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  1. How to easily install the Android 11 developer preview A frustration-free guide to getting the latest software on your phone You can try out the Android 11 developer preview software right now if you have a Pixel 2 or later, but it’s understandable if the idea of flashing your device to install the OS is intimidating. It can be a tricky process, and the steps differ slightly depending on what phone you have and what kind of computer you’re going to use to download the software. But now that process has been streamlined by Google. Google recently released the Android Flash Tool, a web application that handles most of the steps of flashing for you. There are a few steps that you’ll need to do yourself before the new software can be installed, which we’ll walk you through below, but Google’s tool basically eliminates most of the hassle and complexity that makes it easy to mess up. There are a few important notes to make up here at the top. First, once you flash your phone with the developer preview, your device will get all future developer preview and beta updates over the air. In other words, you won’t need to flash your phone again when new builds of Android 11 are released. Just head to your system settings and fetch an update. The second note is just your standard disclaimer that you do this at your own risk. This is unfinished software, and installing it could lead to malfunctions with your device or to software that you usually use. And depending on settings that you adjust in the Android Flash Tool, you might have to wipe all of the data from your phone. So, proceed with caution. Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verg Is my phone compatible with Android 11? The Android 11 developer preview is compatible with the Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3A, Pixel 3A XL, Pixel 4, and Pixel 4 XL. It’s possible that Google will broaden the list of devices supported by Android 11 in the upcoming beta, but for now, you’ll need one of those phones to get the software. What browser do I need to use to flash my phone? Google says that you can use any browser that supports the WebUSB API, which is supported by Chrome as well as Microsoft Edge version 79 and later. The Android Flash Tool works with all the major operating systems, including Linux, macOS, ChromeOS, and Windows 10, though browser compatibility may vary depending on your OS. Step 1: Activate these three settings on your Android phone Enable the Developer Options menu in your phone. First, open the Settings app. For phones running Android 8 (Oreo), click System. Otherwise, if your phone has Android 7 (Nougat) or later, scroll down to About Phone, then find Build Number. Tap Build Number seven times to enable Developer Options. Turn on USB debugging (this lets your phone and computer communicate via USB) within the Developer Options menu. To do this, head to Settings > System > Advanced > Developer Options. You’ll find USB debugging with just a little scrolling down. Enable OEM unlocking. This option is also part of the Developer Options menu, further up the page than where you found USB debugging. If that option isn’t available for you to enable, that might be because it’s already enabled. Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge Step 2: Connect your phone to your computer and get started If you use Windows 10, you’ll need to install this driver first for your phone to be recognized. Connect your phone to your computer with a USB cable. Then head over to this page at the Android Developers portal and select the URL listed next to the device you’re using within the “Use Android Flash Tool” section. On the next page, click on “Get Started.” The Android Flash Tool will ask for permission to access ADB keys in a pop-up window, which is necessary to install software on your phone. You’ll need to tap “OK” to proceed with this process. You’ll need to hit OK to proceed with the installation. Click “Add new device” at the bottom of the page. Your device should appear in a pop-up window on your computer, so go ahead and click it. Once you’ve followed all of the steps above, you can hit “Add to device.” Once you do that, you should now see a request on your phone that says “Allow USB debugging?” You’ll also see a long string of numbers and letters that should match up with what your PC shows if you click the gear icon on the Android Flash Tool page. On your phone, check the box next to “Always allow from this computer,” then tap Allow. After that, your device should show up on the Android Flash Tool as being connected. Click on the box with the name of your device to proceed. Once your device shows up as being connected, click into it. You’ll want to pay attention to what appears in the “Selected build” section of the Flash Tool (see below). Before you hit the blue “Install” button at the bottom of the page, I recommend tapping the pencil icon next to “Selected build” and checking the “Lock Bootloader” box. This will lock the bootloader after this process is complete, leaving you with a more secure device than if it remained unlocked. Select the “Lock Bootloader” option, which will lock your bootloader after the software installation is complete. The next window basically tells you to stop interacting with your phone during the rest of this process unless asked to do so, and to not unplug your device. If you’re in a position to proceed, go ahead. Make sure your data is backed up before you proceed. One more prompt before getting started: a license agreement. You need to agree to the terms of the Android Software Development Kit License Agreement, which you can find here. After you hit “I accept,” your phone will reboot into its bootloader screen. If nothing happens for a few seconds, don’t worry. You may also see a window pop up on your computer that says “Reselect your device.” In that case, leave your phone alone and select “Reselect device” on the computer. According to Google, your phone might be renamed “Android,” though it might just be identified with the model name (e.g. Pixel 3). If you haven’t flashed software before, Google will probably need to unlock your bootloader to proceed with the installation. Keep in mind that doing this will trigger a factory reset on your phone. If you haven’t backed up your data, you’ll lose everything. Once you agree, you’ll need to allow the bootloader to unlock on your phone. To do this, use the volume keys to navigate to the option that says “Unlock the bootloader,” then hit the power button once to confirm. After that, the Android Flash Tool will begin to download and install the software. You can continue to watch along, but don’t touch your phone at this point, even though it will restart several times. Just keep an eye on the progress using the Android Flash Tool page on your computer. At this point, you can just sit and wait for the Android Flash Tool to wrap things up. Once you’re all done, the phone will reboot one last time, and over on your PC you’ll be met with a celebratory screen. You’re all done! And thankfully, you won’t have to go through this process again for the next Android 11 update — easy as this was. You’re all done! How to easily install the Android 11 developer preview
