A Simple Way to Make It Harder for Mobile Ads to Track You

A Simple Way to Make It Harder for Mobile Ads to Track You

Both Android and iOS force apps to use a special "ad ID" for tracking smartphones, which gets linked to whatever data marketers collect from you.

GM's Search for In-Car Tech Lands on Google

GM's Search for In-Car Tech Lands on Google

Sign up here !Android Auto and Apple Carplay, which let drivers project their phone’s interface onto the center screen, are each available in more than 400 car models globally; many offer both systems.

Why 'Zero Day' Android Hacking Now Costs More Than iOS Attacks

Why 'Zero Day' Android Hacking Now Costs More Than iOS Attacks

Shwartz says that a web-based attack that targets a high-end Android phone can now sell for more than $2 million non-exclusively, meaning that the researcher can sell it for that price to multiple buyers.

Huawei's HarmonyOS Is No Android Replacement

Huawei's HarmonyOS Is No Android Replacement

Huawei's Richard Yu talked up HarmonyOS' wide-ranging potential at the company's recent developer conference in Dongguan, China.#Huawei #android #China #operating systems #smartphones.

Adware Is the Malware You Should Actually Be Worried About

Adware Is the Malware You Should Actually Be Worried About

Distributed largely through the third-party Android app store 9Apps, the adware was originally a more clunky, obvious type of malware that masqueraded as legitimate apps but asked for a suspicious number of device permissions to run and displayed a lot of intrusive ads.

'Harry Potter: Wizards Unite' Isn’t the Next 'Pokémon Go.' Good

'Harry Potter: Wizards Unite' Isn’t the Next 'Pokémon Go.' Good

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is currently the most downloaded free game on both Android and iOS. It’s not even the best-performing Harry Potter game in recent memory: A decidedly non-AR entry called Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery racked up seven times as much revenue as Wizards Unite in its first four days after launch, when you compare the same markets.

How Huawei Might Handle the Latest US Sanctions

How Huawei Might Handle the Latest US Sanctions

On Monday, the US government agreed to a 90-day exception to the export restrictions that allow Huawei to deal with US companies to support existing products. Even without the 90-day exemption, Huawei will still be able to use Google's open source Android operating system for its phones.

Gadget Lab Podcast: Breaking Down Microsoft Build and Google I/O

Gadget Lab Podcast: Breaking Down Microsoft Build and Google I/O

You can also download an app like Overcast or Pocket Casts and search for Gadget Lab. If you use Android, find us in the Google Play Music app by tapping here.

Microsoft’s Satya Nadella Throws the Doors Open Ahead of Build

Microsoft’s Satya Nadella Throws the Doors Open Ahead of Build

Not only that it has changed, but that Microsoft has evolved its strategy during a time when some of its top competitors are selling you on software that locks you in—platforms that are so closed that “AOL will feel like a very open world compared to the kind of worlds that both Android and iOS have built,” Nadella says.

How Android Fought an Epic Botnet—and Won

How Android Fought an Epic Botnet—and Won

Google Play Protect , which helps weed out bogus Android apps, has been increasingly able to detect when Chamois is running on a device and disable it.

Hacker Eva Galperin Has a Plan to Eradicate Stalkerware

Hacker Eva Galperin Has a Plan to Eradicate Stalkerware

Ahead of her talk, Galperin has notched her first win: Russian security firm Kaspersky announced today that it will make a significant change to how its antivirus software treats stalkerware on Android phones, where it's far more common than on iPhones.

Google Play Store’s Malware Problem, and More Security News This Week

Google Play Store’s Malware Problem, and More Security News This Week

Security News This Week: Google Play Store Has a Malware Problem. Working together with security researchers, a Motherboard investigation found that more than 20 Android apps in the Google Play Store were actually spyware that may have been developed for the Italian government.

Your Facebook Password Isn’t Safe. Neither Is Your Android Phone

Your Facebook Password Isn’t Safe. Neither Is Your Android Phone

Change your Facebook password. Facebook acknowledged a bug that caused hundreds of millions of user passwords (dating back to 2012) for both Facebook and Instagram to be stored as readable text internally.

