June 29, 2018 - Written By Dominik Bosnjak The Niantic Real World Platform, a software development toolkit used in the creation of gaming hits such as Pokemon Go and Ingress, is being made available to Android and other mobile developers, Niantic Labs announced earlier this week. The initial public version of the service is being described as a preview of things to come, with the San Francisco, California-based studio stating that its decision to launch the system is the latest step in its efforts to support and help popularize augmented reality development moving forward.Niantic is describing the solution as an operating system for blending the real world with digital assets, having confirmed its two hit AR games were both largely built with the same system. Instead of a model-based approach to worldbuilding, the Niantic Real World Platform pursues a people-centric approach, being capable of quickly digitizing locations and turning them into three-dimensional canvases for … [Read more...] about Pokemon Go AR Platform To Be Offered To Android Developers
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Several hundred low-cost Android devices are shipping with preinstalled adware, according to security firm Avast. The company specifically called out products from Archos, MyPhone, Prestigio, and ZTE. The adware, called Cosiloon, was previously described in 2016 by fellow security company Dr. Web. It effectively creates incessant popup ads in the user’s browser and on the homescreen, obscuring the screen in the process.The new report delves into more detail on how it all works and who’s affected by it. So, how does it work? Cosiloon essentially consists of two components, called a dropper and a payload. Avast has identified two variants of the dropper, which is responsible for delivering (or dropping) the malicious payload onto the device. Editor's Pick15 best antivirus apps and best anti-malware apps for Android! Antivirus Android apps remain one of the most popular types of applications on Android. Generally, you don't need an antivirus app if you play it safe, only … [Read more...] about Cosiloon: Low-cost Android devices from Archos, ZTE hit by adware
Article Contents1 What is Project Treble?2 Treble and flashing custom ROMs3 Developing with Treble4 Treble's impact Project Treble, something that you might read in some of our reviews and comment sections, is an important shift in Android as we know it. One of the pieces of Oreo, Treble was Google's attempt to improve the terrible update situation we see on many third-party phones, especially from Samsung, Asus, and Huawei. So far, only a few manufacturers have implemented it to any noticeable degree, with others outright ignoring it until the last possible minute. In many circles, however, Project Treble is most exciting from a custom ROM perspective. Long gone are my days of flashing several in a very short span of time – a practice that prepared me well for switching between phones and review units so frequently – but I still pay attention to this community. And while I professionally appreciate Treble from an update standpoint, my personal interest lies in if/how … [Read more...] about How does Project Treble impact Android and the custom ROM community?
Video -- Android P: Google launches first developer preview.Google's Android developers have teamed up with Alphabet's DeepMind researchers to bring deep neural-net enhancements to Android P. The enhancements, which target battery life and screen performance, have been unveiled alongside the launch of the first Android P beta, which is now open to six more handset models beyond Google's Pixel devices. The beta follows the first Android P developer preview in March. Owners with a Sony Xperia XZ2, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, Nokia 7 Plus, Oppo R15 Pro, Vivo X21UD and X21, and Essential PH‑1 can now join the Android P beta program. This beta program will be the fastest route to testing Android P's new Adaptive Battery feature, which was developed with researchers from the unit at Google parent Alphabet's AI firm, DeepMind, dedicated to delivering AI breakthroughs just for Google. Historically, these AI projects have addressed large-scale infrastructure, such as saving energy at … [Read more...] about Google: Our new Android P beta shows how AI gives you more battery life
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc’s Google (GOOGL.O) on Monday launched a spinoff of its Android operating system for home appliances and other machines, following mixed results with Android offshoots for cars, smartwatches and televisions. FILE PHOTO: A man walks through light rain in front of the Hey Google booth under construction at the Las Vegas Convention Center in preparation for the 2018 CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Steve Marcus/File Photo ‘Android Things’, which arrives as Google opens its annual conference for developers, could bring its Google Assistant virtual helper to refrigerators and robots and familiar designs to cash registers and vending machines. “The goal is to enable them to be built faster, cheaper and more secure,” said Venkat Rapaka, a product management director at Google. Android derivatives aim to provide users with a consistent interface across devices, while Google and its … [Read more...] about Google launches Android Things for appliances as earlier spinoffs…