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Google Duo Now Has Data Saving, Group Calls for Android

By setting up the data saving mode, the company claimed, users can reduce data usage by up to 50 per cent

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Google Duo's group calling tool would only support up to seven people at a time. Pixabay

Google Duo is rolling out group video calls and data saving mode for Android users in India. The feature will be available on iOS soon.

With this, users can have up to eight people on a call at a time.

“India is already the largest market for Duo globally, and we’re committed to building for India, helping people have a seamless experience connecting with their loved ones face to face,” Shweta Vaidya, Product Manager, Google Duo, said in a statement.

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A man walks past a Google sign outside with a span of the Bay Bridge at rear in San Francisco, May 1, 2019. VOA

By setting up the data saving mode, the company claimed, users can reduce data usage by up to 50 per cent.

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The select regions where users can limit data usage on mobile networks and WiFi on Android include Indonesia, India, and Brazil.

All Duo calls, video messages, and group calls on the platform are encrypted end-to-end so users’ conversations stay private, the company added. (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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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.

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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)