Google All Grown Up – All About Android 434

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Huawei Mate X delayed, Google Go
— Changes to the app review process in the Play Store will mean a delay of days.
— The Huawei Mate X is delayed once again and foldables are sad.
— HTC is now licensing its brand name to other smartphones.
— Assignable Reminders in Assistant could make family life a bit more manageable.
— Google Play now offers ebook rentals, but there’s a free alternative.
— Google Go cuts down the size of the search app to the bare-bones basics.
— Nvidia’s GeForce Now cloud gaming service is coming to more Android devices.
— Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo are working together on a local filesharing solution.
— Google gets rid of a data-sharing program with cellular providers.
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  1. SAW9 said:

    That Citizen App is AWESOME.. Much faster News Near YOU!! I think it's pretty important!

  2. Jesse M said:

    Bro… He burned Flo pretty bad at 1:33🤣

  3. selw0nk said:

    Or use a free progressive app Snapdrop to transfer files from your Android phone to your computer.

  4. I use the library for audio & kindle books.

  5. Thanks for the shout-out! Updated the shortlink to go directly to the charts in their original format (Google Data Studio)

  6. Physical buttons are bad because they cannot adjust depending if you're holding the device horizontally or vertically (or heads up)

  7. Wirelessly transferrring files between your laptop and phone is very practical. Movies, tv shows etc for a long trip/flight, for example. You can use a cable (and it's faster) but wireless transfer is convenient.

  8. On changes to the app review process – I guess, f*cking finally! Though seems pretty hard to have all updates and apps reviewed by people… the last statistic I've seen puts the number of apps released in a single day at like… 6000 or something.
    I'm sure you could filter those down, eliminating for instance apps that do not require permissions to more sensitive user data… but since that number is so high, it sounds like it'd still be a fairly huge number.
    And then, that number is only about new apps. For updates, I imagine that number goes up to the millions potentially… and as far as I know, Alphabet still didn't hire an entire country to work on Android just yet. xD

    But it is still a great initiative. I imagine they have some sort of automation process that would filter the list of new apps and updates down to a manageable size, taking only the most critical stuff that could potentially have problems. Collecting the years of cases that happened up to now they must have come up with a set of characteristics and elements that are more likely to be exploited by malicious devs.

    In any case, it's good to note that while Apple has a more locked down and more strict review process, it's also far from perfect. I don't actually think iPhones get less malware because of a review process tbh… it's more because of a few things that also make other platforms less targeted. A more enclosed and self contained environment. Way less variables since Apple both controls the OS and the hardware. Less users in numbers, which makes it less of a target. Less resources and access given to devs in general. Less diversity in device types and hardware types where the OS is employed.
    The US lives in a reality distortion field because it has large numbers of iOS users, but remember, worldwide Android still has something like 75% of the market, and a large number of devices that are not smartphones and not tablets where Android is also used. iOS numbers are something like 22%. Much like the comparison between Windows, Linux and OS/x, there are technical reasons why most malware and virus affects one versus the other, but there is also the potential target numbers.
    Also, it's not like there has never been malware apps on the Apple app store… it happens far less often, but it has already happened multiple times in recent years.

    I guess it's just the sad reality of it. The more users your platform serves, the more number of potential victims people trying to exploit the system have. The more resources a platform gives to legit devs, the more resources and points of exploitation malicious ones have to work with.

  9. Use Airdroid! Amazing Android Airdrop replacement

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