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  1. Google gives Android users in Europe more search, browser options To comply with a European Commission ruling, Android users in Europe will be presented with new screens offering alternatives to Chrome and Google Search. Google on Thursday outlined how it plans to give Android users in Europe more search app and browser options, in order to comply with a European Commission anti-trust ruling against it. Back in July 2018, the European Commission hit Google with a record €4.34 billion fine for its restrictions on Android device makers and network operators, charging the restrictions were meant to "cement its dominant position in general internet search." Google appealed the fine in October but a week later announced steps it would take to comply with the ruling. Then in March, the company announced it would offer more search and browser options for Android users in Europe. In a blog post Thursday, Google product manager Paul Gennai explained how it would do so: Over the next few weeks, Google will start rolling out new screens that will pop up the first time a European Android user opens Google Play after receiving an incoming update. One screen will present five options for search apps, and one screen will present five options for browsers. The lists will include any search apps or browsers that are already installed. Apps that aren't installed will be chosen based on their popularity and shown in a random order. The new screens will show up on both new and existing Android phones in Europe. If a user does choose to download any new search apps or browsers, Google will then help the user set them up. If a user downloads a search app from the screen, Google will also ask them whether they want to change Chrome's default search engine the next time they open Chrome. Meanwhile, the European Commission last month fined Google yet again, this time hitting the company with a €1.49 billion fine over contracts with third-party websites that locked out rivals from placing search ads on these sites. Source
  2. Google this week made it easier for Android users to enable strong 2-factor authentication (2FA) when logging into Google’s various services. The company announced that all phones running Android 7.0 and higher can now be used as Security Keys, an additional authentication layer that helps thwart phishing sites and password theft. As first disclosed by KrebsOnSecurity last summer, Google maintains it has not had any of its 85,000+ employees successfully phished on their work-related accounts since early 2017, when it began requiring all employees to use physical Security Keys in place of passwords and one-time codes. The most commonly used Security Keys are inexpensive USB-based devices that offer an alternative approach to 2FA, which requires the user to log in to a Web site using something they know (the password) and something they have (e.g. a one-time token, key fob or mobile device). But Google said starting this week, any mobile phone running Android 7.0+ (Nougat) can serve the same function as a USB-based security key. Once a user has enrolled their Android phone as a Security Key, the user will need to approve logins via a prompt sent to their phone after submitting their username and password at a Google login page. Many readers have expressed confusion or skepticism about how Security Keys can prevent users from getting hooked by phishing sites or clever man-in-the-middle attacks. This capability was described in far greater visual detail in this video last year by Christiaan Brand, product manager at Google Cloud. But the short version is that even if a user who has enrolled a Security Key for authentication tries to log in at a site pretending to be Google, the company’s systems simply refuse to request the Security Key if the user isn’t on an official Google site, and the login attempt fails. “It puts you in this mode….[in] which is there is no other way to log in apart from the Security Key,” Brand said. “No one can trick you into a downgrade attack, no one can trick you into anything different. You need to provide a security key or you don’t get into your account.” Google says built-in security keys are available on phones running Android 7.0+ (Nougat) with Google Play Services, enabling existing phones to act as users’ primary 2FA method for work (G Suite, Cloud Identity, and GCP) and personal Google accounts to sign in on a Bluetooth-enabled Chrome OS, macOS X, or Windows 10 device with a Chrome browser. The basic idea behind two-factor authentication (Google calls it “two step verification” or 2SV) is that even if thieves manage to phish or steal your password, they still cannot log in to your account unless they also hack or possess that second factor. The most common forms of 2FA require the user to supplement a password with a one-time code sent to their mobile device via an app (like Authy or Google Authenticator), text message, or an automated phone call. But all of these methods are susceptible to interception by various attacks. For example, thieves can intercept that one-time code by tricking your mobile provider into either swapping your mobile device’s SIM card or “porting” your mobile number to a different device. A Security Key implements a form of multi-factor authentication known as Universal 2nd Factor (U2F), which allows the user to complete the login process simply by inserting the USB device and pressing a button on the device. The key works without the need for any special software drivers. Probably the most popular maker of Security Keys is Yubico, which sells a basic U2F key for $20 (it offers regular USB versions as well as those made for devices that require USB-C connections, such as Apple’s newer Mac OS systems). Yubikey also sells more expensive U2F keys designed to work with mobile devices. A number of high-profile sites now allow users to enroll their accounts with USB- or Bluetooth-based Security Keys, including Dropbox, Facebook, Github and Twitter. If you decide to use Security Keys with your account, it’s a good idea to register a backup key and keep it in a safe place, so you can still get into your account if you loose your initial key (or phone, in Google’s case). To be sure you’re using the most robust forms of authentication at sites you entrust with sensitive data, spend a few minutes reviewing the options at twofactorauth.org, which maintains probably the most comprehensive list of which sites support 2FA, indexing each by type of site (email, gaming, finance, etc) and the type of 2FA offered (SMS, phone call, software token, etc.). Please bear in mind that if the only 2FA options offered by a site you frequent are SMS and/or phone calls, this is still better than simply relying on a password to secure your account. I should also note that Google says Android 7.0+ phones also can be used as the Security Key for people who have adopted the company’s super-paranoid Advanced Protection option. This is a far more stringent authentication process for Google properties designed specifically for users who are most likely to be targeted by sophisticated attacks, such as journalists, activists, business leaders and political campaigns. I’ve had Advanced Protection turned on since shortly after Google made it available. It wasn’t terribly difficult to set up, but it’s probably not for your casual user. For one thing, it requires users to enroll two security keys, and in the event the user loses both of those keys, Google may take days to validate your request and grant you access to your account. Source: Android 7.0+ Phones Can Now Double as Google Security Keys (Krebs on Security)
