The new version is traditionally presented at Google I / O; know the resources that have already been ventilated
Google announced on Friday (24) the 2020 edition of the date of the Google I / O, its annual developer conference. The event is scheduled for the 12th and 14th of May and, as is already traditional, the highlight of the presentation will be Android 11, which this time should have no mystery about the name since the company abandoned the nomenclature inspired by desserts to adopt the numerals.
The company usually presents the main novelties of the operating system, but some things are already expected from the new Android. Rumors about version 11 have been circulating since last year, and some functions scheduled for Android 10 have been delayed and should show up in the new edition.
Yes, we will have many other novelties besides those mentioned below, which are just the ones that have been aired over the last few times. The following resources are only those that are most likely; know them:
The feature was expected to be implemented in Android 10. Still, the proposal caused such a reaction from app developers that Google decided to postpone it to Android 11 and give it a long time to adapt.
The function is an important privacy tool that determines that each application would have a dedicated, closed area in the system’s storage. Its objective is to combat the abuse of Android permissions, making it possible for apps to read only the part that belongs to everything that is stored on disk. In practice, it means that a malicious app could not sneak data from other apps; for secure apps, that would mean that you no longer need to ask for permission to perform simple tasks, such as recording an audio file, photo, or video on the device.
The problem is that when Google announced the function, the company received a barrage of criticism from developers who pointed out that its applications would stop working overnight if the feature were implemented on Android 10. Thus, the company had given an adaptation time and decided to force the feature only with Android 11.
What’s new in airplane mode and Bluetooth
It is not a revolutionary function, but it is a welcome novelty for those who travel by plane. The XDA Developers team was able to find in the source code of the operating system a change in how Android’s airplane mode affects Bluetooth.
As of Android 11, when activating airplane mode, the system will not turn off Bluetooth, which is a minor recurring annoyance when traveling. More and more users use Bluetooth headsets, which currently need to be disconnected from the phone whenever the airplane mode is turned on, only to be reconnected again when activating Bluetooth manually.
New capture tool
A handy resource for those who need to “print” an entire website and not just the part that is displayed on the screen. Extended capture, which allows you to record everything, is in development and can show up on Android 11.
The function already exists on some phones, but the introduction on Android 11 would mean that all smartphones with the operating system could count on this feature, regardless of who is manufacturing it.
In May 2019, at a time when Android 10 was still being talked about, David Burke, Google’s vice president responsible for Android, was asked about the scrollable screenshots and said they were in development and could reach Android 11. You have to wait and see if this is confirmed, or if we need to wait until Android 12.
Brazil already has some virtual documents that reside on your smartphone and can replace the paper document, as is the case with CNH and voter registration. Android 11 may have a feature that would allow the security of these documents to be integrated into the hardware of the phone.
The project was revealed with the announcement of a partnership between Google and Qualcomm during the presentation of the Snapdragon 865, which should be the processor for most of the top-of-the-line Android devices in 2020. The integration of virtual documents into the processor will be limited to the Snapdragon 865 initially, with the possibility that other future chipsets may also offer the same feature.
Of course, this function also depends on the interest of governments in adapting their documents for the Android platform.
Opera 60 for Android renews the data synchronization system
A few days ago the new version of the Opera web browser for PC was announced and today it is Opera for Android’s turn, perhaps the most prominent development of the Chinese Norwegian company.
We are talking, however, about the standard version, whose novelties were already present in Opera Touch and are now coming to precisely facilitate the integration between PC and mobile for users.
Opera 60 is the new version of the browser for Android and its new features include the new method to activate data synchronization between mobile and PC using QR codes.
Thus, it is no longer necessary to enter the username and password to access bookmarks, history, passwords, etc .; just read the QR code on the desktop with your mobile and you are all done. This is how it works in Firefox too, by the way.
But that’s not all: data synchronization through QR codes is extended in Opera 60 to Flow, that private space where you can share notes, links, images, and even files with yourself.
As in the previous case, it is a feature that was already available in Opera Touch, and that finally reaches users of the standard version of Opera as well. In case you didn’t know about this function, the following video tells you how it goes.
Flow’s capabilities are enhanced with the new Easy Files or ‘easy files’ feature: “When attaching files in the Opera browser, Easy Files provides a visual display of the most recently downloaded files, helping you select the desired files quickly, without having to look through folders or remember file names, ”the developers explain.
