Recently a security research team at ThreatFabric discovered a new Android malware that could target a list of multiple apps that requires user credentials to login including social, communication, and dating apps. The malware is called Black Rock. It is a banking Trojan - derived from the code of the existing Xerxes malware that is a known strain of the LokiBot Android trojan.
However, despite being derived from a banking Trojan, the malicious code seems to have more interest in non-financial apps than the banking apps. It pretends to be a simple Google update, and ask for permission to update the apps. Though after getting into the system, it hides its icon from the app gallery and moves the bad actors while being staying in the back.
The team found this malicious code in May, but they kept working to study it. As per the analyst team, the code can do far more than just stealing your user's login information. It can save and forward the credit card information as well. Although, it may sound like a regular malware, so far, it has acquired the ability to attack 337 apps, which is significantly higher than any of the already known malicious code. "Those ‘new' targets are mostly not related to financial institutions and are overlayed to steal credit card details," the team at ThreatFabric said in a blog post.
He malware is designed in such a way that it can overlay attacks, send, spam, and steal SMS messages. It can also lock the victim app in the launcher activity. By acting as a keylogger, it can record every key being hit and could help the hacker to gather all the information he needed. Furthermore, they have found that due to its unique nature, it can deflect the usage of antivirus software such as Avast, AVG, BitDefender, Eset, Trend Micro, Kaspersky, or McAfee.
To get Android 11, you will need to sign in to your Google Account and see if your device is getting the download. Google rolled out Android 11 in an online event and not many devices have caught up the latest OS yet. If your phone is eligible, you need to enroll and check for the update. It should arrive at your device within a few minutes. Here is the list of steps you need to follow to install the Android beta program at your device.
- Visit google.com/android/beta to sign-up for the Android Beta Program.
- Sign in to your Google account when prompted.
- Your eligible devices will be listed on the next page.
- Click to enroll in the Beta Program.
- Go to Settings > System > Advanced > System Update to check for available downloads
Android 11 is mainly focused on communication, better control, and privacy features. It completely redesigned the notification system, a new power menu, and several other smaller features. With Android 11 you get a dedicated conversation section in the notification shade right under the settings. These notifications can include messages from the chat app, texts, and Facebook apps.
In Android 11, you can tap a button on a conversation notification to bubble it. Your conversation will remain on your screen regardless of the current activity. You can move the chat bubble around or keep bubbles on top of each other like a stack of books without getting out of the other apps. Google also introduced the upcoming OS with 62 new characters, as well as 55 skin tone and gender variants. The new emojis are not yet available and will be rolled down with the other two more betas on the way.
Google officially announced the firs Android 11 beta yesterday. This means the end of the developer preview cycle and the beginning of the beta cycle, which is pre-requisite software before the stable launch. Usually, Google has a big unveiling event to announce something like that. However, the COVID-19 situation is changing in the tech industry just like it is changing the whole world. Instead of delaying it, Google decided to go for an online-only event instead, but then those plans were also squashed by the ongoing protests of the black community to the death of George.
Now, Google simply launched the Android 11 beta along with some informational videos and content. The company says that this will allow people to consume at your own pace when the time is right for you. It's not as glorious as having a big Google event, but it is the best Company could come in amid several bad conditions.
So, what's new in Android 11?
So far, there doesn't appear to be too much difference between the previous Android 11 DP4 and today's Android 11 beta. We are currently getting the beta installed on our own devices and will be able to investigate any new features and goodies Google may have introduced. For now, though, all we have to go on is Google's announcement, and there's nothing there that we haven't already seen.
You can check out our running roundup of the newest Android 11 features on the way, but the biggest changes will be easier access to conversation notifications, enhanced user privacy and security options, and better control over the other devices you usually connect to your phone.
Now, the bad news is you can't install it on your non-pixel device yet. Unfortunately, the new Android 11 beta isn't yet compatible with any other device than Google Pixel. The new beta will work on the most recent pixel device only. This is a major shift from the tradition where we see dozens of other phones offer beta support for Android beta versions.
If you're looking for a new phone, you're probably choosing between an Android and an iPhone. There's no denying that both of these options are amazing. They have great and useful features, as well as impressive specifications. Although some die-hard Apple fans claim there is nothing better than the iPhone, most people wouldn't agree. Android phones sell a significantly higher number of smartphones compared to Apple's sales of the iPhone. Here are 5 reasons why Android is better than iPhone.
