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64% of Android phones feature nearly three years old OS: Report

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New Delhi: Around 64 percent of Android smartphones shipped in India in 2015 featured the aging Android KitKat OS, which is nearly three years old, says a latest report.

According to the report released on Thursday by the market research firm CyberMedia Research (CMR), Over 70 percent of Android smartphone users in India do not receive an update to the latest Android Operation System (OS) or its latest features at the time of purchase.

The study was conducted across 158 different smartphone brands and covered 1,476 device models.

“With increase in commoditisation of hardware features owing to competitive pressures, Smartphone vendors will need to start focusing on creating differentiation through user experience enabled by OS and software features,” said Faisal Kawoosa, lead analyst (telecoms) CMR.

“Typically, a consumer nowadays needs to purchase a premium-priced smartphone to access the latest Android OS or software-enabled features,” he added.

The key reason for the delay in sending updates to existing Android smartphones is that handset vendors prefer to launch new models, rather than focus on updating existing ones to provide a consistent user experience.

“While iOS (Apple) users lead with 96 percent users updating the OS at least once, Android lags behind at an abysmal 38 percent,” the findings showed.

Interestingly, the major drivers for OS update are that 77 percent users seek performance improvements and 57 percent users want to explore new features.

The report titled “State of Mobile Operating System Adoption in India” was jointly released by CMR and CREO — a Bengaluru-based consumer technology company. (IANS)(Photo: www.v3.co.uk)

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Advanced SMS Phishing Attacks Affecting Android Phones: Report

However, Sony refused to acknowledge the vulnerability, stating that their devices follow the OMA CP specification

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A French soldier watches code lines on his computer during the International Cybersecurity forum in Lille, northern France, Jan. 23, 2018. VOA

A security flaw in Samsung, LG, Sony, Huawei and other Android smartphones has been discovered that leaves users vulnerable to advanced SMS phishing attacks, Check Point Research — the threat intelligence arm of cybersecurity firm Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. said on Thursday.

Researchers at the cybersecurity firm said certain Samsung phones are the most vulnerable to this form of phishing attack because they do not have an authenticity check for senders of Open Mobile Alliance Client Provisioning (OMA CP) messages.

“Given the popularity of Android devices, this is a critical vulnerability that must be addressed. Without a stronger form of authentication, it is easy for a malicious agent to launch a phishing attack through over-the-air (OTA) provisioning.

“When the user receives an OMA CP message, they have no way to discern whether it is from a trusted source. By clicking ‘accept’, they could very well be letting an attacker into their phone,” Slava Makkaveev, Security Researcher, Check Point Software Technologies, said in a statement.

The affected Android phones use OTA provisioning, through which cellular network operators can deploy network-specific settings to a new phone joining their network.

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FILE – A worker sits a computer at the Department of Homeland Security’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) in Arlington, Va., Aug. 22, 2018. VOA

However, researchers at Check Point found that the industry standard for OTA provisioning — the OMA CP, includes limited authentication methods and remote agents can exploit this to pose as network operators and send deceptive OMA CP messages to users.

The message tricks users into accepting malicious settings that route their Internet traffic through a proxy server owned by the hacker.

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The findings were disclosed to the affected vendors in March; Samsung included a fix addressing this phishing flaw in their Security Maintenance Release for May (SVE-2019-14073), LG released their fix in July (LVE-SMP-190006), and Huawei is planning to include UI fixes for OMA CP in the next generation of Mate series or P series smartphones.

However, Sony refused to acknowledge the vulnerability, stating that their devices follow the OMA CP specification. (IANS)

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Adobe Rolling out First Cross-device Video Editing app for Android Phones

The app debuted on iOS, macOS and Windows last year

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Software major Adobe on Wednesday announced that it is rolling out its first cross-device video editing app “Premiere Rush” to Android phones.

Adobe has packed its professional editing tools like Premiere Pro and Audition as part of the all-in-one app for Android devices, the company said in a statement.

The app integrates intuitive editing, simplified colour correction, Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered audio clean up, customisable Motion Graphics templates and works across desktop and mobile.

“Premiere Rush” also automatically syncs all projects and edits to the cloud, so users could access the most up-to-date version and work from anywhere, on any device.

The app is available for download through the Google Play Store and Samsung Galaxy Store.

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The trial “Premiere Rush Starter Plan” that gives users access to app features, use of desktop and mobile apps and the ability to create an unlimited number of projects and export up to three projects — is available for free.

Otherwise, the app is available for $9.99 (Rs 696.24) per month to individuals, $19.99 (Rs 1,392.57) per month to teams and $29.99 (Rs 2,089.21) per month to enterprise customers.

Adobe is bringing the app first to Android smartphones including Samsung Galaxy S10, 10+, S9, S9+, Note9, Note8, S10e, Google Pixel 3, 3XL, 2, 2XL and OnePlus 6T.

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The company plans to expand the app compatibility for more Android devices in the future.

The app debuted on iOS, macOS and Windows last year. (IANS)

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Vivo To Launch its Y95 Smartphone in India

The device is likely to house a 20MP selfie camera with Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities

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Vivo announces Rs 4,000 crore investment for new UP plant. (IANS)

Chinese handset maker Vivo is all set to launch its Y95 smartphone in India on November 25.

It would be the first smartphone in India to be equipped with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 Octa Core chipset and would cost around Rs 20,000, industry sources told IANS on Thursday.

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The device with 4GB RAM and 64GB onboard storage will come with “Halo FullView” display and run Android 8 Oreo operating system (OS).

The Y95 will have a dual-camera setup at the back with one 13MP sensor and another 2MP sensor with LED flash and phase detection auto focus (PDAF).

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The device is likely to house a 20MP selfie camera with Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities. (IANS)

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