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Combination of features leads to new Android vulnerability

The unexpected combination of two legitimate permissions, designed to power desirable and commonly used features in popular apps, make Android devices vulnerable to attack.

Google introduces the new Android TV home screen

Google has detailed Android TV's new more intuitive home screen that's designed to let you jump straight into content. The revised interface also comes with Google Assistant support to let you control media playback using only your voice.

Samsung's Galaxy S8 iris scanner fooled by a photograph

Samsung's "ultrasecure" iris scanner on its Galaxy S8 smartphone has been fooled using a photograph and contact lens. The method is alarmingly trivial to use and raises concerns about the safety of the biometric authentication technique.

LG X Venture takes on the great outdoors with a giant battery

LG has announced a new rugged smartphone built for people with more active lifestyles. The X Venture puts the emphasis on outdoor activities, including a dedicated app that displays a range of environmental and fitness metrics on one screen.

Project Treble will try to fix Android's broken update model

Google has announced a new initiative that could go a long way to resolving Android's longstanding update issues. The fragmented nature of the ecosystem leaves it up to individual manufacturers to release updates, meaning many phones never receive them.

Android passes the two billion active devices milestone

Google's Android is now used on over 2 billion every month. The operating system is now the largest in the world having surpassed Microsoft Windows last month. Alongside the announcement, Google unveiled a new set of features.

HTC debuts the first squeezable smartphone

HTC has unveiled its new flagship smartphone for the year. It's a high-end Android device with a unique party trick up its sleeve: you can squeeze it to interact with the display. The practical applications of the novel idea are currently limited though.

ASUS to abandon Android Wear because nobody wants smartwatches

Another major smartwatch manufacturer could leave Google's struggling Android Wear platform. ASUS has been one of only a handful of brands to see relative success in the market. It is now pulling out after facing sales of just a few thousand each month.

Google's 'Fuschia' smartphone OS shown off in videos

Google's mystery operating system known only as "Fuschia" has broken its cover and made it onto the Internet. The UI has been compiled to run on existing phones, revealing an all-new design that's very different to Android's current look and feel.

Motorola's secret Android tablet comes with a 'productivity mode'

Motorola is reportedly building a new Android tablet that will feature a dedicated "productivity mode" for people looking to work on the go. The software will overcome some of the issues most commonly associated with professional-oriented Android tablets.

ZTE MAX XL offers a 6-inch display and giant battery for $130

ZTE has launched a new budget smartphone with some impressive hardware specifications. Despite being priced as a low-end phone, the MAX XL comes with a 6-inch display and a massive battery to put many flagship handsets to shame.

Instagram now has an offline mode

Instagram recently launched a substantial update to its app that adds in a fully-fledged offline mode. You can now like, comment and unfollow people whilst offline, giving you an uncompromising experience even without a connection.

Google teams up with PayPal to make Android Pay more useful

Google has announced a new partnership with PayPal that will see the popular online payments service integrated into Android Pay. Mobile payment users will be able to complete in-store transactions using their PayPal account, adding a new way to pay.

Android apps found to be mining information from smartphones

The use of apps is commonplace and we’re increasingly reliant upon using apps to organize our schedules and to obtain information. One concern with the ubiquity of apps, highlighted by Virginia Tech, is with apps colluding to mine our information.

Google's Pixel 2 to feature a curved display sourced from LG

Google is said to be planning to equip its upcoming Pixel 2 smartphone with a curved display. The move will follow Samsung's Galaxy S8 and the LG G6. Google will source its screens from LG in a significant deal worth nearly one billion dollars.

Verizon slammed for installing 'spyware' on phones

Verizon has been accused of installing "spyware" on new phones. The company has developed an app that's supposed to help people find content from services they don’t have installed. The privacy policy reveals it does more than make recommendations.

Android surpasses Windows to become the world's most used OS

Android has become the most used operating system in the world, overtaking the decades-old Windows. It reflects the growth and mass acceptance of mobile devices as smartphones are now the computer of choice for many consumers worldwide.

Op-Ed: Samsung DeX and Microsoft Continuum: Mobile productivity compared

Samsung has officially announced its new Galaxy S8 smartphone with DeX, a pioneering mobile product that lets the phone display a desktop interface when docked to a screen, keyboard and mouse. It's an Android interpretation of Microsoft's Continuum.

Samsung unveils its flagship Galaxy S8 smartphone

Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy S8, its 2017 flagship smartphone to rival Apple's iPhone and this year's premium Android handsets. The phone has an all-new design, a bezel-less display, Bixby intelligent assistant and improved camera hardware.

Nintendo wanted the Switch to run Android

Nintendo originally wanted its new Switch games console to run Android, Cyanogen's chairman has claimed. The company abandoned its plans when Cyanogen refused to help it build a special Android distribution focused around gaming.

Android O to simplify setting your own ringtones and sounds

Google's upcoming Android O update will finally provide an easy way to set your own ringtones and notification sounds, letting you add a new alert from settings without manually copying files. The basic feature has been missing since Android's launch.

Google to remove Hangouts' SMS features to help promote new apps

Google is planning to remove Hangouts' SMS messaging capabilities within the next couple of months. The company is believed to be making the move as part of its efforts to make Hangouts a better rival to upstart messaging app Slack.

Android Security Report – Malware installs drop by 50 percent

Google has published its third Android Security Report, detailing the progress it has made in securing its ecosystem and keeping users safe on their devices. Play Store malware distribution has fallen, although the number of affected devices has risen.

Google unveils the next version of Android

Google has officially announced Android O, the next major version of its mobile operating system set to be released later this year. The company has launched the first preview of the under-development OS, introducing several major new features.

Intel developing 'genderless' AI

Intel is developing a new artificially intelligent assistant that will be genderless, moving the tech industry away from the perceived "feminine" nature of most current AIs. The system will debut on a new smartwatch Intel is building with TAG Heuer.

Gboard update lets you translate text from your keyboard

Google recently updated its Gboard smartphone keyboard with several new features, letting you do more from your keyboard. Gboard is meant to let you perform common tasks without leaving your current app, avoiding pauses in conversations.

Samsung smartphones to come with monthly security updates

Samsung is preparing to start issuing monthly security updates for its unlocked Android smartphones in the U.S. The company has previously been widely criticised for its apparent lack of support for unlocked handsets, leaving users waiting for patches.

Malware found preinstalled on almost 40 Android phones

Security researchers have discovered an alarming number of Android phones come with serious malware preinstalled. Devices seemingly fresh from the factory had malicious apps integrated with their storage and equipped with system privileges.

Google admits the microphones are breaking on some Pixel phones

Google has confirmed that some of its flagship Pixel smartphones are malfunctioning with "severe" microphone issues caused by small soldering cracks. Formally acknowledging the problem, the company said it'll be offering warranty replacements.

BlackBerry unveils its latest Android smartphone

BlackBerry has unveiled a new Android smartphone aimed at mid-range customers. It has a 5-inch display, a large battery and BlackBerry's extensive suite of productivity and security apps preinstalled. It will only be available in Indonesia.
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