ANDROID phone owners are being warned over fake security apps that have a sinister secret. Instead of providing you with proper security benefits, they instead simply serve you ads – to make their creators money. The devious scam was exposed by cybersecurity firm ESET, on its We Live Security blog. Experts tracked down 35 rogue apps on the Google Play Store that are actually "ad slingers". This means they claim to do one job, but actually just dish out advertisements to you. In this case, all of the ads pretended to be security apps, purportedly keeping you safe online. Unsurprisingly, they didn't do the job very well. "In order to stay under the radar, all the shady ad-displaying apps mimic actual mobile security solutions," explained ESET's Lukas Stefanko. "However, their ‘detection mechanisms’ are incomplete and very primitive, which makes them easy to bypass and prone to false positives." For instance, one security app claimed to lock your apps – … [Read more...] about Android phone warning over FAKE security apps in Google Store – avoid these 35 dodgy downloads
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[Update, March 25, 2018, 20:24 Eastern Time]: Facebook has responded to this and other reports regarding the collection of call and SMS data with a blog post that denies Facebook collected call data surreptitiously. The company also writes that it never sells the data and that users are in control of the data uploaded to Facebook. This "fact check" contradicts several details Ars found in analysis of Facebook data downloads and testimony from users who provided the data. More on the Facebook response is appended to the end of the original article below. This past week, a New Zealand man was looking through the data Facebook had collected from him in an archive he had pulled down from the social networking site. While scanning the information Facebook had stored about his contacts, Dylan McKay discovered something distressing: Facebook also had about two years' worth of phone call metadata from his Android phone, including names, phone numbers, and the length of each call made or … [Read more...] about Facebook scraped call, text message data for years from Android phones [Updated]
Smartphones are getting bigger and bigger. So many devices today, especially flagships, now offer displays measuring at least 5.5 inches. Large smartphones have their share of problems. They are not easy to use with one hand and can be difficult to carry around. Some consumers actually still prefer small Android phones. But are there any options left? Actually yes, though it depends on what you’re looking for. Best unlocked Android phones Best cheap Android phones Google Pixel 2 See more Google Pixel 2 photos If you’re in the market for one of the best small Android phones, definitely look at the Pixel 2. Though it is no longer brand new, Google’s 2017 flagship is great at just about everything. The device has a 5-inch OLED 1080p display with a pixel density of 441ppi. It doesn’t have a fancy 18:9 aspect ratio screen or a bezel-less design, but it has front-facing speakers above and below the display. Inside, it comes with a speedy Qualcomm … [Read more...] about Do small Android phones still exist?
We’re now well into the second half of 2018, and Samsung, Sony, HTC, OnePlus, and more have all released some great phones. However, a slew of exciting devices have yet to come out. Let’s take a look at both — the most interesting new smartphones and those heading our way in the hopefully not too distant future. Let’s dive in. New Android smartphones In the first half of this post, we talk about the new Android phones that have been either formally announced or on the market for 90 days or less. In the second part, we turn to our crystal ball and talk about the upcoming Android phones yet to be revealed, pointing out some of the biggest rumors we’ve heard so far. Samsung Galaxy Note 9 The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is finally here! As is the case every time, the latest Galaxy Note was one of the more anticipated releases of the year. Samsung’s certainly delivered once again, with a new device every bit the epitome of a powerhouse.It shares a lot of … [Read more...] about New & upcoming Android phones (October 2018)
FORTNITE is now available to play on all Android phones, after the game's developer Epic released a new beta update of the game. Now Android users who don't own a Samsung Galaxy can also get in on the fun, and all they have to do is go Fortnite's official website. Fortnite: Battle Royale was first made available for Android this August, although only people with Samsung Galaxy smartphones could play it. The game's developer Epic has now put a stop to this injustice though, since it's made the Android Beta version of Fortnite available for download via its website. It can be downloaded by going to fortnite.com/android on any Android smartphone, which will begin installation of the game. Players will then be able to join the fierce battle royales that have made Fortnite such a hit, although since the version is currently in beta they may experience a few niggles along the way. After being released for consoles and PC in September 2017, Fortnite first expanded to smartphones in … [Read more...] about Fortnite now available on EVERY Android phone – here’s how to get it