‘Janus’ vulnerability allows attackers to modify APKs without changing signature, APKMirror already protected

<p><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_apk-hero.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-463246" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_apk-hero.png" alt="" width="728" height="410" /></a></p> <p>Since the first release, Android has required developers to <a href="https://source.android.com/security/apksigning/">sign their applications</a>. When you update an app, Android will compare the update's signature to the existing version. If they match, the app update will install. This way, developers don't have to worry about modified APKs causing problems, and users are kept secure.<span id="more-463244"></span></p> <p><a href="https://www.guardsquare.com">GuardSquare</a>, a security firm based in Belgium, published a report today about a vulnerability it discovered in Android.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/08/janus-vulnerability-allows-attackers-modify-apks-without-changing-signature-apkmirror-already-protected/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/08/janus-vulnerability-allows-attackers-modify-apks-without-changing-signature-apkmirror-already-protected/'>'Janus' vulnerability allows attackers to modify APKs without changing signature, APKMirror already...

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[Deal Alert] Prime Exclusive Nokia 6 is $149.99 ($30 off), more Prime phone deals start December 10

<p><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_nokia-6-deal-hero.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-463241" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_nokia-6-deal-hero.png" alt="" width="728" height="400" /></a></p> <p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/electronics-store/b/?tag=androidpolice-20&ie=UTF8&node=14613304011">Amazon's Prime Exclusive phones</a> remain a popular option for people wanting to save money on phone purchases. While you have to put up with lock screen ads and the bootloader can't be unlocked, Prime phones are often much less expensive than the normal unlocked models. During this month, Amazon will be discounting select Prime Exclusive phones, as much as $50 off the usual prices.<span id="more-463240"></span></p> <p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071VZKDDP?tag=androidpolice-20">The Nokia 6 is now $149.99</a> until December 24, a $30 reduction from the usual price, and $80 cheaper than the non-Prime model.<div class="clear"></div> <a...

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Google Maps v9.68 makes indoor maps easier to spot, prepares intelligent ‘out of range’ warnings, and much more [APK Teardown]

<p style="text-align: center"> </p><p style="text-align: center"><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_maps-2.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-463231" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_maps-2.png" alt="" width="728" height="300" /></a></p> <p>For many people around the world, this is the holiday season. We're packing things up and hitting the road to visit family and friends. Most of us will put at least some part of our trip into Google's hands as we launch Maps and wait for it to tell us which turn to take next. A new version hit the beta channel yesterday to prepare for some of these road trips.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/08/google-maps-v9-68-makes-indoor-maps-easier-spot-prepares-intelligent-range-warnings-much-apk-teardown/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/08/google-maps-v9-68-makes-indoor-maps-easier-spot-prepares-intelligent-range-warnings-much-apk-teardown/'>Google Maps v9.68 makes indoor maps easier to spot,...

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Google Home Mini regains start/stop controls with upcoming update

Shortly after the launch of the Google Home Mini, a hardware bug resulted in Google removing the ability to play/pause media. An inconvenience for a speaker, this feature has now returned, but not necessarily in an intuitive manner. Nintendo Switch According to The Verge, start/stop controls for media, alarms, and other similar functionality is returning […]

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New Google Home Mini update restores touch functionality with long-press on the side

<p><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/nexus2cee_homemini.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-450017" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/nexus2cee_homemini-728x364.png" alt="" width="668" height="334" /></a></p> <p>The Google Home Mini is a super-affordable way to get Google Assistant in your life, but Google was forced to <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/10/10/google-nerfing-home-minis-mine-spied-everything-said-247/">hobble the device</a> shortly after launch because a sticky touch sensor caused Artem's Google Home to record everything he said. That functionality is now coming back with a small tweak. Instead of tapping the top of the device, you'll be able to long-press the side.</p> <p><span id="more-463215"></span></p> <p>When we reported the original defect to Google, it investigated the issue and determined a small number of Home Minis had a touch...

