Category Archives: Android

Fake Android apps downloaded millions of times

Android users have downloaded fake apps which slow down their devices and drain their batteries millions of times according to research from Trend Micro. Researchers at the cybersecurity firm found 85 different photography and gaming apps that were filled with adware on the Google Play store. These fraudulent apps have been downloaded more than eight million times to user’s smartphones and… Read More »

Nearly all Android smartphones ‘can be hacked via Wi-Fi’

Hackers are able to target many leading Android mobile phones and other gadgets via Wi-Fi, researchers have revealed. Devices powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon family of processors are susceptible to the threat, which would allow hackers to gain access to a device simply by connecting to the same Wi-Fi network. Known together as “QualPwn”, the two flaws can be exploited “over the air”,… Read More »

ARCore app on Android renamed to ‘Google Play Services for AR’

ARCore is Google’s platform for mobile augmented reality. It was announced in 2017, with Google later deprecating Tango for the current solution that does not require specialized sensors, cameras, or other hardware. Google today renamed the ARCore app on Android to “Google Play Services for AR.” Google updated the Play Store listing (spotted via APK Mirror) today with the new name. The app description… Read More »

Concept: This is how Oxygen OS 10 under Android Q could look

Recently OnePlus hosted a contest for an honorary community Product Manager for the development of Oxygen OS 10 and winner Léandro Tijink submitted the following screenshots as his idea for the next version of OnePlus’ OS. Oxygen OS 10 will be the next version of OnePlus’ OS that will run Android Q in the fall and will likely… Read More »

Android Q gestures are still in flux, even in today’s new beta release

Google has released Beta 5 for Android Q today, and the big change is a confirmation of what we’d already suspected: a tweak to how the back gesture will work. The back gesture will now work differently depending on what app you’re in, and Google has finally landed on what it thinks the gesture should be to invoke the Google… Read More »

Microsoft is using Android’s share and ‘open with’ menus to advertise its other apps

Microsoft has done a lot on Android in recent years, and last week many were excited when the company launched its Your Phone Companion app for mirroring notifications on a Windows 10 PC. However, that’s had an unfortunate side effect that sees Microsoft inserting ads in Android’s share menus for its various other apps. Through some sneaky methods on… Read More »

What if Microsoft had invented Android?

The smartphone war is long over; the two winners were Android and iOS. Most of the other contenders have long given up; right now Microsoft is slowly laying the last remnants of Windows Phone to rest. That doesn’t meant there aren’t regrets. Indeed, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates recently listed the company’s failure to come up with an Android-like mobile… Read More »

This app gives you Android Q’s new Digital Wellbeing features right now

You can now try out a key new feature from Android Q by installing a new app. ActionDash, an app that more or less clones Google’s Digital Wellbeing features, has been updated to include a “focus mode” that works exactly like the focus mode that’s being built into the next version of Android. When you activate Focus Mode, your phone will lock you… Read More »

Google rolls out auto-delete controls for location history on Android and iOS

Google, just ahead of its annual developer conference, the Google I/O 2019, had announced that the company would soon introduce a feature that would allow all its users to set a time frame to auto-delete their location history. And now, nearly two months after announcing the feature, Google is keeping good on its promise and rolling out the… Read More »

YouTube gives up, tests hiding comments by default on Android

YouTube finally seems to have realized the obvious: comments, for the most part, are bad and you shouldn’t read them. It’s currently testing a new layout in the Android app that hides comments from sight unless you press a button to expose them. However, according to XDA Developers, the rollout so far hasn’t expanded beyond India. If you frequently… Read More »