Neowin: Google Play Music shutdown will commence in September

Neowin: Google Play Music shutdown will commence in September. “Google’s push to get Play Music users to transfer to YouTube Music started to get more aggressive in May when it launched a tool to move an entire music library from the old service to the new. That was in preparation for Google’s plan to shutter Play Music later this year. Today, the search giant announced the timeline for the Play Music shutdown.”

OneZero: Google Purged Almost 1,000 Abusive ‘Creeperware’ Apps. Now Some Are Coming Back.

OneZero: Google Purged Almost 1,000 Abusive ‘Creeperware’ Apps. Now Some Are Coming Back.. “In June 2019, a group of cybersecurity researchers notified Google of more than 1,000 potentially malicious apps on the company’s Play Store that can be used to surveil, monitor, and harass users. Their findings, which have not previously been reported, eventually led to one of the largest ever mass removals of Android apps. Less than a year later, there are signs that the ‘creeperware,’ as the researchers called it, is returning.”

The Register: Multi-part Android spyware lurked on Google Play Store for 4 years, posing as a bunch of legit-looking apps

The Register: Multi-part Android spyware lurked on Google Play Store for 4 years, posing as a bunch of legit-looking apps . “A newly uncovered strain of Android spyware lurked on the Google Play Store disguised as cryptocurrency wallet Coinbase, among other things, for up to four years, according to a new report by Bitdefender.”

Neowin: New Google Play policies crack down on background location access and more

Neowin: New Google Play policies crack down on background location access and more. “Google is once again updating its Google Play policies to crack down on malicious app behaviors that could hurt a user’s privacy and safety. Today’s updates focus mostly on three aspects – access to the user’s location in the background, deceitful in-app subscriptions, and manipulated media.”

TechCrunch: Google Play adds a ‘Teacher Approved’ section to its app store

TechCrunch: Google Play adds a ‘Teacher Approved’ section to its app store. “Google today is making it easier for families to find quality educational apps with the addition of a new ‘Teacher Approved’ section to Google Play. All apps found in this section are vetted by a panel of reviewers, including more than 200 teachers across the U.S., and meet Google’s existing requirements for its “Designed for Families” program.”

Neowin: Google Play Movies could offer ad-supported movie streaming for free

Neowin: Google Play Movies could offer ad-supported movie streaming for free. “When it comes to streaming movies, Google Play Movies is nowhere near as popular as Netflix or Prime Video. This is because Google Play Movies is a marketplace where one can rent or buy movies and TV series, while other streaming services follow a subscription model. Google, however, is looking to change things around as it is seemingly planning to offer hundreds of free ad-supported movies through Play Movies.”

BetaNews: Click-fraud malware found lurking in more than 50 Play Store apps

BetaNews: Click-fraud malware found lurking in more than 50 Play Store apps. “Researchers at Check Point have identified an auto-clicker malware family operating inside the Google’s Play Store. Disguised in over 56 applications and downloaded over 1,000,000 times globally, the malware — dubbed ‘Tekya’ — commits mobile ad fraud by imitating the actions of a user, clicking ads and banners from ad agencies like Google’s AdMob, AppLovin’, Facebook, and Unity.”

Hindustan Times: Zoom, the viral video conferencing app, races to the top of Google Play Store

Hindustan Times: Zoom, the viral video conferencing app, races to the top of Google Play Store. “On the Google Play Store (India version), Zoom’s Android app is at the top under the ‘top free’ section. The app is followed by TikTok, UVideo, Aaj Tak, Helo, and Shareit. WhatsApp is at the sixth position of the rankings. Zoom, rated 4 stars on Play Store, has over 50 million downloads. Most downloads have come in the recent weeks.”

Gizmodo: Google Boots InfoWars App Off Play Store Over Bogus Coronavirus Claims

Gizmodo: Google Boots InfoWars App Off Play Store Over Bogus Coronavirus Claims. “Google has finally kicked the Infowars app from its Play Store, the company confirmed to multiple outlets Friday. The tech giant’s app store was one of the last major bastions for conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, as his show (and all the extremist views and tainted supplements it touts) has been booted from nearly every mainstream online platform.”

ZDNet: Spying concerns raised over Iran’s official COVID-19 detection app

ZDNet: Spying concerns raised over Iran’s official COVID-19 detection app . “Google has removed today an Android app from the official Play Store that was developed by the Iranian government to test and keep track of COVID-19 (coronavirus) infections. Before being removed from the Play Store, controversy surrounded the app, and several users accused the Iranian government of using the COVID-19 scare to trick citizens into installing the app and then collecting phone numbers and real-time geo-location data.”

BetaNews: Malicious apps found on Google Play Store despite new App Defense Alliance

BetaNews: Malicious apps found on Google Play Store despite new App Defense Alliance. “Researchers at Check Point have recently found eight malicious apps containing malware on the Google Play app store, despite Google forming the App Defense Alliance in November 2019 to improve security of apps in the store.”

The Verge: Google removes alleged spying app ToTok from the Play Store for a second time

The Verge: Google removes alleged spying app ToTok from the Play Store for a second time. “Google has removed the chat app ToTok, which is allegedly an espionage tool for the United Arab Emirates, from the Play Store for a second time. The app was previously pulled from Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store in December, shortly before The New York Times published a report about it. Google quietly reinstated the app in January. The app appears to have remained unavailable on the App Store.”

The Register: Google burns down more than 500 private-data-stealing, ad-defrauding Chrome extensions installed by 1.7m netizens

The Register: Google burns down more than 500 private-data-stealing, ad-defrauding Chrome extensions installed by 1.7m netizens. “Google has removed more than 500 Chrome extensions in response to a report from a security researcher, who found the browser plugins distributed through the Chrome Web Store facilitated ad fraud and data theft.”

Exclusive: China’s mobile giants to take on Google’s Play store – sources (Reuters)

Reuters: Exclusive: China’s mobile giants to take on Google’s Play store – sources. “China’s Xiaomi, Huawei Technologies, Oppo and Vivo are joining forces to create a platform for developers outside China to upload apps onto all of their app stores simultaneously, in a move analysts say is meant to challenge the dominance of Google’s Play store.”