Google to Zap Malware from Android Handsets
Google on Saturday announced that it plans to take action to protect end-users from malware applications that were recently discovered and removed from the Android Market. First, Google is going to remotely remove the malicious applications from affected devices. Second, it is going to push a security update to the Android Market to all the affected devices that will un-do the exploits caused by the malware to prevent any more user data from being compromised. Google said that affected users will receive notifications on their device once the malware has been removed and the Android Market update has been installed. Last, Google said that it is taking steps to prevent applications that use similar exploits from entering the Android Market. Google, once again, reminds users to check the list of permissions when installing an application from Android Market.
Google Turns On Native Security Alerts for Android Log-Ins
Google today said it is taking a more proactive step to notify users when there is new account activity. Specifically, Google will send push notifications to Android devices associated with an account every time a new device is added to the account.
Google Reveals When Nexus Phones Will Cease Receiving Android Updates
Google revised its Nexus support page and provided more information on how long Nexus-branded phones will receive future software updates. Google says Nexus devices will get Android version updates (Lollipop, Marshmallow, etc.) for at least two years from when the device became available on the Google Store.
Google Enables Safe Browsing in Chrome By Default
Google today said it has made Safe Browsing the default behavior in Chrome for Android. Any Android device running Play Services 8.1 and higher (which should be most) will have Safe Browsing mode turned on starting with Chrome 46.
Google to Drop Support for Android Market in Eclair and Older
Google today said it will no longer support the Android Market application on devices running Android 2.1 Eclair and older after June 30. Once the change takes place, devices running those operating systems will no longer have access to the Android Market, which was the original app store for Android devices.
Google Issues Android Security Patch
Google today pushed out a security update to devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Google said the most urgent issue pertained to "a critical security vulnerability that could enable remote code execution on an affected device through multiple methods such as email, web browsing, and MMS when processing media files." Google says, to its knowledge, none of these weaknesses have been exploited.