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As Google clamps down, 'Droid developer warns 'breaking day' is coming

Mobile app developers are being forced to rewrite their code as Google attempts to tame Android's Wild West. The developer of the power management app Greenify has been given 30 days to alter its code by the gatekeepers at Google's Play Store, and stop using Google's accessibility framework. The framework is used by …
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Nov 2017
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Back to the Fuchsia: The next 10 years of Android

Part Two In Part One we described how, after 10 years, Android was uncannily similar to Windows after 20 years. But similar is not the same. Android is like Windows in as much as it's dominant – and also anarchic, fragmented, insecure, with a user base that lags far behind the latest code. The platform owner is accused of all kinds of …
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Nov 2017

OnePlus 5T is like the little sister you always feared was the favourite

Review OnePlus has settled into the groove of releasing two flagships a year, and this Christmas-time 5T reiteration may well piss off the fans who bought the OnePlus 5 released in the summer. It's better all round, sports the 6-inch 18:9 OLED that's a genuine flagship display... and it's the same price as before. So £499 buys you some …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Nov 2017
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Heads up: OnePlus phones have a secret root backdoor and the password is 'angela'

Updated An apparent factory cockup has left OnePlus Android smartphones with an exposed diagnostics tool that can be potentially exploited to root the handsets. Security researcher Robert Baptiste suggested the EngineerMode APK was made by Qualcomm, and was intended to be used by factory staff to test phones for basic functionality …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Nov 2017

BlackBerry Motion: The Phone That Won't Die

48-Hour Test The oddly named "Motion" – not an odd word, just an odd choice – is BlackBerry Mobile's second phone as a new venture, a quasi-startup housed within Chinese giant TCL. It's a hefty slab of durable, full-touch, midrange metal modelled after a Scandinavian industrial workshop. You may be wondering what's the point? A BlackBerry …
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Nov 2017
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CopperheadOS stops updates to thwart knock-off phone floggers

The folk in charge of the hardened Android distribution CopperheadOS have run into problems with licence violations. Over the weekend, they temporarily disabled over-the-air updates for Nexus devices, and pulled some downloads from their website. The company complained it discovered a knock-off business – people taking its OS …
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Android at 10: How Google won the smartphone wars

Part One It was an anniversary that prompted much reflection. The Platform had completely triumphed and was now ubiquitous, relied on by people all over the world. You could find the Platform in almost every conceivable kind of device, from cars to TVs. Although Apple had once been the pioneer, it now had to settle for life in the …
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Nov 2017
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KRACK whacked, media playback holes packed, other bugs go splat in Android patch pact

Google has released its November security update for Android, addressing a bag of security holes. You should install them as soon as they are available for your phone, tablet and other gadgets. Depending on your mobile carrier and device manufacturer, they may arrive immediately, soon, late or never. Among the holes covered …
Shaun Nichols, 7 Nov 2017

This could be our favorite gadget of 2017: A portable projector

Review Every now and again in the world of gadgets there is a confluence of technologies that make something new possible. A better take on a familiar task. Think Walkmans, or camcorders. Or portable storage devices. Tablets. Drones. Games consoles. GPS navigation. XGIMI's CC Aurora portable projector feels a lot like that. This is …
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It's 2017 and you can still pwn Android gear with Wi-Fi packets – so get patching now

A security researcher has turned up new ways to silently hijack and infect Android devices via malicious Wi-Fi packets over the air. Scotty Bauer, a Linux kernel developer, described in detail on Monday how he found a bunch of exploitable programming blunders in the qcacld Wi-Fi driver that supports Qualcomm Atheros chipsets. …
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Over a million Android users fooled by fake WhatsApp app in official Google Play Store

Once again Google's Play Store has proved less than excellent at tackling malicious apps, after netizens found a fake version of WhatsApp that was good enough to fool over a million people into downloading it. The rogue program was spotted by Redditors earlier today, and the software looks very much like the real deal. However …
Iain Thomson, 3 Nov 2017

HTC U11: U-hoo. Look over here! Two new phones! We're Not Actually Dead

Hands On HTC will have two new devices in the stores this month, and insists it has held onto a sizeable phone division, even after the reassignment of 2,000 HTC staff to the Chocolate Factory. "It's more of a partnership" an HTC staffer told us. The partnership does include slapping Google's dud AndroidOne brand on one of its devices …
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Google lets Android devs see nanosecond-level GNSS data

Geonerds, how would you like to work with raw GNSS data at nanosecond accuracy? That's what Google's Android folk are promising with the release of a set of Linux/Windows/MacOS desktop tools that accesses the raw GNSS outputs from Android phones' GNSS receivers. Created for phone designers, The Chocolate Factory has decided …

Google slides DNS privacy into 'Droid developer stream

Android users might get better protection for their browsing records, if a Google experiment takes off. XDA-developers.com spotted the entry in the Android Open Source Project, which adds DNS over TLS, along with an option to turn it off. The idea of sending DNS queries over TLS is simple: it's in line with the IETF's (and …
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Google Play Protect is 'dead last' at fingering malware on Android

Last month, German software testing laboratory AV-Test threw malware at 20 Android antivirus systems – and now the results aren't particularly great for Google. Its Play Protect system, which is supposed block malicious apps from running on your handheld, was beaten by every other anti-malware vendor. When exposed to recent …
Iain Thomson, 26 Oct 2017
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So the 'Year of Linux' never happened. When is it Chrome OS's turn?

The year of Linux on the desktop was a running joke. The concept of Linux being ready for the mainstream with users confidently running it on their desktops, sadly, never happened. Some bravely pushed the idea: the latest being Canonical with a more macOS-like desktop, easier to configure and use than the standard Linux distro …
Michael Allison, 18 Oct 2017
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Fancy fone folks filched fast file flinging, filing fumes: Now Essential accused of slurping wireless chip secrets

Android phone maker Essential, which needs stronger sales, also needs a legal defense. Keyssa, having developed a short-range high-speed wireless communication chip, on Monday sued the handset biz in US federal court in San Francisco, California, claiming theft of trade secrets after being snubbed as a vendor. The lawsuit …
Thomas Claburn, 17 Oct 2017
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Android ransomware DoubleLocker encrypts data and changes PINs

Crooks have come up with a strain of Android ransomware that both encrypts user data and locks victims out of compromised devices by changing PINs. DoubleLocker combines a cunning infection mechanism with two powerful tools for extorting money from its victims. "Its payload can change the device's PIN, preventing the victim …
John Leyden, 13 Oct 2017

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