  2. New Android vulnerability Strandhogg 2.0 exploits user trust SuperHappyFunGame, once installed, could steal the focus from unrelated apps. Enlarge / Strandhogg 2.0 can be thought of as the ultimate phishing attack. When the user taps a legitimate icon—which could be for email, camera, etc—the malware intercepts the tap and can present a copycat dialog instead. Promon 20 with 19 posters participating, including story author A Norwegian infosec firm discovered a new Android vulnerability, which they've dubbed Strandhogg 2.0. Security firm Promon says "Strandhogg" is an old Norse strategy for coastline raids and abductions, and today's vulnerability is the "evil twin" of a similar one discovered in 2019. The original Strandhogg used an Android feature called taskAffinity to hijack applications—by setting the taskAffinity of one of its activities to match the packageName of any other app, then setting allowTaskReparenting="true" in its own manifest, the Strandhogg app would be launched in place of the target app. Imagine tapping the legitimate Gmail icon on your phone and getting what appears to be a legitimate login prompt, pixel-for-pixel identical with the one you'd see if your account had been logged off. Would you enter your credentials? If one of the free games or apps you or a child might have installed was a Strandhogg vessel, you just gave your credentials to an attacker—which might even launch the Gmail application itself immediately after testing your credentials, leaving no obvious sign you had been compromised. Impatient users should skip ahead to 1:00—the first minute of the video is spent simply demonstrating that the Camera, Facebook, Messages, Files, and Gmail apps are legitimate. Strandhogg's 1.0 major weakness was the need to declare taskAffinity in the Android Manifest. The Manifest is a plain XML file and must be included in the package hosted at the Play Store itself—it can't simply be downloaded later, after the app is installed. This made it relatively simple to scan the Play store for apps with sketchy-looking taskAffinity declarations. Strandhogg 2.0 doesn't require any special settings in a package's Android Manifest—meaning the attacking code doesn't need to be present on the Play Store to be scanned at all. Instead, the attacker can download the attack code later, once the trojan app or game is already installed on a user's device. Enlarge / Any Android application can be targeted by Strandhogg's overlay-phishing technique—including banking apps. Promon In addition to the obvious credential-stealing attacks, Strandhogg can be used to trick users into escalating its privileges based on the trust they have for the apps it hijacks. For example, a user tapping Camera is asked if they want to grant it permission to access the camera and microphone—if the user taps Yes, they've actually given those privileges to the malware app, not the Camera app it covered up on the screen. Strandhogg 2.0 affects all versions of Android prior to 10—which translates to roughly 90 percent of the Android userbase. Google rolled out a patch to close the Strandhogg 2.0 vulnerability, CVE-2020-0096, in May's Android Security Update. This is good news for Pixel users—but as always, carriers and OEMs may delay those upgrades significantly. The older Strandhogg 1.0 vulnerability is not patched and likely will not be—it appears that Google prefers to play whack-a-mole with dodgy apps as they are uploaded to the Play store, since it can scan for exploits of that vulnerability directly in the Manifests of potential malware applications. Source: New Android vulnerability Strandhogg 2.0 exploits user trust (Ars Technica)
  3. Google is testing dark mode for Search on the web through a Chrome flag on Android Google recently began rolling out a dark theme to the Google app on Android. The theme helps with cutting down the brightness in the app when users view it in the dimly lit conditions and was a nifty addition for those that prefer that theme. However, the search giant has also been working on bringing a dark mode to the Google.com website’s search results page. Interestingly, a code change (spotted by 9to5Google) in Chromium last month suggested that the dark themed webpage would be triggered by a Chrome flag. Today, users of Google Chrome Canary and Dev can test out the dark mode on Google Search on the web for Android by tweaking the Chrome flags. Users can head to chrome://flags on either of the browsers, search for ‘Show darkened search pages on Android’, enable that flag, and relaunch the browser. Users will then notice that the search results page, on searching for any keyword, has turned dark. The other way that users can try out the dark theme on the search page is by adding an “&cs=1” suffix to the URL of the search page. This works only in Chrome, regardless of the version. It is not clear why the Mountain View company would go with a browser flag to enable dark mode on its web search page. Additionally, it looks like the mode is still work in progress, as there are rough edges and inconsistent iconography in the result cards. Source: 9to5Google Source: Google is testing dark mode for Search on the web through a Chrome flag on Android (Neowin)
  4. Adobe starts serving ads in the share and 'open with' UI on Android for some users Adobe is beginning to test a way of serving ads through the ‘open with’ and share dialogs on Android. AndroidPolice reports that its readers are beginning to see ads for Adobe Photoshop Express and Adobe Scan when trying to open certain types of files. The nature of these ads is exactly like Microsoft’s ads that were being served last year. The way this works is that when users install one of the apps from a particular developer, which in this case is the Adobe Acrobat Reader, they are served ads for other apps from the same developer. The advertisements for the apps depend on the format of the file being shared or opened. Adobe’s ads also appear in the ‘open with’ UI, prompting to download Photoshop Express likely when trying to open an image for editing. Screenshots: AndroidPolice The folks over at AndroidPolice could find strings within the Acrobat Reader app code that pointed to promotions for Photoshop Elements and Scan. In Microsoft’s case, the ads were for PowerPoint when opening a .PPTX file, or for downloading OneDrive when users attempt to share a picture. This would primarily show up for users that installed the Your Phone (formerly Your Phone Companion) app. While companies might want to promote other apps that they build, such ads might become more of an annoyance for users that are accustomed to using a certain set of apps for specific tasks. It is not clear if the test will expand to more users or be canned earlier depending on users’ feedback. Source: Adobe starts serving ads in the share and 'open with' UI on Android for some users (Neowin)
  5. Opera 58 for Android out with automatic notification blocking Opera Software released Opera 58 for Android with automatic notification blocking, improved speed dial actions and form improvements today to the public. The browser may not show up yet on Google Play for everyone at the time of writing. Opera Software notes that the release is not as big as previous releases due to the current situation in the world. Still, Opera engineers managed to integrate three new features in the mobile browser. The first addresses notifications and the constant abuse of notifications on the Web. According to Opera Software, it received complains and feedback from Opera users which made it go back to the drawing board after trying out several different approaches to showing notifications in the browser. The new iteration that is in Opera 58 blocks notification prompts by default. Opera will display a "notifications blocked" overlay for a short period of time but it will go away automatically after that period. A tap on the overlay or on the icon that is next to the site address opens options to allow notifications for that particular site. Notifications are denied by default in the new Opera 58 browser for Android. The second change of Opera 58 improves the Speed Dial functionality. The big change in the release improves Speed Dial edit and delete actions. All it takes now is to long-tap on a Speed Dial item to get delete and edit options displayed. Previously, Opera users had to drag the items to execute the actions. Last but not least, forms on the web have received a visual upgrade in the latest Opera for Android release. Opera Software notes that it has "followed the latest Google Android guidelines to maximize usability". Tip: Opera users who don't want to see notifications blocked prompts in the web browser may select Opera Menu > Settings > Site Settings > Notifications and turn Notifications off there for all sites except for sites whitelisted in the browser. Source: Opera 58 for Android out with automatic notification blocking (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  6. Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary 10th edition Oxford University Press ELT.Books & Reference Install The world’s bestselling advanced-level dictionary for learners of English, in an app! Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary 10th edition builds English vocabulary better than ever before and leads the way to more confident, successful communication in English. This free download includes 100 sample entries from the new Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary 10th edition. To gain access to the full app with all features, please open the app and select the Catalogue tab to subscribe for 1 month or 1 year. To try a 2-day trial of the full app for free, simply open the app and select ‘Free 2-day trial’ within the Catalogue tab. With the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary 10th edition app, you can... Expand your vocabulary and develop more natural sounding English • Over 86,000 words, 95,000 phrases, 112,000 meanings and 237,000 examples, including 2,000+ NEW words and meanings. • Access the full A-Z offline to learn on the go wherever you are. • Usage notes help you produce more natural sounding English, e.g. Is it 'borrow' or 'lend'? The 'Which word?' note explains. • Learn synonyms, collocations (words which go together) and everyday expressions. • Search for and study phrasal verbs and idioms. • NEW Learn the Oxford 3000™ and Oxford 5000™, graded by CEFR level. • NEW Learn OPAL (Oxford Phrasal Academic Lexicon) academic vocabulary. • NEW Word of the Day every day, which you can share with your friends. • Learn lists of related vocabulary with pre-loaded Favourites folders on a range of issues, including the environment, social issues and politics. • NEW Test your vocabulary with the fun quiz feature. • Colour illustrations to aid comprehension and enrich your vocabulary. Get added listening practice and improve your pronunciation • Listen to real voice audio for words and example sentences, in both British and American accents. • Practise pronunciation - listen to the real voice audio for words, record yourself and then play it back to compare. • NEW Listen to English words from other countries around the world recorded by native speakers. Find exactly what you want quickly and easily • Full text search - find your word, idiom, phrasal verb, or example sentence anywhere in the dictionary. • Use Google Voice Search © to look up words by speaking instead of typing. • Copy text from emails or web pages and find the words easily in OALD with the Look up from clipboard option. • Search within dictionary entries using the Find on page feature. • Tap any word in an entry to instantly look it up. Organise and personalize your favourite entries • Create lists of your favourite entries, and create folders and subfolders to store them. • Export your Favourite lists and History list. Playstore Link Unlocked Version: Site: https://anonfile.com Sharecode: /N0A7O2geoa/Oxford_Advanced_Learners_Dict_v1.0.2374_Unlocked_apk Note: Need to Download Dictionary data to use dictionary offline. Navigate to "Downloads" and Tap "Download" in order to download and use the dictionary for offline usage.
  7. The best Android VPN apps 2020 Ace VPN apps to keep you secure when using your Android device (Image credit: Future) Google's Android operating system has the largest installed base of smartphones around the globe with more than a billion daily active users – so it’s no surprise that there are a lot of Android VPN apps which support the OS. Most of the best VPN providers have dedicated Android apps for Pie, Oreo and more, while a smaller number let you set up their network via manual configuration – although, of course, some offerings don’t have mobile support at all. A word of warning: make sure you avoid the dodgy ones on Google Play as quite a few free players promise to provide free privacy but don't mention the strings attached. Instead, go for one of the brilliant Android VPN apps that we've listed below. How to choose the best Android VPN app There are more than enough VPNs with great Android support. Ultimately, which one you choose might come down to some smaller details or personal preferences. Or you could simply opt for our #1 favorite - ExpressVPN. When determining the greatest VPN for Android, you need to look out for a few things. Obviously, a dedicated Android app helps to make things as hassle-free as possible. Next, it should be user-friendly and yet offer enough options to allow for some tweaking (particularly for more experienced users). Other considerations are tight security, and of course a privacy policy and terms of service which are easily understandable, making it clear what logs and details are kept by the provider. Supported simultaneous connections and the subsequent speeds you can achieve with the VPN are also important, but not vital in this case. Our top picks for best Android VPN apps are (Image credit: Future) 1. ExpressVPN Best all-round Android VPN Number of servers: 3000+ | Server locations: 160 | IP addresses: 30,000 | Maximum devices supported: 5 + Well designed Android app + Excellent speeds + Now with added kill switch - Would like more device connections (if we're being picky) There are many things to like about ExpressVPN for Android. The dedicated app is extremely user-friendly and straightforward, but also offers lots of advanced options. It has some neat options like an excellent location picker, insecure network detection and (finally) a kill switch to improve privacy and security. Indeed, on the security front, it boasts AES 256-bit encryption, while the speeds we witnessed using the VPN were consistently fast. ExpressVPN provides quality apps for a wide range of devices, and Android is no exception. The Android app provides access to high speed servers across 94 countries and is compatible across phones, tablets, Kindles and Android TV boxes. What's more, the app is now available in a mix of 12 languages. After signing up for an ExpressVPN subscription, the website will provide instructions to install the app on your device (usually via Google Play or through an APK file). The website also features a wide array of handy content and video guides on using their apps, as well as 24/7 customer support by live chat in case you run into any issues. ExpressVPN is definitely not the cheapest VPN out there, but it may be worth the price for those who want the best Android experience. The 30-day money-back guarantee lets you test Express with reassurance. ExpressVPN offers three price plans, with the 12-month plan offering the biggest saving as you would expect (you get an extra three months). (Image credit: Future) 2. VyprVPN A good mix of speed and security Number of servers: 700+ | Server locations: 70+ | IP addresses: 200,000+ | Maximum devices supported: 5 + Well optimized app + Speedy performance + No logging at all - Other providers have better support Switzerland-based VPN provider VyprVPN offers an excellent Android VPN. There’s a dedicated app that is extremely well optimized, and it offers multiple protocols including OpenVPN, L2TP/IPsec, PPTP and Chameleon, the latter being the firm’s own tailored solution. Performance is impressive overall, and we saw some particularly good download speeds. Our reviewer was effusive in their praise for the Vypr Android solution. Clear interface, kill switch, auto-connect for untrusted network, DNS options, protocol switching, URL filtering. And the list went on. While some other VPNs feel make the Android app feel like a bit of an afterthought, Vypr has really focused on producing an a-class app. (Image credit: NordVPN) 3. NordVPN Most secure Android VPN Number of servers: 5,500+ | Server locations: 55+ | IP addresses: N/A | Maximum devices supported: 6 + Double data encryption + Good performance - Overly basic app The NordVPN app is hugely popular with 5 million+ downloads, and a high