When it comes to app stores, Google Play and Apple’s App Store are two of the most dominant in the world, but it appears that the place for Android apps is not generating as much revenues as its iOS equivalent. According to a report recently released by Sensor Tower, Android mobile users based in the United States on average are spending 33 percent less on Google Play as compared to iOS mobile users are doing on the App Store. Interestingly, the market research firm’s report shows that Android users are downloading more mobile apps for every handset, an average of 42 from Google Play in 2016.
A new malware called Viking Horde has started to infect various devices that run on Google’s Android mobile operating system. According to a research team at Check Point, Viking Horde has already attacked a number of mobile apps at the Google Play store, including Viking Jump, Parrot Copter, Memory Booster, Simple 2048, and WiFi Plus.
So what exactly does happen to Android smartphones and tablet devices that are attacked by Viking Horde? For starters, they become a part of a botnet, a network of handsets that hackers can control, specifically in completing particular tasks without the knowledge and consent of the owners of the devices.
Apparently, Google has decided to change its mind regarding ad blocking mobile apps on its Google Play store. Not a week ago, the tech giant had begun taking out ad blockers from Google Play, including titles such as Adblock Fast. For some apps that did not get banned, Google declined their updates, like what happened to Crystal. But after an appeal was made by Rocketship, the creators of the Adblock Fast, Google appears to have lifted the ban.
Several days ago, Samsung had updated its own browser for mobile devices, the Samsung Internet Browser, by starting to roll out support for ad blocking. This quickly created a sort of domino effect in which various third party developers began to launch their own ad blocking mobile apps that also work with Samsung’s mobile browser. But apparently, these ad blocking apps are now being removed by Google from the Google Play store, with their updates being refused. It looks like the search giant does not like ad blocking software to be included in Google Play as standalone mobile apps.
Yup, mobile apps found in both Google Play and Apple’s App Store transmit mobile users’ private data to third parties on a regular basis. What is worse is that they often do it with minimum notice or even none at all. This is what a group of researchers have found when they examined the behavior of more than a hundred mobile apps.
A band of researchers have discovered a new strain of Android malware that is nearly impossible to remove from mobile devices. Furthermore, it has the capability of rendering smartphones vulnerable to harmful root exploits. What is worse is that the Android malware has the ability to mask itself as one of the many mobile apps supplied from Facebook, Twitter, and even Okta, a two factor authentication service.
Android Pay, Google’s second shot at making a mobile payment system, had officially launched a couple of weeks ago. But now, this contactless mode of payment has now been made available in the Google Play Store. This means that users of mobile devices that run on the Android mobile operating system can now easily find Android Pay.
Google is adding a new feature to the Google Play Store which lets users pre-register for soon to be released mobile apps for the Android mobile operating system. In order to pre-register, users need only tap the pre-register icon located on the exact same spot where the install icon usually appears for mobile apps which have already been released.
Google is launching its own online store, particularly one that focuses on selling Google-branded devices such as Nexus smartphones and tablets, Chromebook laptops, and Chromecast streaming devices, just to name a few.
The online store will go by the name of Google Store, and aside from selling its branded devices, it will also offer Nest, a Web-connected thermostat that Google acquired in 2014.
This should be considered by many as a sensible move for Google. The company already sells its software products via the Google Play Store, which offers mobile apps, music, and even movies. The Google Store will serve as an entirely separate venue wherein Google can showcase its hardware offerings.
This should be welcome news, especially for those who signed up for Spotify's three month subscription in December last year and whose trial has now ran out. Google is now offering a big discount for anyone who wants to try Google Play Music All Access, the company's subscription music streaming service.
Subscribing to Google Play Music usually costs you a monthly charge of $9.99, but now Google is offering users a three-month subscription for only $3. To be clear, that is $3 for the entire three months, not $3 for each month. That is equivalent to savings of almost $27.
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