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So far, we've seen a number of Android smartphone makers or their brand ambassadors promoting their own products using the iPhone, such as Samsung and Huawei. However, Tech YouTuber MKBHD found out that Apple Music's official Twitter account once used an Android device to post a tweet, "never thought I'd see the day," says the YouTuber in a rather surprised tone.

Although Apple Music is not only available for iOS devices, it can also be downloaded and installed on Android devices, is still quite awkward to publish a message using competitors’ devices. It could be the case that Apple might have testing Apple Music on Android and forgot to switch over to iPhone when tweeting.

The YouTuber seems to be very keen on such incidents lately, that even the tweets sent by Apple Music's Twitter account in November were dug up. Marques Brownlee just discovered last week that Samsung India used the Twitter for iPhone app to promote the Galaxy A9, and noticed that Samsung's Nigerian Twitter account highlighted the Galaxy Note 9's Super AMOLED display via an iPhone.

In October of this year, Samsung's Russian ambassadors Ksenia Sobchak was sued by Samsung for using the iPhone X in public instead of the Samsung phone she should have promoted. In 2016, US President Donald Trump also used the iPhone to push for a boycott of Apple.

The iOS 12 installation rate has steadily increased and has surpassed its predecessor iOS 11 for several weeks. According to Mixpanel, on December 17 of last year, the iOS 11 installation rate was 75%, but, iOS 12 has already installed 75% of devices as of yesterday, which is 3 weeks faster than iOS 11.

Currently, the iOS 12 adoption rate is at 75.05%, whereas the iOS 11 is at 19.5%, and the older iOS versions shares rest of the 5.5%. Apple announced on October 10 that iOS 12 adoption rate exceeded 50% and reached 60% on October 29, and rather sooner than later, the company will tout out that its iOS 12 adoption is 70%.

Thanks to the significant speed improvements made on older devices like iPhone 5s or iPhone 6, iOS 12 is able to surpass iOS 11 in terms of adoption rate. Besides, it also brings popular features like the Group Facetime, Digital Health tool called Screen Time, animated emoji called Memoji, Siri Shortcuts for creating custom voice commands, etc. Apple is currently testing iOS 12.1.1.

Meanwhile, Google newest Android update, Android 9 (Pie), didn't even made into the Android adoption list, in which means that the share is under 0.1%, while last year's Android Oreo captured 21.5% share. Apple's iOS 12 has totally destroyed Android Pie when it compared to the adoption rate.

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According to well-known Youtuber EverythingApplePro, who discovered yet another Unicode bug that is capable of crashing apps and operating systems. The bug, which is called ‘black dot’ bug as its origins on Android due to a bug relating to WhatsApp: it was being spread with the following emoji: <⚫👈🏻, and now is appeared on iOS.

Essentially, because the strings contain thousands of hidden invisible Unicode characters, which churns through CPU cycles as the system attempts to process them. Once this specially crafted text sent within Messages, it will result in repeated crashes when the recipient tries to read it - whether reads from left-to-right or right-to-left.

Luckily, the issue can be resolved by simply use 3D Touch on the Messages icon on the Home screen, then choose the option "New Message". For those users who don't use 3D Touch, go to another iCloud synced device and delete the message remotely, or even delete it with Messages on iCloud.

As of now, the bug affects devices that are running iOS 11.4 beta and iOS 11.3, as well as many other software versions, Android devices. Since the bug has been caught by several Youtubers, it's expected that Apple will likely to issue a fix rather sooner than later.

Google today hosted its annual I/O conference designed for developers, it announced several new updates and features to its softwares and services. The company shared several news about its AI, machine learning, Android P, as well as its Google News app updates.

To begin, Google Assistant, its own version of Siri, is gaining six new voices, continued conversations that you don't need says OK Google activation phrase, capable of respond to questions that include two requests at once, and make actual phone calls to businesses like book a restaurant reservation.

Next up, the search giant unveiled a revamped Google News app with personalized news suggestions that is based your designated favorite news sources and past reading history, a For You tab recommends the most important headlines and the topics you’re interested in, it will lets you access paid content from subscription news sites, and so on.

More importantly, Google's upcoming software updates designed for Android devices - Android P, will getting iPhone X-style swipe gestures, new Android Dashboard shows how much time you're spending on your phone and individual apps, but also sets time limits, the Do Not Disturb feature to silence calls, notifications, etc.

Other features including new Wind Down mode is designed to set bedtime, Adaptive Battery and Auto Brightness options that learns you use habits, new machine learning tool for developers called ML Kit, and more! Android P beta is available starting today on the Google Pixel and other flagship devices.

For more announcements, visit Google's official blog page

While there are always some of the big security flaws in the Android system that could let hackers compromise these phones, because of its open-source approach. But according to the head of security for Android, David Kleidermacher who says that the mobile operating system is now as safe as Apple iPhone.

As reported by CENT, Kleidermacher claims that when a major Android flaw shows up, the company has to send updated software to the companies that sell Android phones, so that can take a really long time, or not happen at all. That led users to download the malicious and harmful apps, because of that, Google released Play Protect that seeks to identify and remove harmful apps.

