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Android phones can be hacked with a simple text

Android phones can get infected by merely receiving a picture via text message, according to research published Monday. This is likely the biggest smartphone flaw ever discovered. 

It affects an estimated 950 million phones worldwide -- about 95% of the Androids in use today. The problem stems from the way Android phones analyze incoming text messages. Even before you open a message, the phone automatically processes incoming media files -- including pictures, audio or video. That means a malware-laden file can start infecting the phone as soon as it's received, according Zimperium, a cybersecurity company that specializes in mobile devices. If this sounds familiar, that's because this Android flaw is somewhat like the recent Apple text hack. But in that case, a text message with just the right characters could freeze an iPhone or force it to restart. This Android flaw is worse, because a hacker could gain complete control of the phone: wiping the device, accessing apps or secretly turning on the camera. In a statement to CNNMoney, Google (GOOGL, Tech30) acknowledged the flaw. It assured that Android has ways of limiting a hacker's access to separate apps and phone functions. Yet hackers have been able to overcome these limitations in the past. The bug affects any phone using Android software made in the last five years, according to Zimperium. That includes devices running Android's Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat and Lollipop iterations (Google names its Android versions alphabetically after desserts).
Zimperium said it warned Google about the flaw on April 9 and even provided a fix. The company claims Google responded the very next day, assuring a patch would be shared with customers in the future. Typically, in these situations, companies are given a 90-day grace period to issue a fix. It's a rule even Google abides by when it finds flaws in others' software. But it's been 109 days, and a fix still isn't largely available. That's why Zimperium is now going public with the news. The issue now is how quickly Google will manage to fix this for everybody. While Apple can push out updates to all iPhones, Google can't. Google is notorious for having a fractured distribution system. Several entities stand in between Google and its users, and they routinely slow down the release of new software. There are phone carriers -- like AT&T (T, Tech30) and Verizon (VZ, Tech30) -- and makers of physical devices -- like Samsung (SSNLF) -- all of which need to work together to issue software updates. Google told CNNMoney it already sent a fix to its "partners." However, it's unclear if any of them have started pushing that out to users themselves. For that very reason, Google recently put its own Nexus phones first in line to receive updates. This could be a test case that shows why it's so important to receive updates quickly. Chris Wysopal is a longtime hacker and now an executive at cybersecurity firm Veracode. He called this Android's version of Heartbleed, the devastating bug that put millions of computer networks at serious risk last year. "I'm interested to see if Google comes up with a way to update devices remotely," he said. "Unless they can do that, we have a big disaster on our hands."


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If you’re too pressed for time (or are just plain lazy) to type a message, OK Google has your back. As of today, Android phone owners can now use Google’s voice command service to send messages on WhatsApp and WeChat.
 Google has announced the addition of voice compatibility with WhatsApp, WeChat, Viber, Telegram and NextPlus to the line up of commands already featured on OK Google. Sending a message on any of the platforms is pretty much as straightforward as with all other OK Google commands. Open the Google app on your smartphone, turn on the voice detection function in the menu and start using the command by tapping the microphone icon and saying into your phone’s microphone the phrase: “OK Google, send a WhatsApp message to [name of the person]. You then just dictate the message you want to send.

We tried the function out with WhatsApp and it worked well, but as always with OK Google you have to speak very clearly so the function picks up what you’re saying. whatsapp2 For this feature to work, your Google and messaging apps must all be updated, so just check that you have the latest versions and if you don’t, head over to Google Play and download them. Instant messaging app compatibility on OK Google is only available in English for now but Google said it will add more languages and apps in the near future.
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Install Android M Launcher Apk On Any Android Device [No Root Needed][Guide]

Android M Launcher/ Android 6.0 Launcher Apk On Any Device.
Among the many improvements in Android M is a revamped app drawer that sorts apps alphabetically, keeps a convenient Favorites list dynamically updated, changes horizontal scrolling to vertical, and looks great in white! There’s a very easy way for those who want it to get it, and you don’t have to root, or buy a Nexus phone and go through the hoops of installing the Android M Developer preview…
Now you can Install Android M Launcher on your device in just 3 Simple Steps.
Install The Latest Google Now Launcher
Download the latest version from the link given at the end and install the apk.

After Installing ,Android will prompt you to choose a default launcher. Select Google Now Launcher, and tap Always.
Install The Velvet Google App (taken directly from Android M Develepor Preview)
Now you got through the first part, now here comes the second ! Download the Velvet Google App apk file .Links to the file can be found at the end of the guide.
After that install the velvet google app apk.
Cleaning The Cache Of Google App
Next step,
  1. Go to the Settings > Apps.
  2. Once there,find Google Now Launcher and tap on it, and tap Clear cache.
  3. Do the same for the Google App, and you’re golden!
Now press the home Button and enjoy Android M Launcher.
If you don’t like the new look, just uninstall the Google Now Launcher and you will have your old look back.

Download Links
Google Now Launcher Apk (11.8 mb) | Mirrors
Velvet Google App Apk (29.3 mb) | Mirrors

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NEW Google Photos is now live on Mobile and Desktop

It has been long rumoured that Google will seprate Photos from Google+, and the day has finally come.
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 Today (or tomorrow, depending on when you’re reading this), Google announced “Photos” as a separate application. Although, there’s one thing that really doesn’t make sense is the previous integration with Photos in Google Drive. You do get options whether to store photos in Drive or with Photos, but since Photos is unlimited, I don’t know why anyone would click Drive.

Anyway, let’s check out the new features available in Google Photos:
For one, the “Unlimited Storage at 2048 x 2048″ is now gone- it’s now Unlimited Storage no matter the size which is a huge bonus. EDIT- Due to further clarification it is now clear that this is only for photos up to 16MP (so not really for any size, but it’s still a remarked improvement, few phones even take photos that are 16 MP).
Another cool feature is the awesome Search feature- allowing you to search for various things, ranging from objects like “dogs” to actual people and even colours.

Searching for ‘Mountains’ seems to be pretty accurate, bringing up wallpapers with just that.

This is what happens when you click on one of the collections you’ve shared or created. You can rename, organise etc…

Searching for ‘Android’ brings up some random GIFs, as you can see it hasn’t been perfected yet.

Since this is our “work” account, there weren’t any “Assistant” (previously known as Auto Awesome) created movies or anything

As you can see from this gallery, the experience can be quite hit or miss, like searching for Android brings up a lot of random things. But overall, it’s a pretty good experience.

You can check it out by accessing Google Photos at: photos.google.com on Desktop, or install the app by clicking here. Be sure to follow us on Google Plus by clicking here to get all of the latest and greatest IO news.

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