leech. But be warned, this also disables geofilters, one of Snapchat’s cool new features. Alternatives to Snapchat Every social network seems to be doing what Snapchat does, copying filters, masks, “stories”, and so on. You might want to try Instagram Stories instead of Snapchat. 2. Tinder Tinder boosts your social life, but it also sucks the life out of your battery. The app is all about finding people who are around you, so it constantly tracks your location and refreshes the data based on that. What You Can Do Go from an “always active” Tinder user to a more passive one. Switch off the app’s background refresh so it stops working silently when you aren’t even looking at it. You might also want to disable all notifications while you’re at it. This combination leads to better battery performance, according to several user reports. And when you can, use Tinder Online through desktop browsers. Alternatives to Tinder For an app like Tinder, you need to find an alternative that has a similar user base and the same mentality. OkCupid and Match.com are among the most popular apps for online dating. However, all these apps use similar resources if you’re an “always active” user type, so stick with Tinder and changing the settings. 3. BBC News (or Any News App) News apps are important to stay updated, but this comes at the cost of battery life. Apps for BBC News, NYTimes, NDTV, CNN, and others constantly refresh in the background. Thankfully, this is the easiest to fix. What You Can Do Ditch the apps. Uninstall any news app you have. It offers nothing substantially more than their mobile site. So simply turn the mobile web site into a Chrome-based app. It’s easy, and it takes less space, data, and battery. Alternatives to News Apps For timely updates, you might want to ditch apps altogether and use Twitter as your news source. All the major news media houses are active on it. 4. Microsoft Outlook This is a surprising contender on the battery hogs list. Microsoft makes some great Android apps, and the Outlook email app has been winning people over. Unfortunately, it was #10 in Avast’s list, so it might be time to reconsider. What You Can Do Email apps would be useless if they didn’t refresh in the background. While one can make a case to disable email notifications, you’re better off simply changing to a different app. Alternatives to Microsoft Outlook There is no shortage of email apps on the Play Store, so take your pick. Personally, I would recommend Inbox by Gmail, the productivity-email hybrid. As a full-time user and someone who gets hundreds of emails every day, I can vouch for its battery efficiency. Download — Inbox by Gmail for Android (Free) 5. Facebook and Messenger The biggest social network in the world is also one of the biggest battery drainers. The Facebook app, and its sister app Messenger, constantly rank high in all these reports. It’s logical when you consider how many Android permissions Facebook asks for. What You Can Do Remove the main apps and install Facebook Lite and Messenger Lite, the company’s lightweight alternatives. Both apps use less data, resources, and battery. You’ll miss a few functions, like video calling, but the overall experience is excellent. Alternatives to Facebook Let’s face it, there is no social network that is a real alternative to Facebook. The best you can do is not to use any of its apps, and instead use the Facebook mobile web site instead. Download — Facebook Lite for Android (Free) Download — Messenger Lite for Android (Free) 6. Amazon Shopping If you have the Amazon Shopping app installed on your phone, get rid of it right now. Amazon has plenty of deals and offers, but the app is not well optimized for Android, according to Android Pit. The result is that it drains battery as the app constantly pings servers in the background to get you the latest deals. What You Can Do The Amazon Shopping app is hardly any different from the Amazon mobile web site. Uninstall the app and do all your shopping from a browser instead. Or browse clutter-free Amazon sites on desktops. Alternatives to Amazon Shopping No online store really compares to Amazon, so don’t bother looking for alternatives. 7. Samsung’s Default Apps Android has a bloatware problem, and it’s most evident with Samsung. Samsung devices come preinstalled with a whole bunch of their proprietary apps. You probably don’t use many of these, but they are working in the background, using up precious battery. The three biggest culprits are Samsung Link (or AllShare), Beaming Service for Samsung, and WatchON. What You Can Do Unless you root the Android device, you can’t remove these preinstalled apps. The next best thing is to disable them. Go to Settings > Applications > Applications Manager > All and tap on the Samsung Link app. Uncheck the “Show notifications” box, which is ticked by default. Then tap Clear Data, followed by tapping Disable. Do this for all the Samsung apps you don’t use. Alternatives to Samsung’s Default Apps Several of the preinstalled Samsung apps are redundant, so install better alternatives from the Play Store. For example, instead of the S-Voice app, you can use Google Assistant. 