Kapersky Lab Warns of SMS-Based Android Trojan
Security firm Kapersky Lab has issued a warning for users of Android handsets. Kapersky says it has discovered the first Trojan-SMS that specifically targets Android devices. The Trojan, named SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.a, tricks users into downloading it by posing as a media player. After the 13Kb app is installed, it begins sending SMS messages to "premium rate numbers" unbeknownst to device owners. The result is that end users are hit with unwanted SMS-related charges on their wireless bill. Kapersky cautions that Android users pay close attention to the services that applications request to access before installation.
Facebook Messenger Brings SMS Back to Android App
Facebook today said Facebook Messenger users will once again be able to send SMS messages — as long as they're running Android. Essentially, Android users can set Messenger as the default SMS app, which will route all SMS messages and conversations through Messenger rather than any other SMS apps that may be installed on the device.
Google to Strip SMS from Hangouts May 22
Google today outlined a number of changes to its various messaging services, including a dramatic shift for Hangouts. Starting May 22, Google Hangouts will no longer support SMS for text messaging between phones.
Hangouts for Android Adds Video Messages, Improves Invites
Google updated its Hangouts app for Android devices this week with a handful of new features. First and foremost, the app now allows Android owners to record and share video messages — a feature that's been in the iOS version of Hangouts for two years.
Gmail for Android Now Warns of Phishing Attempts
Google has updated Gmail for Android with a new security feature. Moving forward, links within emails that lead to suspicious sites will call up a warning from Google.
Facebook Testing SMS Functionality in Messenger
Facebook is exploring the possibility of allowing people to send SMS messages through the Facebook Messenger application on Android devices. "We are always trying to create new ways for people to communicate seamlessly with everyone," said Facebook in a statement provided to TechCrunch.