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Welcome to the 201st edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are your headlines from the last week:

  • Google Duo passed the 100 million downloads mark this week. Google announced that the app has doubled its user base as well. We know it’s not the most popular video chat app. However, the consistent influx of new users may just add up over time. This whole Duo and Allo thing is far from over. For now, it’s a bump in the right direction. Let’s see if it lasts.
  • YouTube TV added ten more cities to its list this week. Some of the cities include Washington D.C., Detroit, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, and Charlotte. This brings the total number of cities up to 15. It’s still not overly impressive. However, it is a start. It’s good to see YouTube TV finally expanding. We’ll see where it opens up next.
  • Amazon is reportedly working on a new chat app. It goes by the name Anytime by Amazon. On the surface, it looks like a good, basic messenger. It’ll have group chats, individual chats, video calling, and more. You’ll also be able to order food, listen to music, and share your location. It looks like it could be competitive if they do it up right.
  • Google’s Play Protect service is officially rolling out. It’ll be available on all Android devices with Google Play Services 11 or better. That should be most phones. This is a unification of many of Android’s and Google Play’s security systems, including Verify Apps and other security features. It should be rolling out right now.
  • RuneScape is apparently coming to Android! The original RuneScape as well as the Old School RuneScape will be available on mobile. The developers also announced that the PC version and mobile versions will be compatible. That means you can play either one with the other one. You can expect the game’s release to be sometime in 2018.

For even more Android apps and games headlines, updates, releases, and more, check out this week’s newsletter by clicking here! There you can find all of the info that we didn’t have space for here, including some new Google Play Store features! You can also use the form below to sign up for the newsletter. We’ll deliver it to you every week! We hear the Android Authority app is pretty good as well.

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iVoomi Me4 and Me5 With 4G VoLTE, Android 7.0 Nougat Launched at Less Than Rs. 4,500

iVoomi Me4 and Me5 With 4G VoLTE, Android 7.0 Nougat Launched at Less Than Rs. 4,500

HIGHLIGHTS

  • iVoomi Me4 is available at Rs. 3,499
  • The Me5 is currently available for Rs. 4,499
  • iVoomi Me5 comes with a 3000mAH battery

Chinese smartphone company iVoomi has launched two new budget smartphones called the iVoomi Me4 and iVoomi Me5 in India. Despite being in the affordable price segment, both the smartphones run Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box, which will be welcomed by the consumers.

iVoomi Me4 and iVoomi Me5 are currently available for purchase vian Flipkart at Rs. 3,499 and Rs. 4,499 respectively. While the iVoomi Me4 comes in Champagne Gold, Black, and Dark Grey colours, iVoomi Me5 is available in Champagne Gold and Black colours only.

Talking first about the specifications of iVoomi Me4, the dual-SIM smartphone sports a 4.5-inch FWVGA (480×854 pixels) display. The smartphone is powered by a quad-core processor clocked at 1.1GHz coupled with 1GB of RAM and Mali T720 GPU. In terms of optics, the Me4 comes with a 5-megapixel rear camera, with LED flash support, and a 5-megapixel shooter at front as well.

The iVoomi Me4 comes with 8GB of built-in storage, which is expandable up to 64GB through microSD card. The connectivity options offered by the smartphone include 4G VoLTE connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It measures 136×66.8×10.2mm and weighs 113 grams. The Me4 houses a 2000mAh battery.

Moving on to the iVoomi Me5, the dual-SIM handset sports a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display. It is powered by a quad-core SC 9832 processor clocked at 1.2GHz coupled with 2GB of RAM. In terms of optics, the smartphone comes with an 8-megapixel primary rear camera, with LED flash support, and a 5-megapixel front camera for taking selfies.

The iVoomi Me5 comes with 16GB of built-in storage, which is expandable via microSD card up to 128GB. The connectivity options offered by the handset include 4G VoLTE connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It measures 145x72x9mm and weighs 130 grams. Notably, the Me5 comes with a large 3000mAh battery.

