Google Adds Search Shortcuts to Its Smartphone App

Google has added search shortcuts to its smartphone app. “Getting up-to-the-minute info is as easy as a single tap. With shortcuts right on the home screen, you now have access to in-depth experiences across sports, eat & drink, entertainment and weather. Need to know whether to bring a raincoat tomorrow? Want the score to last night’s basketball game? Looking for what’s on TV tonight or who’s nominated for best supporting actress? Shortcuts on Google will get you there.”

Naked Security: Researchers find 38 Android devices shipping with pre-installed malware

Naked Security: Researchers find 38 Android devices shipping with pre-installed malware. “SophosLabs cited a rising tide of Android-based attacks in its 2017 Malware Forecast last month, and the problem was further illustrated last week in a report that Windows-based malware was making its way into Android apps during development. And now researchers have discovered another security issue: devices shipping with pre-installed malware.”

How-To Geek: How to Set Up and Use Google Daydream View with Your Android Phone

How-To Geek: How to Set Up and Use Google Daydream View with Your Android Phone. “Mobile virtual reality is the new hotness out right now—phones that users can strap into headsets and get a real, genuine VR experience are a great way to see what VR’s all about without the huge price tag. And when it comes down to it, Google nailed it with Daydream View.”

Google Assistant Coming to More Android Phones

Google is bringing Google Assistant to more Android phones. “Everyone needs a helping hand sometimes. Enter the Google Assistant, which is conversational, personal and helps you get things done—from telling you about your day to taking a selfie. The Assistant is already available on Pixel, Google Home, Google Allo and Android Wear. Now we’re bringing it to even more people. Starting this week, the Google Assistant is coming to smartphones running Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 6.0 Marshmallow.”

ZDNet: Android ransomware attacks have grown by 50 percent in a year

ZDNet: Android ransomware attacks have grown by 50 percent in a year. “Ransomware targeting Android users has increased by over 50 percent in just a year, as cybercriminals increasingly take aim at what they view as an easy ecosystem to penetrate. This, the highest number of attempts to infect Android smartphones and tablets with malicious file-encrypting software so far, comes as users increasingly turn to mobiles as their primary devices, storing more and more valuable data on them.”

WIRED: Android Phone Hacks Could Unlock Millions of Cars

WIRED: Android Phone Hacks Could Unlock Millions of Cars. “IN THE ERA of the connected car, automakers and third-party developers compete to turn smartphones into vehicular remote controls, allowing drivers to locate, lock, and unlock their rides with a screen tap. Some apps even summon cars and trucks in Knight Rider fashion. But phones can be hacked. And when they are, those car-connected features can fall into the hands of hackers, too.”