Google drops big trace approximately its plans for a new version of android

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The declaration typically takes region inside the summer, but google can also have permit the name slip out early this yr thru its instagram tale which, among a selection of pictures it encouraged customers to screenshot and use as smartphone screensavers to have fun spring, covered an image of popsicles.

The name has been one of the names rumoured to be in consideration, however it’s now not the best P-named candy treat Google has teased users within recent months.

It’s annual i/o convention is now less than a month away, so the answer to this sweet thriller might not be far off being solved.

 

 

 

Months of sweet suspense have come to an end. Android O has a name.

After hints and speculation of just what the “O” in Android O meant, Android Oreo is the official name.

Google announced the final name for Android 8.0 shortly after the eclipse ended in the US via a livestream from New York City.

Android Oreo will begin rolling out to Google’s Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, and Nexus Player in the near future after carrier testing is complete. Other than “soon,” Google did not provide an exact timetable for the release.

Google also announced it has been working with its device partners, and by the end of the year, the following companies will either launch new devices or upgrade existing devices to Android 8.0 Oreo: Essential, General Mobile, HMD Global Home of Nokia Phones, Huawei, HTC, Kyocera, LG, Motorola, Samsung, Sharp, and Sony.

The update includes many refinements and improvements to Android. A new Notification Channel feature will let users decide how intrusive different alerts from apps can be, and a new picture-in-picture mode makes it possible to video chat while multitasking on a device running Android Oreo.

It’s… not the best time to have an Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch on your wrist. Owners are reporting bugs with the wearable software that have either persisted through or appear to be caused by recent updates.

Most notably, Google Assistant is outright broken for some users — it won’t do more than basic internet searches. If you want to control your smart lights or set a timer, you might be out of luck.

The other flaw has been hanging around for a while. Android Wear users have had problems with Android Wear falsely markign recurring reminders as completed, and this was supposed to have been fixed in a patch.

However, users report that they’re still missing reminders — in at least some cases, the patch did nothing. That’s not exactly heartening if you want reminders to take medicine or pay your bills.

In both cases, Google says it’s aware of the issues and is working on fixes. If you’re affected, you shouldn’t have to wait long. As Android Police points out, though, the rash of serious glitches (which includes older issues like an account copying bug) is becoming a lot to bear. The smartwatch market isn’t particularly healthy right now, and that won’t be helped if Android Wear users can’t count on key features working as promised.

Sharp keeps making smartphones with incredible, almost bezel-free displays, and today it’s announcing another one: the Aquos S2.
The S2 looks like the exact average of a flashy phone in 2017. It has a 5.5-inch 2K screen that wraps around the front camera cutout, and the only real bezel is at the bottom of the display, where there’s room for a home button. Home button aside, the phone bears a strong resemblance to the Essential Phone, which was really the first to promote this style — even if it isn’t actually on the market yet.

There is one very weird quirk on the front of the phone, though: look at the top corners of the display. A typical phone would have perfectly square corners. And recently, smartphones have been switching over to slightly rounded corners. But for some reason, Sharp has chosen to cut off the S2’s corners.

Curved display corners are sometimes made by covering up cut-off corners like what Sharp has made — that’s exactly what LG does with the G6, supposedly to make the display more impervious to cracking during a drop. So while Sharp is really offering more display area here by not covering it up, the actual look of it is a bit strange.

On the back, the S2 has a camera unit that looks an awful lot like what everyone is expecting to see on the next iPhone. It’s a dual-camera setup, with two f/1.75 lenses, placed vertically in the corner of the phone with the flash beneath them. That’s not to say that Sharp is borrowing from two unreleased phones, so much as the S2 seems to represent the median of many of this year’s phone trends.

Unlike Essential and the iPhone, though, the S2 is a distinctly midrange device. It comes in two models: the “standard edition” has a Snapdragon 630 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage, and the “high edition” has a Snapdragon 660 processor, 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. Both models have a 3,020mAh battery, a fingerprint sensor, and run Android Nougat. They appear to be on sale in China only, with pricing starting at ¥2499, or about $373 USD.

The fight against malware continues on Android and Google has just made one big step towards giving users more control over their devices when compromised apps are being deployed.