  3. Google Releases Android Security Patch for April 2019 with 89 Security Fixes Google released the Android Security Patch for April 2019 in an attempt to further improve the overall security and stability of Android devices. Android Security Patch for April 2019 consists of the 2019-04-01 and 2019-04-05 security patch levels, which address a total of 89 vulnerabilities across several components, including the Android framework, Media framework, Android system, and Qualcomm components. The most sever of them all could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code by using a malicious file. “The most severe of these issues is a critical security vulnerability in Media framework that could enable a remote attacker using a specially crafted file to execute arbitrary code within the context of a privileged process. The severity assessment is based on the effect that exploiting the vulnerability would possibly have on an affected device,” reads the security bulletin.Improvements for Pixel devices In addition to patching security flaws, the Android Security Patch for April 2019 update also improves the performance and reliability of supported Pixel devices. For Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL users, it improves the voice-unlocking performance for Google Assistant and the Wi-Fi connectivity during eSIM activation for some mobile carriers. For some Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL devices, the update removes the screen flash when ambient display wakes. On the other hand, Pixel and Pixel XL users will notice better Bluetooth connectivity after installing the Android Security Patch for April 2019, which is now rolling out worldwide and will complete in the next few days. It is recommended that you update your Android devices to Android Security Patch for April 2019 as soon as possible. To update, simply access the system updates section in the settings of your device. If you don’t see the update yet, try again in a few hours or days. Android Security Patch for April 2019 is available now for all Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, and Pixel 3 XL users. Source
  4. Android banking trojan ‘Gustuff’ targets over 100 banking apps and 32 cryptocurrency apps Gustuff Android banking trojan uses social engineering techniques to trick device owners into giving access to the Android Accessibility service. Instead of phishing banking account credentials and then stealing funds, this ATS service allows the trojan to directly make fund transfers from the infected user’s device. A new Android banking trojan dubbed ‘Gustuff’ is gaining momentum by Android users in recent months. Why it matters - This trojan is capable of phishing credentials and stealing funds from over 100 banking apps and 32 cryptocurrency apps. Who are its targets? Gustuff has the ability to target international banks such as Bank of America, Bank of Scotland, J.P.Morgan, Wells Fargo, Capital One, TD Bank, and PNC Bank. The Android banking trojan can also target cryptocurrency apps such as BitPay, Cryptopay, Coinbase, and Bitcoin Wallet. It can also steal credentials from various Android payment apps and messaging apps such as PayPal, Western Union, eBay, Walmart, Skype, WhatsApp, Gett Taxi, Revolut, and more. What are its capabilities? This trojan can disable Google Play Protect security feature of the Google Play Store. Gustuff can collect data such as documents, photos, and videos from infected apps. It has the ability to reset an Android device to factory settings. Besides, this Android banking trojan is capable of displaying custom push notifications disguised as an app. Upon clicking the notification, it either opens a webpage containing a phishing form that asks for credentials or opens a legitimate app, where the trojan auto-fills transaction forms and auto-approves fund transfers via the Accessibility service. How does it exploit the Android Accessibility service Researchers from Group-IB cybersecurity firm noted that the Gustuff Android banking trojan uses social engineering techniques to trick device owners into giving access to the Android Accessibility service. Accessibility service is for users with disabilities and it can automate various UI interactions and tap screen items on users’ behalf. Gustuff trojan exploits this service and runs Automatic Transfer Service (ATS). Instead of stealing banking account credentials and then stealing funds, this ATS service allows the trojan to directly make fund transfers from the infected user’s device. Using the Android Accessibility service, Gustuff implements an ATS system on the user’s device. The ATS implemented on the user’s device will open the apps and fills in the required details and credentials. It then auto-approves the fund transfer on its own. “Gustuff's unique feature is that it is capable of performing ATS with the help of the Accessibility Service. The fact that Gustuff uses [an] ATS makes it even more advanced than Anubis and RedAlert,” Rustam Mirkasymov, Head of Dynamic Analysis of Malware Department at Group-IB told ZDNet. Worth noting Group-IB researchers noted that Gustuff was never deployed inside apps that are available for download in the Google Play Store. The only way attackers distribute Gustuff is via SMS spam message that includes links to the trojan’s APK installation file. Source
  5. Google Will Let Android Users Choose Their Browser Out of the Box Google has announced a series of changes for Android users in Europe in response to the latest antitrust concerns raised by the European Commission. Users will be allowed to choose what browser and search engine they want to use on Android out of the box. Currently, Android devices come with Google Chrome pre-installed and Google set as the default search engine, but in the near future, this is all going to change, Google says. While details on the browsers that would be offered to users haven’t been provided, today’s announcement is clearly good news for other browser developers, like Mozilla.Change possibly coming later this yearAt the same time, Microsoft is likely to significantly benefit from this change, as the company has launched an Android version of Microsoft Edge browser and is also the owner of Bing, the main alternative to Google search. “Now we’ll also do more to ensure that Android phone owners know about the wide choice of browsers and search engines available to download to their phones. This will involve asking users of existing and new Android devices in Europe which browser and search apps they would like to use,” Kent Walker, SVP of Global Affairs, explains. There are no specifics as to when this change is going to take place for Android, but Google says both new and existing users will be asked to choose their preferred browser and search engine. Google is the second tech giant to provide users with a choice of browsers out of the box after Microsoft was forced by the European Commission to do the same in Windows. Internet Explorerwas pre-installed in all versions of Windows, but following this decision, European users were also allowed to set other browsers as default when running the operating system the first time. Source
