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Nubia M2 With Dual Cameras Launched in India

Nubia M2 With Dual Cameras Launched in India

 Nubia has now launched its M2 smartphone for the Indian market on Friday.  Nubia unveiled its M2 smartphone back in March this year and the smartphone comes with a dual camera setup and an impressive 4GB of RAM.

The highlights feature on the Nubia M2, the smartphone sports a dual camera setup with two 13-megapixel Sony CMOS sensors, with one capturing color information and the other capturing monochrome, both with sapphire glass protection and a f/2.2 aperture. At the front, it has a 16-megapixel camera with a f/2.0 aperture and an 80-degree wide-angle lens. “The videos don’t pixelate, and 4 times slow playback ensures that every memory can be brought alive,” the company said in its release.


The Nubia M2 runs Nubia UI 4.0 based on Android Marshmallow, and sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) On-cell AMOLED display. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM. The Nubia M2 comes with 64GB of built-in storage, which is further expandable via microSD card (up to 200GB), in India. Notably, the company has not launched the 128GB built-in storage variant in the country.

The connectivity options offered by the smartphone include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.1, OTG, USB Type-C, and GPS. It houses a 3630mAh battery with NeoPower 2.5 fast charging support. The Nubia M2 measures 154.5×75.9x7mm and weighs 168 grams. It comes with a fingerprint sensor on the home button and support for Dolby Sound 7.1 and Hi-Fi audio.

Eric Hu, Country Head at Nubia India said, “We are delighted to partner with Amazon and bring this device exclusively to Amazon Prime users in India. Nubia M2 is a stylish dual camera device that marries art with technology and imagination and it carries forward Nubia’s commitment to introduce innovative products in Indian Market.”

Nubia M2 will be exclusively on Amazon India. Priced at Rs. 22,999, the Nubia M2 will be made available exclusively for Amazon Prime members during the Prime Day Sale starting from July 10. The handset will be made available in Champagne Gold and Black Gold colors in the country.

CopyCat Malware Affected Over 14 Million Android Devices

CopyCat Malware Affected Over 14 Million Android Devices

Researchers have now found that CopyCat Android malware had affected over 14 million devices last year, succeeding in rooting at least eight million of them. The malware made its way to the devices via malicious apps available inside illegitimate app markets, instead of Google Play, to earn as much as $1.5 million (roughly Rs. 9.6 crores) in fake ad revenues in two months, the researchers said.

A study conducted by Check Point researchers has revealed that the CopyCat malware could seep into the Android devices by harnessing six different vulnerabilities possessed by them, and used a novel technique to generate and steal ad revenues. It infected more than 280,000 Android users in the United States, while its major target was Southeast Asian countries. The CopyCat malware was being spread under a campaign and it used to infect device and subsequently root them, gaining the full control of the smartphone.

The researchers define CopyCat as “a fully developed malware with vast capabilities, including rooting devices, establishing persistence, and injecting code into the Zygote”, which is a primary Android app launching process. After a device is infected by CopyCat, it further holds itself until the device reboots and then it tries to root the device. As an attempt to root the device, the malware uses six vulnerabilities possessed by Android 5.0 Lollipop and earlier versions through an ‘upgrade’ acquired through Amazon Web Service storage. Although the flaws found by researchers was capable enough for earlier Android versions, it could still be persistent in the devices that have not been patched or updated in last two years.

The CopyCat malware starts the malicious code injection process to the Zygote app launching process and then generates illicit revenue by installing apps and further replacing the user’s referrer ID with that of attackers. It additionally starts displaying fraud ads and apps. This kind of a technique was earlier used by the Triada Trojan, which targeted devices to gain superuser privileges before making use of regular Linux debugging tools to embed its DLL and infect mobile browsers.

There is about 26 percent of the CopyCat infected devices showed fraudulent advertisements, while a good 30 percent devices were operated to steal credit for downloading and installing the apps on the device. In addition, the study mentions that the malware also shared the device’s information to CopyCat’s control centers.

Google was able to subdue the impact of the CopyCat malware campaign back when the outbreak happened, gradually reducing the number of affected devices, however, devices that haven’t been updated could still be open to attackers. We recommend users stick to official app stores for their app downloads.


Red’s Hydrogen One Phone World’s First Holographic Media Machine

Red’s Hydrogen One Phone World’s First Holographic Media Machine

Camera maker Red is making its foray into the smartphone space. On Wednesday, the company announced a phone called the Hydrogen One, which, the company claims, will be “the world’s first holographic media machine.”

In a jargon-laden blog post, the company boasts of the Red Hydrogen’s display, camera capabilities, sound system, and support for modularity.  The phone will allow for modular attachments, similar to those found on the Moto Z line or the Essential Phone, but with a special focus on image capture, the module will focus on the higher quality motion.

The Red Hydrogen One smartphone features a “retina-riveting” display, which supposedly springs between “3D” and 2D modes depending on the content. One would be able to enjoy such content with wearing glasses, the company claims. About that, Red has also announced a channel where it will offer “4-view holographic” content.