8. musical.ly This relatively-new social network for aspiring music stars has been growing in popularity and taking its slice of battery life with it. Musical.ly is filling the void left by Vine, but it isn’t the background process that kills battery here. When you run the app, it uses a tremendous amount of hardware resources and is a data hog as well. The result is that it consumes far more battery than the average app. What You Can Do Like Facebook and Messenger, you can download musical.ly lite for Android. This lightweight version has most of the features of the main app, but uses less resources and data. Alternatives to musical.ly This isn’t the first app of its kind. You can try out Dubsmash for a similar experience. Download — musical.ly lite for Android (Free) Download — Dubsmash for Android (Free) 9. YouTube, Netflix, and Other Streaming Apps If you prefer to stream all your movies and music, then it’s only natural that those apps will use a lot of battery. After all, they’re using either Wi-Fi or data, and in the case of video streaming, your screen is also on all the time. What You Can Do There’s not much you can do here, since the experience requires battery usage. The best you can hope to achieve is through small tricks. For example, manually set the screen brightness to the lowest for comfortable viewing when streaming videos, or use wired headphones instead of Bluetooth ones. Alternatives to Streaming Apps There aren’t any real alternatives to streaming apps except the new YouTube Go for Android. It’s more battery-efficient and reduces data usage too. Download — YouTube Go for Android (Free) 10. LionMobi Power Battery and CleanMaster Ironically, battery optimizers and system cleaners are some of the biggest battery culprits. Avast found LionMobi’s Power Battery series to be among the top 10 guzzlers. AVG has similarly warned users about the popular Clean Master. What You Can Do It’s simple, actually. Stop looking for these magical optimization cures and uninstall these popular apps. Alternatives for Battery Optimization The only battery optimization app we can recommend is Greenify. It stops apps from running in the background until you actually use the app yourself. It’s just one of our excellent tips to make Android faster. Download — Greenify for Android (Free) How Is Your Battery Life? Android makers are increasing battery sizes in phones. Now you can get Android devices with batteries as large as 5000 mAh. Article source
  14. Google's UI for Fuchsia Last year in August, Google was rumored to be working on a new operating system that could one day replace Android. Now, ArsTechnica has come across images that reveal the UI for the new OS and it appears that it won’t be based on Linux. Both Android and Chrome OS are based on Linux, but it seems that Fuchsia will be built on a new Google kernel, one that carries the name Magenta. The recent images reveal Google’s progress on the new OS, showing that a user-interface was added, together with a card-based design. The user interface carries the name Armadillo and will serve as “the default system UI for Fuchsia”, as it was built on Google’s Flutter SDK, which is used for developing cross-platform code that runs multiple OS like Android, iOS and even Fuchsia. This means that Armadillo can be compiled and ran on an Android device. Fuchsia OS is created for smartphones and tablets The images and the video by Kyle Bradshaw at Hotfix show that Fuchsia is designed for both smartphones and tablets, incorporating a card-based system for managing various apps. Users will be able to drag cards in split-screen or tabbed interface mode, while some suggestions similar to Google Now can also be provided. Armadillo UI for Fuchsia OS The images also seem to suggest that Fuchsia will allow users to run up to four apps at one, making it much easier to multitask on smartphones. In addition, Fuchsia resembles Android in some respects, tapping on an image would bring up a menu that’s very similar to Android’s Quick Settings. The report also mentions that there’s no real evidence that Fuchsia will actually replace Chrome OS or Android entirely. The move to another operating system surely implies a great deal of time and effort, while Fuchsia seems to be at the early stages of development now. Google is expected to host its annual Google I/O event this month and perhaps the company will shed some light into this project then. But the tech giant could also choose to stay silent and only reveal Fuchsia when more progress has been made, ArsTechnica seems to suggest that Fuchsia could see the light of day in 2020. Source
