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Improving App Security On Google Play

Improving App Security On Google Play

Google will force to optimize App Security from the Play Store to the latest version of Android

Google wants to end the fragmentation of Android, also within its applications. From the company have established a new series of rules that will force developers to update and optimize their applications for the latest version of the operating system for its Security.

“Improving the App security and performance of Google Play”
Those are the two objectives of Google when implementing these new measures for the App Security, according to the headline in its official note. Specifically, three changes in the regulations aimed at strengthening these two areas will be applied. The first is that by the second half of 2018, Play Store will require new apps and their updates to use a recent Android API for App Security.

In the case of the first will be from August 2018, and in the case of the second as of November 2018. This means that the apps should be optimized for the latest version of Android for its App Security, which is currently Oreo. In this way, apps that avoided updating their API to avoid having to adjust to new performance parameters will be forced to do so for the better App Security. It will begin by targeting Android 8.1 Oreo, but every year that passes will force you to upgrade to the next version.
The second measure is that as of August 2019, Play will force apps to have native 64-bit libraries next to those of 32. This will require better performance and optimization on 64-bit devices. The third and final measure is that Play Store will begin to add App Security metadata to the apk to verify its App Security from the beginning of 2018. This measure seeks to avoid fake apps that pass themselves off as others and avoid App Security failures. It will be done from the side of Google and developers should not do anything.

Breaking Android’s fragmentation. The fragmentation of Android does not only exist at the level of system versions. Measures such as Project Treble help to end it, but it is also necessary for application developers to act. Google’s measures for the Play Store go in that direction. Thanks to them, applications such as Facebook or Snapchat should start applying energy saving and optimization solutions that they had avoided implementing by targeting APIs from lower versions of Android.

Especially noteworthy is the measure to achieve greater App Security in the Play Store. Beyond the implementation of Play Protect, it is another wall to avoid counterfeiting and App Security holes in the official store, something that will be very good for the average user who does not pay as much attention to what installs.

 

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Google Announcing “Best of 2017” Google Play

Google Announcing “Best of 2017” Google Play
Google presents the Best of 2017 on Google Play.To close another great year for Google Play, we are pleased to share the most popular apps, games, music, movies, TV shows and books in 2017. We have summarized the must have gaming apps for each genre for you. The games are available for free download, but almost all of them have in-app purchases.

Named this edition 2017 as we have all Android games apps recorded by this year. The list will be continually updated with new game apps when they appear on the Google Play Store in 2017 for Android. For the year 2013 we had the Games Apps of the Year. Since a few years have passed since then, we have now worked up this list.The reason for creating these top 100 Android games apps was that many beads are not so easy to find in the Google Play store. Instead, they have fallen far lower in the rankings, as always new games are up.

So if you have a new Android smartphone or tablet then this article is for you, because here you will find the 100 best Android games apps that you should definitely play once. As mentioned above, we usually only included those that were available for free download.

At the beginning, we have 10 games from all genres that you really should know – our Best Of from the Google Play Store, so to speak. Here are Must Have games apps for Android, everyone should know. From Endless Runner, through adventure and simulation to RPGs and quizzes. Best of all, all these games can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store. In-app purchases are always optional. These are as of 2017 the best Android games from our point of view.

Nobody knows better how far it is possible to get than “Moana”, since it was the most popular movie of the year on Google Play. Strong female characters dominated the table of films this year with “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and “Wonder Woman” within the top three positions. “Game of Thrones” kept “Rick and Morty” and “The Walking Dead” at bay to claim the Iron Throne for the second consecutive year as the most popular television show on Google Play. In the music category, the song “HUMBLE.” by Kendrick Lamar beat Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” as the most played song on Google Play in 2017. The song “DNA.” Kendrick also took third place on this list.

“Super Mario Run” by Nintendo was the most downloaded new game of the year, but not all bubbles were broken as “Bubble Witch 3 Saga” remained close at number two. “Photo Editor – Beauty Camera & Photo Filters” was the new application most downloaded by fans who retouch their favorite photos for social networks. We have also created lists this year with selections from our editors to help you find the ‘Best Apps’ and the ‘Best Games’ of 2017, such as “Socratic – Help with Mathematics and Tasks” and “CATS: Crash Arena Turbo Stars”, respectively.

Discover the most popular lists in your country and all the selections of our editors in the Best of 2017 section in the Play Store.

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Twit IQ Gadget Review: 1More iBfree in Ear-Headphones

Twit IQ Gadget Review: 1More iBfree in Ear-Headphones

There are many in ear- headphones out there right now. So it is tough competition for any ear phones coming out into the market. Can the 1More iBfree earphones live up to expectations is the real question.

Chinese based 1More is taking the headphone world by storm. They are already getting stellar reviews for their wired headphones and now they have recently come into the wireless world of audio with their 1More iBfree in ear-headphones.

