According to reports published by ThreatFabric, android apps on Google Play Store which stole banking details had more than 300,000 downloads by unsuspecting users. These seemingly harmless apps masqueraded as QR scanners, cryptocurrency wallets, and PDF scanners, and maliciously stole sensitive financial data. User details like passwords, two-factor authentication codes, users’ logged keystrokes, and much more ended up getting stolen by these apps which mainly fall under four families of malware, namely Anatsa, Alien, Hydra, and Ermac. Google has been trying to combat this issue with their introduction of a number of restrictions which are aimed at curbing the distribution of such apps. This, in turn, has prompted the development of ingenious methods of bypassing Google Play Store security restrictions by the minds behind these malwares.Read More
Google has not released monthly Android version distribution numbers since November of 2019. However, the company has been providing the stats to developers through Android Studio. According to the latest distribution numbers, the most popular Android version is not Android 11, with less than 25% of devices running on it. Instead, Android 10, released in September of 2019, takes the top spot with 26.5% of all Android devices running on this version. Android 11 follows in the distribution with 24.2% whereas Android 9 Pie stands at 18.2%.Read More
In May 2021, Google’s YouTube App crossed a whopping 10 billion downloads with the second-highest downloads from India. That is more than the current population of the world, 7.9 billion. Android phones contain a Google suite of Apps one of which is YouTube, which could also be a reason for the high number of downloads.
This has moved apps like Facebook to the second position with 7 billion downloads. With a 1 billion difference, WhatsApp is at 6 billion downloads. Other common apps like Messenger are placed number 4 with 5 billion downloads and last in the top 5 is Instagram with more than 3 billion downloads. While Snapchat and TikTok continue to grow in the number of downloads per day with over 1 billion and 2 billion downloads respectively.
The Apple Music app has some exciting updates and it is all in favor of its Android users. The Lossless Audio and Dolby Atmos are now available on Android phones as well. While Apple recently added these features to its iPadOS, iOS, and MacOS just last month, they soon released them to their Indian audience as well. Apple Music users around the globe can enjoy spatial audio with Dolby Atmos and its live music feel. The addition of these features makes the Music apps for Apple and Android, equal. Another good news is it comes with no special charges on the upgrade. The subscription amount remains the same for regular (Rs.99/month) as well as the student plan (Rs.49/month).
Apple says the upgrade does consume more data for Android users as well, for example, a 3-minute track consumes 6MB and can consume up to 145MB with High-resolution Lossless. Apple has also said to create playlists for the easy use of the customers. The quality of music is described as “a new experience that transforms the way music will be created”.
If rumors are to be believed, WhatsApp is all set to release some new features for iOS. One of the features is that users will now be able to see a large link preview for iOS. This will make it easier for the users to know which links they are viewing and what are they about. This feature has been noticed by WABetaInfo and they have reported that the feature is currently in the development stage and will be soon available to the users.Read More
A new tool is available for Google Maps. This is an Insights tool and this will be keeping track of a user’s movement over a span of time. In this tool, a user’s movement on a month-to-month basis and as per the modes of transport used will be seen. Also, this tool will help the users keep a record of the places they have visited. The Insights tool is already available to some users and it will be available to others soon.Read More
FaceTime comes to Android. Yes, you heard it right. Android and windows can now FaceTime with their iOS user friends. Apple has announced at its WWDC keynote, that FaceTime is going to be available on the web so that all the users having Android phones and Windows PCs can use it. FaceTime was previously exclusive for iOS and Mac devices.Read More
Apple has recently launched its new tracking device called AirTags. This is a Bluetooth device and is compatible with iOS only as of now. But soon, Android users might also be able to use this tracking device.
CNET reported that an Android App will be released using which the users will be able to use the AirTags and thus find their missing devices. It has also been mentioned in the report that more details about the Android app will come up by the end of this year.Read More