Email remains the linchpin of online communication, and while we heavily rely on everything from instant messaging to video chat in order to stay in touch with the people we need to in our lives, we always find ourselves turning back to tried-and-true email. Of course, even for something so utilitarian as email, there are still a million companies putting their own spin on it, and for so many Android users around the globe, Gmail is their email service of choice. Read More
A new app update means a new APK Teardown here at AP. Today's victim is the Google Play Store, which was just freshly updated to 3.9.16. We've got all sorts of stuff to talk about.
A Built-In Malware Scanner
Yes, it's hard to believe, but Google is working on a malware scanner for the Play Store. The string file doesn't lie:
<string name="package_malware_title">App Check</string>
<string name="package_malware_consent_text">"Allow Google to check all apps installed to this device for harmful behavior?
To learn more, go to Settings > Security."</string>
<string name="package_malware_banner_warning">Installing this app may harm your device</string>
<string name="package_malware_banner_blocked">Installation has been blocked</string>
<string name="package_malware_recommendation_warning">Google recommends that you do not install this app.</string>
<string name="package_malware_recommendation_blocked">To protect you, Google has blocked the installation of this app.</string>
<string name="package_malware_app_name">App name: \"%s\"</string>
<string name="package_malware_checkbox_label">I understand that this app may be dangerous.</string>
<string name="package_malware_consent_title">Verify apps?</string>
Apparently, there are two parts to this. Read More
A new Google Play Store v3.8.15 apk started rolling out to Android devices today, but upon running through its UI, I was unable to uncover anything different from the versions before that. Yet the apk size gained a few
pounds kilobytes, and not knowing what the 300KB of code and resources added was killing me. Not to worry, a few minutes later, I decoded both 3.7.15 and 3.8.15 and compared their contents.
Play Store Gift Cards
What I found inarguably points to Google gearing up to finally release redeemable Play Store gift cards - something we've been anxiously waiting for since the Android Market started supporting paid apps. Read More