XDA Developers discovered that Android 7.1 ships with a panic mode that is triggered by repeatedly pressing the back button for times in a row. Once this panic mode is activated, the device is brought back to the desktop, closing every app that’s running and bypassing any further locks.

The panic detection system works with a grace time of 0.3 seconds per tap, as Android needs to detect whether the user is indeed trying to activate this feature or only pressing the back button to go to a previous screen or app.

Why such a system makes sense

While at first glance such a panic detection feature does not make much sense, it’s actually one very useful feature that lands just at the right time.

Ransomware is increasing at a super-fast pace, not only on Windows, but also on other platforms, including Android, encrypting files and locking devices until users pay for the decryption key.

Theoretically, Google’s new feature should be able to bypass the lock system that ransomware typically comes with, so by pressing the back button 4 times, users would be capable of going back to the desktop and then removing the app that they believed contains the malware or install security software that could help clean the infection.

What’s important to know is that while the feature is there, it’s not enabled by default and every Android OEM need to activate it on their devices.

Google hasn’t yet announced this feature officially, and there’s a good chance that future forms of malware specifically targeting Android would employ systems that could block the panic detection system. This is why Google should continue developing security features for its mobile operating system, while at the same time trying to block scam apps from reaching Android devices in the first place.

Earlier today, it was discovered that a new Android malware called SpyDealer could compromise devices and allow hackers to spy on users, with capabilities of recording phone calls and taking photos with the camera.

Google is giving more insight into its Android vitals solution announced at Google I/O this year. Android vitals is designed to help developers find and fix bad behaviors, and improve their applications.

“Poor app performance is something that many users have experienced. Think about that last time you experienced an app crashing, failing to respond, or rendering slowly. Consider your reaction when checking the battery usage on your own device, and seeing an app using excessive battery.

When an app performs badly, users notice,” Fergus Hurley, product manager for Google Play, wrote in a post. “Conversely, people consistently reward the best performing apps with better ratings and reviews. This leads to better rankings on Google Play, which helps increase installs. Not only that, but users stay more engaged, and are willing to spend more time and money.”

Developers and engineers can access their vital dashboards through the Google Play Console. The dashboards will provide data about an app’s stability, including ANR rate and crash rate; render time; and battery usage.

According to Google, stability is mentioned in about half of 1-star app reviews on Google Play. Stability issues and crashes can lead to users abandoning the app and lead to bad reviews. Vitals will show the percentage of users who are experiencing crashes.

Render time vitals will show how long an application takes to render in order to help developers provide a smooth user experience.

In addition, well-performing apps should not drain a user’s battery, according to Google. Vitals will show metrics for two common battery drain causes: wakeups and wake locks. Wakeups are caused by alarms and wake locks are caused when the app won’t let a device sleep.

According to Google, it was able to help a leading language learning app, Busuu, improve their Google Play app rating from 4.1 stars to 4.5 stars.

“Performance and stability are directly linked to good ratings on Google Play. Fixing issues and preventing bad behaviors can lead to a better user experience, higher ratings, and more retained installers,” Google wrote.

 

So far, the new security fixes published by Google include 138 bugs, each with its CVE number. 18 of them are tagged as Remote Code Execution (RCE).

The bugs were denominated as such because they stand for vulnerabilities which could be caused by crooks running outside programs. The RCE bugs are used for what players call “drive-by” attacks. These attacks imply that even by just checking your email or a webpage could leave you infected with malware.

The 2017 RCE from the month of July published by Google can be found under the title “Media Framework”. Basically, that stands for flaws into the Android operating system which can be found when displaying images or videos.

These kinds of dangerous bugs have been compared with the 2015 Stagefright bug that the Android operating system had. Both types of bugs use the same operating manner: the bugs do not raise suspicions because most images and videos come embedded in innocent looking web pages or simply MMS messages.

Another RCE bug listed by Google was found in the system’s FTP client (built-in) and it affected all Android versions (from 4.4.4 to 7.1.2.).

According to connoisseurs, the most anticipated bug was the one denominated “Proxiamte attacker”. This bug is an RCE flaw found in the Broadcom Wi-Fi code, only found in equipments that are designed to have certain Broadcom wireless chips. This implies that if a crook happens to be within the Wi-Fi range, they could use booby-trapped network packets which in turn will get a bug into the wireless device.