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Action Launcher updated to v32 with bug fixes and a 30% off sale, plus Adaptive Pack gets more icons

<p><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_1_KXehVr28p3rHqfkjc200Lg.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-463210" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_1_KXehVr28p3rHqfkjc200Lg-728x410.png" alt="" width="668" height="376" /></a></p> <p>Today marks five years since Action Launcher first hit the Play Store. Those were the days of Jelly Bean, when 7-inch tablets roamed the Earth. A lot has changed since then, including the way Action Launcher upgrades work. The app hasn't seen any discounts since it switches to an in-app upgrade model in 2014, but today it's 30% off. The new version also has some small feature tweaks, and the Adaptive Pack for Action Launcher includes more icons.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/08/action-launcher-updated-v32-bug-fixes-30-off-sale-plus-adaptive-pack-gets-icons/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/08/action-launcher-updated-v32-bug-fixes-30-off-sale-plus-adaptive-pack-gets-icons/'>Action Launcher updated to v32 with...

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Report: Apple eyeing Shazam acquisition worth $400 million 

Apple may be planning to purchase the company behind the popular song tagging service Shazam, TechCrunch reports. The deal could be worth around $400 million (so not much for Apple) and announced as soon as next week. 9to5Mac Happy Hour As Spotify continues to inch towards a public listing, Apple is making a move of its own […]

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Upcoming Google Home speakers might feature multi-touch controls

Following the launch of the Home Max this month, Google’s smart speaker lineup for the year will be complete. However, rumors already point to the company working on a device with a touchscreen, while a new report today suggests multi-touch input for future devices. Nintendo Switch Besides voice, last year’s Google Home featured a touch-sensitive […]

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Jony Ive returns to Apple design management role after two years

Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer, is returning to his management role within Apple’s design group after handing off managerial duties in 2015. 9to5Mac noted that Ive’s design deputies were no longer listed on Apple’s leadership page earlier today, and news of Ive’s return is going over the wire now (H/T our pal Mark Gurman). 9to5Mac Happy Hour […]

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[Bonus Round] RPGolf, RPG Wizards of Brandel, Undersea, 2048 Bricks, Radiation Island Free, Timber West – Wild West Arcade Shooter, and Crazy Dreamz: MagiCats Edition

<p><img title="bonusround" src="http://cdn.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/nexusae0_bonusround_thumb.png" alt="bonusround" width="728" height="291" />Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a fantastic pixel-based golf RPG, a turn-based JRPG from Kemco, an underwater endless runner, a new twist on the classic 2048 gameplay, a free...

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Googlers and Google.org donated $260 million to nonprofits in 2017

In light of hurricanes, attacks, and other disasters this year, Google has provided aid through donations and employee matching initiatives. In 2017, employees and the Google.org philanthropic arm gave $260 million to nonprofits. Nintendo Switch A blog post released today recaps their various campaigns during the year. Donations were centered around education, economic opportunity, and […]

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[Deal Alert] Verizon Wear24 smartwatch is just $79.99 ($270 off) on Woot

<p><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_Screen-Shot-2017-12-08-at-2.27.31-PM.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-463198" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_Screen-Shot-2017-12-08-at-2.27.31-PM-728x452.png" alt="" width="668" height="415" /></a></p> <p>Not many people are interested in paying $349.99 for a smartwatch, which is probably why Verizon's Wear24 didn't do too hotly prior to <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/09/25/verizon-discontinues-wear24-smartwatch-just-4-months/">its discontinuation</a>. However, we've been seeing some incredible deals since then. Matching the lowest price we've seen thus far, Woot is offering new Wear 24s for just $74.99 (plus $5 for shipping) a pop.</p> <p><span id="more-463196"></span></p> <p>The Wear24 features a 1.39" 480p OLED, a Snapdragon 2100, 768MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, and a beefy 450mAh battery.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/08/deal-alert-verizon-wear24-smartwatch-just-79-99-270-off-woot/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/08/deal-alert-verizon-wear24-smartwatch-just-79-99-270-off-woot/'>[Deal Alert] Verizon Wear24 smartwatch...

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