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Google Silently Adds 'Panic Detection Mode" to Android 7.1 – How It's Useful

Google Silently Adds 'Panic Detection Mode" to Android 7.1 – How It's Useful

July 11, 2017Wang Wei
How often do you click the 'back' or the ‘Home’ button on your mobile device to exit an application immediately? I believe, several times in a single day because a large number of apps do not have an exit button to directly force-close them instead of going back and back and back until they exit. Sometimes Android users expect the back button to take them back to the back page, but sometimes they really want to exit the app immediately. Often this has severe usability implications when a majority of users are already dealing with their low-performance mobile devices and believe that clicking back button multiple times would kill the app and save memory, but it doesn't. Google has now addressed this issue and silently included a feature within Android 7.1 Nougat that allows users to exit from apps by pressing the 'back' key successively within 0.3 seconds for over four times. Dubbed " Panic Detection Mode ," the feature runs in the background o
The Project Zero Contest — Google will Pay you $200,000 to Hack Android OS

The Project Zero Contest — Google will Pay you $200,000 to Hack Android OS

September 14, 2016Swati Khandelwal
Why waiting for researchers and bug hunters to know vulnerabilities in your products, when you can just throw a contest for that. Google has launched its own Android hacking contest with the first prize winner receiving $200,000 in cash. That's a Hefty Sum! The contest is a way to find and destroy dangerous Android vulnerabilities before hackers exploit them in the wild. The competition, dubbed ' The Project Zero Prize ,' is being run by Google’s Project Zero, a team of security researchers dedicated to documenting critical bugs and making the web a safer place for everyone. What's the Requirements? Starting Tuesday and ending on March 14, 2017, the contest will only award cash prizes to contestants who can successfully hack any version of Android Nougat on Nexus 5X and 6P devices. However, the catch here is that Google wants you to hack the devices knowing only the devices' phone numbers and email addresses. For working of their exploits, contes
What is Strictly Enforced Verified Boot in Android 7.0 Nougat?

What is Strictly Enforced Verified Boot in Android 7.0 Nougat?

July 20, 2016Swati Khandelwal
As far as security is concerned, Google is going very strict with the newest version of its mobile operating system. Until now, Google has not done more than just alerting you of the potential threats when your Android device runs the check as part of the boot process. Android Marshmallow 6.0 does nothing more than just warning you that your device has been compromised, though it continues to let your device boot up. 1. Android Nougat 7.0 Getting Strictly Enforced 'Verified Boot' In Android Nougat , Google has taken the security of its Android operating system to the next level by strictly enforcing verified boot on devices. Among multiple layers of security protection, Android uses verified boot - since Android version 4.4 KitKat - that improves its device's security by using cryptographic integrity checking to detect if your device has been tampered with. Now, Android Nougat will strictly enforce the boot check, giving you far more than just a warning.
Google finally announces Android N's name and It's not Nutella

Google finally announces Android N's name and It's not Nutella

July 01, 2016Swati Khandelwal
No, it's not Nutella. Google has finally announced the official name of the latest version of its Android mobile software, codenamed Android N: " Nougat ." Yes, the next version of sugary snack-themed Android and the successor to Android Marshmallow will now be known as Android Nougat, the company revealed on Snapchat and Twitter. The announcement comes days after Google set up a website for users to submit suggestions for the name of Android N . Android has maintained its tradition of naming its Android mobile operating system by the names of alphabetically-ordered sugary delights starting from Android Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop, and Marshmallow . The final release of Android Nougat is still in beta and due later this summer. The good news is that the Google Android team has brought several meaningful features to your smartphone and tablet with the release of Android Nougat. Andro
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