  15. The device is already in the works, Coship says Windows Phone OEM Coship (also known as Moly) has recently confirmed that it’s not giving up on Microsoft’s mobile platform, but it wants to stick with it in a pretty unique way. The company is working on a device that runs not only Windows 10 Mobile, but also Android, with users to be allowed to choose which OS to boot at start just like on a PC. Building a phone that runs both Windows and Android is one very good way to deal with the decline experienced by Microsoft’s operating system, especially because the majority of users jumping ship are picking a device running Google’s platform. A dual-OS device would make it possible for hardcore Windows phone fans to stick with the platform and keep up-to-date with everything that Microsoft is doing on this front, without the lack of apps and all the other setbacks that do not exist on Android. Of course, switching from one OS to another isn’t quite the most compelling thing to do every once in a while, but the device is most likely aimed at tech-savvy users who wouldn’t mind changing OSes every now and then to see what’s new on the other side. The future of Windows phones The OEM already has the know-how to build a dual OS device, as the company launched such a project in the past, but at that point Windows wasn’t yet a priority. The Coship 960 was running Linux and Android, a mix that was supposed to appeal to many more buyers, though its success has been rather limited. As far as Windows phone itself is concerned, OEMs hardly find a reason to build a device running it these days, mostly because all the uncertainty that’s impacting the platform at the moment. Even though Microsoft says that it’s still committed to phones, the future of Windows 10 Mobile isn’t very clear, with the company expected to migrate towards Windows 10 on ARM and leaving its platform specifically built for smartphones behind. There’s still no ETA for the new Android + Windows 10 Mobile dual OS device, but since it’s already in the works, expect it to see daylight by the end of the year. Source
  16. Windscribe VPN 1.70 Build 3 Stable Internet As It Should Be Windscribe is a desktop application and browser extension that work together to block ads and trackers, restore access to blocked content and help you safeguard your privacy online. Learn More. What's New: https://blog.windscribe.com/windscribe-1-7-changelog-8afa50f3b297 We’ve been working on this version for quite a while, existing installations should prompt you to update the app over the next 48 hrs. Here is what’s new. Changelog: Added city level location selection Added Automatic Connection mode Added support for 22 languages Added custom TAP adapter Added “Ignore SSL Errors” option Added notifications when firewall is ON and application not connected Added “Advanced Parameters” screen Added EULA to the installer Added IPv6 connectivity disable button, to prevent WebRTC leaks over IPv6 in some situations Added Touch support Added Beta channel Fixed auto-start bug on some systems Fixed Internet connectivity check Fixed persistent session storage Fixed API connectivity on restrictive networks Fixed unquoted service path Fixed disappearing Best Location Fixed WSD port connectivity while firewall is ON Fixed PlayStation UPNP connectivity while firewall is ON Fixed reconnection bug on computer wake up on some systems Changed the Preferences screens Changed the connecting spinner animation Downloads: Windscribe for Your Computer: Windscribe for Your Browser: Windscribe for Your Phone: Windscribe for Your Router:
  17. This spring, we are working hard to level up your Opera Max experience! Introducing Opera Max 3.0. This is a major update with an all new design, optimized for easier use of the powerful data savings and data management tools inside Opera Max. Get tips on how to manage your apps’ data use and privacy protection Opera Max 3.0 will act like a user’s smart assistant to manage their Android apps. It now starts you off on a familiar feed of cards that are contextual to your usage. This smart and simplified design can show “app by app” mobile and Wi-Fi data usage and also provide personalized advice on how to best reduce wasted data. The tip cards on Opera Max’s new home feed will guide you through the most efficient ways to stretch your mobile data plan and help better manage your apps’ data consumption. Also, Opera Max will report on external security threats while providing data encryption when, for example, you are on public Wi-Fi to ensure your personal information is protected. Data savings for Facebook is now available We also took one step further and start adding data savings for Facebook! You can get your friends’ updates, browse news and chat through instant messaging while saving up to 50% of your data plan. With just one tap, you can launch Opera Max’s Facebook web app and have the benefits of a VPN connection, saving sessions and other settings all auto-configured to get you going and saving on Facebook data usage. We hope the new Opera Max will give you more power to put your data usage and app privacy under your control. These advanced features are very powerful but super easy to use with our all new Max 3.0 design. As always, please feel free to let us know your thoughts about it. Article source
