Tag: Android

Google quintuples top reward for hacking Android to $1 million

Google, which has already paid security researchers over $15 million since launching its bug bounty program in 2010, today expanded its Android Security Rewards program. Most notably, the company is introducing a top prize of $1 million. The previous top prize was $200,000. That’s technically a quintupling, although the maximum reward could be even higher. […]

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Google’s Android version of iMessage is here, but there’s a catch

× Google’s Android version of iMessage is here, but there’s a catch People with Android phones in the United States will now be able to opt into the new texting service that Google calls Chat. The Android version of iMessage is based on a wireless standard called Rich Communication Services (RCS), and is supposed to replace SMS texts. […]

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Motorola’s foldable Razr smartphone ships on January 9 for $1,500

The blockbuster phone of the early 2000s is back, but not in the way you remember it. During a flashy press event in Los Angeles this evening, Motorola unveiled what it’s simply calling the new Razr, an Android (specifically Android 9.0) smartphone with a clamshell-style form factor that folds a full 180 degrees. It’s something […]

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Samsung Galaxy Fold Review: 28 Days Later

The Galaxy Fold is now available in the U.S, shortly after selling out in Korea during its initial debut. It brings a new smartphone experience centered on what Samsung calls “a new dawn in display technology.” The company pitches the Fold as being “phone and tablet” in one device. It is the first significant foldable […]

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Google Play Points launches in the U.S.

In September 2018, Google launched Google Play Points, a program that rewards Google Play Store customers with points that can be put toward purchase and rental credit. It later expanded to Korea (in April), and in a blog post today, Google announced the launch of Play Points stateside. Play Points, which is free to join, […]

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Ai.type Keyboard App For Android Makes Unauthorized Purchases

Ai.type was a pretty popular 3rd party keyboard app for Android available on the Play Store. However, it was removed from the Play Store after security reports of displaying invisible advertisements and requiring unnecessary permissions. Advertising It is worth noting that it was an app on the Android marketplace with more than 40 million downloads. […]

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Huawei could get Android lifeline as U.S. mulls trade licenses

Huawei may have just gotten the first official sign that its global smartphone business could be rescued from the quagmire. The Chinese tech titan and its affiliates have been on a trade blacklist since May, preventing it from doing business with U.S. companies including Google, which is no longer able to provide Huawei devices with […]

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Google’s experimental Morph app highlights a feature that should be baked into all smartphones

Google launched five experimental mobile apps this week in an effort to encourage third-party app developers to build digital well-being tools into their own products. The general message to the development community was this: Here are some functional prototypes of what we would like to see more of on Android, now go and build your […]

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Google launches Jetpack Compose developer preview and Android Studio 4.0 Canary

At Android Dev Summit 2019 today in Sunnyvale, Google made a slew of developer announcements for its mobile operating system. The company released expanded APIs for Android Jetpack, Jetpack Compose in developer preview, and Android Studio 4.0 Canary, the latest version of its integrated development environment (IDE). Think of Android Jetpack as the successor to […]

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Android Pie passes 20% adoption after 12 months

Google today shared that in August 2019, Android Pie had 22.6% adoption. That means the second-latest version of Android was running on a fifth of devices after some 12 months. Google did not share adoption numbers for any other Android version, including Android 10, the latest version that started rolling out last month. Meanwhile, iOS […]

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Google launches 5 experimental digital well-being apps for Android

Google has launched a handful of experimental apps designed to showcase how mental well-being can be built into digital products. The launch comes amid growing concerns over how smartphone and social media addiction may contribute to depression and loneliness, particularly in young people. Google is touting its new Digital Wellbeing Experiments as a platform — […]

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Black Desert Mobile hands-on preview — one of the prettiest fantasy MMOs on mobile

South Korean game publisher Pearl Abyss is about to launch its highly anticipated Black Desert Mobile on iOS and the Google Play Store. I’ve had a look via a preview, and it is one of the prettiest games on mobile. The game debuts on October 24. The mobile massively multiplayer online role-playing game is a free-to-play […]

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