Over 2 bn active daily users have Android OS on their smartphones

Google’s Android operating system has reached a milestone by powering 2 billion monthly active devices around the world, the company said. Google’s vice president of engineering Dave Burke that Android has “the largest reach of any computing platform of its kind”, Xinhua reported on Thursday. Based on the Linux kernel and designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices, Android was first…

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Malware attacks over 1M Google accounts

Malware called Gooligan breached the security of more than 1 million Google accounts, initially spreading through “tens of fake apps”, according to security firm Check Point. Gooligan potentially affects devices using older (but still common) versions of Android, including Jelly Bean, KitKat and Lollipop. The majority of such devices (57 per cent) are in Asia, with 9 per cent in Europe. Check Point added that the campaign…

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Mobile search proves to be biggest influencer for Google growth

Google’s ventures into innovative advertising streams are showing positive results, with an ad revenue increase of 18 percent, derived mostly from mobile search. The technology giant has seen positive growth in its latest quarter year over year, but its paid search on mobile and YouTube are still driving its main revenue. During the Alphabet Inc. earnings call for 2016’s third…

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Google Daydream View to go on sale 10 Nov in 5 countries

Google’s high-quality virtual reality platform for Android, Daydream, is almost here, and so is the search giant’s headset — Daydream View will be available in stores on November 10. The platform is Google’s strongest attempt yet at muscling into a market that competitors like Facebook’s Oculus, HTC, and others have already begun to corner. And more broadly speaking, it’s a show…

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Google begins its big Pixel push in the UK

It’s a big day for Google. The company is launching its first Pixel branded phones in the UK, retiring the Nexus line and attacking the iPhone with gusto. To give its new handsets a proper introduction, Google has renovated its store-within-a-store at the Currys PC World on Tottenham Court Road. We went to take a look, and stumbled across a…

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Google Not Trying to be Major Telco Rival but Partner, Says Exec

Google has refuted suggestions that it is trying to establish itself as a major network rival in the telco sector despite its various activities in this market. Mike Blanche, who heads up strategic telco relationships for the search engine giant, said Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) is competing against telcos in only a small number of areas and regards itself chiefly as…

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