  18. Following the widespread phishing scam that affected Google Docs and Gmail users this week, Google says it’s now rolling out a new security feature in its Gmail application on Android that will help warn users about suspicious links. This feature may not have prevented this week’s attack, however, as that attack involved a malicious and fake “Google Docs” app that was hosted on Google’s own domain. However, the additional security protection is a step in the right direction, given how many users access Gmail on mobile, and the increasing sophistication of these phishing attacks that can even fool fairly tech-savvy individuals. In this week’s attack, for example, you would have received an email from a known contact who said they were sharing a document with you. When you clicked to open the document, you’d be taken to an innocent-looking web page hosted by Google. The page wouldn’t even prompt you for your password, but instead listed all your Google accounts ready to be clicked. You would be asked to give an app named “Google Docs” account permissions – but it wasn’t the real Google Docs. And once it had access, the worm began spreading to everyone in your contacts list. The new phishing protection in the Gmail app for Android relies on Google’s Safe Browsing technology, which can warn web users if they’re about to visit a page that’s impersonating a legitimate website, like a bank, online store, or any other site trying to trick you into sharing your username and password information. In Gmail, if you click on a suspicious link in your email message, the app will display a warning messaging that reads: It then informs you that if you choose to proceed to the site, you do so at your own risk. It doesn’t seem likely that the recent phishing attack would have been flagged by this system at the time of its occurrence, as it was a hosted app on Google’s own domain. Google said on Wednesday it had taken action against the phishing attack that had affected Gmail and Google Docs users. It disabled the offending accounts. removed the fake pages, and pushed updates through Safe Browsing and its abuse team. The company also requested users to report any suspect phishing emails in Gmail. The new mobile feature is rolling out this week to Gmail users on Android. Source
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  20. How well do you know your Android device? Here are some of the hidden Android secret codes. Since most hidden menus are manufacturer specific, there’s no guarantee that they’ll work across all Android smartphones, but you can try them out nevertheless on your Samsung, HTC, Motorola, Sony and other devices. Be advised, though, that some of these can cause serious changes to your device’s configuration, so don’t play with something that you don’t fully understand. You can find more of these spread across the internet, and they’re usually very handy to have, even if just to show off your geekiness to your social circle. Update x1: More codes! Source : Redmondpie
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  22. Windows 7 still has half the market on the desktop, but Windows 10 continues its leisurely rise as Edge flatlines Credit: RJP Microsoft’s charge to modernize its products can be described as lethargic, at best. April saw tiny gains in Windows 10 usage, while Edge flatlined. The bigger news is that since overtaking Windows in popularity last month, Android has since increased its lead. Depending on whose numbers you trust, on the desktop Windows 7 still has half the market, Windows 10 has about a quarter, and Microsoft's heavily marketed Edge browser registers as little more than a rounding-off error. NetMarketshare—which counts unique monthly visitors to its sites, and weighs scores to adjust for country variations—says that Windows 10 usage worldwide nudged up less than a percentage point last month, from 25.36 percent in March to 26.28 percent in April. IDG At the same, Windows 7 usage time floated down from 49.42 percent in March to 48.50 percent in April. If you’re counting nits, Win7’s usage in the past year has bobbed between a high of 49.42 percent (March) and a low of 47.01 percent (last July). Every month has been well within spitting distance of the 50 percent mark. The Irish firm StatCounter—which simply measures raw hits on its honeypot sites, with no “unique” or weighting kerfuffle—says Win10 usage went up a little more than a point, from 34.25 percent in March to 35.57 percent in April. At the same time, Win7 usage went down a little less than a point, from 47.06 percent in March to 46.17 in April. StatCounter’s U.S.