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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
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
Google Android N Preview — 6 Cool Features That You Should Know

Google Android N Preview — 6 Cool Features That You Should Know

March 11, 2016Swati Khandelwal
Android N Developer Preview, an early beta of Google’s new mobile operating system that was expected to launch on Google I/O in mid-May, is unexpectedly launching right now. Android N Developer Preview for the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Pixel C Nexus 9, the Nexus Player and the General Mobile 4G, an Android One device has been made available as an over-the-air update by Google on Wednesday. So, you can test out Android N Developer Preview on your smartphone and tablet right now from developer.android.com/preview . The good news is that the Google Android team has brought meaningful features to your smartphone and tablet in just five months. "As we look to the next release of Android, N, you’ll notice a few big changes aimed at you as developers: it’s earlier than ever, it’s easier to try and we’re expanding the ways for you to give us feedback," Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google's SVP for Android writes . "We hope these changes will ensure that you are heard an
Google 'Android N' Will Not Use Oracle's Java APIs

Google 'Android N' Will Not Use Oracle's Java APIs

December 30, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Google appears to be no longer using Java application programming interfaces (APIs) from Oracle in future versions of its Android mobile operating system, and switching to an open source alternative instead. Google will be making use of OpenJDK – an open source version of Oracle’s Java Development Kit (JDK) – for future Android builds. This was first highlighted by a "mysterious Android codebase commit" submitted to Hacker News. However, Google confirmed to VentureBeat that the upcoming Android N will use OpenJDK, rather its own implementation of the Java APIs. Google and Oracle have been fighting it out for years in a lawsuit, and it is hard to imagine that such a massive change is not related to the search engine giant's ongoing legal dispute with Oracle, however. What Google and Oracle are Fighting About The dispute started when Oracle sued Google for copyright in 2010, claiming that Google improperly used a part of its programming language
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