Finally, Opera 60 for Android includes ‘ suggested sites ‘, a sort of bookmarks automatically generated based on the user’s browsing habits, although if you don’t like it, it can be disabled or managed manually. In short, Opera for Android improves its accessibility, but also its functions. It was time for the batteries to be put in.
Malware Hid In Apps On Google Play For Four Years
Movies and series about cybercrime often show viruses and other malware as destructive and scandalous, but in reality, they are the most discreet and quiet that are most successful. An example was a new threat, called Mandrake, which managed to spend years hidden in Android apps undetected.
According to Bitdefender researchers, Mandrake was spyware, developed with the aim of stealing information from all types of smartphones, exposing various sensitive information about the victim.
The threat has been active at least since 2016 and appears to have been developed targeting Australian Android users. Over time, however, infections began to spread throughout the world, with particularly strong outbreaks in the United States and Europe.
To steal user information, Mandrake used several legitimate Android functions but abused them to take complete control of the user. From there, he was able to collect the GPS location and record the smartphone screen, all without exposing his activity to generate distrust, allowing him to steal bank details and passwords for access to all types of internet services.
One of the important points that have made Mandrake successful for so long is the fact that it is hidden in several apps on Google Play. Cybercriminals have gone so far as to create multiple apps with legitimate functionality, published by different front companies, and keep them frequently updated and ad-free, with the aim of keeping their victims satisfied with the service, allowing them to be spied on by more time. The store has already removed the apps after reporting it.
As Bitdefender explained to the ZDNet website, in order to circumvent the detection of Google Play, the infection of the cell phone occurred in multiple stages.
When the user did the installation, the application was clean, but within a short time, he would contact the server to download the malignant part, which would effectively harm the victims. And, because it was downloaded voluntarily, the application asks for abusive permissions, tricking the user into giving them, offering total control over the system.
The researchers do not try to pinpoint the number of infected, however. According to them, the estimate is between tens of thousands and hundreds of thousands of people, which is not a very high number, but they speculate that the low volume of infected cell phones is part of the strategy to avoid detection.
Cybercriminals would also be targeting the attack to find more valuable targets and avoid some territories. In countries in Eastern Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, the malware has instructions not to work, even in case of infection.
Update Your Android Mobile As Soon As Possible, A Bluetooth Vulnerability Allows You To Hack It
There is practically no week in which we know of a new security breach related to our mobiles. That is a reality, and it is demonstrated once again by episodes like the one we have known today, and that reminds us that the precautions we take when protecting our mobile phone are never enough. The reality is that today any connected device is susceptible to being hacked, that is so, and against it, the only way to defend itself is to keep our terminals updated, if we want to avoid the sharpest solution, disconnect from the network.
The new critical vulnerability of Bluetooth
It is not the first time that we know that a connectivity failure has served as a gateway to hackers when trying to gain control of other terminals remotely to access their data, for example. This security flaw has been identified with the code CVE-2020-0022 and affects the Bluetooth connectivity of Android phones. This bug discovered now what allows hackers to be able to execute specific codes remotely without the user’s permission, and without this knowledge at any time that something is happening.
The versions of Android most vulnerable to this problem are those of Android 8.0 and 8.1, as well as Android 9, being the versions where the hacker can do practically what he wants with the mobile through Bluetooth connectivity and without our permission. In the case of Android 10, this vulnerability still exists, but instead, the only thing that hackers can do with our mobile is to block Bluetooth connectivity. This vulnerability has been discovered once again by an independent security company. In this case, it has been the Secure Mobile Networking researchers who have encountered this problem.
These ensure that with this vulnerability, malware can be sent to any of the devices. And for this, they only need active Bluetooth connectivity, so the hacker should be ten meters or less from us to try to send us the malware. Hackers need to know the MAC address of the Wifi before to find out the MAC address of the Bluetooth, which is the only requirement they need to carry out the attack.
How can you avoid this threat?
Well, everything depends on the mobile you have and how old it is because this vulnerability has been resolved with the Android security patch dated February 1, 2020. An update that mobile phones that have less than two years will receive during this month, or during the following groups. The problem is older phones, those that are already three, four or more years old, and that no longer receive security updates. In those cases, except for an express effort of the manufacturer, they will be left without an antidote to this vulnerability. And the only alternative you will have is to connect the Bluetooth only when it is solely and exclusively necessary.
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