Google IO 2016 Coverage

Google Glass vulnerable to JavaScript exploit


There was a security issue back in Android 4.1 that would allow malicious code (specifically JavaScript) to interject itself into apps that created a WebView, which is something typically done when an app opens up a web window to display an external website, ads, etc. Needless to say, that’s a pretty common thing on Android apps. and apparently that potentially dangerous bug is present in Google Glass, too.

Metasploit, a popular vulnerability testing framework, added a new test module that would allow users to test how vulnerable some versions of the Android browser are to being hacked from shell access, and that’s when this exploit was found in Glass. The exploit would involve a man-in-the-middle hijacking that WebView instance, which wouldn’t be too difficult to do if you’re on a public WiFi or anything that isn’t well secured. At that point, the malicious code could do anything from taking photos with your device to remotely turning on your microphone. Definitely not a good thing. Read more

Boost Mobile offering $35 plan with unlimited data for 6 months after buying an LTE device


Still searching for a carrier that fits you? Boost Mobile is running a promotion right now with a reasonable price. Buying one of their LTE devices through the carrier’s site, participating retailer, Best Buy, or Radioshack will allow you to pick up a $35 unlimited plan for six months. Talk, text, and web is included; however, customers will be throttled after 2.5GB of data.

Once the six months are in the past, the monthly bill will jump to $50. But Boost Mobile slashes $5 off per every six months. By the eighteenth month, a bill should be $35 once again. The promotion runs from now through March 31.

Source: Boost Mobile

FTC approves Google’s acquisition of Nest


Google recently scooped up Nest for roughly 3.2 billion dollars, but like any major acquisition, the FTC has to approve the purchase before it becomes official. That was the last road block for Google, and today the FTC has given them the green light.

Typically, the FTC waits 30 days before approving anything to make sure that acquisitions like these don’t violate antitrust laws and that the terms of the deals are okay. In this case, the FTC decided fairly quickly that there would be no reason to hold up this particular buyout, so they approved it ahead of the normal 30 day schedule for Google.

Now we wait and see just what Google is going to create with Nest’s product team on board. Whatever they plan on doing, I’m sure it’s going to be worth waiting for.

source: The Verge

UK retailer aiming to launch Chromecast on March 1


Folks over in the United Kingdom still do not have access to Google’s Chromecast, but according to a listing by retailer Currys, that is about to change. The UK retailer has March 1 as a potential release date. We say potential because a Google spokesperson told The Next Web that it is merely a provisional date that has yet to be confirmed. Hopefully the wait will be worth it for people in the United Kingdom as Google just opened up the Cast SDK to everyone.

Source: The Next Web

Nokia X benchmark hints at 3 megapixel fixed-focus camera and Android 4.1

Nokia Normany press render

If the Nokia X ever gets announced, there’s not going to be anything left about the phone to surprise us. The latest leak comes from a CamSpeed benchmark, which is a benchmark typically to measure camera performance. Nokia’s X phone has shown up in some scores with a 3 megapixel, fixed-focus camera. The original specs we’d heard suggested the phone would have a 5 megapixel camera, so this lowers that bar just a bit.

The benchmark also showed the device running Android 4.1. A few rumors floating around said it would run Android 4.4, but it’s looking like that isn’t going to be the case. Considering how heavily Nokia plans on skinning Android for this phone, they may not have felt it necessary to use the latest and greatest software. Read more

Google will own $750 million in Lenovo after the Motorola deal finalizes


When the dust settles from the Motorola acquisition by Lenovo, Google will have a $750 million stake in the company. That would put Google at owning a nearly six percent (5.94 percent) stake in Lenovo. According to information disclosed at the Hong Kong exchange, the search giant will take 618.3 shares valued at $1.213 per share. Now this isn’t to be confused as Google still owning stake in Motorola post the acquisition but the parent company itself.  Either way it looks like Google’s investing in the hardware company just a bit.

source: Reuters

LG could announce the G Pro 2 on February 13, before MWC


LG already announced that the G Pro 2 would be unveiled in February, but we all assumed it would be at Mobile World Congress, which is at the end of the month. However, they might actually unveil it before the big conference. ZDNet Korea is reporting that invitations have been sent out for an event on February 13.

This wouldn’t surprise me in the least bit. First, LG has already been telling us juicy tidbits regarding the phone, and second, a separate event away from the MWC crowd makes more sense. You have less of a chance of getting lost in the shuffle. Let’s also not forget that the Galaxy S 5 is expected to be unveiled on the 24th, so this would give them an extra 11 days of the spotlight.

source: ZDNet Korea
via: Engadget

Samsung could push Android 4.4 to the Galaxy Note 2, S 3, and Others


As far as manufacturers are concerned, Samsung is probably the least vocal when it comes to update announcements. We already know that the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy S 4 are locks for KitKat, considering they’re already receiving the update, but other devices were in limbo. However according to a source close to the matter told  the folks over at Phandroid, that a few other devices would be receiving the latest OS update. They include:

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Galaxy S 5 shows up in AnTuTu benchmark with 1080p display and other humdrum specs


The Galaxy S 5 recently showed up in AnTuTu benchmarks, and the majority of the specs aren’t anything to go crazy about. It has a 1080p display, a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16MP rear camera, and 2MP front-facing camera. Now we already received one report that the GS5 will sport a 1080p display instead of the often rumored 2560 x 1400 display, but where is the Snapdragon 805 or 3GB of RAM?

The consensus is that this is an engineering sample or one that was appropriately placed to fool everyone. So for now, we aren’t “fooled” just yet, but we will be if this is what gets announced on February 24th. More screens after the break.

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Nexus 8 could arrive in April due to disappointing Nexus 7 2013 sales


The rumored Nexus 8 could arrive sooner than expected. Rumors have the 8 inch tablet pegged as arriving mid 2014, but as Nexus 7 numbers continue to disappoint, that time frame has been moved up. The lack of sales appears to stem from a combination of bigger phone displays and other similar sized tablets. With phablets blurring the lines between bigger smartphones and smaller tablets, the need for smaller sized tablets has been decreasing.

According to DigiTimes, the Asus made tablet is expected to ship two million units starting out and should arrive at the end of April. Even though it’s rumored that HTC has won the bid for a new Nexus tablet it looks like Asus will be making this one.

source: DigiTimes