Packaging of the 1More iBfree Earphones:

1More iBfree earphones comes in a sleek and sophisticated packaging, these earphones give you that high end luxury feel. If your one of those that has been using wired earphones all their lives, you might find opening a wireless earphone box somewhat disappointing, wait don’t get me wrong. Basically what I’m saying is that you might find not having a wire with the earphones a little bit incomplete. That said it is all the same for all wireless earphones.

1More iBfree in Ear

Connectivity in the 1More iBfree earphones:

The 1More iBfree earphones come with 4.1 bluetooth connectivity. The iBfree earphones are compatible with both IOS and Android OS.

While using the  iBfree earphones, I found that the connectivity was good without any major blips and that it worked seamlessly with any device. So connectivity is not an issue with these in ear-headphones.

1More iBfree earphones Design:

The 1More iBfree earphones come with the barrel coated in aluminium with the wire being made of rubber. If I have any complaints about these earphones at all, is that they do not seem too flexible when it comes to the wires, since it has that rubber like finish.

You can get these earphones in 4 different colors which are aqua blue, vibrant red, space grey and apple green.

The in- ear silicon ends might be a little on the irritating side when you wear them. I found using them not that easy in the sense that it just kept slipping out of my ears. It has something to do with the material of the buds. With other silicon ear buds, I have not experienced any such problems.

There is a remote located on the right side of the earphones. The earphones come with a MEMS microphone which basically means it eliminates cross-talking and background noise.

The 1More iBfree earphones also come with IPX4 water resistance which means that it can handle splashes of water and not more. So you may not want to dunk those things in the water anytime soon.

These earphones also come with a “C” shaped sports grip.

Sound Quality:

The 1More iBfree earphones pack a punch when it comes to music. The sound quality is not only decent but is also pretty good.

Oh and did I mention theses bad boys were also tuned by Grammy award winner, sound engineer, Luca Bignardi. It does not get any better than that does it?

Battery of the 1More iBfree earphones:

These  earphones come with 240 hrs of standby and 8 hours of music time. There is also a voice which informs you when your battery is running low. You can charge these earphones with a micro-USB cable.

Price of the 1More iBfree earphones:

For high end quality music and a sleek design, the 1More iBfree earphones are available at just $59.99. This, if you ask me is just the icing on the cake.

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LG V30 vs Google Pixel 2 XL

LG V30 vs Google Pixel 2 XL

The LG V30 and Google Pixel 2 XL are in most ways very similar smartphones but the difference lies in many basic areas. Mostly, LG offers more in the department of hardware while Google’s expertise lies more in the software department.

In both the phones, the built is of very high quality. The LG V30 is mainly glass build production that enables wireless charging while on the other hand the Pixel 2 XL predominantly has a metal assembly with a soft touch coating on the metal that feels like plastic and curved glass is present in both the phones on the front that makes it comfortable to browse through menus.

The LG V30 has an IP68 water and dust resistance rating whereas the Pixel 2 XL has a rating of IP67. As a provision for expandable storage the LG V30 has a microSD card slot and it also has a headphone jack of 3.5mm with a dominant DAC amplifier that helps in listening to music through headphones an incredible experience. However, the Pixel does not provide any of these features.

LG V30 vs Google Pixel 2 XL

Both phones have the same type of displays. For example, a slight blue tint is noticeable when looking at the displays from an angle though it is a little more prominent in the case of the Pixel 2 XL. Both the devices also have equally thin bezels but comparatively thicker bezels can be seen in the Pixel 2 XL. The display in 2 XL also has dull looking colors but a fix in the software is being worked upon. If you are looking for the best display in smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is highly recommended. Even with their issues, these displays can still make an impression with their OHD solutions and high contrast ratios.

Another software difference is that the LG V30 runs Android 7.1 Nougat when just out of the box and on the other hand the Pixel 2 XL runs the most recent version of Android which is stock Android 8.0 Oreo and it runs the software the exact same way Google expects it to. Google is also incorporated in the Pixel 2 XL in every which way possible. One can actually squeeze the phone to turn on Google Assistant which is quite similar to the HTC U11. Also, Google’s search bars will be seen almost everywhere. Some users will like the performance advantages of stock Android and the fact there will be guaranteed updates available for Pixel 2 from Google for a time period of at least the next three years. Others will, to the least, be displeased with the skinned version of Android Nougat that contains a horde features which are specific to LG like for example, the floating bar whose main purpose is to enable easy access to apps via shortcuts which is in the form of a floating bar on your screen. The Snapdragon 835 chipset is featured in both the phones along with a RAM of 4GB, however, the Pixel 2 is much smoother and faster than its rival, because of the pure edition of Android present in it.

