Bleeping Computer: Shady reward apps on Google Play amass 20 million downloads

Bleeping Computer: Shady reward apps on Google Play amass 20 million downloads. “The applications promote themselves as health, pedometer, and good habit-building apps, promising to give users random rewards for staying active in their daily lives, reaching distance goals, etc. According to a report by the Dr. Web antivirus, though, the rewards may be impossible to cash out or are only made available partially after forcing users to watch a large number of advertisements.”

TechCrunch: Google to make changes to Android business terms in India after antitrust blow

TechCrunch: Google to make changes to Android business terms in India after antitrust blow. “Google is revising its business agreements with phonemakers and other partners in India and making a series of other changes in the South Asian market to comply with the local antitrust watchdog’s directions in a major shift that could invite regulators in other regions to make similar suggestions.”

TechCrunch: India’s top court rejects Google plea to block Android antitrust ruling in major blow

TechCrunch: India’s top court rejects Google plea to block Android antitrust ruling in major blow. “Google has been dealt a significant blow in one of its key overseas markets. India’s Supreme Court on Thursday declined to block an antitrust order that requires the Android-maker to make a series of changes that could topple its financial viability.”

WION: Android phones to become expensive in India? Google refuses to pay fine over anti-competitive practices claims

WION: Android phones to become expensive in India? Google refuses to pay fine over anti-competitive practices claims. “Google issued a warning over Android phones stating that smartphones will become more expensive in India because of the Competition Commission of India’s (CCI) latest ruling. It is said that the costs might increase for app developers, equipment makers, and eventually consumers.”

The Verge: Google’s bringing new features to older versions of Android

The Verge: Google’s bringing new features to older versions of Android. “Google is taking another shot at bringing new features to phones that haven’t gotten OS updates in years. It’s releasing something called the ‘Extension Software Developer Kit,’ which should let developers use features like Android 13’s new photo picker in apps running on some versions of Android 11 and 12.”

Engadget: At CES 2023, Google showed up as an automotive company

Engadget: At CES 2023, Google showed up as an automotive company. “At CES 2023, the company shared that it’s working with Spotify to integrate the Connect streaming tool into the Android UI. It also teased a preview of an audio handoff feature that would suggest different devices to move your music onto depending on your habits and where you are. But CES is a big car show, and Google also has products for automobiles.”

SlashGear: How To Use An Old Android Phone As A Digital Photo Frame

SlashGear: How To Use An Old Android Phone As A Digital Photo Frame. “When you have an old Android phone, you typically hand it down to a younger relative, sell it, or trade it in somewhere so it won’t add to the pile of growing electronic waste around the world. But what if your phone’s really ancient and no one wants to use it anymore? No, don’t just put it back inside your drawer. Instead of letting it collect dust, you can repurpose it as a digital picture frame.”

Engadget: Google says Google and other Android manufacturers haven’t patched security flaws

Engadget: Google says Google and other Android manufacturers haven’t patched security flaws. “Google has disclosed several security flaws for phones that have Mali GPUs, such as those with Exynos SoCs. The company’s Project Zero team says it flagged the problems to ARM (which designs the GPUs) back in the summer. ARM resolved the issues on its end in July and August. However, smartphone manufacturers including Samsung, Xiaomi, Oppo and Google itself hadn’t deployed patches to fix the vulnerabilities as of earlier this week, Project Zero said.”

WIRED: How to Declutter Your Home Screen

WIRED: How to Declutter Your Home Screen. “The home screen of your Android phone or iPhone probably shows evidence of this growing clutter: apps you forgot about, widgets you barely use, and shortcuts you’re not 100 percent sure about the origin of. Mobile home screens aren’t unlike the desktop screens of Windows and macOS computers, with a tendency to attract all kinds of digital detritus that builds up over time. With that in mind, it’s worth committing yourself to some regular home screen decluttering.”

Bleeping Computer: Malicious Android apps with 1M+ installs found on Google Play

Bleeping Computer: Malicious Android apps with 1M+ installs found on Google Play. “A set of four malicious applications currently available in Google Play, the official store for the Android system, are directing users sites that steal sensitive information or generate ‘pay-per-click’ revenue for the operators. Some of these sites offer victims to download fake security tools or updates, to trick users into installing the malicious files manually.”