What about the Broadcom RCE patch?

SO far, the one who discovered the bug has not given any solution but he will present his findings and conclusions in Vegas at the Black Hat conference.

As you might be aware of the fact that Motorola is betting big on the future of modular phones and Moto Mods especially, here comes another news about a new Moto Mod, already launched on June 20.

During a press event in Ghana, West Africa where the company announced the 2016 Moto Z, Moto C, Moto E, and Moto G, Motorola also announced its upcoming Moto 360 Camera Moto-Mod for the Moto Z Smartphones. The event went unnoticed.

The Moto 360 is a 360-degree Camera module with two lenses which gets attached to the 16-pins magnetic connector of the Moto Z. For now, we don’t have any information regarding the specifications and availability of the Moto 360 Camera module.

The Moto 360 Camera Moto Mod is having a white back with a 360-degree camera attached to it, which will allow Moto Z users to take 360-degree videos and Images.

You can watch the launch event here at GhanaWeb TV and Here.

You might have noticed that a new app has been pushed to your device. That app, which takes the place of Google Wallet, is the long-anticipated Android Pay. If you don’t happen to find it on your device (you may not if you never installed Google Wallet), you can easily get it from the Google Play Store.

This new payment app requires Android 4.4 or higher, works with NFC (so you’ll need an NFC-equipped device), and makes it very easy to use your credit or debit card.

Here are the steps to install Android Pay:
1.Open the Google Play Store on your device
2.Search for Android Pay
3.Locate and tap the entry by Google
4.Tap Install
5.Read the permissions listing
6.If the permissions listing is acceptable, tap Accept
7.Allow the installation to complete

If the app is already on your device, you simply need to locate and tap the launcher in the app drawer. When it runs for the first time, it will immediately prompt you to enter a card (Figure A).

Figure A

If you’ve already entered a card in Google Wallet, Android Pay will automatically have access to that information. When you tap the plus sign [+] to add a card, the card from Google Wallet will appear (Figure B). If that’s the card you want to associate with Android Pay, just tap it, and you’re ready to go.

Figure B

Tap that entry, confirm the details of the card (you must have the security code from the back of the card), and then tap continue. Depending on your card, you may have to accept an EULA before the setup is complete. Android Pay will also require you to have a lock screen setup, otherwise you won’t be able to finalize the addition of the card.

To pay with Android Pay, just unlock your device and hold your phone up to the POS terminal. That’s it!

If you didn’t have a card set up in Google Wallet, you’ll have to tap the plus sign [+] from the main screen and then either scan the card with the device camera or enter the details manually.

One of the cool features of Android Pay is the auto redemption of loyalty cards, which works when you use Android Pay in a location that also has an associated loyalty card. This means you won’t have to also scan your loyalty card… Android Pay will automatically apply that to the purchase.

Tell us about your experience using Android Pay. If you haven’t or don’t plan to, what’s keeping you from using it? Leave your comments in the discussion thread below.

Several references have been found in the source code and commit logs for Android 8.0 which indicate that Android O might be finally called Android Oatmeal Cookie. Similar references were also found in slides presented during Google I/O 2017. While Oatmeal Cookie could be just an internal codename being used by Google developers, such speculations are surely fun to look at.

Soon after we got to know that Android N would be called Android Nougat (Android Nutella was fan favorite), people jumped upon Android O and started making predictions. Just in case you’re unable to list few desserts with the name O, we have got an Android O names predictions list to help you out.

Meanwhile, current favorite for Android 8.0 codename is Android Oreo. But, it might not end up making the final cut. A publication named Myce is suggesting that Android O might be called Android Oatmeal Cookie.

In an email sent to Fossbytes, Jan-Willem Aldershoff of Myce.com told us that they’ve found several references in the Android source code, which give a very strong indication that Android 8.0 will be codenamed ‘oatmeal cookie.’

“In the source code we found references to ‘oc-dev’ which is in line with former branch names used by Google,” he added. If you think for a moment, “oc” stands for “oatmeal cookie.”

Added to this development, some weeks back at Google I/O, many Oatmeal References were found in the slides presented during Google I/O 2017.

So, what’s your take on this? Is Oatmeal Cookie just an internal development name? Are you still hopeful for Android Oreo? Share your views with us.