An Android Vulnerability Went Unfixed for Over Five Years

An Android Vulnerability Went Unfixed for Over Five Years

But Toshin points out that attackers could also use the bug to gain inappropriate device access by tricking users into clicking a malicious link that would then open through Android's Instant App feature.

Most Android Antivirus Apps Are Garbage

Most Android Antivirus Apps Are Garbage

In a survey of 250 antivirus apps found in the Google Play Store, only 80 demonstrated basic competence at their jobs by detecting 30 percent or more of the 2,000 malicious apps AV-Comparatives threw at them.

Twitter Debuts an In-App Camera Function

Twitter Debuts an In-App Camera Function

Twitter Debuts an In-App Camera Function Sam Mellish/Getty Images It’s a famous origin story, and one you probably already know. Starting today and rolling out over the next week or so, users of the Twitter app on iOS and Android will be able to take and post photos using an in-app camera.

Android Is Helping Kill Passwords on a Billion Devices

Android Is Helping Kill Passwords on a Billion Devices

Google's Brand points out that under FIDO2, developers will even be able to streamline their mobile browser and local app sign-in infrastructure so a user can set up password-less login on the web, and have that same easy authentication step carry over to the service's app or vice versa.

10 Android Phone Deals, and Our Favorite Bargains This Week

10 Android Phone Deals, and Our Favorite Bargains This Week

10 Android Phone Deals, and Our Favorite Bargains This Week Smartphone season started early this year. Samsung showed off five new Galaxy phones, including three Galaxy S10 models available for preorder right now.

Android Users: Check This Facebook Location Privacy Setting ASAP

Android Users: Check This Facebook Location Privacy Setting ASAP

(If you already had Location History turned off, nothing changes.) Facebook will also be inserting a notice into your News Feed to alert you to the change and offering a link to manage settings.

Google's Making It Easier to Encrypt Even Cheap Android Phones

Google's Making It Easier to Encrypt Even Cheap Android Phones

"The design is solid, based on trusted components, and likely to adequately protect users of the products integrating this new algorithm." The Google researchers says that they are confident in Adiantum's integrity, and they hope it will help call attention to the importance of storage encryption for IoT and other low-resource devices.

5 Questions Congress Should Ask Google's Sundar Pichai

5 Questions Congress Should Ask Google's Sundar Pichai

At the time, Google's support page claimed that "With Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored." After the AP report was published, the company updated the language to say, "Your settings for other location services on your device, like Google Location Services and Find My Device, are not changed." This impacts Android users and iPhone users who have the Google Maps app.Google said it collects this data to "improve people’s experience" and allows people to delete this history whenever they want.

8 Best Cheap iPhones and Android Smartphones ($180-$550)

8 Best Cheap iPhones and Android Smartphones ($180-$550)

This phone already has Android Pie and should get bimonthly security updates.Our only real complaints were that the camera has a few quirks, it lacks a headphone jack (like many phones), and the snazzy glass-backed design makes this phone more delicate—though it comes with a case in the box.

Google Fi for iPhones: Fewer Features, Lower Prices

Google Fi for iPhones: Fewer Features, Lower Prices

It also leaves out some important secondary features, like visual voicemail, calls and texts over Wi-Fi, automated spam detection, and international tethering.Similarly, Android smartphones that aren't built specifically for Google Fi—so anything other than Pixels and those LG and Motorola handsets—won't be able to seamlessly switch between, say, T-Mobile and Sprint, or between Wi-Fi and cellular.

Lenovo's Yoga Book C930 Redefines a Travel Laptop

Lenovo's Yoga Book C930 Redefines a Travel Laptop

At the same time, Lenovo—which has managed to expand its image beyond that of a strictly-enterprise laptop maker over the past several years—deserves credit for experimenting once again.Lenovo says the Windows version of the 2016 Yoga Book sold much better than the Android version did; as a result, this new Yoga Book (with the forgettable name C930) will ship only as a Windows 10 device.