Items tagged with Android

A new version of Android is around the corner, and it has a few new tricks up its sleeve. Users and developers alike should be getting excited as some of these updates include major performance updates to make game performance much smoother. The Android operating system, according to StatCounter, makes up a... Read more...
Google is looking to make moving from an iPhone to an Android device less of a headache with a "Switch To Android" app. But if you are wanting to make the move using this new app, you may have to wait a bit longer. Anyone who has ever made the leap from an iPhone to an Android device knows that it can be a chore... Read more...
It has been clear that the Beats Studio Buds have done well since their release this past summer. However, we now have official confirmation and some other good news to boot. Beats not only announced that the Studio Buds are its most popular product, but that the Studio Buds will soon include new Android... Read more...
Last year, a new Android malware, dubbed "Coper," was discovered stealing banking information, phone call data, texts, and more. ThreatFabric's threat intelligence suggests that a new piece of malware, dubbed "Octo", is a descendant of a preexisting malware family called Exobot, which was first discovered in 2016 and... Read more...
Always be wary of installing apps on your mobile device, regardless of where that app comes from. Many people use their mobile devices for banking and other financial transactions, because they're always with us, always connected, and easy to use. Unfortunately, because of their ubiquity and ease of use, mobile phones... Read more...
The right-to-repair movement continues to gain momentum, and the teardown specialists at iFixIt are helping it right along. To wit, Samsung last month announced it was teaming up with iFixit on a Galaxy repair program that will see the latter offer genuine replacement parts and detailed guides. And now Google has... Read more...
Can’t find the Android app all of your friends have been recommending? Its absence is likely intentional. Google Play will soon get rid of apps that do not incorporate the latest privacy and security features. According to Android for Developers, “existing apps that don’t target an API level within two years of the... Read more...
Early adopters of new flagships almost always have some growing pains or woes. The Pixel 6, Google's latest flagship, is no different. Many users have complained of problems with the camera and wireless charging. The upcoming Android 12 Security update, which comes to Pixel 6 this month, aims to fix that. In our... Read more...
On April 1st, security researchers discovered a new Android-based spyware contacting infrastructure owned by a Russian-based threat group called Turla. Once installed, this malware can lurk on a device, collecting information and audio recordings while making money for Turla in a rather peculiar way. The malware... Read more...
A new Google patent could bring about the end of the SIM card era, in favor of eSIM-only devices. The tech giant is looking to deploy multiple enabled profiles (MEP) in Android 13, that will enable a single eSIM to support multiple carrier profiles on one device. Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards have... Read more...
A lot has changed at OnePlus over the past year. The company has merged with Oppo, and OnePlus’ OxygenOS now shares a common codebase with Oppo’s ColorOS. Warp Charge is now called SuperVOOC, which is Oppo’s fast charging brand. OnePlus also set sales records in 2021, shipping 11 million phones... Read more...
CEO and former OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei announced something about Nothing yesterday during a live stream event. Pei said, "We're building the most compelling alternative to Apple." Nothing is a consumer tech company based out of London, UK, and announced its first highly anticipated smartphone device yesterday... Read more...
An Android trojan dubbed Facestealer swipes Facebook credentials after infecting 100K Android users. The trojan gets embedded into unsuspecting user devices after downloading the application Craftsart Cartoon Photo Tools and the malware proceeds to make connections to a Russian server. The Facestealer trojan is... Read more...
It looks like Android devices will soon receive a highly requested privacy feature. The Google Android app has long permitted users to auto-delete or manually delete their search history, but the provided time range has always been rather limited. Android users will now be able delete the last 15 minutes of their... Read more...
Android 13 Dev Preview 2 is now available, and is bringing with it new color themes, improved privacy and security, and more. If you are a developer, or someone who likes to tinker with new software, you can download the preview build now. Google announced last month its release of Android 13 for developers, and... Read more...
It seems like just about every week there is some new malware threat to mobile users, especially for those who use Android. What if we told you that many of those new threats are not actually new at all? According to Dr. Web, an anti-malware software provider and security research organization, there was a... Read more...
Did you ever think you would have a digital drug lord in the palm of your hand? No, we're not talking about a game. We're talking about malware that aims to steal your banking information. A new variant of the Abrebot malware has been nicknamed "Escobar" after its package name. With the package name of... Read more...
Flagship phones are nice and all, but not everyone is willing or able to spend top dollar on cutting edge hardware with all the bells and whistles. Thankfully companies like Apple and Samsung (among others) don't ignore the mid-range market. We already saw what Apple has planned with its recent unveiling of an... Read more...
Mobile devices like smartphones have been increasingly employed to help protect people against crises; the close-contact alerts that went out during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic are a prime example. Now, Google is immediately rolling out a feature that will alert and protect Ukrainian Android phone users from... Read more...
A particularly nasty piece of malware, dubbed SharkBot, is out in the wild and spreading via bogus applications in the Google Play store. SharkBot is designed to steal banking data through a couple of different methods. Discovered in October of 2021 by Cleafy, SharkBot is somewhat unique when compared to other bank... Read more...
Last week, Oppo launched its latest Android flagship – the Find X5 Pro (€1,299 / ~$1400) – and we just spent a few days using the phone in Barcelona during Mobile World Congress 2022. Before we share our first impressions, let’s provide some context. Oppo’s Find X series has always... Read more...
A service found on some of Samsung's Galaxy smartphones might be holding back performance in games and other applications. It's called Game Optimizing Service (GOS) and it appears to be throttling Galaxy phones in more than 10,000 apps. Curiously, it seems to leave benchmarking applications like 3DMark alone. The... Read more...
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