  6. Insecure UC Browser 'Feature' Lets Hackers Hijack Android Phones Remotely March 26, 2019Swati Khandelwal Beware! If you are using UC Browser on your smartphones, you should consider uninstalling it immediately. Why? Because the China-made UC Browser contains a "questionable" ability that could be exploited by remote attackers to automatically download and execute code on your Android devices. Developed by Alibaba-owned UCWeb, UC Browser is one of the most popular mobile browsers, specifically in China and India, with a massive user base of more than 500 million users worldwide. According to a new report published today by Dr. Web firm, since at least 2016, UC Browser for Android has a "hidden" feature that allows the company to anytime download new libraries and modules from its servers and install them on users' mobile devices. Pushing Malicious UC Browser Plug-ins Using MiTM Attack What's worrisome? It turns out that the reported feature downloads new plugins from the company server over insecure HTTP protocol instead of encrypted HTTPS protocol, thus allowing remote attackers to perform man-in-the-middle (MiTM) attacks and push malicious modules to targeted devices. "Since UC Browser works with unsigned plug-ins, it will launch malicious modules without any verification," the researchers say. "Thus, to perform an MITM attack, cybercriminals will only need to hook the server response from http://puds.ucweb.com/upgrade/index.xhtml?dataver=pb, replace the link to the downloadable plug-in and the values of attributes to be verified, i.e., MD5 of the archive, its size, and the plug-in size. As a result, the browser will access a malicious server to download and launch a Trojan module." In a PoC video shared by Dr. Web, researchers demonstrated how they were able to replace a plugin to view PDF documents with a malicious code using an MiTM attack, forcing the UC Browser into compiling a new text message, instead of opening the file. "Thus, MITM attacks can help cybercriminals use UC Browser to spread malicious plug-ins that perform a wide variety of actions," researchers explain. "For example, they can display phishing messages to steal usernames, passwords, bank card details, and other personal data. Additionally, trojan modules will be able to access protected browser files and steal passwords stored in the program directory." UC Browser Violates Google Play Store Policies Since the ability allows UCWeb to download and execute arbitrary code on users’ devices without reinstalling a full new version of UC Browser app, it also violates the Play Store policy by bypassing Google servers. "This violates Google's rules for software distributed in its app store. The current policy states that applications downloaded from Google Play cannot change their own code or download any software components from third-party sources," the researchers say. "These rules were applied to prevent the distribution of modular trojans that download and launch malicious plugins." This dangerous feature has been found in both UC Browser as well as UC Browser Mini, with all version affected including the latest version of the browsers released to this date. Dr. Web responsibly reported their findings to the developer of both UC Browser and UC Browser Mini, but they refused even to provide a comment on the matter. It then reported the issue to Google. At the time of writing, UC Browser and UC Browser Mini are "still available and can download new components, bypassing Google Play servers," researchers say. Such a feature can be abused in supply chain attack scenarios where company's server get compromised, allowing attackers to push malicious updates to a large number of users at once—just like we recently saw in ASUS supply chain attack that compromised over 1 million computers. So, users are left with just one choice to make... get rid of it until the company patches the issue. Source
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  8. Send Links from Windows 10 to Android Using the Native Share Dialog One of Microsoft’s key projects right now is to bring Windows 10 and Android devices in sync, so the company is working around the clock on improving the Your Phone app. Together with its Android sibling, this app is supposed to allow the pairing of Windows 10 PCs and Android phones in order to make it possible for desktop users to access their photos and messages wirelessly. But as it turns out, the sync also works the other way around, which means that you can send content from the PC to Android using the same Your Phone companion app. Once the devices are paired, you can rely on the native share dialog in Windows 10 browsers (Microsoft Edge and Mozilla Firefox are the two supporting it for now) to send links to Android devices.Native share optionAll you have to do is to fire up a Windows 10 browser, navigate to a page that you want to share and then head over to the share option in Edge or Firefox. Click the Your Phone app in the share options and then the link should become available on Android in the browser that you used for sending it. A notification should show up on Android to let you know that content sent from a desktop browser is available, and tapping it opens the link in Edge or Firefox. This is without a doubt a neat feature for Android users, and while there are other ways to do the same thing on the mobile platform, a native implementation comes in much handier. Once Microsoft Edge becomes a more mature browser and completes the transition to the Chromium engine on the desktop, this feature could make much more sense for Android users, as many more would stick with the app on both PCs and mobile devices. Source
  9. I have started this sub-section for Android Games to keep Android mobile games free from applications / themes. All nsane members are requested to post Games here. If admins as requested creates a sub-forum for it at any stage, this thread will be merged later. For posting guidelines, please refer to this post: //www.nsaneforums.com/topic/220597-guidelines-and-templates/ PS: Admin, thanks for listening to Android sub-forum request.
