Google deletes another 25 Android apps caught stealing user data, including Facebook credentials.
We tell our clients and colleagues on a regular basis, “know your tech.” This is especially important for smart phones. One of the key reasons that wireless network providers or carriers, avoided an open ecosystem, loading just any mobile app on your phone, for so many years, was that your data and activities were not secure.
Now that we have a world where any old app or service can be loaded on your phone, and it has IP address, and they can record your every movement and moment, it’s especially important to know exactly what the apps you use on those devices are doing.
Apple iOS is not immune, I recently found an app secretly collecting 12-14 GB worth of data on my phone. More on what’s happening with Android at the link below.
Android Circuit: Samsung’s Hidden Camera, Faster Wireless Charging From OnePlus, The Gaming Phone With A Fan
Taking a look back at seven days of news and headlines across the world of Android, this week’s Android Circuit includes the Galaxy’s hidden camera, Samsung’s curved screen, faster wireless charging from OnePlus, new Nokia PureView delay, the costly Mate Xs, Russia’s smartphone software law extended, and a gaming phone with a fan…
Android Circuit is here to remind you of a few of the many things that have happened around Android in the last week (and you can find the weekly Apple news digest here).
Keep The Note 20 Camera Under Your Screen
Not only is Samsung on course to release the Note 20 in its traditional mid-August slot, it has an innovative answer on where to put the selfie camera. The South Korean manufacturer has no need for punch outs, notches, or pop up famers.
Google Is Taking on Apple’s iMessage with RCS — Here’s How Android’s New Texting Experience Stacks Up
There is a solid prediction in here, and that is that this rich messaging standard will end up being the defacto standard for messaging. It’s not just that some of the same features iPhone users enjoy amongst each other will be there, it’s that those features, and many extensions of rich web functionality will now be interoperable between platforms.
RCS has been promoted by Google as their answer to iMessage and is the backbone behind the new “Chat” features in Android Messages.
Portrait Mode takes images with a shallow depth of field, focusing on the primary subject and blurring out the background for a professional look. It does this by using machine learning to estimate how far away objects are from the camera, so the primary subject can be kept sharp and everything else can be blurred.
In order to estimate depth, the Pixel 4 captures an image using two cameras, the wide and telephoto cameras, which are 13 mm apart. This produces two slightly different views of the same scene, which, like information from human eyes, can be used to estimate depth. In addition, the cameras also use a dual pixel technique in which every pixel is split in half and is captured by a different half of the lens to give even more depth information.
It is amazing what you can do with a camera in a Smartphone these days. Don’t think of it as a replacement for a DSLR in hardware, think of it as a vehicle for delivering innovative software features to the world of photography. The Pixel 4 and Nokia products are a good example.
With everyone nowadays talking about computational photography and all that it can do, you know that the engineers at Google will put some magic into that […]