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As it turns out, the Play Store isn't as safe as you may think and eZanga claims there are literally hundreds of malicious apps on the Play Store which may harm your phones to varying degrees depending on the particular app and how you sue it. The worst part is that these apps are hard to detect as they do not fit the traditional description of an Android malware. Their malicious activities range from draining the battery and your monthly data plan to collecting information about you and making advertisers pay more than they should by making use of fraudulent accounts. Perhaps the biggest threat which these apps hold is the fact that they can in the future, start selling information that they are now collecting from users unethically.



As eZanga has already plans of informing Google officially in details about the growing problem, hopefully Google will be able to sort this mess out. In the meanwhile, you can stay safe by simply making sure that you do not download any poorly rated app from a shady developer. Also, installing a trusted antimalware software may not be a bad idea. To read more about it, check the original news at Android Authority.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



What is it?


EaseUS MobiSaver for Android is a software suit that basically allows the user to perform two main functions; backing up present data and recovering lost data from any Android smartphone or tablet. It needs to be downloaded and installed onto a Windows computer to function and can be used to recover images, videos, documents and even messages that can no longer be accessed or even seen on the concerned Android device.


When Do You Need It?


We spend more time on our phones these days than on computers so it is only natural for them to hold most of our essential data. This is where EaseUS MobiSaver comes in by allowing you the chance to save that data before it's lost or deleted accidentally. However, the software becomes a lifesaver in cases where the unthinkable has already happened and something important has been accidentally deleted from your smartphone or tablet. The comprehensive but easy to use data recovery system in MobiSaver permits recovery of data even when the loss is the result of a rooting attempt gone wrong.


How to Use It?


Using the EaseUS MobiSaver is pretty simple; just follow the step by step guide below.


1. Download and install the software first.


2. Connect the Android device with your Windows computer via USB.


3. Wait till the software detects the Android device. It may take more than one attempt unfortunately.


4. As soon as the software detects the Android device, the scan for deleted content should begin automatically.


5. At the end of the scan, the interface window will show you the deleted files which it managed to locate on the device.


6. Now, you will get a well organized preview of all the deleted files that MobiSaver has located for you.


7. Select all the files or only the ones you need from the list and click on Recover.


8. A new window will pop up now, asking you the location where you want the recovered files to be stored on your PC.


How Well does it Work?


Personally, we found EaseUS MobiSaver was able to detect quite a few deleted files during the testing, so yes, it is useful. However, as is the thing with every other recovery software out there, the more recent the file is, the higher are the chances of it being found. This is simply because of the fact that if you wait too long, the disk sectors maybe overwritten by other content until there's no trace left of it anywhere. Also, root access might be necessary for the software to function at its peak capacity.


Should You Get It?


As it's free to download and use, we recommend that you give it a try to see if MobiSaver can recover at least some of the stuff that you lost. In fact, if you have the need for an Android recovery tool right now, we recommend you try it as soon as you can, because as explained earlier, the faster you do it, the more successful the recovery will be.



Although it's not often that we hear about Windows malware affecting Android apps, apparently, it is happening to 132 applications which were available on the Play Store. According to Palo Alto Networks security firm, all of these apps have Indonesian developers. Having said that, they also assured that in spite of the apps originating from the same geographical area, the developers are most likely not connected with each other. In fact, it is very likely that the developers are not even aware of the malware and were being victimized themselves.


The malicious code within the applications are in the form of HTML documents hidden inside other HTML documents; hailed as "tiny hidden IFrames." These documents are responsible for linking out to established harmful domains from inside the applications. If you are wondering what harm these could cause, Palo Alto explains that the malware can be used to, "modify the app's internal logic, i.e., adding rooting utility, declaring additional permissions, or dropping malicious APK file, to escalate their capabilities."


The good news is that Google has already removed these potentially harmful apps from the Play Store now.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



By now, we all know that not all smartphones are created equal. If there's something that sets Android devices head and shoulders above some of their competitors, it's the possibility to customize them to no end. And one of the best ways to personalize your Android experience is through the proverbial lens of a new launcher.