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When someone finds a major Android flaw, the company has to send updated software to the companies that sell Android phones, and those companies have to deliver the updates. It can take a really long time, or not happen at all. On top of that, Android users can easily “self-own” — that is, they can download malicious software without meaning to — because they aren’t restricted to choosing apps from Google’s Play Store.

On the other hand, Google suggests that Android’s open-source approach can be safer than Apple’s closed-source code due to it has a community of defenders collaboratively locating the deeper vulnerabilities and developing mitigations. The search-giant is also running the Android Security Rewards program, when someone found a exploit, they will receive up to $150,000 of payouts.

Still, Google needs put lot of effort when comes to Android's security challenge, as it often fails to deliver security patches into consumers' devices. And for the sake of comparison, Android phones normally pushes security updates for a maximum of two year, compared to five years for Apple's iPhones.

According to a consumer intelligence research firm called CIRP, who has released its latest data on mobile operating system loyalty, what's shockingly is that the Android loyalty rates is actually higher than iOS system. With Android holds at 91%, while iOS come in at 86%.

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As we seen in the chart above, which shows that the firm has found a range of loyalty from 85%-88% for iOS and 89%-91% for Android during last year. However, it should be note here that the study was done with a sample size of 500, so it does not means it representing the all mobile device users.

"Loyalty for both Android and iOS increased in 2015 and into 2016, when it leveled off for both operating systems," said Mike Levin, Partner and Co-Founder of CIRP. "Loyalty is also as high as we've ever seen, really from 85-90% at any given point. With only two mobile operating systems at this point, it appears users now pick one, learn it, invest in apps and storage, and stick with it. Now, Apple and Google need to figure out how to sell products and services to these loyal customer bases."

A big reason that Android are gaining more loyalty is because customers have access to a range of different kind smartphones that are able to run Android. Also, these devices are typically more affordable than iOS devices, plus when they switches hardware they don't need to learning a new operating system.

Apple, on the other hand, is also trying to lure Android users switch to iOS. For instance, an app that is available on Google Play Store aims to make transitioning simple, and has launched several "Switch" ads campaign on Youtube. CEO Tim Cook also reports that they sees higher Android switch rates.

Google on Wednesday released the first preview of the Android P, give the developers the opportunity to see what’s new in the search giant’s next mobile version. This new update including a feature that following in Apple's footsteps, which is supports for iPhone X-style notches built into Android devices.

According to the Android Developers website, it explains that Android P offers support for the latest edge-to-edge screens with display cutout for camera and speaker. The so-called layoutInDisplayCutoutMode will allows app to lay out its content around a device's cutouts. You can customize the size and shape of a notch on an Android device.

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Android P offers Several enhancements to notifications, and now you can add an action to reply to messages or enter other text directly from a notification and shows images within the interface. The upcoming Android update to bring indoor positioning with Wi-Fi RTT for better indoor positioning in your apps.

Other changes coming to some Android users including a multi-camera support, HEIF image support, autofill framework, overall speed and security improvements, restricted access to the mic, camera, and other hardwares. Android P is now available in preview form, only a few limited devices that can test it out.

WPA2 - the encryption standards that protects all modern Wi-Fi network - has been cracked. Attackers can now read all WPI2 encrypted Wi-Fi network info, WPA2 is being used by majority of routers as a wireless secure encryption protocol, including public and private.

Android and Linux are particularly vulnerable, even those that are described as "insignificant" attacks that can keep the devices hurt, but all other platforms are vulnerable too, including iOS and macOS. WPA2's flaw was discovered by Mathy Vanhoef, a postdoctoral security researcher at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Kuala Lumpur of Netherlands.

We discovered serious weaknesses in WPA2, a protocol that secures all modern protected Wi-Fi networks. Attackers can use this novel attack technique to read information that was previously assumed to be safely encrypted. This can be abused to steal sensitive information such as credit card numbers, passwords, chat messages, emails, photos, and so on. The attack works against all modern protected Wi-Fi netwow.

The weaknesses are in the Wi-Fi standard itself, and not in individual products or implementations. Therefore, any correct implementation of WPA2 is likely affected. If your device supports Wi-Fi, it is most likely affected. During our initial research, we discovered ourselves that Android, Linux, Apple, Windows, OpenBSD, MediaTek, Linksys, and others, are all affected by some variant of the attacks

Experiments with security researcher show that Android smartphones are most vulnerable to attacks, and devices running Android 6.0 or later are particularly vulnerable. In addition to allowing data to be decrypted, they can easily reset the encryption key to zero. Vanhoef also stressed that all platforms are vulnerable to attack, attack Mac was originally a more difficult challenge, but later found a viable way.

We can get some comfort from this fact, because the attack will only decrypt the data encrypted by the WiFi itself. If you are visiting a secure website, the data will still be encrypted by the HTTPS protocol. However, there're also individual attack against HTTPS. Fortunately, the vulnerabilities can be patched, and in a backwards-compatible manner.

