Recently, some researchers have detected a new Android malware, which is able to take control of the user’s devices, finds sensitive information, and leak the user’s information as well as sends it to attacker-controlled servers.
What is Malware?
Malware is malicious software that refers to viruses, worms, Trojan viruses, spyware, and ransomware, which is intentionally designed to infiltrate your device without your knowledge.
Where does it found?
The app disguised as a system update and must be downloaded from any third-party app store along with any application. According to the security firm Zimperium, whose researchers discovered this malicious app said, “once the victim installs a malicious app, the malware communicates with the operator’s Firebase server, used to remotely control the device.”
It is really hard to find out this malicious software. It is able to prevent detection by hiding itself from the user’s menu.
What do they do?
These malicious programs can perform a variety of functions such as stealing, data leakage, encrypting, or deleting sensitive data, altering or hijacking, and more listed below:
- Steal messages, contact information, and device details
- Record calls and audio on your device using the device microphone
- It is able to access your device camera and files
- Tracks your location
- Can copy your document information
- Inspecting the bookmark and search history from Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Samsung Internet Browser
- Searching for files with specific extensions (including .pdf, .doc, .docx, and .xls, .xlsx)
- Inspecting the clipboard data
- Inspecting the content of the notifications
- Exfiltrating device information (e.g., installed applications, device name, storage stats)
- Concealing its presence by hiding the icon from the device’s drawer/menu
How can you prevent it?
- Users are requested not to install apps from outside of the app store or any third-party application.
- Use Google’s Play Store, it is generally a more trustworthy place to get apps.
Android 13 Roadmap: Beta/Stable Launch Date
Update: Stable Android 13 to launch in September
Google fans are eagerly looking forward to tasting a new experience with Android 13. But seems like the consumers have to wait till September. That gets clear on the official page of Google that reads the release notes and details of the upcoming version of Android.
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Android 13 is about to launch: Google
Today, Google has officially confirmed that Android 13 is about to launch. The announcement came via the official developer blog simultaneously rolling out Android 13 beta, the final beta OTA ahead of the stable release. Read More
Android 13 beta 3 has started rolling out, and soon Google will confirm the release date of the respective software with a stable version. However, new features with the beta updates are alluring the users to experience stable and complete firmware.
Up to this point, Google has served two developer previews and four beta updates of Android 13. A few days back, the US manufacturer pushed off the third beta of Android 13, intended for Pixel users. After the accomplishment of a stable beta, the company will surely roll it out to other consumers.
Yet more of the beta updates, the users are looking forward to the main software release. Hence, here we are displaying the roadmap that hints at the schedule of Android 13.
Android 13 RoadMap: Beta/Stable Release Date
In comparison to Android 12, the Android 13 rollout exhibits a shorter timeline. The company has already thrown out the third round of the update among the users. Although, users might get one more beta update before the final release.
Furthermore, the next beta update could launch in the month of July. But who knows, we may get some more tweak update points in between.
To summarize, we can say that, the Android 13 operating system could take place in August 2022 among the users. Till then, users can enjoy the third beta of the forthcoming version of Android.
Users can install the latest beta update. But since it is a beta pack, it doesn’t promise complete stability of the software. Hence, install the software at your own risk.
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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.