Google IO 2016 Coverage

Google prevails over Oracle in Java copyright trial

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After a two-week long jury trial, the culmination of a years long legal spat that started in 2010, Google has prevailed over Oracle regarding the use of Java in the Android operating system. A unanimous jury verdict held that Google’s use of Java API’s was protected by fair-use provisions of copyright law. Oracle has indicated they plan to appeal the trial results. Read more

Update-shaming may be latest tool from Google to keep Android up to date

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The Android operating system dominates the global smartphone market, but in spite of that lead position, there are some frustrations that users put up with in using the platform. One concern is a lack of updates to the operating system being released by manufacturers and carriers for devices that are in the hands of consumers. This has been an issue Google has battled for years and it looks like they may be getting ready to deploy a new tool to aid end users by releasing public rankings and hoping this has a shaming effect on those parties who are lax in keeping up. Read more

McAfee and some reporters at odds over alleged WhatsApp hack

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This past April WhatsApp added automatic end-to-end encryption for messages moving through the service. This was done as a way to help protect users and improve security of the communications platform. According to some recent claims by media outlets, John McAfee, the creator of the well-known anti-virus software package, tried to trick reporters into thinking he had managed to hack WhatsApp in order to get around this new encryption scheme. McAfee has fired back claiming he was only demonstrating a security flaw in Android.

According to the information shared by sources, McAfee tried to send some reporters some smartphones to demonstrate how he could read WhatsApp messages from a remote location. After some checking though, it appears McAfee was sending phones that were pre-cooked with malware that included a keylogger. These pre-configured phones would allegedly be opened by “experts” sent by McAfee to meet with the press representatives.

Sources indicate McAfee shopped this “story” to both the International Business Times and Russia Today and possibly to Business Insider. Things apparently unraveled for McAfee when some of the reporters contacted a security expert, Dan Guido, for guidance. Guido suggested to them that they buy their own phones for the test, a move that clearly would have thwarted McAfee’s plot.

For his part, McAfee says he never claimed to be able to hack WhatsApp or break their encryption. Instead, McAfee is saying that the reporters and others who were contacted missed the point of his claim that he was able to identify a “serious flaw in the Android architecture” that allowed him to install malware on the devices.

source: Gizmodo

Next Android version number leaked by Samsung

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Although it does not appear to have been an intentional snafu, Samsung may have leaked the version number for Android N. The information was included in a changelog for Samsung’s own MultiWindow SDK. The next update for the Android operating system was released earlier this year as the Android N Developer Preview and the final name and version are expected to be announced by Google in May at their Google I/O event. Read more

Marshmallow still sits below 5% in Android distribution for April 2016

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It’s that time of the month when Google publishes the Android distribution numbers showing which versions of the mobile operating system are rising and falling worldwide.

The only version of Android to grow from last month is Marshmallow, which climbed from 2.3% to 4.6% while moving into fourth place in terms of popularity.

Hit the break for the full breakdown.

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