Google Play rating. And it has some notable strengths including ‘Double VPN’ technology which passes your connection through two separate VPN servers, as opposed to just the one, for an extra layer of security (there are only a certain number of Double VPN servers, though). NordVPN also has a ‘zero logs’ policy, meaning it doesn’t track the user’s online activity. While the focus is clearly on security and privacy, NordVPN doesn’t lack in other areas. The Android app is easy-to-use, but pretty basic and lacks configuration options (also, no kill switch), with the desktop app having a much better interface. However, it has some nice features like the ability to automatically connect to NordVPN whenever you join a Wi-Fi network. The performance was good, although nothing spectacular. The app also provides a live chat feature for 24/7 customer support. Always looking to improve, we note that Nord's Android app has added a custom DNS server and also let's you utilise OpenVPN TCP rather than UDP. Not groundbreaking improvements granted, but may be a nice added bonus for more experienced VPN users. NordVPN is reasonably priced, too, and has a 30-day money-back guarantee if you just want to give the app a try before you commit. The limited 3-year offer is clearly the best choice in terms of overall value. (Image credit: Future) 4. Private Internet Access Best balance of performance and price Number of servers: 3,300+ | Server locations: 50+ | IP addresses: N/A | Maximum devices supported: 10 + Great list of settings + Cheap plans - No free trial PIA's Android app is easy to use with an abundance of options and settings you can tweak. It's missing the neat favorites system that some other VPN providers have, but there is a whole bunch of other features. You have port forwarding support, proxy support, UDP and TCP protocol settings, you can define local and remote ports, choose custom encryption and handshaking methods, even vibrate the handset to indicate when you're connected. You also have auto-connection whenever you join a VPN and a kill switch. As mentioned, the app is quite simple to use, with a big on/off button at the middle of the screen, and the region/IP address at the bottom. The performance was no slouch either, and the privacy policy is favorable too. While there is no free trial, the subscription is fairly affordable no matter what plan you choose. Obviously, the 2-year plan gives you the best savings. (Image credit: Future) 5. IPVanish Fastest Android VPN Number of servers: 1300+ | Server locations: 75 | IP addresses: 40,000+ | Maximum devices supported: 10 + Some unusual extras + Impressive performance + Now with added kill switch - Limited free trial/guarantee The IPVanish app is good overall with some unusual (but great) options, like obfuscation or split tunnelling. And it's finally added that previously missing kill switch, a standard feature which instantly shuts down the internet connection in the event the VPN drops (to prevent your true IP from being revealed). There were some seriously impressive download speeds achieved during our testing. Furthermore, there’s no logging of the user’s activity here, plus you get 256-bit AES encryption with the OpenVPN protocol, along with 24/7 customer support. However, the price might be the one negative element which drives folks away. There’s no free trial, although three available plans come with a 7-day money-back guarantee. The 1-year subscription is the best and most popular choice when it comes to the three packages which are available. Source: The best Android VPN apps 2020 (TechRadar)
  8. Slack overhauls Android app with new UI and navigation, available to beta users Slack overhauled its desktop offering with a new navigation design, improved organization of channels, and more. The update was a welcome addition as it increased the ease of use, whilst also improving aesthetics. Now, the Android version of the service is receiving a major overhaul that ditches the hamburger menu-heavy design for a tabbed interface. The earlier design of the app housed almost all the functions and navigation in the hamburger menu, making it slightly less intuitive for moving between chats and other options. The new design now brings a navigation bar at the bottom that houses four tabs – Home, DMs, Mentions, and You. The Home bar provides the list of channels and direct messages that the user has, along with options for inviting people, or the usual options for a new DM or a Channel. Images: 9to5Google The DMs and Mentions tabs, as the name suggests, list the direct messages and mentions that a user may have separately. An interesting addition is the introduction of left and right-swipe actions. Swiping right on the app now brings up a panel that lets users switch teams, access settings, and sign out. Swiping left jumps to the most recent channel or DM that was opened, for quick access. The swipe actions are a nifty addition. The new design is a complete departure from what was on offer earlier, and breathes new life into the app. However, the new interface might take a little getting used to. Users running the beta version of the app should receive this update. It will not be surprising if the overhaul begins rolling out to all users sooner rather than later. Source: 9to5Google Source: Slack overhauls Android app with new UI and navigation, available to beta users (Neowin)
  9. Google Messages app exceeds one billion downloads on the Play Store Google Messages app has exceeded one billion downloads on the Play Store, as spotted by Android Police. Less than a year ago, the app had reached half as many downloads. It is a rather common feat for apps made by the Mountain View firm, but for Google Messages app, this is a remarkable achievement. Usually, most Google apps come pre-installed on Android phones, but Messages doesn't. Manufacturers have texting apps of their own installed on phones to handle SMS messages, and only a handful of handsets come pre-loaded with the Google Messages app. These include Pixel and Android One devices among others. Since there aren't a billion Pixel phones in the world, it can be stated that Google Messages has become an immensely popular alternative messaging app for Android users. This can be attributed to its clean and easy to use interface, which is regularly updated with features that include a dark mode, built-in markup tool, and a web interface. In various regions, the app supports RCS messaging irrespective of carriers. If you don't have the Messages app on your phone already, it might be worthwhile to check it out. To download the app from the Play Store, you may click here. Source: Google Messages app exceeds one billion downloads on the Play Store (Neowin)
  10. Mozilla pushes Firefox Preview 5.0 with Picture-in-Picture support Mozilla has released version 5.0 of its Firefox Preview browser, the update comes with a range of new improvements according to the release notes on GitHub. The new update brings support for five new add-ons which we previously wrote about, it introduces support for Progressive Web Apps, adds support for Picture-in-Picture, adds media improvements, supports full screen on devices with notches and cut-outs, and generally improves performance and fixes bugs. The five new add-ons that are supported in the update include NoScript, HTTPS Everywhere, Privacy Badger, Dark Reader, and Search by Image. They join uBlock Origin, which was the first add-on introduced to the nascent browser. Mozilla will no doubt expand the selection of add-ons in upcoming releases but this selection helps deliver on Firefox’s goals of being a privacy-friendly browser. Picture-in-Picture is a feature which launched in the desktop version of Firefox several versions ago, the simple feature allows you to pop-out video content so that you can continue watching as you continue to browse around the web. The developers have also fixed a media playback bug which caused the app to crash when returning to a fullscreen YouTube video from the home screen. The new update was published to GitHub earlier today. According to Google Play, Firefox Preview 4.3.0 is still the latest version available to end-users. If you’ve already got the app installed, be on the lookout for the new update being offered. Source: Mozilla pushes Firefox Preview 5.0 with Picture-in-Picture support (Neowin)
