7 malicious apps reappear on Google Play Store

Android Apps Chrome OS Notification Snoozing

The malware named Android.Reputation.1 has appeared on the Play Store hidden in at least seven apps which include emoji keyboard additions, space cleaners, calculators, app lockers, and call recorders.

The software will replace Android Oreo, also referred to as version 8.0, which is now used on flagship smartphones including the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Google Pixel 2. We also know that Qualcomm is planning to launch new smartwatch chips for later in 2018 that Google will be hoping gives its smartwatches a much needed boost. One may think that this may be because the people behind these apps may be using some sophisticated technology to fool Google.

Even though Google claims that customers have given their consent to hand over the data when they chose to use an Android smartphone, data privacy advocates say that customers are unaware about the real consequences of their decision.

The company further mentions 38 more apps which divert the traffic to various dodgy websites instead of functioning as advertised.

While staying undercover, the malicious app has a background service that constantly checks the device's network connectivity status. The chat-like interface that we now have is fine, but I love all of the new elements Google's working on. With more than ten million Australians using Android phones, they could be paying $580 million in unnecessary fees every year.

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Android P is going to be released soon, with the Pixel smartphone lineup and others running Snapdragon chipsets to experience what Google has been working on. The upcoming Android version will be available for a few Android phones only from Google, Essential, Sony, Nokia, etc.

The Android P also has parental control feature so that the users can control the usage of their phones by children - controlling what, when, and where their children use smartphones.

Sure this is neat for owners of these non-Pixel phones, particularly those that are on the cheaper side, as they can get an early look at Android P if they want. The new Android version also incorporates IPhone-like gestures and functionalities which are smarter than the previous Android versions.

Security software company Symantec has revealed that a number of malicious Android app have been returning to the Google Play store despite being reported. Let us know down in the comments!

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