Sony Mobile has recently been rolling out a number of firmware updates to its smartphone portfolio, adding August 2019 Android security patches in the process. Sony has released new firmware to a number of handsets including the latest Xperia 1 flagship (55.0.A.6.16), and Xperia 10 mid-rangers (53.0.A.8.71).
We had heard that the operating system that the company is developing is known as HongMeng, but now it turns out that Huawei might be having second thoughts. According to a report from the South China Morning Post, Huawei chairman Liang Hua was quoted as saying, “We haven’t decided whether to develop Hongmeng into a smartphone OS yet.”
We should point out that Liang’s statement was merely a clarification about its HongMeng platform, where the company did acknowledge that it was in development, although it seemed to be mostly aimed at Internet of Things devices, as opposed to smartphones. This doesn’t mean that the company isn’t working on an Android alternative, but according to Liang, they would ultimately still prefer to use Android if they can.
However, the good news is that despite these legal troubles, Huawei will not be forsaking its customers. In a post on its website in which Huawei answers a bunch of questions regarding the future of the company and its products, the company has reassured existing customers that they will be bringing the Android Q update to a bunch of handsets.
Now, not every single handset will be getting the update, but there will be over 17 devices part of this list. This includes the Huawei P30, P30 Pro, P30 Lite, Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, PORSCHE DESIGN Mate 20 RS, P smart 2019, P smart+ 2019, P smart Z, Mate 20 X, Mate 20 X (5G), P20, P20 Pro, Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro, PORSCHE DESIGN Mate 10, and the Mate 20 Lite.
It was back in April this year that Google enabled Android devices running version 7.0 and up to effectively double as a physical security key for accessing Google services like Gmail. The company is now expanding the same ability to iOS. This means that an Android device can now be used as a physical two factor authentication security key to verify log-ins made on iOS devices.
When the feature was first launched in this year, it only worked with Windows 10, macOS, and Chrome OS devices. However, the process is a bit different on iOS compared to these devices. It doesn’t use Chrome to communicate with the device, it Android device will use the Smart Lock app from Google instead.
Malware on our smartphones aren’t new, although for the most part, this can be easily avoided by not downloading from suspicious-looking websites or unofficial sources. However, it seems that being smart about your downloads isn’t good enough because Google has recently confirmed that there have been some Android devices that have actually come preinstalled with malware.
For those who are unfamiliar with what has been going on, earlier this year, there was a Trojan malware called Triada that was discovered on a bunch of budget Android handsets. This confirmation by Google basically acknowledges that some Android handsets were indeed compromised by this malware as part of a supply chain attack.
Sony Mobile has been on a roll recently, updating many of its Xperia smartphones to add the May 2019 Android security patches. You can see the full list below of Xperia phones that have been updated, which includes the XZ1, XA2 and XA1 ranges. However, even the Xperia L1, L2 and L3 were all updated to the same patches which was good to see.
Google talked a lot about Android Q at its I/O 2019 developers conference this week. The company has rolled out beta 3 of the upcoming iteration as well for almost two dozen devices from different manufacturers. Huawei is one of them and the Chinese company has also revealed the 8 devices which it will release Android Q for initially.
The list of devices that Huawei will release Android Q for first was posted on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter. It includes the Honor View 20/V20, Honor Magic 2, Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, the Mate 20X and Mate 20 RS Porsche Design in addition to the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro.
Google is working with Android OEMs to expand the beta of its upcoming Android release to even more devices. The company did something similar last year as well for Android P so it’s no surprise that it’s doing the same thing for Android Q as well. Android Q isn’t due to arrive for at least a few months.
You no longer need one of Google’s own Pixel smartphones to take part in the Android beta program. Google has worked with 12 device manufacturers to bring support for Android Q beta 3 to a total of 21 smartphones.
Nintendo fans have long been waiting for Mario Kart Tour, which is basically the mobile-friendly version of Mario Kart. Not a lot of details have been revealed about this title which has already been delayed once. It was due to be released in March 2019 but Nintendo confirmed in January that the launch was being pushed back to the summer. The company has now revealed that the Mario Kart Tour beta is going to be released for smartphones next month.
Mario Kart was the next Nintendo game to get the mobile treatment after Super Mario Run and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. Its arrival on smartphones was confirmed back in January last year so it has indeed been a long wait for fans. Even at that point in time, Nintendo hadn’t revealed much about the game other than its title and the vague release timeline.
It’s always a good idea of have two-step authentication enabled on your accounts to thwart phishing attempts. The most commonly used forms of authentication include push notifications and text messaging codes. However, hackers can work around that limitation with fake sign-in pages to steal credentials. Google thus considers security keys based on FIDO standards to be the strongest protection against such attempts and so it now allows your Android phone to double as one.
Google considers the security keys to be the strongest, most phishing-resistant method of two-factor authentication on the market. The physical keys protect users’ accounts from phishers by requiring them to tap their key during a sign-in attempt that’s flagged as unrecognized or suspicious.
Public pay phones turned out to be a vital lifeline during the major earthquake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan eight years ago, as they tended to work even when cell phone networks went down. Most children these days are unfamiliar with them, which is something a telecom firm is working to change.
NTT East surveyed parents with children in elementary school. Nearly 80 percent said their sons or daughters do not know about pay phones or have never used them.
So if there was any doubt as to what would be announced on Monday at MWC in Barcelona, then you can feast your eyes on the full line up below. 91mobiles have leaked all phones expected to be announced, including the flaghship Xperia 1, the Xperia 10 and 10 Plus mid-rangers, as well as the value-oriented Xperia L3. However, as well as the images, the site has also got full specification details of each phone.
There is a chance that Sony will introduce new phones at the MWC tradeshow in Barcelona called the ‘Xperia 10' and ‘Xperia 10 Plus', judging by self-proclaimed twitter leaker Ishan Agarwal, but also backed up by Roland Quandt too, who recently leaked a number of the official renders. These devices will replace what were previously known as the Xperia XA3 and Xperia XA3 Plus.