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iVoomi Me4

iVoomi Me4

Rs. 3,499
Buy
  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS

Display

4.50-inch

Processor

1.1GHz quad-core

Front Camera

5-megapixel

Resolution

480×854 pixels

RAM

1GB

OS

Android 7.0

Storage

8GB

Rear Camera

5-megapixel

Battery Capacity

2000mAh

BUY AT
  • IVooMi Me4 (Champagne Gold, 8GB) – OFFER
    Rs. 3,499
iVoomi Me5

iVoomi Me5

Rs. 4,499
Buy
  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS

Display

5.00-inch

Processor

1.2GHz quad-core

Front Camera

5-megapixel

Resolution

720×1280 pixels

RAM

2GB

OS

Android 7.0

Storage

16GB

Rear Camera

8-megapixel

Battery Capacity

3000mAh

BUY AT
  • IVooMi Me5 (Black, 16GB) – OFFER
    Rs. 4,499
  • IVooMi Me5 (Champagne Gold, 16GB) – OFFER
    Rs. 4,499

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CopyCat Malware Affected Over 14 Million Android Devices: Check Point

CopyCat Malware Affected Over 14 Million Android Devices: Check Point

HIGHLIGHTS

  • CopyCat malware campaign stole ad revenues by installing fraud apps
  • It first infected the Android devices and then tried to root them
  • Google had quelled the CopyCat campaign and lowered the threat

The cyber threats have increasingly grown with time on multitude of platforms such as Android, Linux, and Windows to name a few. Researchers have now found that CopyCat Android malware had affected over 14 million devices last year, succeeding in rooting at least eight million of them. The malware made its way to the devices via malicious apps available inside illegitimate app markets, instead of Google Play, to earn as much as $1.5 million (roughly Rs. 9.6 crores) in fake ad revenues in two months, the researchers said.

A study conducted by Check Point researchers has revealed that the CopyCat malware could seep into the Android devices by harnessing six different vulnerabilities possessed by them, and used a novel technique to generate and steal ad revenues. It infected more than 280,000 Android users in the United States, while its major target was Southeast Asian countries. The CopyCat malware was being spread under a campaign and it used to infect device and subsequently root them, gaining the full control of the smartphone.

The researchers define CopyCat as “a fully developed malware with vast capabilities, including rooting devices, establishing persistency, and injecting code into the Zygote”, which is a primary Android app launching process. After a device is infected by CopyCat, it further holds itself until the device reboots and then it tries to root the device. As an attempt to root the device, the malware uses six vulnerabilities possessed by Android 5.0 Lollipop and earlier versions through an ‘upgrade’ acquired through Amazon Web Service storage. Although the flaws found by researchers was capable enough for earlier Android versions, it could still be persistent in the devices that have not been patched or updated in last two years.

As we said, after it exploits the vulnerabilities of Android, the CopyCat malware starts the malicious code injection process to the Zygote app launching process and then generates illicit revenue by installing apps and further replacing the user’s referrer ID with that of attackers. It additionally starts displaying fraud ads and apps. This kind of a technique was earlier used by the Triada Trojan, which targeted devices to gain superuser privileges before making use of regular Linux debugging tools to embed its DLL and infect mobile browsers.

Talking about the stats, about 26 percent of the CopyCat infected devices showed fraudulent advertisements, while a good 30 percent devices were operated to steal credit for downloading and installing the apps on the device. In addition, the study mentions that the malware also shared the device’s information to CopyCat’s control centres.

Google was able to subdue the impact of the CopyCat malware campaign back when the outbreak happened, gradually reducing the number of affected devices, however devices that haven’t been updated could still be open to attackers. We recommend users stick to official app stores for their app downloads.

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Asus ZenWatch 3 starts receiving support for Android Wear 2.0

Asus ZenWatch 3 starts receiving support for Android Wear 2.0

Well, the smartwatch should have received the update long time back, but it is better late than never. After Google launched the Android Wear 2.0 update, it had announced which smartwatches would be getting the update. Both ZenWatch 2 and 3 were supposed to be upgraded to Android Wear 2.0.

