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Google Rolls out Android’s October Security Update

Google introduced the OS in August with its focus on "simplicity" and "intelligence" in its initial release

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Google has started rolling out Android’s October security update that brings with it improvements for its Pixel smartphones with the most important being a fix for fast-charging issues that have been plaguing Pixel and Pixel XL phones since the release of Android 9 Pie OS.

“Android 9 Pie launched two months ago and is receiving its second update with the October security patch. A number of Google Pixel and Pixel 2 bugs are also addressed in this update including one related to fast charging and Android Auto. There are 23 issues resolved in this security patch dated October 1, and three for October 5,” 9to5Google reported late on Monday.

The patch also addresses a fast-charging problem on the original Pixel devices while the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL benefit from improved Android Auto stability.

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“Vulnerabilities range from high to critical, with the most severe relating to the media framework and a remote attacker possibly executing arbitrary code through a crafted file,” the report added.

Android Pie is the ninth major update and the 16th version of the Android OS.

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Google introduced the OS in August with its focus on “simplicity” and “intelligence” in its initial release.

Android Pie also brings a range of useful new features such as adaptive battery, tweaked navigation and improved notifications. (IANS)

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Google Enters 3-Year Partnership With UK Publisher Archant For Project Neon

Google has entered into a three-year partnership with UK publisher Archant for Project Neon, targeting local news

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In a bid to build a sustainable digital model for local news, Google has entered into a three-year partnership with UK publisher Archant for Project Neon which will target up to three communities, identified as being currently underserved by local news.

The project will build new all-digital news platforms for those communities, created in a concerted effort to reverse the commercial challenges local news publishers have faced in the past decade.

“Project Neon will rethink local news from every perspective, from storytelling to layout, from business models to website design,” Matt Kelly, Chief Content Officer, Archant, said in a blog post on Thursday.

 

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Archant is the second partner worldwide in this project, following McClatchy in the US. VOA

As part of the partnership, Archant’s project team will work closely with a team of experts at Google, who are providing funding for the project as part of the “Local Experiments Project” of the Google News Initiative.

Archant is the second partner worldwide in this project, following McClatchy in the US.

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“Nobody can accurately predict how the future of local journalism will look. But with our shared vision for building strong communities, Archant and the Google News Initiative will break new ground towards the goal of a local news industry that not only survives, but thrives,” Kelly said. (IANS)