Google has started giving notifications to all Android and iOS global users for the new Hermit spyware attacks in Kazakhstan and Italy. The company states that the new Spyware attack is targeting the people of different countries. The name of this Spyware is Hermit Government Grade Spyware.
According to the latest report, Hermit Government Grade spyware use Government official to target the victims in the different countries and works on several modules. Apart from, Kazakhstan and Italy Hermit spyware is also spotted in Northern Syria. Hermit spyware is targeting iOS as well as Android users and its app for iOS carries six different harmful vulnerabilities two were unknown and were discovered recently.
Lookout and Working:-
Hermit spyware use government official to operate and catch the victim in their traps. the several modules allow it to collect and control different types of victim information or data from the victim’s device such as:-
Calls logs, Photos, Emails, Messages, and Device location and redirect and record the ambient audio and phone calls.
A harmful link is sent to the target user via “TEXT MESSAGE” for downloading the harmful applications from unknown sources. Google stated that it had notified all the infected users of Android and updated the Google Play Protect for other Andriod users which will now stop the harmful app from running in the background.
“Installing the downloaded APK requires the victim to enable installation of applications from unknown sources. Although the applications were never available in Google Play, we have notified the Android users of infected devices and implemented changes in Google Play Protect to protect all users.” wrote Google.
A recent report says that Hermit used the government officials for cutting the mobile data service from the network provider and then said to install the harmful app for restoring the data. Below you can check a screenshot of the app that prompts users to tap on the corresponding apps to fix their current app account-related issues and then begin an unknown background process to install and occupy an important pieces of information as mentioned above.
Source – Google
These phone makers will rollout Android 13 [List]
Starting today, Android 13 is available to download on Pixel devices via OTA and manual flashing. However, Android 13 will come to devices from the following phone makers:
That’s not it, Google has also confirmed that this Android version will expand further among Android phone users.
Beta and rollout:
Back in February, the first preview build was published for Android 13 developers. After that Google released a number of developer test versions for the corresponding testers including the public testers.
Alongside, Android 13 was also announced in beta for several third-party OEMs. However, earlier this month, the Android 13 beta has been opened for big supporters such as Samsung.
Android 13 Features:
This new Android version comes with a number of new features including the new themed icons, which now completely adopt the color of the wallpaper and look better than Android 12.
Android 13 brings in a brand new functionality called per-app language, which allows you to translate or run an app based on your language preference. Rather than the system language.
There are some improvements made to the on-screen media controls for both small and large screen devices.
Digital Wellbeing has been one of the useful features of the Android ecosystem and it’ll now allow you to customize Bedtime mode with wallpaper dimming and a dark theme. The screen option will also help your eyes to adjust the dark mode when you are about to sleep and get back to sleep if you wake up and check your phone at midnight.
There are many new functionalities that have been added to the security features as well as better controls over notifications. There’s a lot more to explore in Android 13 and these will expand for various Android phone makers as the testing proceeds.
Android 12 is only used by 13.3 percent devices, as Android 13 moves to launch
Android users are eagerly waiting to taste a new experience with the upcoming version of Android. As per the gossip, Google has implemented many new and surprising elements to Android 13. While the company is still giving some last-minute touch-ups to the stable firmware, the new info reveals that only 13.3 percent of devices are now using the Android 12 interface.
That’s right. Eventually, Google updated its Android distribution report at the beginning of this month. On moving into depth, we found that only 13.3 percent of device users rely upon the previous system, that is the Android 12.
Alongside, the company has also mentioned the bars of other Android versions. It’s worth mentioning that the other versions of Android are grabbing more attention than Android 12. For instance, Android 11 is currently available on 27% of devices.
Meanwhile, Android 10 and Android 9 are following the lead in second and third position with 22.3% and 14.5% respectively. Even years later, the older versions of Android are fully capable of beating the demands of the latest and new system versions.
On the flip side, Google’s report also describes the total distribution number of Android versions that have climbed up to 99.8 percent in August. The remaining 0.2% might be the achievement level of Android 12L. Alternatively, Android 12L has its own API levels and has provided various improvements and additions to the large screen devices.
Older Android Versions are more popular!
Well, that shows the popularity of older versions of Android among users. Though Android 12 and above-released versions carry several things to explore. Yet, consumers in the market prefer to depend on the old stable versions. This might be a matter of convenience and fear of facing bugs and issues due to new software.
So far, Google has not mentioned the distribution number of Android 12 for four months. However, the company brought it down to the users just before the launch of Android 13. The reasons are still unknown as to why the company didn’t give an appropriate report for such a long time.
There is still some time left in the release of the stable Android 13 interface. Will the new version be able to grab the full attention of the users? Or the users will choose the previous versions over revamped software? We will keep updating you on this aspect.
Android 13 Launch Delayed: What about Samsung, Xiaomi, OnePlus, Realme, Oppo, Vivo and more?
Earlier this year, Google began testing Android 13 on Pixel devices and the Android maker has now reached stability mode and taken as the final version of Android 13. However, the official launch of Android 13 has been delayed.
Later in July, Google officially confirmed that the Android 13 launch is around the corner but the launch is indefinitely delayed. In the meantime, Google didn’t make any further remarks or statements on this matter.
Even after reaching the stability mode, why Google has delayed Android 13? Will it affect the release of Samsung, Xiaomi, OnePlus, and other Android smartphone makers? Let’s find out. We’re keeping Huawei out of this since the phone maker is not an official partner of Android mobile services.
Last week, Samsung opened One UI 5.0 beta testing in different markets. According to Sammyfans, the South Korean phone maker has based this custom mobile software skin on Android 13. That’s not it, the company has already started expanding the testing program in the U.S. right after the announcement, which is kind of a fast pace testing as compared to the past year.
During the launch of the OnePlus 10T on August 3, OnePlus officially announced OxygenOS 13, which is based on Android 13. The company is testing this new software in beta on OnePlus 10 and 10 Pro devices, since the initial beta program.
On August 4, Realme confirmed Android 13-based One UI 4.0 beta testing for Realme GT 2 Pro smartphone. This update comes with a number of new early access features powered by the new Android version. However, it’s yet to confirm for more Realme devices.
Xiaomi also has its own version of Android 13-based MIUI – MIUI 13. The company is testing this software on Xiaomi 12 series both for Chinese and global models. However, a wide testing activity is yet to open.
There is also another Android phone maker including Vivo, Oppo, Lenovo, and more that has started closed and open beta activities starting in August. It seems like, Google has given permission for all of the Android phone manufacturers to begin beta programs. So that Google could feature them during the official Android 13 launch.
Hence, the Android 13 release delay has not affected anything in the process…