Free Android and iOS apps, web-based services leak personal information: Study

By on September 14, 2016 at 4:15 PM.

Free Android and iOS apps, web-based services leak personal information: Study

A new study say that the free apps and web-based services that are downloaded on Android or iOS devices may have in turn leaked personal information, including names, gender, phone numbers, and email. For the study, researchers investigated the degree to which each platform which includes advertisers and data analytics companies that these services rely on for finance, leaks personal identification information (birthdates, locations). The findings showed that both apps and websites leaked personally identifiable information to varying degrees. More →
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Android Marshmallow adoption hits 18.7 percent, Nougat yet to make its debut

By on September 14, 2016 at 1:00 PM.

Android Marshmallow adoption hits 18.7 percent, Nougat yet to make its debut

The Android distribution numbers for last month are here. Nougat, the latest Android version did not make it to the list as Google only counts versions equal to or exceeding 0.1 percent of the ecosystem. As we look at the table, we can see that Lollipop (5.0 and 5.1 combined) once again tops the list with a combined market share of 35 percent. Coming in at second is KitKat (4.4) with 27.7 percent followed by Marshmallow with 18.7 percent and Jelly Bean at 15.6 percent. What’s surprising to see is that Android’s ancient version (Froyo 2.2) still stands at a meager 0.1 percent, which was the same in last month’s Android distribution list. More →
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Android users more honest and humble than iPhone users: Study

By on September 1, 2016 at 2:00 PM.

Android users more honest and humble than iPhone users: Study

According to a new study, Android smartphone users have greater levels of honesty and humility, agreeableness and openness personality traits but are seen as less extroverted than Apple iPhone users. The researchers believe that this could be because iPhone users thought it was more important to have a high-status phone than Android users. The team from University of Lincoln also found that women were twice more likely to own an iPhone than an Android device. However, most of the personality stereotypes did not occur in reality as only honesty and humility was found in greater amounts within Android users, the findings showed. More →
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Android apps can track your whereabouts and traffic patterns: Study

By on August 10, 2016 at 6:00 AM.

Android apps can track your whereabouts and traffic patterns: Study

Android apps can be manipulated to access built-in sensors in smartphones and track your whereabouts and traffic patterns, without your knowledge or consent, a new study has warned. Researchers from Northeastern University in the US built an Android app and tested it. Their system uses an algorithm that inserts data from the phone's built-in sensors into graphs of the world's roads. The researchers applied the algorithm to various simulated and real road trips. For each trip, the system then generated the five most likely paths taken. The results showed that there was 50 percent chance that the actual path taken was one of the five.

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QuadRooter vulnerability puts nearly 1 billion Qualcomm-powered Android smartphones at risk: Report

By on August 8, 2016 at 3:55 PM.

QuadRooter vulnerability puts nearly 1 billion Qualcomm-powered Android smartphones at risk: Report

The open-source nature of Android OS has made it prone to vulnerabilities and security issues. Over the past year, Android OS has been affected by some nasty vulnerabilities such as stagefright, CVE-2015-3842 and Google’s full-disk encryption flaw, putting Android users at risk. Now, a newly discovered security flaw called ‘QuadRooter’ once again puts nearly 1 billion Android smartphones at risk. It is a set of four vulnerabilities affecting smartphones powered by Qualcomm chipsets. More →
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Marshmallow now running on 15.2 percent of Android devices, Lollipop still dominates with 35.5 percent

By on August 3, 2016 at 5:40 PM.

Marshmallow now running on 15.2 percent of Android devices, Lollipop still dominates with 35.5 percent

Google has released its Android distribution data for the month of July and it shows that Android Marshmallow is still in the ‘slow and steady’ race. Two-year old Lollipop still leads the table with 35.5 percent. According to Google, Android Kitkat is running on 29.2 percent of Android devices whereas Marshmallow is on 15.2 percent. The ancient versions of Android like Froyo and Gingerbread are still surviving with presence on 0.1 percent and 1.7 percent Android devices respectively. More →
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Google launches tips and tricks website for Android users

By on July 28, 2016 at 2:25 PM.

Google launches tips and tricks website for Android users

Google’s got your back! To make your Android experience better, Google has launched a website feature easy to implement tips and tricks for Android users. The website looks inspired from its own Google Tips website, which provides tips and tricks for users on all platforms using any Google app. More →
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Prisma for Android now available for download on Google Play store

By on July 25, 2016 at 11:56 AM.

Prisma for Android now available for download on Google Play store

Popular photo editing app Prisma that turns all your photos into work of art is now available for Android users. You can now download the Prisma app from Google Play store, but be wary of the fake apps with the same name. Do note that there are several fake Prisma apps on Google Play store as well. More →
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Baidu’s Android marketplace launches new feature to personalize app collection

By on July 19, 2016 at 12:00 AM.

Baidu’s Android marketplace launches new feature to personalize app collection

Baidu’s Android marketplace, MoboMarket, launched a new feature called ‘User Stores’ on Monday. The new features allows users to curate personalised app collections and recommend these apps by sharing them with their friends. More →
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MobiKwik launches a new app for Android

By on July 14, 2016 at 10:30 AM.

MobiKwik launches a new app for Android

MobiKwik has today announced a new app for Android the most popular mobile operating platform in India. This launch makes MobiKwik the lightest mobile wallet app available in India with over 32 million users and a network of 100000 merchants. MobiKwik is packed with features such as bus booking, recharge, utility bills payments etc. The application also allows users to access ongoing offers and locate nearby stores for offline payments with a tap. More →
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