The Red Hydrogen One will work with Red’s professional camera program and offer familiar user interface and monitor. Much like several recent flagship phones, the Red Hydrogen One will also come equipped with a USB-C port, but interestingly also has a microSD card should you need more storage. A 3.5mm headphone jack will also be present.

The Red Hydrogen runs Android with several proprietary features such as “H3O algorithm that converts stereo sound to multi-dimensional audio.” We will have to wait to find out what exactly that means but the company says that the sound experience would be as good as plugging 5.1 audio out headphones.

The phone comes in two variants: Aluminium, which will retail at $1,195 (roughly Rs. 77,350); and Titanium, which will retail at $1,595 (roughly Rs. 103,250). No word on the phone’s India availability, though readers in the US can expect it to arrive in Q1 2018. Pre-orders for the phone is already started.


Android 8.0 Updates in Q3 2017 Codenamed Oreo

Android 8.0 Updates in Q3 2017 Codenamed Oreo

Google‘s next operating system Android 8.0 and its identified also with the codename Android O. The Android O timeline has been buzzing steadily towards its official launch with progress being made with the release of the first, second and third Developer previews. While Google’s new OS seems to be mostly in a finished state, there are a few new additions to the developer previews.


The first Developer Preview was launched in March this year with some update and in mid-May, the second Developer Preview was rolled out bringing more new contents. The third Android O Developer Preview for Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel C, Pixel and Pixel XL devices hit the Internet in June bringing some new APIs that would appear in the final version. The release of the fourth and final version is expected any moment from now before the Stable ROM starts rolling out.

Google has confirmed that Android 8.0 will be available for AOSP and ecosystem releases in the third quarter of this year after the Fourth and final Developer Preview ha rolled out. This means the last preview should come out any moment from now since we are already in the third quarter. Although there is no specific release date yet, a number of sources are pointing to a release in August this year.

Android 8.0 codenamed Oreo, is expected to come with a number of new features, including support for picture-in-picture, application badges, notification dots, support for automatic filling, higher text selection, a substantial improvement of the notification system. There are also some changes seen in the Developer Preview already, such a new media notification, new icon, and clock.


Facebook’s Find Wi-Fi Feature Rolling Out Worldwide

Facebook’s Find Wi-Fi Feature Rolling Out Worldwide

Facebook has expanded its ‘Find Wi-Fi’ feature globally on both iOS and Android devices for its two billion users. “Today we’re beginning to roll out Find Wi-Fi everywhere in the world on iPhone and Android. We launched Find Wi-Fi in a handful of countries last year and found it’s not only helpful for people who are traveling or on-the-go, but especially useful in areas where cellular data is scarce,” Alex Himel, Engineering Director at Facebook, wrote in a blog post late Friday.

“Find Wi-Fi helps you locate available Wi-Fi hot spots nearby that businesses have shared with Facebook from their Page. So wherever you are, you can easily map the closest connections when your data connection is weak,” the post added.

To find Wi-Fi hotspots, open your Facebook app, click on the More tab and then Find Wi-Fi. Once in the Find Wi-Fi tab, you may need to turn Wi-Fi on, if it isn’t on already.

Users can then browse the closest available hotspots on a map, and learn more about the businesses hosting them. Businesses need to ‘claim’ their Wi-Fi network and associate it with their Facebook page for the Wi-Fi network to become available to users via the Find Wi-Fi feature.


Vivo Announces FunTouch OS 3.1 Check Your device in list

Vivo Announces FunTouch OS 3.1 Based on Android 7.1 Nougat

Vivo has announced a new version of its custom FunTouch OS which will be based on the latest version of Android. FunTouch OS 3.1 is said to be based on Android 7.1 Nougat and will start rolling out to eligible devices over the next couple of months.

The Eligible phones include the Vivo X9Plus, X9, Xplay6, X7, X7 Plus, Xplay5A, Xplay5 5S/Xplay5 Elite/Xplay5 Ultimate. The Vivo X9 and X9 Plus will be the first to be updated. The update should start rolling out to the X9 Plus on the 18th of July and to the X9 on the 31st of July.

Before the final update, Vivo says it will push out random beta updates to the X9 Plus, X9, and Xplay6 for testing. It also apologizes for the delay in the roll out to devices as it is working on releasing an update that works well instead of rushing and putting out one filled with bugs.


800 Google Play Store apps infected by ‘Xavier’

800 Google Play Store apps infected by ‘Xavier’

Global cyber security firm Trend Micro on Friday announced that it has detected more than 800 applications in Google Play Store embedded with a Trojan Android malware “Xavier”. “Xavier” steals and leaks a user’s information silently.

“These applications range from utility apps such as photo manipulators to wallpaper and ringtone changers. We also provide multi-layered mobile security solutions to protect users from this threat,” Trend Micro said in a statement.

It has the capability to download and execute other malicious codes from a remote server, which might be an even more dangerous aspect of the malware.

“The easiest way to avoid a cunning malware like ‘Xavier’ is to not download and install applications from an unknown source even if they are from legitimate app stores like Google Play Store,” said Nilesh Jain, Country Manager (India and Saarc), Trend Micro.