Android security: 0.04% of downloads on Google Play in 2018 were ‘potentially harmful apps’

Android security: 0.04% of downloads on Google Play in 2018 were ‘potentially harmful apps’

Google’s Android, now 10 years old, has not been a stranger to security issues over the years. But with the mobile operating system now installed on over 2 billion devices globally, Google has been taking an increasingly firmer grip on trying to bring the problem under control. Now, the company has published its lengthy annual update Read more about Android security: 0.04% of downloads on Google Play in 2018 were ‘potentially harmful apps’[…]

Google has scaled back, moved forward with robotics

Google has scaled back, moved forward with robotics

In 2013, Google went big on robotics. Under the leadership of Android father Andy Rubin, the company went on a shopping spree that included marquee companies like Boston Dynamics. The division was named Replicant, in an homage to Blade Runner that worked with the whole Alphabet motif. It was big and secretive and expensive, and Read more about Google has scaled back, moved forward with robotics[…]

Google filed a folding phone patent application, too

Google filed a folding phone patent application, too

Does a patent application mean a company is particularly serious about a technology? No. Is every company that makes a phones at least toying around with a folding model? Yes, probably. It’s tough to know from a series a crude drawings and technical details filed with the USPTO how seriously an individual company is taking Read more about Google filed a folding phone patent application, too[…]

The Google Assistant gets a button

The Google Assistant gets a button

Traditionally, the Google Assistant always lived under the home button on Android phones, but as the company announced at MWC today, LG, Nokia, Xiaomi, TCL and Vivo are about to launch phones with dedicated assistant buttons, similar to what Samsung has long done with its Bixby assistant. The new phones with the button that are Read more about The Google Assistant gets a button[…]

Facebook removes its Onavo surveillance VPN app from Google Play

Facebook removes its Onavo surveillance VPN app from Google Play

Facebook will end its unpaid market research programs and proactively take its Onavo VPN app off the Google Play store in the wake of backlash following TechCrunch’s investigation about Onavo code being used in a Facebook Research app the sucked up data about teens. The Onavo Protect app will eventually shut down, and will immediately Read more about Facebook removes its Onavo surveillance VPN app from Google Play[…]

Google makes it easier for cheap phones and smart devices to encrypt your data

Google makes it easier for cheap phones and smart devices to encrypt your data

Encryption is an important part of the whole securing-your-data package, but it’s easy to underestimate the amount of complexity it adds to any service or device. One part of that is the amount of processing encryption takes — an amount that could be impractical on small or low-end devices. Google wants to change that with Read more about Google makes it easier for cheap phones and smart devices to encrypt your data[…]

Google Lens arrives in iOS search app

Google Lens arrives in iOS search app

Google is bringing its Lens visual search feature to the iOS Google app, giving iPhone users a new way to search the web on mobile. By tapping on the Google Lens icon, you dive straight into the camera at which point if Google recognizes something in the space that you tap on, the app will Read more about Google Lens arrives in iOS search app[…]