  11. Google details new AirPods-style Bluetooth upgrades for Android Bluetooth will be a little less awful, with battery info, find my device, and more. First image of article image gallery. Please visit the source link to see all 3 images. Google finally started shipping the second-generation Pixel Buds, and with them came a slew of new features for Android's Bluetooth stack. The 2nd-gen Pixel Buds are Google's first truly wireless headphones, and they are finally on sale for $179 in the US. They were announced a whopping six months ago at Google's annual hardware event, alongside the Pixel 4, Pixelbook Go, and Nest Wi-Fi. They have an always-on Google Assistant, a charging case, and no active noise cancellation. Fine, fine. What's far more interesting are the new Bluetooth features Google is enabling for all Android phones running Android 6.0 and up. These are all quality-of-life features that copy existing Apple Airpods features, but Google is partnering with other headphone manufacturers, too, bringing better Bluetooth to the wider ecosystem. The first company to take Google up on the offer is Harman Kardon (a division of Samsung Electronics) for the Harman Kardon Fly. First, the headphones will appear in Google's "Find My Device" app, and you'll be able to easily locate them with the same features that exist for phones. You'll be able to make the headphones ring so you can locate them nearby, or, for farther away searches, you'll soon be able to view their last known location on a map. Google specifically mentions this being for "the app," but hopefully the headphones will show up on the Find My Device webpage, too. You'll also get some real-time phone notifications for your headphones, which can pop up as soon as you turn on the headphones. First there's "Fast Pair," which launched in 2017. This will spawn a "tap here to pair" notification on any nearby devices, saving you from having to dig through the Bluetooth settings. For wireless earbuds, you'll also be able to see the battery level of not only the headphones, but also the charging case, right in the OS. If the charging case has a low battery, you'll even get a notification about it. The new system also supports automatic renaming of Bluetooth devices. So after you first set up your headphones, they'll be renamed to "[Your name]'s Pixel Buds" so you'll easily be able to see who owns them. There isn't really a great branding for third parties making these Google-enhanced Bluetooth headphones. Google seems to be calling the entire suite of features "Fast Pair" after the feature that launched in 2017, but now they support more features than just Fast Pair. It's also not clear how consumers will be able to tell the difference between devices that support the existing Fast Pair functionality and which headphones support all the new functionality detailed in this post. Google only says "Harman Kardon Fly and the new Google Pixel Buds will be the first true wireless earbuds to enjoy all of these new features, with many others to come. We’ll continue to work with our partners to bring Fast Pair to more headset models." Source: Google details new AirPods-style Bluetooth upgrades for Android (Ars Technica) (To view the article's image gallery, please visit the above link)
  12. 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.
  13. Android's Live Caption feature could be coming to phone calls as well "Say again?" (Image credit: Future) If you're running Android 10 on one of the newer handsets by Google, OnePlus or Samsung, then you might have access to Live Caption – the built-in live transcription feature. Now that feature looks like it's coming to phone calls as well. As spotted by XDA Developers, the most recent Android 11 developer preview includes references to switching on Live Caption for a phone call, and the upgrade may well stay in place for the final version of the OS. Live Caption essentially puts subtitles on videos and audio in real time whenever speech is detected. It leverages Google's AI to display on screen what's being said – ideal for those who have hearing difficulties or who are trapped inside quiet spaces. If the feature rolled out to phone calls as well, you'd be able to see what the person on the other end of the line was saying, even if you couldn't hear it. Google's language recognition tools are pretty good nowadays, so you should get an accurate transcription. When will it arrive? Of course enabling Live Caption on phone calls would mean the spoken content of a conversation would have to be monitored. Based on the code in Android 11, the caller at the other end gets a notification that Live Caption has been turned on. This is a technology Google is very keen on: the Recorder app on newer PIxel phones can transcribe spoken audio from lectures, interviews and so on, while it looks as though the Google Phone app will soon be able to record calls as well. As always though with features in developer previews and betas, it's not necessarily definite that this extra Live Caption utility is going to make it all the way to the final version of Android 11. Google hasn't set an official date for the rolling out of the mobile OS update, though we are expecting it around August or September, most likely on Pixel phones first. Before then, look out for a public beta test that anyone can get involved with. Source: Android's Live Caption feature could be coming to phone calls as well (TechRadar)
  14. Uninstall these dangerous Android apps now - they could be stealing your data All of these apps share the same privacy policy and were created by the same group of developers (Image credit: Shutterstock) The latest investigation from CyberNews has uncovered a secret network of 27 app developers who have created 103 apps with over 69m installs which share many of the same characteristics and often times even the same code. The developers behind these apps are copying each others' apps, moving apps between developers, outright stealing apps from other more popular developers outside their network and possibly even committing fraud right under Google's nose. The apps from this secret network all have two-part Western names, ask for a large number of dangerous permissions, all share the same Privacy Policy (where only the developer's name is changed), are visually similar and all link to the same incomplete website on their Google Play Store pages. The business model for this secret network appears to involve rapidly copying other apps, changing small visual aspects to make each app appear more unique and launching them under various developers' names. CyberNews estimates that the revenue for these apps could be nearly $1m per month. Dangerous Android apps These apps could potentially be putting users' data at risk as their identical privacy policy allows them to collect any information that identifies the user that “may be transmitted or received when you use an application” including users' physical location, email addresses, unique device identifier (IMEI), billing or shipping information and information stored on their devices. Additionally, all of these apps request access from a number of device permissions such as modifying or deleting USB storage, turning a device's microphone on and off, accessing a user's camera and pictures, modifying system settings and more. All of these app permissions have next to nothing to do with each app's core function which immediately raises suspicions. Senior researcher at CyberNews, Bernard Meyer provided further insight on just how dangerous these apps can be, saying: “In the best case scenario, these apps may provide users with a very poor user experience, especially when the apps are flooded with ads at every turn. In the worst case scenario, these apps can later become vehicles for malicious purposes, including stolen data or other malware.” You can check out CyberNews' full report on the matter to see if you have any of these suspicious apps installed on your device and if so, you should delete them immediately or risk having your data stolen by the group of developers behind them. Source: Uninstall these dangerous Android apps now - they could be stealing your data (TechRadar)