While the ZenWatch 3 has received its due, ZenWatch 2 owners would still have to wait for a while. Hopefully, Asus would release the update for its ZenWatch 2 sometime in August. Anyway, talking about the ZenWatch 3, the Android Wear 2.0 is now available for download. However, you should keep in mind that the roll-out of the update will be done in phases. So if your watch hasn’t received the support for Android Wear 2.0, you should wait for some time.

As per Asus, it will take between 5-7 days before the update hits all the devices. According to a Reddit user, you have to make sure that your ZenWatch 3 is sufficiently charged. Then, you have to open the update screen and keep it active until the pop-up for the Android Wear 2.0 shows. After clicking yes, you need to keep the screen active. He further says that the easiest way to do that is to enable developer mode and disable screen sleep. The update will then start downloading.

To refresh your memory, the Asus ZenWatch 3 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 Soc which is paired with 512MB RAM and 4GB inbuilt storage. It carries a price tag of Rs. 18,999 in India.

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Android Nougat update hits Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom

Android Nougat update hits Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom

The official Asus forum where the information showed up at first also mentions that the update will introduce few more changes. It says that the Zenfone 3 Zoom will also receive portrait mode support, improved performance and bug fixes.

It has also been reported that the latest update for smartphone also brings some major changes to enrich the user experience. These changes include support for RAW file capture, Google Now and Google Assistant built-in to ZenUI launcher, and customizable Quick Settings. Users have also noticed that the update removes some third party apps as well.

Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom was launched in January 2017 and was released in February in China. It wasn’t until May that the Tiwanese smartphone manufacturer made it available in the US.

The smartphone has a dual camera setup and has high-end specifications. It has a big 5000 mAh battery. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdradon 625 paired with 3GB of RAM and has an inbuilt memory of 32 GB.

The highlight of the smartphone is the dual camera setup which comprises of 12-megapixel camera with Sony IMX362 sensor and f/1.7 aperture, and the other 12-megapixel camera featuring 2.3x optical zoom.

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WhatsApp Starts Allowing Sharing of All File Types on Android, iPhone, Windows Phone: Reports

WhatsApp Starts Allowing Sharing of All File Types on Android, iPhone, Windows Phone: Reports

HIGHLIGHTS
Users in Kuwait and Sri Lanka are seeing the support for all file type
The roll out has happened only to select users
WhatsApp will roll out support to everyone soon
WhatsApp has long been used as a medium to share photos, videos, and even Word docs. And for those files that weren’t supported on WhatsApp, users tend to go the long route by uploading them first on the cloud, and then sharing the link for download. There are several other workarounds, including third-party apps, to get your unsupported file from one sender to another, but it appears WhatsApp no longer wants you to use those. The company is said to be testing support for all types of file transfers (including archives) on Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone with a limited number of users, removing any hindrance of file sharing on WhatsApp.

WABetaInfo spotted this roll out, and claims that it’s a phased one. While some users in countries like India, Japan, Kuwait, Sri Lanka have reported that the support has arrived, there are several other users that do not see it still. However, WhatsApp can be expected to roll this feature out to everyone in the due course of time. The file sharing limit is at 128MB on iOS, 64MB on Web, and 100MB on Android, WABetaInfo reports.This new feature will now allow you to share video in a wide variety of formats, MP3 songs, or even APK files for that matter on WhatsApp. As of now, it’s now certain what type of file-checking system WhatsApp has put into place to prevent transfer of malicious or booby-trapped files. The other neat addition noted by the tipster is that with the new sharing feature, WhatsApp also allows you to send uncompressed photos and videos without compromising on resolution, but the ceiling limit is too low for high-quality video clips of sufficient length. Presumably, this cap has been enforced to not overwhelm WhatsApp’s servers with huge files.
WhatsApp is also tipped to be working on a recall feature that allows you to undo a message sent to someone, and is also working on bringing the new Status feature to WhatsApp Web.

