Google Play Protect program will label Android devices as "safe and secure"

Android users shouldn't trust their device's data backup system to store all their data according to the German tech magazine c't which tested Google's solution as well as those from others. — dpa

Google today announced its Certified Android devices website.

Android Oreo and iOS 11 are the upcoming updates from Google and Apple. Other new Android devices that support the OS are expected to begin arriving at the end of this year.

The Android OREO release marks a global collaboration between the OREO brand and Google, which kicked off with the debut of the Android OREO superhero - a new character who personifies the powers of this iconic duo and the features of the new operating system. "For example, a gaming app might not contain malicious code but instead might notify the user to install a PHA that masquerades as an important security update".

"A common strategy employed by PHA [potentially harmful apps] authors is to deliver their apps via a hostile downloader", Android security product manager Edward Cunningham wrote yesterday on Google's Android Developers Blog. The Pixel Launcher version 2.1 is not officially available on Google Play, but you can download the APK file from GitHub.

Devices from companies like Samsung, LG, and HTC are already certified by Google Play Protect, but this new change should help you know whether that Android phone from a smaller OEM is certified or not.

A look at Guatemala's United Nations anti-corruption agency
State Department spokesman Heather Nauert said in a statement that the U.S. was "deeply concerned" by Morales' decision. He also announced the firing of Foreign Minister Carlos Raul Morales for failure to carry out the expulsion.

The features will put a mask over the apps but users will not get to control and customize it on their own.

With the Oreo update, Android TV believes in channels. The aim of the certification is still the same, i.e.to ensure the security of the device with pre-installed Google apps and the Play Store.

If you have used the Pixel smartphones, you would have noticed that the Pixel has different icons for their apps.

It also comes with a new accessibility button that lets users to access the navigation bar accessibility features such as magnification and Select to Speak services. There is also an updated list of OEMs and partners that have certified Android devices, check it out here. One of the nifty features of the stock Android package is Google's own launcher that's now known as Pixel Launcher, after it was rebranded from Nexus Launcher previous year.

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