  15. The secret behind “unkillable” Android backdoor called xHelper has been revealed The precise cause of the reinfections stumped researchers for months. Enlarge portal gda / flickr 60 with 41 posters participating In February, a researcher detailed a widely circulating Android backdoor that’s so pernicious that it survives factory resets, a trait that makes the malware impossible to remove without taking unusual measures. The analysis found that the unusual persistence was the result of rogue folders containing a trojan installer, neither of which was removed by a reset. The trojan dropper would then reinstall the backdoor in the event of a reset. Despite those insights, the researcher still didn’t know precisely how that happened. Now, a different researcher has filled in the missing pieces. More about that later. First, a brief summary of xHelper. A backdoor with superuser rights The malicious Android app poses as a performance enhancer that removes old and unneeded files. Antivirus provider Malwarebytes has detected it on 33,000 devices, mainly located in the United States, while AV from Russia-based Kaspersky Lab found it on 50,000 devices. There's no evidence xHelper has ever been distributed through Google Play. Once installed, xHelper installs a backdoor that remotely installs apps downloaded from an attacker-controlled server. It also executes commands as a superuser, a powerful privilege setting that gives the malware unfettered system rights. Besides that, the backdoor has access to sensitive data, including browser cookies used to sign in to sites automatically. Once the backdoor is installed, the fake cleaner app disappears from the main screen and program menu and can only be viewed by inspecting the list of installed apps in the system settings. February’s post was penned by Malwarebytes researcher Nathan Collier. He reported the ordeal one user had in ridding her phone of the malware. Although the AV removed two xHelper variants and a related trojan from her device, xHelper would reinfect the device within an hour. xHelper came back even after she performed a factory reset. Collier determined that the reinfections were the result of an undetectable file contained inside a hidden folder. The folder was impossible to remove through normal means. It remained unclear precisely how the folder got on infected phones. Collier ruled out the possibility the folder and file came preinstalled on the device. Also unclear was why the file was undetectable by AV and precisely how the malicious file was executed after the AV or a reboot removed the infection. Triada Last week, Kaspersky Lab researcher Igor Golovin published a post that filled in some of the gaps. The reinfections, he said, were the result of files that were downloaded and installed by a notorious trojan known as Triada, which ran once the xHelper app was installed. Triada roots the devices and then uses its powerful system rights to install a series of malicious files directly into the system partition. It does this by remounting the system partition in write mode. To make the files even more persistent, Triada gives them an immutable attribute, which prevents deleting, even by superusers. (Interestingly, the attribute can be deleted using the chattr command.) A file named install-recovery.sh makes calls to files added to the /system/xbin folder. That allows the malware to run each time the device is rebooted. The result is what Golovin described as an “unkillable” infection that has extraordinary control over a device. “It is very easy to get infected by xHelper,” Golovin told me. “Devices that are attacked by this malware could lack OS security fixes and stay vulnerable for rooting and installing this kind of malware. Moreover, it’s very hard for users to remove this malware once it is installed. This means the user base of xHelper can rapidly grow and xHelper can stay active on attacked devices for a long time.” Poisoning the well The researcher initially thought that it might be possible to remove xHelper by remounting the system partition in write mode to delete the malicious files stored there. He eventually abandoned that theory. “Triada’s creators also contemplated this question, and duly applied another protection technique that involved modifying the system library /system/lib/libc.so,” Golovin explained. “This library contains common code used by almost all executable files on the device. Triada substitutes its own code for the mount function (used to mount file systems) in libc, thereby preventing the user from mounting the /system partition in write mode.” Fortunately, the reinfection method divined in last week’s report works only on devices running older Android versions with known rooting vulnerabilities. Golovin, however, held out the possibility that, in some cases, xHelper may maintain persistence through malicious files that come preinstalled on phones or tablets. People can disinfect devices by using their recovery mode, when available, to replace the infected libc.so file with the legitimate one included with the original firmware. Users can then either remove all malware from the system partition or, simpler still, reflash the device. Golovin’s analysis provides a valuable case study of a clever technique that may be used again, should new rooting vulnerabilities be found in current versions of Android. The insights could prove helpful both to end users who are comfortable using more advanced features of their phones, as well as security professionals tasked with securing Android devices. It’s a “very good write up, and [I’m] glad someone was able to reproduce it more thoroughly than I could,” Collier said. It “all seems feasible.” Source: The secret behind “unkillable” Android backdoor called xHelper has been revealed (Ars Technica)
  16. How to view your notification history on Android Works on Pixels and other phones with stock Android Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge If you’ve used Android for quite some time, it’s likely you’ve mistakenly swiped away a notification or two for one reason or another. Maybe you’re swiping in a hurry, or you accidentally cleared everything in the notification drawer without meaning to, or maybe you just wonder where all your notifications go and if there’s a historical list of them after you’ve dismissed them. But don’t worry. You can find everything from missed messages, emails, app updates, and even system messages in the stock Notification Log option — if your phone can access it. How to find your Notification Log Long-press anywhere on your home screen. Select “Widgets” from the pop-up menu. Scroll down and long-press the “Settings” widget, then place it on your home screen. You’ll get a list of features that the Settings shortcut can access. Tap “Notification Log.” Tap the widget and scroll through your past notifications. What if I can’t find the Notification Log? Every Android phone may not have the stock Notification Log. I tested this shortcut on the Google Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, and Razer Phone 2 — all phones with stock or near-stock versions of Android. The Samsung Galaxy S9 and LG G7 didn’t have the log listed anywhere within Android’s system settings. But if your phone doesn’t offer the log, there is a workaround for this, as written up by Rita El Khoury on Android Police. For phones that don’t have the default log (or if you want a more user-friendly experience), you can also download Unnotification. The app brings back your last dismissed notification, as well as your notification history. You can find the app on the Play Store. Update April 2nd, 2020, 4:50PM ET: This article was originally published on October 19th, 2018, and it has been updated to slightly change the directions and to link directly to the review of Unnotifcation. Source: How to view your notification history on Android (The Verge)
