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Google shaves half a gig off Android Poundland Edition

Google's "Poundland" Edition of Android – Go – has received an update to 9.0 Pie. Google leaps on the platform formerly known as Firefox with $22m splurge for KaiOS READ MORE Not to be confused with Android One, which is really a marketing program for full fat Android, Go Edition is a small footprint version of Android …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Aug 2018
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Why is my cheapo Android red hot and switching off Wi-Fi?

Cheap Android smartphones aren’t just bad for the environment because they’re destined for landfill - they might also cause problems because they come laced with ineffective but battery-life destroying crypto-mining crud. Reg reader Andy Brown was initially pleased with the inexpensive Xgody smartphone he bought as new from …
John Leyden, 13 Aug 2018
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Kaspersky VPN blabbed domain names of visited websites – and gave me a $0 reward, says chap

Updated Kaspersky's Android VPN app whispered the names of websites its 1,000,000-plus users visited along with their public IP addresses to the world's DNS servers. The antivirus giant duly fixed up the blunder when a researcher reported it via the biz's bug bounty program – for which he received zero dollars and zero cents as a …
Shaun Nichols, 9 Aug 2018
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Android ain't done until Samsung won't run? 9.0 Pie borks Gear watch app

Android P may have been the smoothest and most public beta the world’s dominant phone OS has yet enjoyed, but it isn't without its issues. Bluetooth tweaks mean that Samsung's Gear watch app can't be used to configure a new smartwatch, The Register has discovered, with our testbed Pixel 2 repeatedly failing the procedure. …
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For all the excitement, Pie may be Android's most minimal makeover yet – thankfully

Analysis So little has changed in the latest annual update to Android, 9.0 Pie, you may be forgiven for thinking "8.2" is a far more appropriate release number. Even if Google wanted to do that, however, it's doubtful the OEMs would let it. The industry has to pretend there are huge leaps forward every year, even when there aren't. If …

Sur-Pies! Google shocks world with sudden Android 9 Pixel push

Google today somewhat unexpectedly started rolling out to the masses its latest version of Android – dubbed Android 9 Pie. This major build of the mobile operating system is right now being released to Pixel devices as well as the Essential Phone. Google says other Android devices will get the update over the course of this …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Aug 2018
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Game over for Google: Fortnite snubs Play Store, keeps its 30%, sparks security fears

The maker of super-hit Fortnite has snubbed Google by deciding to release the Android version of the video game through its own website rather than the Google Play app store. The decision is unusual for an app running on a mobile operating system and raises all sorts of questions, not least of which are whether Google's profit …
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Microsoft: We've almost dug Your Phone out behind sofa. But will it make Insiders app-y?

Microsoft gave us a clue yesterday as to the whereabouts of its Your Phone app, demoed to much fanfare during Build 2018 and conspicuously absent ever since. In an announcement on 7 May, VP of Windows, Joe Belfiore, reckoned the technology would be hitting the Windows Insider program “soon”. Three months later, with the …
Richard Speed, 1 Aug 2018
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On Android, US antitrust can go where nervous EU fears to tread

Analysis Europe's Competition Commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, faced two very different questions from the media after announcing a record fine for Google last week. One asked the experienced former Danish deputy PM if this wasn't just sour grapes in retaliation for Donald Trump's trade war. Another demanded to know why she wasn't …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Jul 2018
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Big bad Bluetooth blunder bug battered – check for security fixes

With a bunch of security fixes released and more on the way, details have been made public of a Bluetooth bug that potentially allows miscreants to commandeer nearby devices. This Carnegie-Mellon CERT vulnerability advisory on Monday laid out the cryptographic flaw: firmware or operating system drivers skip a vital check …
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If Brussels wants Android forks, phone makers aren't helping

The European Commission made the phrase "Android forks" a household word last week. But developers who wish to create and popularise their Android forks have just found the job got harder. The world's No.3 phone seller, Huawei, which also sells tens of millions of Honor-brand phones each year, offered bootloader codes allowing …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Jul 2018
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Fork it! Google fined €4.34bn over Android, has 90 days to behave

Analysis What convinced the European Commission that it had a Microsoft-scale competition problem on its hands with Google isn't a mystery. Google engaged in a carbon copy of '90s Microsoft-style tactics. Google leveraged its platform dominance in Android to promote its own services and apps, at the expense of third-party services, the …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Jul 2018

Wearable hybrids prove the bloated smartwatch is one of Silly Valley's biggest mistakes

Analysis Imagine if Intel had decided in the 1980s that all of its CPUs henceforth would have a vast parallel processing unit worthy of a Cray supercomputer, integrated into every chip. This would quadruple the price of an Intel microprocessor, but "future-proof" its PCs. Samsung Gear S3 Smartwatch And lo, Qualcomm hath declared that …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Jul 2018
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Intune makes an appearance at the Android Enterprise Zero Touch party

Microsoft’s Intune device and PC management suite has scored support for Android enterprise purpose-built device management, meaning admins can lock down biz devices before users get their sticky fingers near them. Intune, a cloud-based Mobile Device Management (MDM) and Mobile Application Management (MAM) platform, was …
Richard Speed, 11 Jul 2018

Google offers to leave robocallers hanging on the telephone

Fresh from fighting content filters in the EU, Google is working on the ultimate content filter– which seals the user off in a spam-free bubble. It's a nuisance caller detection feature built into Android, and it could have unintended consequences. The feature, spotted in recent commits to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP …
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Jul 2018
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Google’s Android Emulator gains AMD and Hyper-V support

Google’s given its Android Emulator a tickle to add support for AMD processors and Microsoft’s Hyper-V. Android product manager Jamal Eason said the new features are “two long-standing user requests from the Android developer community that we are happy to address with this Android Emulator update.” It’s not hard to see why …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Jul 2018
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Uh-oh. Boffins say most Android apps can slurp your screen – and you wouldn't even know it

What is billed as the "first large-scale empirical study of media permissions and leaks from Android apps" has found that an alarming number can help themselves to your screen. Over 89 per cent of apps in the Google Play store make use of an API that requests screen capture or recording – and the user is oblivious as it evades …
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New Android P beta is 'very close', 'near-final' but also just 'early'

Google has emitted a new beta of Android P, but it's not obvious how excited to get about it. We’re conflicted because Google has described the new release as "an early release candidate build" and says the full release is due "later this [northern] summer". Which suggests this release could probably be skipped given the …

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