  10. AdGuard 3.0 is now available. The new version of the popular content blocker for Android features a redesigned interface, new stealth mode, support for custom lists, and more. The new version of AdGuard is already available on the developer website. Point your Android browser to this URL and hit the download button to download the new version to your system. Note that you do need to allow application installations from unknown sources in the Android settings to install the app. What is AdGuard? AdGuard is a content blocker that runs silently in the background. It blocks advertisement and other undesirable elements in all browsers in the free version. Premium users have ads blocked in all apps that they run on their device. Some features are only available in the Premium version. You may buy a lifetime license or a subscription-based license on the AdGuard website. Tip: Check out our review of AdGuard DNS here. AdGuard 3.0 The app launches a wizard on first start that walks you through some essential configuration options. The wizard is well suited for new and inexperienced users who may feel overwhelmed when they access the entire options the app provides. It is naturally possible to manage all options in the Settings at any time. Existing users may notice the redesigned interface right away. Layout, icons, and styles have changed, and it is now possible to switch to a dark theme if that is preferred. Just activate it in Settings > General > Dark Theme to do so. The homepage displays the status of the protection and statistics. The developers have added charts to the app which you may access with a tap on the arrow icon next to any of the numbers on the homepage (e.g. ads blocked). AdGuard 3.0 supports more filter lists by default and custom URL filter lists. Select Settings > Content Blocking > Filters to get started. There you may enable or disable specific preset filters, e.g. the Security or Annoyances list. Custom filter support is reserved for Premium users of the application. You may use it to load filters from URLs that you specify provided that the filter lists are in the correct format. Stealth Mode is another new feature and it is reserved to premium users as well. Basically, what Stealth Mode does is add better privacy protections to the device. Stealth Mode supports a large range of privacy options; you may use it to enable the self-destruction of first-party or third-party cookies, change the TTL of third-party cookies, strip URLs of tracking parameters, disable specific browser APIs, hide your user-agent, mask your IP address, or hide search queries. Some features may appeal to all users, others are probably only of interest to advanced users. What else is new? The widget has been redesigned and features some stats about blocked requests. AdGuard supports DNS-over-TLS in version 3.0. You can find out more on the official blog. Closing Words AdGuard is a great application for Android to block ads and other undesirable elements on the device. It works best with a Premium license but does a good job as well when you run the free version. The new 3.0 upgrade introduces much needed functionality, some of it reserved for Premium users. The ability to load custom filter lists is handy, and the new Stealth Mode introduces privacy protections that give users more control over what is happening on their devices. AdGuard is available in sales regularly. New users may want to start with the free version and upgrade to the Premium version in an upcoming sale. Source: AdGuard 3.0 for Android: Redesign, Stealth Mode, Custom Filter Lists (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  11. Fake Apps Promise Updates to Latest Android Only to Bombard You with Ads Waiting for your device manufacturer to release the update to the latest version of Android is a painful experience, and Samsung users probably know this the best. And while many are looking into ways to get the upgrade before it officially becomes available for their devices, you should never (NEVER!) turn to apps in the Google Play Store that promise instant updates. Because as discovered by AP, the number of apps posted in the Play store and offering to update your devices to the latest Android release even if it’s not yet available is increasing every day. And it happens for a good reason: these apps try to trick people into downloading them only to then bombard them with ads. While I won’t link to such apps for an obvious reason, simple searches like “Update to Android P” returns several of them, and most claim they do the same thing: they download and install Android P on your smartphone, even if the manufacturer of the device hasn’t released it.Apps still available for downloadOf course, this sounds odd for power users, but there are obviously many beginners out there who eventually installed the apps hoping to get the latest Android. And the review sections of these apps pretty much speak for themselves, as most users found out the hard way that the purpose was to actually bring ads to their devices. Obviously, Android OS updates are never delivered via the Google Play Store, so you should never fall for such tactics. Always stick with the system update feature of the device, which is located in the settings section. The more worrying thing is that these apps somehow escaped Google’s filters even though they obviously violate the store guidelines. Hopefully, the search giant would take care of them shortly, but as a general precaution, make sure you check twice before installing something that sounds too good to be true. Source
  12. Google unveils ‘third gender’ emoji coming to Android this year Google has revealed dozens of “third gender” emoji coming to Android smartphones later this year. The new gender-inclusive emoji include police officers, superheroes, wizards, wrestlers and even zombies. Emoji are decided by the Unicode Consortium, which is made up of tech firms like Google, Microsoft, Apple and the internet’s main emoji hub Emojipedia. New emoji are added all the time, and dozens of new designs have now been revealed in a new paper published by Google. “Gender has many exceptions and implantation details, and many aspects of this have been discussed in past documents,” said Google’s Jennifer Daniel. “This document is to note Google’s intent to use gender-inclusive designs where code points exist and to signal Google’s interest in additional gender sequences.” Loads of emoji are getting a new “third gender” option — including zombies.Source:Supplied Apple, Google, Twitter, Facebook, Microsoft and Samsung all offer some “gender-inclusive” emoji already. But — as Google points out — not all human emoji have gender-neutral options. So Google has taken to adding “third gender” designs to a large number of existing emoji. “Each emoji that