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1,900 rotten apps bounced out of Google Play every day in 2017

Google has revealed that it booted “more than 700,000 apps” and 100,000 developers out of its Play digital tat bazaar during 2017. That’s about 1,900 a day and 70 per cent more than Google banished last year. The news isn’t all bad: Google said 99 per cent of the bad apps were binned by tools that employ machine learning, so …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Jan 2018

Banking trojan-slingers slip past Google Play's malware defences

Security researchers have uncovered an Android banking malware hiding on Google Play using stealthy new tactics. A game called "Bubble Shooter Wild Life" and an app named "Earn Real Money Gift Cards" in the Google Play Store are actually designed to drop banking malware named BankBot. "The malware only becomes active when the …
John Leyden, 23 Aug 2017

Google hardwires its Android app store into new Chromebooks

Google is hardwiring its Android app store, Google Play, into all new Chromebooks. After an initial rollout in just three Chromebooks last year, a webpage listing which Chromebooks support Android Apps has been updated to read: "All Chromebooks launching in 2017 and after, as well as the Chromebooks listed below, will work …
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Jan 2017

Delete Google Maps? Go ahead, says Google, we'll still track you

Google, it seems, is very, very interested in knowing where you are at all times. Users have reported battery life issues with the latest Android build, with many pointing the finger at Google Play – Google's app store – and its persistent, almost obsessive need to check where you are. Amid complaints that Google Play is …
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Sep 2016
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Dolphin fans freak, blast browser's bumbling bundles of bloatware

The Dolphin mobile browser is feeling the wrath of netizens angry over the new extensions being bundled with the app. A Reg reader points out that the mobile browser has been hit with a string of one-star reviews and criticism from people who say they've had unwanted apps being installed alongside the browser, including a …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Jul 2016
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Tor torpedoed! Tesco Bank app won't run with privacy tool installed

UK supermarket giant Tesco's mobile banking app refuses to run on handsets where the Tor app is also installed, it emerged this weekend. Mainframe database admin Marcus Davage revealed the Tesco banking app tells users they must remove the Tor Project's anonymizing Android software to access the supermarket's money services. …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Jun 2016

Why does an Android keyboard need to see your camera and log files – and why does it phone home to China?

Updated Security biz Pentest is sounding alarms after it found an Android app it says has been downloaded 50 millions times despite being "little more than malware." UK-based Pentest said a whitepaper study [PDF] of the popular Flash Keyboard found that the Android app is "abusing" OS permissions, inserting potentially malicious ads, …
Shaun Nichols, 7 Jun 2016
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Apps that 'listen in' to your mobile get slapped by US watchdog

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has fired off letters to a dozen mobile app developers, warning that their software could be in violation of federal privacy laws. The watchdog said it has spotted a number of applications on the Google Play market that contain SilverPush code, a controversial software library that …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Mar 2016
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Google lifts app price ceiling to US$400

Google has lifted the maximum price developers can charge for their wares on its Play store. As the wonders of The Wayback Machine demonstrate, on September 24th, 2015 prices for apps or in-app purchases topped out at US$200, £150 and €199. As of today, those price ceilings are US$400, £300 and €350, as recorded here. Why has …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Oct 2015
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Cyber crims up the ante with Google Play brainteaser malware

Android malware bundled in an intelligence-testing game has been published to the official Google Play Store, not once but twice, claiming hundreds of thousands of victims in the process. Dodgy versions of a gaming app called BrainTest were able to bypass Google’s security scanning of mobile apps using a range of techniques. …
John Leyden, 22 Sep 2015
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Google drops app prices to 15 cents for Indian users

The next billion people online aren't going to be as profitable as the first. Google India has announced that the local version of its Play app store has reduced the lowest price developers can charge for their wares or in-app purchases to 10 rupees. The floor price used to be 50 rupees. The new rate is equivalent to just US$0 …
Google's Sundar Pichai, speaking at Google I/O 2015

Google to China: Please Play with us, we promise to respect your strict censorship diet – report

Google has reportedly been working hard to reboot its business in China, after the ad giant walked away from the country following a censorship spat with Beijing in 2010. The Sundar Pichai-run company apparently hopes to return to the People's Republic armed with mobile services that suit the censorship sensibility of the …
Kelly Fiveash, 5 Sep 2015

2.8 million victims squared up by malicious Minecraft apps

ESET researcher Lukas Stefanko says a whopping 2.8 million users have downloaded malicious Minecraft Android applications. Stefanko found 30 malicious apps uploaded to the Google Play store over nine months masquerading as Minecraft cheats and tip guides. "All of the discovered apps were fake in that they did not contain any …
Darren Pauli, 25 May 2015
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Facebook invents Caller ID ... say Hello to today's staggering technology

Facebook has released a smartphone app called Hello that matches the numbers of incoming calls to friends and businesses on the social network, and displays them on-screen, giving you a slightly better idea of who's calling if you can't recognize the digits. It's otherwise known as Caller ID, and the tech fashion press is …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Apr 2015
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Silent but violent: Foul Google Play flaw lets hackers emit smelly apps

A couple of related vulnerabilities on the Google Play Store have left Android users vulnerable to malware-slingers. Security watchers warn that an X-Frame-Options flaw – when combined with a recent Android WebView (Jelly Bean) bug – creates a means for hackers to silently install any app from the Google Play store. Tod …
John Leyden, 11 Feb 2015
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Google extends app refund window to two hours

Google has extended the period during which it will permit you to “return” apps to its Play store and receive a refund. As this archive.org link shows, as recently as September 3rd the “Return paid apps & apps” page offered a 15 minute refund window. Today's version of the page says you now have two hours before the …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Sep 2014
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Whoah! How many Google Play apps want to read your texts?

A security firm has criticised Android's all-or-nothing permission approach, arguing it unnecessarily creates extra privacy risks for businesses and consumers. Users are obliged to accept an entire laundry list of requested permissions before they can download an Android app. Disagreement on any point means that the software …
John Leyden, 16 Jul 2014
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We've just unboxed our Google Android Wear. We're not appy

Google is already rifling through bug reports on its new product after an unpleasantly short amount of time: just two days after fandroids performed the great unboxening. Android Wear owners are now reporting that the devices won't install paid apps. The money-saving feature bug turned up at Android Police, which theorises …

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