The launcher market is constantly growing as more and more users look for different ways to personalize their Android devices, and more developers creating apps to answer those needs. To be clear, most manufacturers pre-install their own launchers on the Android devices they produce. It's the reason a Samsung phone looks different from an LG, for example. Obviously, that does not have to be the be all and end all of the way in which you phone looks and functions.


Through the use of a launcher app, you can customize your phone with new animations and graphics, and get new features like gestures and widgets. If you're really looking to change the look and feel of your Android device, you can even get a launcher that completely changes the user interface.


How does a launcher work?


The Android operating system uses an interface app to display the entire user interface when you access the home screen on your phone, tablet, or even wearable. Once installed, an Android launcher will replace the standard interface app, changing things like the home screen and the app drawer. It can also become more intuitive and bring your most used apps front and center, but more on that later.


Although both provide personalization options, launcher apps should not be confused with custom ROMs. While you only need to download and install a launcher on your device in order to use it, a custom ROM requires you to root your device. The main difference between a launcher and a custom ROM is that ROMs offer deeper system changes than mere user interface tweaks. However, since rooting your Android might end up causing more damage to a device than it's worth, most users prefer sticking to softer means of personalization.


Launchers allow you to have customization at your fingertips, without the anxiety of possibly causing serious damage to your device.


Why should you use one?


Pretty much all launchers fall in two categories: design or smart.


As the name suggests, a design launcher is created to break free of some of the design limitations your Android device might have, and bring focus to what the user interface looks and feels like. From simple, slick designs, to more intricate ones, the sky's the limit with design launchers. You can also add new custom gestures and icons to further personalize your device. All in all, a design launcher gives you a myriad of customization options for your device's UI, allowing you to basically have the last say on what your device looks like.


Meanwhile, a smart launcher goes beyond design and adapts to how you use your device. It ‘looks' at which apps you use to make them more accessible for you, basically ‘learning' what your priorities are. Depending on what kind of information you provide a smart launcher, you can even see different apps on your home screen depending on the day of the week or time of day. This is all meant to make life easier and create a uniquely customized Android experience.


If you really want a launcher that combines the both categories, smart and design, you should try Redraw Keyboard.


So, there you have it. Whether you're looking to ‘redesign' your phone, tablet or wearable, or make your device a little more intuitive, launchers have you covered on all fronts. All you need to do now is explore the market and find one that best suits your needs!



Surveys indicate that about 1.3% of all devices running Android are still running Gingerbread on them and if you are one of those users, it's REALLY time to upgrade. Google has officially declared that all support for Android 2.3.x devices will be discontinued from 2017, as soon as they launch the next version of the Play Services (v10.2).


What this means is that your device will neither be able to load any of the Google Play service applications, nor will it get any updates to the existing apps on it. The minimum OS requirement for availing the Google apps and services will shift to Android 4.0.1 Ice Cream Sandwich, post the launch of Play Services version 10.2 next year.


According to Google, "Version 10.0.0 of the Google Play services client libraries, as well as the Firebase client libraries for Android, will be the last version of these libraries that support Android API level 9 (Android 2.3, Gingerbread). The next scheduled release of these libraries, version 10.2.0, will increase the minimum supported API level from 9 to 14 (Android 4.0.1, Ice Cream Sandwich). This change will happen in early 2017."


"The Gingerbread platform is almost six years old. Many Android developers have already discontinued support for Gingerbread in their apps. This helps them build better apps that make use of the newer capabilities of the Android platform. For us, the situation is the same. By making this change, we will be able to provide a more robust collection of tools for Android developers with greater speed."


I would suggest that you upgrade to a very minimum of Android Lollipop 5.1.1 or preferably Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 when you do, because Ice Cream Sandwich is sure to be cut out soon as well.


Head over to http://forum.youmobile.org/downloads/ to find all the latest updates for your smartphone.


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