already has specific options for women or men will be unaffected by this change,” Emojipedia explained. “Gender isn’t going away, it’s getting a third option.” Some users have called for Google to return to its previous “genderless, skin-tone-less blobs”, which were a fan favourite. The “blobs” were largely gender-neutral, which meant that they didn’t cause offence. One Twitter user reacted to the news by writing: “Adding a third gender to emoji is fine I guess. But blob emotes had no gender and that was beautiful.” However, the blobs could also be slightly insulting: “As an aside, at the time the blobs existed on Android, the feedback sent to Google was often not supportive of the choice,” Emojipedia reveals. “People sent a woman in a red dress from iOS or Twitter weren’t necessarily pleased at the blob with a rose in its mouth that arrived on Android devices.” The new gender-neutral emoji will be “coming to Android this year” according to Emojipedia, but there’s no firm release date. It’s possible that other tech firms will also borrow these emoji. Source
  13. How Google could help an Android alternative reach the IoT throne KaiOS is racking up tens of millions of users by catering to the feature phone market. Its momentum with carriers could turn it into a formidable IoT player. Android accounts for about 85 percent of the global smartphone market; iOS accounts for virtually all of the rest. So it has stood for most of the past decade despite a host of failed challengers that entered the market before and after Android's debut. But one operating system is adding tens of millions of users by bringing new functionality to a device that has been all but forgotten in the U.S. KaiOS, which I first wrote about last April as an engine for minimalist phones, is an open source OS. It was spun out of an effort within TCL (owner of the Alcatel and BlackBerry phone brands) from the remnants of Firefox OS. It is well on its way to becoming the modern-day spiritual successor to Symbian, which was once a dominant operating system for feature phones. Indeed, HMD Global, the heir of the Nokia phone brand that was once Symbian's greatest champion and that claims to still be the global leader in feature phones, is using KaiOS in its 8110 "banana" slider phone. However, its biggest success to date has been India's JioPhone. Android has problems, and Google knows that and has plans to replace it with something better. But the Android name won't be going anywhere. While optimized for keypad input, it features a web browser, email client, and other essential apps. It also features an app store, although, in the world of KaiOS, carrier is king. For example, while it is an outlier, the only KaiOS phone available in the U.S. is the Alcatel Go Flip, available via prepaid carriers such as Cricket and Simple Mobile. It lacks the app store. However, while many feature phones top out at 3G and lack Wi-Fi, KaiOS's support for Wi-Fi and 4G should provide connectivity long after major carriers sunset their 3G networks in the next few years. Even as Google continues to target lower price points for Android phones, it recognizes the value it can derive from KaiOS. The company invested $22 million in the effort last year and is the preferred search engine and voice assistant for KaiOS phones. The latter aligns well particularly well with Google's push of its Assistant, the limited input options of many KaiOS phones and larger percentage of illiterate users in developing economies adopting the OS. Feature phones will likely retain a sustainable market for the foreseeable future, but KaiOS is also making a play for the Internet of Things. This is one of the many markets in which Google has struggled to expand Android's reach, recently scaling back its Android Things effort. For Google, Android Things is a developer retention play; the Android model of driving revenue through apps, content and advertising don't apply. KaiOS' carrier customers, though, can leverage IoT devices to sell managed services, particularly as they gear up parts of their 5G networks developed specifically to handle their low-power, low-speed requirements. Still, even though KaiOS devices could eventually outnumber Android devices, there are a number of caveats and reasons why it wouldn't pose much of a competitive threat. First, while the number of IoT devices could eventually outnumber the number of humans and, by extension, mobile phones, KaiOS would likely capture only a fraction of that market. And even if its raw installed base numbers came to dwarf Android's, the widely disparate needs of IoT devices would negate treating such a hardware/software combination as a viable horizontal platform in the way we think of Android or iOS. Still, as the smartwatch market has shown us, there are bound to be edge cases and KaiOS's easily navigable interface, app capabilities and modern connectivity could wind up powering many devices that would otherwise enable Android developers to leverage their skill sets. Source
  14. New Google Policy Means Trouble for Microsoft on Android A new policy implemented by Google for Android apps brings tighter controls for SMS and call logs, technically enforcing a new limitation of the use of services like digital assistants on the platform. According to Google itself, access for call logs and SMS should only be required when it’s absolutely necessary for the app’s core functionality, which Google defines as explained below: “Core functionality is defined as the main purpose of the app. It's the feature most prominently documented and promoted in the app’s description; no other feature is more central to the app’s functionality. If this feature isn't provided, the app is “broken” or rendered unusable (i.e., app is deprived of its primary functionality and will not perform as a user would expect).” These changes mean applications like Microsoft Launcher can now receive your permission to access calls and texts, but at the same time, to also enable Cortana to read this data.New update for Microsoft LauncherAs a result, Microsoft has recently updated Microsoft Launcher with a prompt that seeks your permission to update the device assistant, as you can no longer run Google Assistant and Cortana side by side without setting up these controls. “Due to a new policy from the Google Play Store, Microsoft Launcher needs to be set as your device assistant if you want to do things like let Cortana keep you updated on calls and texts in your feed. Once that’s done, you’ll be good for this update,” the notification reads. The message started appearing after the latest update for Microsoft Launcher, and unless you tap the option that reads “Set it up now,” it comes back occasionally to seek your permission. Obviously, Microsoft Launcher isn’t the only application that needs to comply with this new policy, so expect similar prompts from other apps on Android these days. Source