You Have More Options to Choose From
There are so many different choices you can make when buying an Android phone. You can easily find one that suits you. For instance, if a camera is important to you and you want to have a 4K resolutions screen, simply find the model that has those features. It doesn't matter if you prefer smaller or bigger phones, there are plenty of models to choose from. It's also worth noting that Android devices span all price ranges. This is different from the expensive iPhone devices that most people don't want to spend so much money on, especially when they can get a good smartphone that fits their needs at a significantly lower price.
The Maps Are Better
Many iPhone users actually download Google Maps to use it instead of the pre-installed app on their phones. Both Google Maps and Apple Maps basically share the same features. You can use it for step-by-step navigation, checking the traffic on specific routes in real time, and download the map so that you can use it even when you don't have access to internet. The two apps might look similar on paper, but Google Maps is the obvious winner here. When you search for a destination on Google Maps, you can see a website address, opening and closing hours of a shop, and you can even call them from the application. On the other hand, Apple Maps doesn't share these features and offers less information.
Siri is no Match for Google Assistant
Google's intelligent assistant is superior compared to Siri. If you're the type of person who loves using your AI assistant to search for information on the internet, you'd prefer Google's product. Siri has a higher risk of making mistakes, which can be quite annoying and cause you to forget what you wanted to search in the first place.
It's only right to say that Siri can outperform Google Assistant in some areas. It's the only assistant that can make emergency calls. It also does a great job of reading text messages and emails for you. On top of that, you can integrate it with apps like WhatsApp and Viber. Meanwhile, Google Assistant is better at giving directions, online shopping, ordering food, and voice recognition.
When it comes to intelligent assistants, it's clear there are more pros than cons in Android phones. This is why we say it can be both your pride and prejudice. By the way, in case you occasionally have to write a Pride and Prejudice essay, you can, for example, even use the digital voice assistant. Also you can use Google Assistant to find free samples of essays about pride and prejudice and use them for inspiration. For example, you know a lot about this topic and a fellow student needs help, then you can use the AI to quickly offer assistance.
The Volume Control Offers More Flexibility
Let's say that you want to set a particular ringer volume on your iPhone. You can do this by going into the settings and choosing the exact volume independently of other sounds. When you're done doing this, you won't have the option to control volume unless you go into the Settings. You can completely silence the ringing, but buttons on the side of the phone for adjusting volume will only work on apps and system sounds. Android offers more flexibility for volume control and allows you to easily adjust the settings for alarms, notifications, ringtones, media, and calls.
Android power-saving modes are very customizable and most models have a longer battery life than iPhones. Although not every Android phone is like this, there are definitely some smartphones that can work longer on a single charge compared to any iPhone. No matter which phone you choose, know that you'll get an incredibly fast charger.
Apple definitely has more die-hard fans that are very vocal about their love for the iPhone. However, behind all that glamour is a device that simply isn't worth the money. Not when you have many different superior smartphones running on the Android operating system.
Developers released some great apps for Android users in the year 2019. These releases span on a multitude of categories. In this article, we will see the best 5 Android apps from 2019.
Adobe Premiere Rush
It is a video editor by Adobe. The app boasts a near-professional experience with full video editing capabilities with a multi-track timeline. It has various templates for mobile videos. It doesn't have everything like the desktop version of Premiere Pro, but this app is enough for the mobile video needs.
Calendar Widget by Home Agenda
The app has an extensive list of features, themes, and layouts, to group events together and various other customization options. The design of the app and widget is super clean and works in over half a dozen languages.
The mint browser is a good mobile browser. It hits all the basic requirements like low storage needs, night mode, incognito mode. The data saver mode just blocks ads and restricts image loads in articles. It isn't competing with Google Chrome or Firefox but if you are looking for something lightweight and functional, this is a great app.
The app is free for right now. It does the basic email, snooze email, schedule email, and reminders just like inbox by Gmail. Some other features include pinning emails, undo sent email, and a decent email search. It can also work with other email clients like Gmail or Outlook.
Xbox Game Streaming
Google launched Stadia this year, and its major rivals choose mobile streaming. Microsoft and Stream launched its game streaming apps this year. Both apps do almost the same thing. You can play your PC games or Xbox games on your device. Unlike Stadia, these apps are using your existing hardware to play the game and your local area network to play the games on your mobile phone. These could be excellent alternatives to Google Stadia.