Google has banned the Chinese app developer 'Do Global' and has started to remove its app from Play Store. The action is taken by Google after a report published by BuzzFeed News which suggested the developer is committing large-scale ad fraud and abusing user permissions. DO Global, which is partly owned by internet giant Baidu with a 34 percent stake, roughly has 100 apps at Play Store. Some of the apps are listed under generic developer names "Pic Tools Group" and "Photo Artist Studio," and did not disclose they were owned by DO Global. It is an infringement of the Play Store policy to disguise ownership information. The search giant reportedly has removed 46 apps of the Chinese developer and remaining apps of the developer will disappear soon. The ad fraud was detected by Check Point Security on the request of BuzzFeed. The Check Point Security found at least six of the Do Global's apps included a code which misled the users into clicking on ads even when they were not using them … [Read more...] about Google removed apps from Play Store for ad-fraud: What should you do?
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More than a dozen Android apps have been detected on Google Play Store that have tricked users installing malware on their phone.Lukas Stefanko, a senior security researcher at ESET, has listed 13 apps, mostly motor simulation games on Play store and all those created by the same cybercriminal Luiz Pinto. They have been reportedly downloaded by users close to 560,000 times and a couple of them are top trending apps.It has come to light that once installed in the device, they never functioned properly and tend to crash whenever the user tried to open the app. And over time, they hide their icon from the view of the user on the mobile screen and at random, asks the user to install in-app application Game Center, which again has no functional purpose. Then unsuspecting users install it and over time, without the consent of the user, it used to install malware in the background to steal sensitive information. Stefanko notified Google and the company has taken swift action by removing all … [Read more...] about Google removes 13 malicious Android apps on Play Store
By Malcolm Owen Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 11:09 am PT (02:09 pm ET) Google will start to charge Android smartphone and tablet producers a licensing fee to include the Google Play Store and other essential apps on devices sold in Europe, as a way to comply with the European Commission's antitrust decision. In response to the regulator's ruling, which saw the search giant fined $5 billion for breaking antitrust rules, Google will be making a number of changes to how it provides its products and services to Android device vendors selling devices in the European Economic Area (EEA). The headline change Google will be making is how it licenses apps, with vendors able to license the Google mobile application suite separately from the Google Search App or the Chrome browser. "Since the pre-installation of Google Search and Chrome together with our other apps helped us fund the development and free distribution of Android, we will introduce a new paid licensing agreement for smartphones … [Read more...] about Google complying with EC ruling by charging Android vendors for Play Store, Google apps
The Play Store, like many other Google apps, is no stranger to server-side UI updates; however, it's pretty rare for Google to be testing multiple changes at once. Currently, Google is not only testing a renamed Entertainment section, but also a different look for the carousel, the removal of the search bar, and a new Google Play Store banner. left: Meh. right: Barf. Let's start off with the renamed Entertainment section. Evidently, Google didn't think the previous name was descriptive enough, so they just crammed all of the categories into one tiny space. It looks alright on phones with lower DPIs, but it looks downright awful on those with higher DPIs. I get the reasoning, but I find it hard to believe that there isn't a better solution. Another change is a revamped carousel for featured items. While the carousel's images used to stretch from left to right and go behind the Google Play search bar and the status bar, the new, smaller images don't. In addition, the … [Read more...] about Google testing numerous UI changes for Play Store, including renamed Entertainment section
The Play Store may be packed with content, but there are some pretty strict rules in place when it comes to the things apps distributed by Google can do, and once in a while those rules are refreshed or tweaked. Starting this month, Google has refined its Developer Program Policies to include limits to call log and SMS permission access, explicit prohibitions against surveillance and "commercial spyware apps," and new Android Contacts API restrictions. The biggest developer-facing change is likely to be the SMS and call log API access restrictions, paired with the planned death of portions of the Contacts Provider API, which goes into effect this coming January 7th. In short, some Call Log and SMS data can only be accessed by apps set as "default" for those actions — though there are exceptions like backup or voicemail apps. For more information about how things will change, be sure to check out the relevant section of the developer documentation, as well as the overall policy … [Read more...] about Google to more closely monitor SMS and phone permissions of apps on Play Store