  15. Kiwi Browser is made to browse the internet, read news, watch videos and listen to music, without annoyances. Browse in peace. Kiwi is based on Chromium and WebKit, the engine that powers the most popular browser in the world so you won't lose your habits. We hope you'll love Kiwi as much as we do. Note for power users and supporters: We have a Discord (chat) community where you can discuss development and share ideas: https://discordapp.com/invite/XyMppQq Main Features: ★ Based on the very best Chromium ★ Incredible page load speed 🚀 Thanks to our very optimised rendering engine, we are able to display web pages super fast. ★ Powerful ad block that removes most of intrusive ads 🔥 ★ Super strong pop-ups blocker that really works ★ Cryptojacking protection The first Android browser that blocks hackers from using your device to mine crypto-currency ★ Unlock Facebook Web Messenger Go to m.facebook.com and chat with your friends without having to install FB application. More goodness: ★ Night mode with customizable contrast and grayscale mode. 100% contrast = pure AMOLED black (actually turns off pixels) - recommended! 101% contrast = pure AMOLED black + white text ★ Bottom address bar ★ Manage websites that appear on the homepage Long-press to move or delete the tiles, click the [+] to add a new website. ★ Disable AMP (Settings, Privacy) ★ Block annoying notifications ★ Block slow and invasive trackers to protect your privacy. ★ Translation into 60 languages. ★ Import / Export bookmarks. ★ Custom Downloads folder Choose where your downloaded files are stored ★ Play videos and music even with the screen off == What is removed: * Chrome Sync First, Google doesn't allow Chrome Sync to be used by third-party browser. Second, Google Sync sends your full history, bookmarks and passwords to servers which is totally not cool. * Data Saver Google doesn't allow to use their platform. I'm working on a Turbo mode, but I'm not sure when it'll go out. == Advanced users: If you want to open links with an external application, you can long-press on the link, or change the default setting in Settings, Accessibility. To add a new search engine, go to your favorite search engine, and do a couple of searches, and then go to Settings, Search Engine. == Kiwi Browser is very new, and still in test. Please help us by sending a little e-mail if you see crashes, bugs or just want to say Hi 😊 == Made in Estonia Screenshots: Part 1 screenshots: Part 2 Screenshots: Changelog: Version Sigma This version includes the latest security improvements from Chromium (including the FileReader bug CVE-2019-5786) - Fix for news not appearing correctly in the homepage feed - Hindi and Chinese Traditional translation - Minor fixes (ex: view-source: ) Links: Homepage XDA Forum Download Comments: After getting tired of Firefox for Android being so slow, I tried many different browsers, all browsers had one thing in common, either they were too heavy or lacked features or they were not trustable / used to steal data. After searching and trying a lot of browsers, I came across this Chromium based browser. It's made a by a Google's Chromium developer / contributor - more details mentioned in the XDA Forum post. This browser has everything one can want, from build-in ad blocker, to disabling of crappy AMP sites to night mode to high speed with no lag - infact the developer claims it's faster than Chrome on Android. It's a must try / use and I recommend it to every Android user here.
  16. Google Testing New Chrome Feature for Faster Tab Switching on Android Google is currently testing a new feature for the Android version of Chrome browser that would make it easier and faster for users to switch from one tab to another. Basically, what Google wants to do is add a new toolbar at the bottom of the Chrome for Android screen that would just display the icons of the websites loaded in the browser. These aren’t thumbnails, but the favicons of each website, and tapping any of them instantly switches the browser to that page. This means you no longer have to open the tab view where you can jump from one website to another, but do it quickly by simply tapping the icons.Still a work in progressXDA explains that the new toolbar would also come with dedicated options to launch a mini tab switcher with a grid layout, but also with a plus symbol to add a new tab on the fly. A commit for this feature shows Google lists it as a work in progress and the development team is working on the underlying code powering it. For the time being, however, this feature is still in the works and isn’t even available for testing in the Canary version of Chrome. Most likely, Google will include it in the experimental browser at some point in the future and users will be able to try it out by enabling a dedicated flag. But as with every other experiment that Google is spotted testing, don’t hold your breath for it because the company could very well kill it off completely before launch if the development team isn’t pleased with the way it works. This the reason the Canary version of Chrome is so important for the future of the browser, as it allows Google to try out new features before they are available for everyone. Source
  17. Cortana and Microsoft Launcher updated with improvements on Android Image Courtesy: Microsoft Microsoft today has pushed out a new update for Cortana on Android. The latest update comes with a new Home Screen interface which is more colourful. Cortana for Android has been updated with a new ‘now playing’ interface to helps users control music without opening the app. New buttons have been added to the home screen to allow users to quickly access email and reminders. You can now also set a reminder on your Windows 10 PCs and Cortana will remind you that on your phone. If you are not having your phone near you and someone is trying to call you, Cortana will alert you on your PC that you have missed a call on your phone. Cortana could also send the caller a predefined text message when you are away. The section of flight status has been updated with a simpler look. Microsoft Launcher In addition to Cortana, Microsoft is also rolling out a new update to Microsoft Launcher on Android. Today’s update advances the app to version 5.2 and adds a couple of new features. For using Microsoft Launcher, the company is now rewarding the users by allowing them to earn Rewards through the daily deal card and by completing other tasks. You will be able to long press on the shortcuts enabled icons even when the home screen is locked. Users will now be able to send a CPU profile via the “Contact Us” option in Settings if they find any performance issues. The font size in the Microsoft Launcher app will now respect the font size of the system. Microsoft has also added Non-full screen folders especially for large screen devices and for users who use the device with only one hand. You can update both apps from the Google Play Store. Source