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Marshmallow found to be running only on 18.7% of Android devices

With Android 7.0 Nougat preparing a big arrival in the coming weeks, what does last year’s Android 6.0 Marshmallow look like? Well, not so good according to the Android distribution figures posted by Google. It is shown that the late 2015 release of Android is only found on 18.7% of all Android devices out there. This is quite disappointing, especially since it’s been nearly 12 months since the OS was publicly released.

While we don’t have actual numbers, the percentages give us a good idea of the fragmentation in the Android platform. Unsurprisingly, Android 7.0 hasn’t even made it to the list as it is running on less than 0.1% of the devices. This is not much of a surprise as the Nougat update is yet to go official commercially and is only available in beta builds.

Android 4.4 KitKat is still on 27.7% of devices while Android 5.0 and 5.1 collectively make up for 35% of the Android population. It is hoped that devices that are currently running Lollipop will eventually transition into Marshmallow and increase those figures somewhat. But going by the current trend, we don’t see Nougat seeing a lot of marketshare even six months down the line.

While Google is quite prompt with its updates, manufacturers are often lagging behind. This is perhaps the primary cause for so many Android devices being left behind and we hope Google comes up with a solution to this sooner rather than later.

 

 

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Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and Pixel C users can now install Android 7.1 Developer Preview

As is the norm before a commercial release, Google has published the Developer Preview version of Android 7.1 Nougat. For now, this preview build is only compatible with the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and the Pixel C. Since this is meant to be a developer only build, there are bound to be some errors and minor bugs with this build, so it’s not recommended if you use either of these devices as your daily driver.

Android 7.1 is already running on the recently launched Google Pixel and the Pixel XL, but is yet to be made available for the rest of the Nexus family. Although manufacturers are already working on the Android Nougat update, they’re yet to begin development on Android 7.1. This means that upcoming Nougat updates will be Android 7.0 and not 7.1.

This could further dampen the spirits at Google, who have been haunted by the ghosts of fragmentation since the inception of Android. We’re yet to get a detailed understanding of how Google intends to fight this, but things don’t seem to have changed much over the past couple of years.

To be eligible to receive the Android 7.1 dev preview for your compatible devices, you can sign up for Google’s Android Beta Program. The Developer Preview will be sent out to the older Nexus devices soon, but the company has failed to give a provide a date or month.

 

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Nokia 6 Android Phone Launched: Price, Specifications, Release Date, and Moreb

Nokia 6 Android Phone Launched: Price, Specifications, Release Date, and More

Some may say it’s five years too late, but the first Nokia-branded Android phone – if you discount the ill-fated Nokia X series – has finally been launched. The rather unimaginatively named Nokia 6 has been introduced by HMD Global, the new custodians of the Nokia brand

Without any fanfare, HMD Global announced the launch of Nokia 6 via a release on its website, well ahead of the rumoured MWC debut. The Nokia 6 runs Android 7.0 Nougat and it sports a 5.5-inch full-HD display wrapped in 2.5D Gorilla Glass. The smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC alongside 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The Nokia 6 is a dual SIM smartphone that is backed by a 3000mAh non-removable battery.

The unibody Nokia 6 is built using 6000 series aluminium and its home button has an embedded fingerprint scanner. It packs a f/2.0 16-megapixel rear camera with phase detection auto focus and dual-tone flash, as well as an 8-megapixel f/2.0 front camera for selfies. The smartphone also includes Dolby Atmos tech and ‘dual amplifiers’ for louder sound.

There’s no word yet on what software features, if any, the Nokia 6 will offer in an attempt to stand out from the rest of the Android crowd, though HMD Global had previously hinted its Nokia-branded Android phones will offer a near stock experience.

Nokia 6 price in India and release date
Unfortunately for Nokia fans in India, the Nokia 6 is a China-exclusive smartphone that will be available only via JD.com at 1699 CNY (roughly Rs. 16,750) in “in early 2017”.

The company says it has no plans to launch the Nokia 6 in other markets though it confirmed that the “Nokia 6 marks the first step for the Nokia brand into Android smartphones with more to come in H1 2017.”

[Source:- Gadgets360]