The LG V30 is also one step ahead of the Pixel 2 XL when it comes to the hardware in terms of the cameras. It has a 16-megapixel main camera with industry leading statistics such as /1.6 aperture and 13-megapixel f/1.9 aperture with wide angle sensor. The Pixel 2 XL has just a 12-megapixel primary camera sensor on the back. Both the cameras can capture unbelievable results in all types of lighting conditions. Again, the LG V30 gets an additional point compared to the Pixel 2 XL in terms of hardware as it has a wider f/1.6 aperture but the Pixel combats that with its unique technology that has dual pixel which in turn gives Google more matter to work with so that it can produce amazing images. In spite of its weaker hardware, the Pixel 2 is competent enough to capture brighter low light pictures and better photos in HDR as compared to the LG V30. Its camera is best suited for front facing selfies. The front facing camera in LG V30, however, is poor and often produces grainy and poor quality selfies.

A remarkable wide angle camera sensor is present in the LG V30 that can capture amazing landscape and nature photos, a capability that the Pixel lacks due to limitations in its hardware. It also has manual controls for photos and videos capturing along with really unique filters and zoom tricks that are best suited for creative users.

Talking about heavy usage, the LG V30 has 3,300 mAh battery and a 3,520mAh battery is present in the Pixel 2 XL. The Pixel 2 XL, comparatively, has more possibility of lasting through the entire day on a single charge, which is all because of its larger capacity battery and software that is better optimized. As mentioned earlier, the LG V30 has a quad DAC and headphone jack which is not present in the Google phone. However, the Pixel 2 XL does have dual stereo speakers which are front facing and they have excellent sound handling system, comparatively better than the bottom-facing speakers of the LG V30.

When considering the hardware rather than the software, the LG V30 is the winner. Its storage is expandable, has wireless charging, rear facing camera sensors that are dual and a headphone jack with an amazing quad DAC. These hardware features are not seen in the Pixel 2 XL but if you are looking for the best mobile software, guaranteed updates received directly from Google, unique hardware and other software features such as the squeeze feature and portrait modes, then Pixel 2 Xl will definitely be the better choice.

A few shortcomings can be overlooked in terms of hardware but the pricing of $850 off-contract for the Pixel 2 XL may make it difficult for some buyers. Relatively, the LG V30 is about $50 cheaper and has more hardware related features compared to its competitor to give it an extra edge over it. However, the Pixel phone will eventually prove to be a more comfortable purchase because of the newly added stereo speakers and the latest waterproofing rating that the former Pixel did not have.

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Twit IQ Gadget Review: Samsung Gear Icon X (2018)

Twit IQ Gadget Review: Samsung Gear Icon X (2018)

Samsung’s Gear Icon X Earbuds

Just a fancy name or has the Samsung Gear Icon X have the goods? To be released in 2018 will these ear buds actually live up to the hype. They may be a reliable set of headphones and apart for some minor problems they may prove to be a good buy.

There are a lot of wireless ear buds out there so the competition is tough can these Samsung gear icon X ear buds level the playing field. On using them you may find that the bass is a little weak and the songs sound a little shallow to the ears but all in all hearing your songs is decent on the Samsung gear icon X ear buds.

Battery life on Gear Icon X:

The earbuds come with a 4 hour battery life which gets diminished if you use it on workouts as the voice assistant doesn’t quit motivating you especially on those grueling runs you have going on. You may even find that one of your earbud’s battery life diminishes faster because of the voice assistant.

Samsung Gear Icon X

The Samsung Gear does not have a shut off button, so even when you are not using it the battery gets drained. These ear buds come with a sort of box that works as a storage container cum charging outlet. The box provides charging for up to two full charges before you need to connect it to a power outlet. The earbuds switch off only when in the box.

Sensor in the Samsung Gear Icon X ear buds:

Smart or not so smart that is the question. The ear buds come with a smart sensor that detects when it is in one’s ear but apparently does not switch off when out of the ear. It keeps getting notifications even when outside the ear cavity. This slight problem further diminishes battery life.

Design of the Gear Icon X ear buds:

The ear buds come in subtle coloring other than the neon pink ones and it has a plastic outer coating. The Samsung Gear Icon X ear buds come with spare silicon ear buds and additional wingtips.

Samsung Gear Icon X Volume control:

The volume control on the Samsung Gear Icon X is a bit shifty if you ask me. It takes multiple swipes or taps to adjust the volume or change songs.

Another cool feature of the Samsung  ear buds are the tap and hold feature that allows you to choose between voice control, starting a workout and ambient sound.

Ambient sound in the Icon X:

Since these ear buds have such a snug fit, they can sometimes block out external sounds. So they have an option where you can turn up the volume on these ambient sounds so that you can hear that horn blaring at you when crossing the road listening to favorite song.

Samsung’s Gear Icon X price:

These Samsung ear buds will be available at 200$ next year which is 40$ more than the Apple  Air Pod ear buds.

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