  18. Microsoft Launcher 5.2 starts rolling out to all Android users Beta testers have been using and quality-checking the 5.2 update for some time now. However today, it appears that the beta version is good enough to be released to general users, as spotted by Italian blog Aggiornamenti Lumia. The Google Play Store still lists the latest version as 5.1.1 from our end, suggesting that the update is likely being delivered to users in a gradual rollout. This would make sense, given how major bugs tend to plague devices right at a major update (remember the Windows 10 October Update debacle?), so a gradual rollout might help them keep an eye just in the small chance something does arise. For those who didn’t see the last post, version 5.2 contains a number of refinements to improve not just the aesthetics of the app, but also its functionality. Large screen phone users will likely be pleased that non-fullscreen folders (as seen in the screenshot at the top) can be toggled on for ease of use, and long pressing of app icons while the home screen is locked will now bring up the shortcuts menu. If you’re interested, you can head to the Play Store and see if the update is live for you. If it is, feel free to let us know in the comments how you’re enjoying the update. Source
  19. APK Extractor is a free application for Google's Android operating system that you may use to save installed Android apps as APK files on the device. The installation of Android applications is pretty straightforward, especially so if you install them from Google Play or another application store. It may happen that you want to save an Android APK installation file to your device for safekeeping or backup purposes. There are several potential reasons for that: making sure that you save a particular version of an application or wanting to move the installation file to other Android devices or even your PC or computer. Tip: Check out APKUpdater, it keeps your sideloaded Android apps up to date Save installed Android apps APK Extractor is available as a free and paid version. The free version comes with advertisement, the paid version removes it and is available for €1.04 currently (what is with that price?). The application uses two different ad formats: a single unit at the top of the application list, and overlay ads that tend to get in the way. The application displays all installed applications and (most?) system applications in a long list on start. You may use the built in search to find a specific Android application quickly. An option in the settings divides the applications into user-installed apps and system apps. You may switch between the two categories using the menu at the top. Saving works by tapping on the application in the interface. APK Extractor saves the Android application to the local device; the save path is highlighted when you save Android apps. You may change the save location in the settings if you prefer a different location for extracted Android applications. A long-tap on any application enables the selection mode. Use it to select multiple applications for saving in one go. There is also a handy select all option to save all applications automatically but you need to make sure that there is enough storage space on the device for that. The menu that is displayed next to each application displays the installed version and options to look up information or share it. Info opens the App Info page on the Android device that reveals required permissions, data usage, and other information. Share saves the application to the device and opens the share options afterward making it easy to share the file using messaging applications or to online storage services. Closing Words APK Extractor is a useful application for Android that lets you backup Android applications locally. The process is straightforward and not complicated at all. Inexperienced users may have difficulties accessing the saved Android apps on their devices, but that is not the fault of this application. It is easy enough to open the files manager to access the path the APK files are stored in or transfer them to another device. The overlay advertisement is annoying but since you may not use the app regularly, it is not that much of a negative. Source: How to save installed Android apps as APK files (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  20. Things have been relatively silent on the Android TV front lately, but today, the platform is forcing itself back into the spotlight. Unfortunately, it’s not good news we’re hearing, but rather reports of a serious-sounding bug that’s potentially exposing the private photos of Android TV users. At the very least, the bug is causing Android TV and Google Home to show lists of Android users where they shouldn’t be, which is bad enough. The bug was first revealed by Twitter user @wothadei over the weekend. He says that when accessing his Vu Android TV through the Google Home app, he was showed an extensive list of “linked” accounts. “It basically lists what I imagine is every single person who owns this television,” he said in a tweet to Google. “This is shocking incompetence.” Things got more alarming from there. When selecting a linked Google Photos account to use with Ambient Mode slideshows, wothadei was again presented with a long list of presumed Android TV users, each of them with a toggle next their names. This, of course, suggests that you’d be able to view another user’s private photos through Android TV’s slideshows, though wothadei said later in an exchange with Google that he wasn’t able to get anyone’s Google Photos – not even his own – to show on his TV. So, at best, it seems this Android TV bug lists other users as linked accounts in the Google Home app, and at worst, it potentially exposes private photos. In a statement to XDA Developers, Google said that it takes privacy “extremely seriously” and that it has disabled this feature while it investigates reports. We’ll see where things go from here, but there are definitely a lot of questions about the scope of this bug left to answer. Stay tuned, because we’ll update you if Google serves up anymore information about this bug and what it may have potentially exposed. source
