BetaNews: Free online service tests mobile app security and privacy. “When you download a mobile app you sometimes get more than you bargained for, Uber’s app that tracked iPhone users for example. It can be hard to know exactly what apps on your phone are up to. Now though, application security testing company High-Tech Bridge is launching a free ‘Mobile X-Ray’ service for developers that analyses native and hybrid iOS and Android apps and detects the most common weakness and vulnerabilities.”
The Verge: Google’s new app lets parents turn old Android tablets into kid-friendly devices. “Google’s Family Link app lets parents hand down their old Android gadgets to their kids without worrying about what they could end up downloading from the Play Store or finding online. They just have to create a Google account for their kids and download the app, which went public today.”
ZDNet: This new app can detect wireless credit card skimmers at gas pumps. “Credit card skimmers on gas pumps and ATMs are more common than you think — and anyone (including yours truly) can get hit by them. Now, there’s an app that might just stop you from getting stung in the future. The app, currently only available for Android, works by looking for a Bluetooth module nearby that’s commonly used in modern credit card skimmers.” Very cool!
Wired: How Malware Keeps Sneaking Past Google Play’s Defenses. “THE STANDARD ADVICE for Android users to avoid downloading malicious apps is simple: Only get apps from the official Google Play Store. Unlike third-party app stores that are generally difficult to vet and validate, Google Play has built-in mechanisms to screen every app for malware, ransomware, and assorted sketchiness. So why, then, has so much malware slipped through lately?”
CBR: Android users warned of security risk to versions older than Oreo. “Android users running on an operating system version older than Oreo have been warned of an attack capable taking control of devices if patching is not carried out soon. This threat is an overlay attack, and it works by cloaking itself beneath a fake screen to trick the user into activating the malicious process being carried out.”
The Next Web: Xiaomi teams up with Google on the $234 Mi A1, its first Android One phone. “The juicy report that did last month is true: Xiaomi has indeed partnered with Google for its next phone, an Android One handset dubbed the Mi A1 that’s priced at Rs. 15,000 ($234) and will be available across Asia, Europe, and Mexico later this month.”
eWeek: Google Releases SDK to Let Developers Add AR Features to Android Apps. “Google has released a preview version of a new software development kit that will let developers add augmented reality capabilities to existing and upcoming Android applications.”