Google Blog: Read web pages offline with Chrome on Android

Google Blog: Read web pages offline with Chrome on Android. “Last year, we introduced the ability to download any webpage, so you can view the whole page completely offline. More than 45 million web pages are downloaded every week—and today we’re adding improvements to make it even easier to download pages.”

TechCrunch: Google says it removed 700K apps from the Play Store in 2017, up 70% from 2016

TechCrunch: Google says it removed 700K apps from the Play Store in 2017, up 70% from 2016. “The relatively open nature of Android has made it a target for malware authors and other bad actors of all stripes who often try to get their wares onto your phone through both the official Google Play Store, third-party app stores and any other way they can think of. For most users, though, the main Android app store is Google’s own Play Store and as the company announced today, the company removed 700,000 potentially harmful or deceiving apps from its store last year. That’s up 70 percent from 2016.”

Neowin: Google has paid $112,500 as bounty for an Android exploit chain

Neowin: Google has paid $112,500 as bounty for an Android exploit chain. “Back in June 2017, the program received a boost in some of its rewards because, according to Google, ‘every Android release includes more security protections and no researcher has claimed the top reward for an exploit chains in 2 years’. But last Friday the company finally announced the first big reward since those changes for a working Android remote exploit chain.”

Android Users: To Avoid Malware, Ditch Google’s App Store (Wired)

Wired: Android Users: To Avoid Malware, Ditch Google’s App Store. “Yale Privacy Lab is now collaborating with Exodus Privacy to detect and expose trackers with the help of the F-Droid app store. F-Droid is the best substitute for Google Play, because it only offers FOSS apps without tracking, has a strict auditing process, and may be installed on most Android devices without any hassles or restrictions. Of course, it can be used alongside Google Play, as well. It’s true that Google does screen apps submitted to the Play store to filter out malware, but the process is still mostly automated and very quick— too quick to detect Android malware before it’s published, as we’ve seen.”

SC Magazine: 36 malicious apps advertised as security tools spotted in Google Play

SC Magazine: 36 malicious apps advertised as security tools spotted in Google Play. “Trend Micro researchers notified Google that 36 malicious apps on Google Play are posing as security tools. The malicious apps were advertised under names such as Security Defender, Security Keeper, Smart Security, Advanced Boost, and other cyber-security sounding names, but their true purpose was to steal user information and bombard them with ads, according to a 3 January blog post.”

Ubergizmo: Chrome OS Will Soon Let Android Apps Run In The Background

Ubergizmo: Chrome OS Will Soon Let Android Apps Run In The Background. “Recently Google has started to allow Android apps to be run on Chrome OS which means that Chromebook users now have access to more apps than before. However the only downside is that Android apps couldn’t run in the background, meaning that they are paused when the app isn’t in focus. This can be a bit troublesome for some users who might require multiple apps to run at once, but the good news is that this is expected to change.”

CNET: Google’s newest app aims to free up space on your Android phone

CNET: Google’s newest app aims to free up space on your Android phone. “Google has released an app called Files Go that wants to help you free up space on your Android phone, the company announced today on its blog. Some of the features of Files Go include personalized suggestions about which files to delete to make more space available and smart filters that automatically organize the files on your phone.”