  21. Opera for Android 50 Released with Improved Ad Blocker, Picture-in-Picture Mode Opera for Android has officially reached version 50, and this new release comes with lots of improvements, including a refined ad blocker and a brand-new picture-in-picture mode. First and foremost, the new Opera version now allows users to configure special ad-blocking rules per each website. Previously, the application only came with general filters that were applied to every page you loaded, and this approach wasn’t the most convenient for users who wanted to whitelist specific websites. “This feature was implemented in our Opera browser for computers back in 2016 and today we are bringing this experience to our mobile browser,” Opera explains. “The site-specific ad blocker option is also a friendly solution for publishers to display their ads. It’s also an easy solution for users as they can switch the ad blocker on or off in two taps on the websites that they value the most.”Hello, Picture in PictureAdditionally, the Android browser now boasts the Picture in Picture mode that’s also available in the desktop version of the application, so you can technically watch YouTube videos while doing something else on your phone. PiP requires Android 8 and newer. There’s also support for dark CSS themes, as well as faster opening of PDF files and documents. The Opera team says it has also focused on improving scroll support in the Android browser. “The scroll handle also acts as the quick jump tool used in previous versions of Opera. Tap the handle when the arrow points up or down to go to the very beginning or end of a web page,” Opera says. And last but not least, the application is available in a series of new languages, including Estonian, Lithuanian, and Latvian. You can download Opera 50 for Android from this link to get all the aforementioned improvements on your phone as well. Source
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  25. Google is pushing a big redesign to the mobile Gmail app on Android and iOS. The update was announced yesterday, and after spending some time with the new app, we're going to comb through the finer details and see what has changed between New Gmail and Old Gmail. For now the release is only out on Android, but like the old Gmail design, it should look identical on iOS. If you're on Android, you want Gmail version 9.x (the old design is Gmail 8). If the Play Store isn't serving you the update and you're into sideloading, APKMirror has a safe download. The iOS version is still wending its way through the App Store approval process and should be out sometime this week. The new design is a good match for the new desktop Gmail design that came out in April, along with all the other apps using the "Google Material Theme" design language. Everything is really white—an homage to the Google homepage—and everything uses rounded corners. The horizontal line dividers are gone, leaving nothing but white space to separate your messages. Control iconography is changed to Google's new outline style, and while message text remains in the Roboto font, everything else now uses Product Sans (the same typeface as the Google logo). When you first enter the inbox, it's hard to miss the death of the big red header at the top. Instead of a red action bar, the new Gmail design uses a white search bar across the top of the app. Search is certainly promoted more with this new design, but getting to it isn't any faster. When it was a magnifying glass icon on the old Gmail design, it was a tap away; with the huge search bar, it's still a tap away. The search bar does look better than the mostly blank action bar that was used before. The side navigation panel is still a tap away via the left "hamburger" button inside the search bar, or you can still swipe in from the side to open it. The one new feature in the header, then, is the new account switcher, which exists on the right side of the search bar as your profile picture. Tapping on it pops up a window with all of your other accounts. Assuming you have unique profile pictures across your accounts, the profile picture display makes it easy to tell which account you're using from the Inbox view—something that wasn't possible on the old version of Gmail. Like most other Google apps, there's no permanent "Gmail" logo on the main screen anywhere. Sometimes, though, the search bar help text will go away and a fun "Gmail" logo animation will play inside the search bar. This seems to only happen when you open the inbox, and even then it only happens once every few minutes. It's a fun little touch when you catch it happening. The floating round compose button returns to the bottom-right corner of the screen, but instead of a pen icon on a red background, it's now a multi-coloured plus icon on a white background. The pen screamed "Compose a new email," but the new plus icon seems like a less-obvious indicator. Desktop Gmail sticks a loud, obvious "Compose" text label next to the plus icon by default, which helps a lot. Like the new desktop Gmail, by default the new mobile Gmail is very upfront about attachments to your messages. Instead of the usual paper clip icon, direct links to the first few attachments will appear in the inbox, right under the message preview text. Inbox densities: Gmail's one new feature Google has a few introductory pop-ups for users opening the new Gmail for the first time. After the welcome message, you'll be presented with a setting for Gmail's single new feature: Inbox densities. Just like on the desktop version of Gmail, you can now switch between "Default," "Comfortable," and "Compact" display modes for your inbox messages. The "Default" view is the biggest and shows contact icons, a line of preview text, and a row for the new attachment buttons. "Comfortable" kills the attachment row, and "Compact" additionally removes the preview text line and contact pictures. This can make a big difference in terms of number of messages on-screen. On a OnePlus 6, you'll get about 13 messages on-screen in "Compact" mode, while "Default" mode will show six complete messages per screen if every message has attachments. The rest of the UI is pretty much what you would expect. Gmail is getting a new coat of white paint, but mostly everything is where you would expect it to be. It's kind of disappointing to still see all the controls in the same spots. Along with this new Material Design rollout, Google has experimented with templates that put all the controls at the bottom of the phone. As devices continually get bigger and taller, bottom controls seem like a really good idea. For now it's the same old Gmail, just white. And speaking of the proliferation of lightness, this new Gmail doesn't have a dark mode. Lots of other Google apps are getting a dark mode, and it's expected to be a focus of Android Q. Hopefully Gmail gets a dark mode soon. Posters note: The above images are the first in slideshows. Please visit the link below to see the other slideshow images. Source: Hands-on with the new Gmail for Android (and iOS) (Ars Technica)
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