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Google Android 13 reportedly restricts sideloading of apps

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Android 13 ceases sideloading of apps to avoid unofficial accessibility services

Google is making efforts to break down the path of apps sideloading with the newest Android 13 operating system. By doing so, the company will mark a full stop on all the ways that grant access to some accessibilities services.

According to the reports, Android 13 has initiated a new move for sideloading apps. As a result, it will become difficult for the users to install the applications outside of the official Play Store. However, Google defines a big reason for taking this step.

The reason behind this Restriction:

When a user performs any task out of the legal platform, it gives rise to several risks for the system. Google explains that when an individual installs any application from an APK file, it opens the gate for various phishing attacks and malware to enter the device. Thus, it becomes very easy for spammers to hack the internal system and read confidential matters.

Android 13 ceases sideloading of apps to avoid unofficial accessibility services

Users can still use Accessibility Services

Although the US manufacturer is trying to shield the privacy of its users, it hadn’t closed the access completely. Individuals still have a choice to sideload the applications. Users can enable or disable the dialog box question for the restricted apps accordingly. Further, users can activate the access in the “allow restricted settings”.

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A notable point that appears here is that Google is only making restrictions over the sideloading apps with Andriod 13. However, other fields like F-Droid and Amazon Stores would not show any such prohibition while installing such stuff.

The changes in these regulations might take place in the time ahead with a stable release of Android 13. But for now, the company is strongly denying the allowance of sideloading apps. One can see this ultimate variation with the call recording applications.

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WhatsApp Android to bring new privacy features for ‘View Once’ images and videos

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WhatsApp announced that it’ll be rolling out new privacy features giving users more control over the kinds of information other people can see. Yes! WhatsApp for Android is bringing new privacy features for ‘View Once’ images and videos.

As you know, View Once photos and videos are media files that can only be viewed once by the recipient and are a great way to share information that you only wish to share for the time being.

However, sometimes it may concern you about who is taking the screenshot or screen record. But now, the upcoming update will bring the screenshot/screen recording detection feature. And the sender will get a notification when this happens.

According to WABetaInfo, the new update is appearing with version number 2.22.22.3. Notably, the new enhancements are limited to some beta testers only. Although, other WhatsApp users have to wait for some time to grasp the update as it is in the testing procedure at present.

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Previously, any users who see your view once images and videos can screen record or take a screenshot of that image. But it seems like the online chit-chatting platform is working on the screenshot blocking for view once images and videos.

What’s New:

As you can see in the below image the user could not take a screenshot to view one image. Even so, if somebody tries to break the privacy policy then the toast will pop up that shows the user ‘can’t take screenshots due to security policies.

WhatsApp Screenshot Blocking feature screenshot

Even then other people try to use some third-party applications to screengrab your images then the images will turn to black so as to prevent these creepy people to take screenshots.

The inbuilt detection feature is already available in some other apps. The new privacy features for Android users of Whatsapp are still in their early phases. Maybe the company will bring some more improvements with the stable rollout.

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Although, the beta testers can install the upgrade from the Google Play Store and take advantage of the new enhancements before the stable version.

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Google is rolling out Android 13 October 2022 security update

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Android 13 October 2022 update

With the onset of a new month, Google has started rolling out the Android 13 October 2022 security update. As the name reflects, this update carries a bunch of fixes and improvements related to the security aspect of a smart device.

Every tech maker polishes their devices and other products with new patches and firmware so that they may work efficiently for consumers. And so is the thought process of Google. The company takes immense care of its users and products.

Hence, every month, the US manufacturer keeps its bank ready with reflective updates for Android devices so that they can get more suitable core effectiveness. Currently, we have a new improvement patch between us with better fixes and stability.

Though Android 13 is the freshly-released interface of the company. Yet, Google makes sure that it does not bring any trouble to consumers. Thus, it has brought some latest touch-ups for the system in the form of a protection patch.

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Speaking of the Android 13 October 2022 security update, the official bulletin page marks a total of 15 vulnerabilities in the framework and system section. Whereas, there are 33 fixes in the kernel and vendor section. The company has categorized these vulnerabilities in terms of their severity affection, from critical to low-level.

You can have a detailed look at these vulnerabilities, below.

Android 13 October 2022 update

Framework

  • Critical – CVE-2022-20419
  • High – CVE-2022-20420, CVE-2022-20351, CVE-2021-39758
  • Moderate – CVE-2021-39758, CVE-2022-20415

Media Framework

  • High – CVE-2022-20413, CVE-2022-20418

System

  • High – CVE-2022-20412, CVE-2022-20416, CVE-2022-20417, CVE-2021-39673, CVE-2022-20394, CVE-2022-20410, CVE-2022-20425

Kernel

  • High – CVE-2022-20421, CVE-2022-20422, CVE-2022-20423, CVE-2022-20424
  • Moderate – CVE-2022-20409

Apart from these vulnerabilities, the company has also fixed the third-party components. For instance, there are 3 high-level fixes in Imagination Technologies, 2 high-level fixes in MediaTek components, 11 high-level fixes in UNISOC components, and 12 critical and high-level fixes of Qualcomm components.

As of now, the company is pushing off the October 2022 security update to the Pixel series (Pixel 4, Pixel 4a, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6) with build version TP1A.221005.002. Meanwhile, Pixel 6a users will attain the update as TP1A.221005.003 build.

After, the Pixel series, the company will gradually roll out the update to other devices. So get ready to give a new and stable system to your smartphone with the latest October 2022 security update.

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Android 13 themed icons looks good

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Android 13 themed icon

Android 13 is a gift for the users and its feature provides you with a layer of the surprise element. However, the themed icons are one of the biggest blockbusters of the year 2022 for Android users. As the feature so makes the first impression dramatic and bold.

The themed icons of Android 13 have so many elements in terms of different shapes, Visual effects, user theming, design adaptive icons, and more. Let’s brief on how it makes your device interface attractive.

  • Different shapes: It can show a squircle on one OEM phone while displaying a circle on another. In order for the system to generate all adaptive icons with the same shape, each device OEM is required to supply a mask.
  • Visual effects: A variety of exciting visual effects are displayed when users position or move an adaptable icon around the front display.
  • Users theming: The system uses the user’s selected wallpaper and theme to determine the tint color if the user has enabled themed app icons and the launcher supports this functionality.

Android 13 themed icon

Android 13 Themed icon:

Themed app icons are a choice beginning with Android 13. This feature tints app icons in the supported Android launchers to take on the color scheme of the user’s selected wallpaper and other themes.

Your app must supply both an adaptable icon and a monochromatic app icon in order to enable this functionality, and it must also point to the monochromatic app icon from the element in the description.

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If you have enabled themed app icons and the launcher supports this feature, the system determines the tint color for the monochromatic app icon by comparing it to the color of the user’s selected wallpaper and theme.

In any of the below-mentioned circumstances, the themed app icon does not appear on the home screen, instead, the adaptive or regular app icon is displayed:
the user has enabled themed app icons, if your application doesn’t offer a single-color icon and launcher must allow themed app icons.

However, a themed icon improves the overall experience of your device the feature with tinted app icons supported launchers to inherit the coloring of users’ chosen wallpaper and other themes.

Just try this feature if you haven’t yet. And don’t forget to share your theme icons experience on your Android phone.

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