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Android 8.0 Oreo, thoroughly reviewed

Android 8.0 Oreo is the 26th version of the world's most popular operating system. This year, Google's mobile-and-everything-else OS hit two billion monthly active users—and that's just counting phones and tablets. What can all those users expect from the new version? In an interview with Ars earlier this year, Android's VP of engineering Dave Burke said that the 8.0 release would be about "foundation and fundamentals." His team was guided by a single question: "What are we doing to Android to make sure Android is in a great place in the next 5 to 10 years?"

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Google Touts Encryption Support On New Pixel Android Phones

posted onNovember 21, 2016
by l33tdawg

Google's recently released Android Nougat-powered Pixel smartphones offer a whole new level of data protection because of their built in encryption capabilities, the company said this week.

In a blog post Google senior software engineers Paul Crowley and Paul Lawrence said the new data security capabilities made Pixel and Pixel XL better, faster and stronger than the company's previous smartphone models.

Google is developing a new operating system for everything

posted onAugust 16, 2016
by l33tdawg

A brand new operating system with a colorful name is currently under development at Google, according to a new project page found on GitHub.

Google hasn’t officially acknowledged that it’s working on the project, but the new operating system could possibly replace Chrome OS and Android by being able to run on pretty much everything.

Google dubbed its new operating system “Fuchsia.” Unlike Android and Chrome, it doesn’t use the Linux kernel at all. The GitHub page discovered by AndroidPolice simply teases “Pink + Purple == Fuchsia (a new Operating System).”

Google Compute Engine lets users create their own encryption keys

posted onAugust 7, 2016
by l33tdawg

Until now, anyone using the Google cloud platform, Google Compute Engine, was forced to use encryption keys generated by Google. Clearly this spooked a lot of people, and there have long been calls for users to be granted greater control of security.

Now this is happening -- users are able to provide their own encryption keys. Customer-Supplied Encryption Key (CSEK) are used to provide a second layer of security, on top of the Google-generated keys that are used by default.

Google Promotes Chrome 48 Browser to the Stable Channel, Fixes 37 Security Issues

posted onJanuary 21, 2016
by l33tdawg

Google Chrome 48.0.2564.82, which is the same version that was pushed earlier today to the Beta channel, is now the newest stable version for the cross-platform and popular web browser using by Windows, Mac and Linux users worldwide on both their PCs and mobile devices.

"The Chrome team is delighted to announce the promotion of Chrome 48 to the stable channel for Windows, Mac and Linux," said Krishna Govind. "Chrome 48.0.2564.82 contains a number of fixes and improvements. Watch out for upcoming Chrome and Chromium blog posts about new features and big efforts delivered in 48."

Google’s Project Zero chastised Trend Micro over security vulnerability

posted onJanuary 12, 2016
by l33tdawg

When you pay for security software, you probably hope it’s protecting you — not creating a massive security breach in and of itself. But if you ran Trend Micro’s password manager, enabled by default for all Trend Micro users, any site on the web could have executed any app on your computer just by including a bit of code.

A patch issued today mostly solves the problem. But as Ars Technica reports, that only happened because Google Project Zero team member Tavis Ormandy publicly berated the company.

Chrome 47 brings new developer features, over $100,000 in security fixes, and removes the notification center

posted onDecember 2, 2015
by l33tdawg

Google today launched Chrome 47 for Windows, Mac, and Linux with cooperative multitasking, automatic dismissal of desktop notifications, security improvements, and new developer features. It also removes the desktop notification center. You can update to the latest version now using the browser’s built-in silent updater or download it directly from