A number of budget Google Android smartphones are suspected of sending text messages to China every 72 hours. Security firm Kryptowire, which first reported the secret backdoor, blamed a firmware developed by Shanghai Adups Technology Company. The majority of monitoring activities used Adups' Firmware Over The Air (FOTA) update system, developed in response to user demand for screening out junk texts and calls from advertisers. "Since its founding, Adups FOTA has taken customer and user privacy very seriously," the organisation said in a statement that had been published mid-week. However, based on the Kryptowire report, the app had transmitted sensitive personal data without disclosure or user consent. Tech Radar released a list of affected models from Miami-based mobile manufacturer Blu. Owners of the R1 HD, Energy X Plus 2, Studio Touch, Advance 4.0 L2, Neo XL, or Energy Diamond are encouraged to check their phone by navigating to Settings > Apps > Menu > Show System > … [Read more...] about Report: Android Firmware Sent Personal Data to China
China has very strict rules when it comes to releasing games consoles in the country. That is why console manufacturers partner with local companies to handle the release and sales. Nintendo is no exception, opting to partner with Tencent for a Switch launch in December. However, this isn't the only partnership Nintendo secured for China. As Eurogamer reports, a deal has been struck between Nintendo and Nvidia to port Wii and GameCube games to Android while at the same time giving them a 1080p visual upgrade. The confirmed titles so far include Super Mario Galaxy, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, and Punch-out!! These games will be exclusive to the Nvidia Shield. The surprising news was confirmed by Daniel Ahmad on Twitter who shared the official trailer for the Nvidia Shield in China. What is unclear for now is how far this deal between Nintendo and Nvidia extends in terms of future title announcements and markets beyond China. Could we see these … [Read more...] about Nvidia Will Sell 1080p Android Ports of Nintendo Games in China
The smartphone operating system market has been a two-horse race for a while now, with Google's Android leading the pack and Apple's iOS at No. 2. That's perhaps more true than ever, according to data from Gartner. The recorded data puts the combined Android-iOS global market share at 99.6%. That's up from an already impressive 98.4 percent a year earlier, Gartner said. But Android is clearly in the lead with 81.7 percent market share followed by iOS with 17.9 percent. That leaves little room for rivals; Microsoft's mobile OS has only 0.3 percent of the market (down from 1.1 percent a year ago) while BlackBerry's share dropped to zero (from 0.2 percent a year ago). Yes, that's right: BlackBerry's share of the smartphone OS market in the fourth quarter of 2016 was literally 0.0 percent, according to Gartner. Smartphone vendors together sold 432 million units in the fourth quarter of 2016, a 7 percent increase from the same period in 2015, the market research firm said. Breaking it down … [Read more...] about With 99.6 Percent of the Market, Can Anyone Topple iOS, Android?
Security researchers have uncovered new Android spyware with never-before-seen functions, like the ability to steal your WhatsApp messages. Kaspersky Lab spotted the spyware, dubbed Skygofree, and called it one of the most powerful espionage tools for Android the company has ever seen. It has been active since 2014, and once installed, it can secretly take pictures, record videos, and seize data from your phone. Although WhatsApp is built with end-to-end encryption, the spyware can still lift messages from the app. It does so by exploiting Android's Accessibility Services to read the content displayed over the messaging service. Another never-before-seen feature is the spyware's ability to eavesdrop on the victim when the device enters certain locations. Kaspersky Lab said fake webpages pretending to be mobile carriers have been tricking victims into installing the spyware. "Download the update now and keep on navigating at maximum speed!" the fake webpages claim. However, the spyware … [Read more...] about This Android Spyware Can Steal Your WhatsApp Messages
Whether you're brand new to Android or a longtime enthusiast, the Google Play store's catalog of 3.5 million apps can be intimidating. Our list is a great place to begin for anyone looking to jump-start their collection. Read about our selection process below, or if you're really eager to download these essentials, go ahead and skip down to the list itself. What's Here We openly admit that this list doesn't even begin to approach the seemingly infinite variety of apps on the Google Play store. We also know that everyone has different priorities when it comes to their Android device, so we encourage you to fine-tune it to suit your needs. For example, Evernote is an enormously versatile tool, but it might not meet your needs for to-do lists, in which case, you should move to a refined organizational app like Any.do. Or maybe after reading lots of comics in Comixology, you're curious to read the massive backlog of Marvel titles available for a single monthly fee via Marvel Unlimited. … [Read more...] about 10 Must-Have Android Apps for 2018