-only usage numbers are different. They show that, in the United States, Win10 web usage has pulled ahead of Win7, and the pace is increasing. Between March and April, StatCounter says Win10 U.S.-only usage grew more than a point, from 44.06 percent to 45.55 percent. Win7 usage, meanwhile, dropped more than a point, from 41.26 percent to 39.92 percent. At the same time, Microsoft’s Edge browser can’t get a break. NetMarketshare says Edge usage went from 5.61 percent share in March to 5.62 percent in April, while StatCounter pegged it at 1.71 percent both months. You have to wonder what’s happening to the Windows 10 web numbers, with roughly 20 million new PCs going into the market every month. Almost all of those PCs run Win10, yet they aren’t turning the tide with web usage. Win10 PCs all ship with Edge installed as the default browser, but Edge isn’t getting any love, either. Microsoft only talks about “monthly active devices,” not users or usage, and by that measure we’re very much in the dark. The last time Microsoft released its Win10 “monthly active devices” number was last September—when it stood at 400 million. There hasn't been a word since then. Perhaps we’ll get a new number at the EDU announcement tomorrow or the Build conference next week. If the announced number tops 400 million, the increase in Win10 devices sure hasn’t shown up in web usage. The big news from StatCounter is that Android has increased its lead over Windows as a whole—a fact first noted last month. Android usage went up nearly a point, from 37.93 percent in March to 38.91 percent in April. Windows in aggregate fell from 37.91 percent to 36.88 percent. Source: Windows 10 usage inches up—but gap with Android widens (InfoWorld - Woody Leonhard)
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  25. FalseGuide infects 2 million Android devices About 600,000 Android users have mistakenly installed malware on their devices straight from Google Play, the company's official app store. According to cybersecurity researchers from Check Point, the malware was hidden in more than 40 fake companion guide apps for popular games, such as Pokemon GO and FIFA Mobile, which led to the malware's name being FalseGuide. While originally it was believed the oldest fake guide to hit Google Play was uploaded in February this year, making this a recent campaign, the researchers went a little deeper and discovered additional apps from back in November 2016. FalseGuide was believed to have infected north of 600,000 users, but the number now sits at 2 million Android users, all of whom have mistakenly downloaded and installed malware on their devices while seeking guides for their favorite games. After infection, FalseGuide creates a silent botnet out of the infected devices for adware purposes. "FalseGuide requests an unusual permission on installation – device admin permission. The malware uses the admin permission to avoid being deleted by the user, an action which normally suggests a malicious intention. The malware then registers itself to a Firebase Cloud Messaging topic which has the same name as the app. Once subscribed to the topic, FalseGuide can receive messages containing links to additional modules and download them to the infected device," the report shows. A complicated campaign After some investigation, the company figured out the botnet was being used to display illegitimate pop-up ads out of context, using a background service that starts running once the device is booted. "Depending on the attackers' objectives, these modules can contain highly malicious code intended to root the device, conduct a DDoS attack, or even penetrate private networks." The apps were posing as guides for FIFA Mobile, Lego Nexo Knights, Lego City My City, Rolling Sky, Terraria, World of Tanks, Drift Zone 2, Mobile Legends, Criminal Case, Subway Surfers, Pokemon Go, Dream League Soccer, Super Mario, Amaz3ing Spider Man, Ninjago Tournament, and so on. Mobile botnets have been growing in popularity since early last year, the researchers note. This type of malware manages to infiltrate Google Play due to the non-malicious nature of the first component, which only downloads the actual harmful code. The FalseGuide apps have been removed from the app store. Source