  17. Apple acquires Dark Sky weather app, and that’s bad news for Android users The app is already listed as Apple-made in the App Store. First image of article image gallery. Please visit the source link to see all 5 images. Popular weather app and data-collection service Dark Sky has been acquired by Apple for an undisclosed sum, a blog post from the Dark Sky team announced. The post claims that Dark Sky will now “reach far more people, with far more impact, than we ever could alone.” The iOS app will not see any changes “at this time,” and it will continue to be listed on the App Store. Android and Wear OS are a different story, though. The Android app will no longer be available for download, and “service to existing users and subscribers will continue until July 1, 2020, at which point the app will be shut down.” Active subscribers will get a refund. As for the website, which is also popular: Weather forecasts, maps, and embeds will continue until July 1, 2020. The website will remain active beyond that time in support of API and iOS App customers. A lot seems to be up in the air about where this will go in the long term, though. Dark Sky is notable in part for its big data-driven Dark Sky Forecast API, which provides customers with hyper-local weather data for use in their own apps or services. That API will no longer accept new signups, though “service for existing customers is not changing today.” The API will function for existing customers through the end of 2021. That API and the related data operation may be the main reason Apple is interested in Dark Sky; the service is known for providing smart notifications and highly localized data about precipitation, among other things, in much more detail than Apple’s own Weather app. The blog post also notes that Dark Sky will now be subject to Apple’s privacy policy, and the app’s developer is already listed as “Apple” in the App Store. Listing image by Dark Sky Source: Apple acquires Dark Sky weather app, and that’s bad news for Android users (Ars Technica) (To view the article's image gallery, please visit the above link)
  18. Mozilla begins bringing Fenix to Firefox Beta Mozilla has begun work on migrating Firefox Beta on Android to Fenix, a whole new Firefox experience on Android. According to the Are We Fenix Yet? status page, progress to migrating Firefox Beta to Fenix is at 2.1%. Porting to Firefox Beta is the final stage before it arrives on the release channel, ready to consume by the average Firefox user. To figure out how long it will be before the Release channel is migrated, you can look at how long ago the Nightly version was ported. At the end of January, Mozilla gave the green light for the Nightly channel to migrate, therefore, at the end of May, we could see the firm begin migration on the Release channel ready for the update to arrive in June or July. Mozilla has been working on Fenix, better known as Firefox Preview, for about a year now. It has been working hard to introduce features already present in the existing Firefox atop the new, faster, browser engine. Earlier this month, it released Firefox Preview 4 which included better login management, top sites, and initial add-on support. While it adds the finishing touches to make its new browser ready for public consumption, the Firefox Release channel on Android has been stuck on Firefox 68 with point updates being released instead of fully-fledged upgrades. With today’s news, those running Firefox Beta should prepare for their browser to get a radical new look. Source: Sören Hentzschel Source: Mozilla begins bringing Fenix to Firefox Beta (Neowin)
  19. Microsoft Teams updated with live captions, more on Android and iOS The Microsoft Teams app on Android and iOS is getting new features to help increase the functionality of the app (spotted by OnMSFT). On the heels of the Redmond giant offering premium-tier features to all Teams users for free, the service an increase of 12 million new users. The move is aimed at providing users with more features, especially those that are working from home due to the Coronavirus outspread. The new features include the ability to turn on live captions during a Teams meeting. This feature works even with group calls. With a majority of users working from home to contain the spread of the virus, this feature is especially helpful for when there is a lot of background noise during a call, making it difficult for users to hear attendees speak. Other additions include the ability to view content shared between users when joining a meeting, right from the mobile device. iOS users can also quickly make a call by long-pressing the app icon and using the shortcut on the home screen. Here is the full changelog for the Android app: Turn on live captions during a meeting or group call View shared content when you join a meeting via a cellular phone call PSTN callers will hear music while they are on hold Bug fixes and performance improvements The changelog for the iOS app is as follows: Turn on live captions during a meeting or group call View shared content when you join a meeting via a cellular phone call PSTN callers will hear music while they are on hold Get a link to channels to share with others Long press the app icon for a shortcut to make a call Get a tone and vibration alert for incoming calls while on a call Bug fixes and performance improvements While the iOS app seems to have begun receiving the update today, the Android version of Teams began receiving the new features sometime last week. You can head to the Google Play Store here or the Apple App Store here to download the app. Source: Microsoft Teams updated with live captions, more on Android and iOS (Neowin)
  20. GitHub's iOS and Android apps are now generally available Microsoft owned GitHub today announcedits that apps for iOS and Android are out of beta and generally available to users of those platforms starting today. The code hosting service announced the beta version of its app for iOS at the GitHub Universe conference in November 2019, followed by a release for Android in January 2020. The apps can be used to triage issues, browse through repositories, communicate with team members, manage tasks, and even merge code. However, it does not provide a complete development environment. The company states that beta testers have “commented on, reviewed, and merged nearly one hundred thousand pull requests in the last few weeks alone”. The firm adds that there have been tens of thousands of team interactions since the betas were released. Below are the main advantages of the mobile apps that the company lists: Organize tasks in a swipe: Get your inbox to zero in no time—swipe to finish a task or save the notification to return to it later. Give feedback and respond to issues: Respond to comments while you’re on the go. Review and merge pull requests: Merge and mark pull requests to breeze through your workflow, wherever you are. The mobile apps also feature the new notification experience that the firm announced last month. You can head to the Play Store here or the App Store here to download the Android and iOS apps respectively. Source: GitHub's iOS and Android apps are now generally available (Neowin)
