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Chrome on Android Now Lets Users Surf Web Without Internet

Chrome on Android would be available in over a 100 countries including India, Nigeria, Indonesia and Brazil

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Google's new Search feature gives single result to certain queries. Pixabay

Google on Thursday introduced a new feature for its Android devices that would let users in India and several other countries surf the web without a constant Internet connection.

“When you’re connected to free, unmetered WiFi, Chrome will automatically download relevant articles, based on what content is most popular in your location,” said Amanda Boss, Product Manager, Offline Chrome for Android.

The automatically downloaded content would be available alongside all of the downloaded content available for access anytime, even without an Internet connection.

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Google on a smartphone device, Pixabay

“If you’re signed into Chrome, you’ll also get articles that are relevant to you, based on your browsing history,” Boss added.

Chrome on Android would be available in over a 100 countries including India, Nigeria, Indonesia and Brazil.

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Users who update to the latest version of Chrome on Android in Google Play Store would be able to use this feature. (IANS)

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Google Confirms Pre-installment of Trojan Triada on Android Smartphones

The report also said the supply chain attack was pulled off by one or more partners the manufacturers used in preparing the final firmware image used in the affected devices

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The Google logo is seen at a start-up campus in Paris, France, Feb. 15, 2018. VOA

Two years after a banking Trojan called Triada was spotted on some budget Android smartphones, Google has confirmed that criminals did actually manage to get an advanced backdoor pre-installed devices before they even left the manufacturing facilities.

Triada’s chief purpose was to install apps that could be used to send spam and display ads using tools that bypassed Android’s built-in security protections, thus allowing the malware to directly tamper with every installed app, Ars Technica reported on Saturday.

Triada first came to light in 2016 in articles published by Kaspersky that said the malware was “one of the most advanced mobile Trojans” the security firm’s analysts had ever encountered.

Google on an Android device. Pixabay

And while Google did confirm the Dr. Web report, it did not name the original equipment manufacturers.

The report also said the supply chain attack was pulled off by one or more partners the manufacturers used in preparing the final firmware image used in the affected devices.

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According to Lukasz Siewierski, a member of Google’s Android Security and Privacy Team, Triada infects device system images through a third party during the production process when the manufacturer turns to a third party developer to add a feature that does not come part of the Android Open Source Project, like face unlock. (IANS)