However, it seems that on the software front, certain compromises could also be made which according to security research firm, Kryptowire, could be a problem as they have discovered that the apps that come preinstalled on cheaper Android phones come with a host of bugs and vulnerabilities that could make them easy to be hacked, and in turn compromise the device in question
While they did not mention the brands involved, they do note that these vulnerabilities were found on the phones shipped by at least 29 manufacturers. Speaking to CNET, Kryptowire CEO Angelos Stavrou suggests that Google should also be held accountable to a certain degree by being more strict and thorough regarding apps that are used on Android.
While the Google Play Store has systems in place to try and prevent malware and bad apps from getting listed and downloaded by users, unfortunately, it’s not the perfect system and from time to time, we do come across reports that bad apps find their way into the Play Store where it ends up being downloaded by users.
In a bid to prevent that from happening, or at least reducing the chances of that happening, Google has formed a partnership with various security companies, such as ESET, Lookout, and Zimperium, where they have come together to create the App Defense Alliance. According to Google, this alliance’s goal is to stop bad apps in their tracks before they reach the devices of users.
Mobile phone services by Japan's three major carriers have been fully restored in Chiba Prefecture, 10 days after the networks were disrupted by a typhoon.
NTT Docomo said on Thursday that its mobile phone connectivity has returned to normal in all areas of the prefecture located east of Tokyo. The other major mobile carriers, KDDI and Softbank, had earlier resumed full services.
Japan's mobile carriers say their phone services remain limited in Chiba Prefecture and on an island off Tokyo. The disruption has been caused by Typhoon Faxai, which made landfall on Monday.
NTT Docomo says that as of Friday, its mobile phone connectivity is poor in 36 municipalities of Chiba Prefecture. The island of Oshima is also experiencing connectivity problems.
Japan's mobile carriers say their phone services remain limited in Chiba Prefecture and other areas, mainly in the Kanto region. The disruption has been caused by Typhoon Faxai, which made landfall on Monday.
NTT Docomo says that as of Thursday, its mobile phone connectivity is poor in 43 municipalities of Chiba Prefecture and two in Kanagawa Prefecture. The islands of Oshima and Niijima, which are part of Tokyo, are also experiencing connectivity problems.
Japan's mobile carriers say their phone services remain limited in Chiba Prefecture, as well as some other areas, mainly in the Kanto region. They cite antenna towers that have been left without power by Typhoon Faxai, which made landfall early Monday.
NTT Docomo says that as of Wednesday afternoon, its mobile phone connectivity is poor in 43 municipalities of Chiba Prefecture, as well as five in Kanagawa and one in Shizuoka prefecture. The islands of Oshima and Niijima, which are part of Tokyo, are also experiencing connectivity problems.
The first Razer Phone was very well received as it was a proper gaming phone with a unique 120Hz screen. The company’s software support for this device has left a lot to be desired, though. It’s still on Android Oreo and even the security patch is a year old. The company has now said that the Razer Phone Android Pie update is going to be out soon.
It’s an update that many Razer Phone owners are looking forward to. It brings a number of new features to the device in addition to important bug fixes. Razer hasn’t provided a concrete date as yet but confirms that the Android Pie update for the Razer Phone should be out soon.
While the Essential Phone might not have received the warm welcome that the company hoped it would, the upside is that the company seems to be quite on the ball when it comes to updates. They were one of the first few handset makers to roll out the Android 9.0 Pie update for their phone, and now it seems that they could be on track to do the same with Android Q.
In a tweet by the company, it seems that they have started to push out the Android Q beta 5 update to Essential Phones enrolled under their beta program. We should note that this is merely a beta and is not the final update, but presumably all this testing will help Essential fine tune the update to ensure that when the final build of Android Q is ready, they should have ironed out most of the kinks and have the update ready in a very timely manner.
You have heard all about foldable smartphones so it’s time to give rollable smartphones some attention. A new rumor claims that Sony is working on a smartphone that will have a roll-up display. What this would mean, at least in theory, is that the display could be rolled out to offer increased real estate. This is said to be a prototype currently so it’s unclear whether the device will ever make the cut.
Smartphone manufacturers are trying out different things as they look to set the tone for the future of mobile devices. Companies like Samsung and Huawei have already shown their foldable smartphones. It has previously been reported that Sony has a foldable smartphone in the pipeline as well.
Microsoft’s ‘Your Phone’ app for Windows 10 allows for greater connectivity between your PC and smartphone. The idea is to enable users to interact with content on their smartphone without requiring them to use the device as long as it’s connected to their Windows 10 PC wirelessly. Checking notifications is why most of us pick up our phones so many times every day and that’s just going to get a bit easier with the latest update to the app.
The latest update for Your Phone now brings the ability to mirror notifications from an Android smartphone to a Windows 10 PC. This functionality has been in testing for a couple of months now and it’s finally being made available to all users starting today.
The app has recently been updated where it now comes with a new feature called “Pop Up Shazam”. This seems to be an Android-only feature at the moment, which is a little ironic considering that Apple now owns the company. According to Shazam, “When Pop Up Shazam is switched on, you will see a persistent notification in you notification drawer. This notification will be used to trigger the floating button. Just tap on it and you will see the Shazam button appear. To Shazam tap on the button and we will tell you the result wherever you are.”
This means that if you’re watching a video on YouTube or Instagram and there is a song playing and you want to know who it is, you can just press the floating Shazam button and it will attempt to identify the song for you. As for iOS users, as we said, this is an Android-only feature (for now), but in the meantime there are alternatives to identifying songs on your phone. This includes using a pair of earphones and placing them next to your phone’s microphone.
Amid concerns that the company’s 11 digit phone numbers could run out by 2022, Japan’s communications ministry has started planning to create 14 digit phone numbers. It would be able to create 10 billion new numbers by moving up to 14 digits. The proposal to do so has reportedly been approved already by the country’s largest mobile carriers.
According to the Japan Times, the plan to create 14 digit phone numbers has been approved by KDDI, NTT Docomo, and SoftBank. With the three major carriers in agreement, the report states that Japan might introduce these new phone numbers before the end of 2021.