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  22. YouTube finally begins rolling out the Explore tab to its Android and iOS apps YouTube began testing an ‘Explore’ tab for its iOS app to improve content discovery back in July 2018. However, that feature never made it out of testing for the mobile app. That changes today as the video streaming platform announced via a Support page (spotted by AndroidPolice) that it is rolling out a change to the Android and iOS apps, that replaces the ‘Trending’ tab with the ‘Explore’ tab. The update is rolling to all users widely. In addition to the default trending videos, the ‘Explore’ tab also provides users with “destination pages” at the top of the screen. This contains links to videos for topics such as Music, Gaming, News, Movies & Shows, Fashion & Beauty, and Learning. Interestingly, there is also a ‘Trending’ page for displaying just the trending videos, similar to the trending tab that was present earlier. While scrolling through the Explore feed, users will also see sections such as “Creator on the Rise” and “Artist on the Rise”. The firm says that this section features new creators and emerging artists for users to discover. The update seems to be a server-side change and should not require a separate app update. Since the feature just began rolling out to iOS and Android users, it may be a while till all users see the update to the Trending tab. Source: YouTube finally begins rolling out the Explore tab to its Android and iOS apps (Neowin)
  23. Firefox Preview 4.0 Stable brings uBlock Origin support Mozilla released Firefox Preview 4.0 on March 9, 2020, the latest stable version of the upcoming re-interpretation of Firefox for Android. The new browser version is only available on the project's GitHub webpage at the time of writing and not on Google Play. The Google Play version is at 3.2.1 currently while the GitHub version brings the version of the mobile browser to 4.0. Users who want to upgrade to the new version of Firefox Preview Stable right away may download the APK file from the releases page and install it manually. It is necessary to allow the installation of apps from unknown sources to do so though. Mozilla highlights several new features in Firefox Preview 4.0 including initial extension support, inclusion of the uBlock Origin extension by default, improved login management, and options to bypass certification errors. One of the main new features of Firefox Preview 4.0 is initial support for browser extensions. While officially limited to the content blocker uBlock Origin, Mozilla promised that it would improve support throughout 2020 to integrate full extensions support in the new mobile Firefox browser. The uBlock Origin extension is not enabled by default but Firefox Preview users may enable it by selecting Menu > Add-Ons Manager > uBlock Origin. The list of permissions the extension requires is displayed then and a tap on "add" enables the extension in Firefox Preview. The extension can then be managed via Firefox's main menu button. It is a bit harder to manage sites in the extension because of that but all functionality appears to be available. As far as other major improvements are concerned, there are a few in the release: Login Management improvements -- Firefox Preview users may save and autofill logins, copy logins to the Clipboard, delete them, and perform other basic operations on the saved logins of the browser. Top Sites --Top visited sites and favorite sites are now displayed on a New Tab Page. Options to remove top sites are included. Bypass Certification errors -- Certain certification errors may now be bypassed. Source: Firefox Preview 4.0 Stable brings uBlock Origin support (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  24. Over one billion Android devices at risk as they no longer receive security updates More than one billion Android devices are at risk of being hacked or infected by malware, because they are no longer supported by security updates and built-in protection. That’s the conclusion of an investigation by Which?, which found that at-risk smartphones are still being sold by third-parties via sites like Amazon, despite the range of malware and other threats to which they are vulnerable. The report cites data that Google collected itself in May 2019, which discovered that 42.1% of active Android users worldwide were running version 6.0 (known as Marshmallow) of the operating system or earlier. The problem with that picture is that the current version of Android is version 10, released last September. Its immediate predecessors – Android 9.0 Pie and Android 8.0 Oreo – continue to receive updates, but earlier versions do not. To demonstrate the problem, Which? purchased a Motorola X, Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 and Sony Xperia Z2 from Amazon Marketplace sellers and put them to the test alongside an LG/Google Nexus 5 and Samsung Galaxy S6 they already had in its test lab. In tests conducted with experts at AV-Comparatives, it was found that the phones were susceptible to a variety of vulnerabilities made public long ago. These included: BlueFrag – a critical vulnerability in Android’s Bluetooth component that could allow a nearby malicious hacker to compromise a device in order to steal data and spread malware. Stagefright – first discovered in 2015, hackers could exploit unpatched Android devices to to silently and remotely infect them with malware via a boobytrapped MMS message. Joker (also also known as Bread) – malware that poses as a legitimate app in the Google Play store, but registers victims’ devices for premium-rate services and plunders devices’ address books. Kate Bevan of Which? is calling on phone manufacturers to be more transparent about how long consumers can expect to have their devices supported with critical security updates: “It’s very concerning that expensive Android devices have such a short shelf life before they lose security support – leaving millions of users at risk of serious consequences if they fall victim to hackers. Google and phone manufacturers need to be upfront about security updates – with clear information about how long they will last and what customers should do when they run out.” The best thing to do, of course, is for Android users to run a more secure version of the operating system on their smartphones – one that is still receiving security patches. But, if your older phone isn’t able to be updated, what steps should you take to better secure yourself? Clearly, regular backups of important data are always a good idea. That’s sensible even if you aren’t worried about having your phone hacked, as a backup could save your bacon if you were to ever accidentally damage your phone or have it stolen. But also be aware that the majority of malware threats for Android originate outside the official Google Play store. Be wary of side-loading apps from other sources as they may not have been as well vetted. In addition, always be careful about clicking on suspicious-looking links or opening attachments in SMS or MMS messages if you are not expecting them. You may also want to consider running a mobile anti-virus product on your device. If smartphone security doesn’t improve, the only people who are going to smiling about the more than one billion vulnerable Android devices will be the criminals themselves. Source
  25. Microsoft Defender is coming to iOS and Android Microsoft is bringing its Defender antivirus software to iOS and Android, the company announced today. In fact, that's about all that it said on the subject, promising to demo the apps next week at RSA. Microsoft Defender ATP (Advanced Threat Protection) is already available on macOS, and today, the public preview is coming to Linux. Microsoft says that Linux support has been a long-requested feature, so you can start testing it out today. This is all a part of Microsoft's broader Microsoft 365 strategy. The firm wants you to be able to use Microsoft's services no matter what platform you're using, so that can obviously include macOS, Linux, Android, and iOS. Endpoint security is a major focus, as Microsoft considers itself to be in a better position than competitors to offer that. As for Defender on iOS and Android, it's not clear what those solutions will actually do. Anyone that's familiar with iOS knows that there are some real limitations there, so it's possible that Defender could require you to use Microsoft services like Outlook, so it can provide phishing protection, and so on. Source: Microsoft Defender is coming to iOS and Android (Neowin)
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