Two-thirds of Android antivirus apps are frauds

Judy Cobb
March 17, 2019

According to a study, two-thirds of all Android antivirus apps are useless and fail to detect malware despite big claims.

Android users who've downloaded at least one of 210 hugely popular apps may have exposed their smartphones to adware that could become a much larger problem in the future.

The antivirus testing group AV-Comparatives recently tested 250 antimalware security apps available on the Google Play Store - and unfortunately most underperformed.

Users will also be more likely to grant the location permission if they clearly understand why your app needs it.

Google is further improving its permissions model with Android Q to make it more privacy-friendly.

"To maintain a good user experience, design your app to gracefully handle when your app doesn't have background location permission or when it doesn't have any access to location", Chai wrote.

Despite security researchers proving that they can still track devices with randomized MAC addresses, supporting this feature will reduce the efficiency of some data harvesting and user tracking operations. That will allow you to see settings such as internet connectivity, NFC, and audio volume without leaving the app you're in.

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It's unclear from these leaked schematics whether Google will look to increase the size of the display included on the Pixel 4 XL compared to its predecessor, or whether it will simply shrink the physical footprint of the handset instead. Then again, how is a beta going to be smoother than a stable version of Android?

Android Q devices will now transmit a randomized MAC address by default, at all times, and for all communications.

This will grant users access to the new software.

Google is finally revamping the Share menu in Android Q and making it notably faster.

Explaining the Android Q beta process, the Mountain View company stated: "Sign in to your Google account to see a list of your eligible devices".

Smartphone cameras are increasingly capturing more information when they take a photo - and in recent years, with the rise of dual-lens cameras, smartphones have begun capturing depth information.

"The updates that you'll receive as a part of this programme are pre-release versions, and may contain errors and defects that can affect normal functioning of your device". This tactic is common amongst Android malware, and this one is not an exception. "You may also encounter issues restoring a backup".

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