The working principle of the attack is to use the device to connect a WiFi network when communicate. WPA2 implements a four-step process by first confirming that the device uses the correct password for the WiFi router and then agrees with an encryption key that will be used for all data sent during the connection.

In a key reinstallation attack, the adversary tricks a victim into reinstalling an already-in-use key. This is achieved by manipulating and replaying cryptographic handshake messages. When the victim reinstalls the key, associated parameters such as the incremental transmit packet number (i.e. nonce) and receive packet number (i.e. replay counter) are reset to their initial value. Essentially, to guarantee security, a key should only be installed and used once. Unfortunately, we found this is not guaranteed by the WPA2 protocol. By manipulating cryptographic handshakes, we can abuse this weakness in practice.

If the hacker send anything between the device and the router, the known data can be used to compute the encryption key. As Vanhoef points out, there are almost always some known data that is passed by the device at some point, so you have to assume that the encryption is always cracked. Even if you do not know any of them, as long as there is enough text information, you can crack the password.

For Android and Linux, an attacker doesn't even have to do so much work: they can simply reset the encryption key. The Wi-Fi Alliance has issued a security advisory thanking Vanhoef for his work, stating that it is aware of the issue and that major platform providers have already started deploying patches.

While Apple has already patched serious vulnerabilities in the WPA2 Wi-Fi standard that protects many modern Wi-Fi networks, the company told iMore's Rene Ritchie this morning. The exploits have been addressed in the iOS, tvOS, watchOS, and macOS betas that are currently available to developers and will be rolling out to consumers soon.

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According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Android hardware makers have turned their attention away from under-display fingerprint readers and toward 3D sensing technologies like those Apple debuted with iPhone X, a flip-flop designed to capture customer sentiment. Kuo says that since Apple launched True-Depth Camera and Face ID in September, the Android camp's demand for potential 3D sensing solutions has tripled...

While under-display optical fingerprint recognition is only a spec upgrade from capacitive solutions, 3D sensing embodies a revolutionary user experience and warrants a premium on gross margin. 3D sensing not only enables facial recognition in security applications and allows users to create fun expressions like Apple's Animoji, on a more important level, it is a key factor in the development of AR. We therefore believe brand vendors are willing to spend more for related components.

Currently, the solutions available to Android phone vendors are said to be from Qualcomm and Himax, Orbbec, and Mantis Vision, with the more mature Qualcomm-Himax solutions attracting the most attention. Allegedly Apple is also developing its under-display Touch ID solution, though the company finally chose Face ID as the iPhone X secure system solution.

Kuo went on to say he believes the next two to three years will see shipments of 3D sensor-equipped Android devices to exceed those with under-display fingerprint recognition by a factor of two or three or more. This will be mainly due to 3D-sensing's wider compatibility with LCD screens than under-display optical fingerprint recognition, which is exclusive to OLED panels, said Kuo. 

As Kuo previously said that it will take Apple's Android competitors up to two and a half years to replicate the functionality and user experience of the TrueDepth Camera on the iPhone X. He thinks Apple's TrueDepth camera prove to be popular with consumers, all of the company's future iPhones are likely to adopt the feature.

Finally, the KGI analyst predicted which Samsung's continual dominance of the high-end OLED panel market over the next two to three years will mean shipments of under-display optical fingerprint recognition will remain significantly capped. 

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If there's way to receive Android notifications from an iPhone or iPad? Whether readers requested for this feature or not, this notification mirroring is actually available right now. Thanks to the ingenious app - IFTTT, iDevices can now finally receive alerts (SMS, calls, events and more) from your Android device.

The app which called IFTT allows users to create mini apps – applets, that can be carried out tasks under a particular set of circumstances. The logic behind the name is that the app creates an applet where you can select the "If This" trigger with the equivalent "Then That" action. Long story short, let's jump into it!

1. Download the app in App Store and Google Play on the devices you want to connect with.
2. Create an account and use the same accounts on your devices.
3. Once you logged in, open IFTTT on your device. Tap on the “+” to create an Applet.

4. Once you tapped the "+", the Applet Maker Screen will appear with four big words, “IF”, “THIS”, “THEN”, and “THAT”. Just simply tap on “This”.

5. Then, the multi-icon tiles menu will popup, which represents triggers that available for applets. Type “Android” in the search box to open all available Android triggers. Look for “Android SMS”. Tap it to open the trigger.

6. Next, choose “Any new SMS received”. After choosing that, the app will bring you back to the “If This Then That” screen with the word “That” highlighted. Tap it then an action “Notifications” will appear.

7. The only feature that available is “Send a notification”, so tap the check mark next to “Complete Action”.

And that's it! Now all IFTTT-connected devices will receive notifications directly from your Android devices. You Just need enable the notifications on your devices. Open the “Settings” of an iOS device, navigate to “Notifications” and switch on “IFTTT”.

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Google today officially announced the next-generation of its Android operating system, Android 8.0 Oreo. It includes dozens of new features, such as notification improvements, picture-in-picture support, a much like iOS's 3D Touch feature. Android O is coming soon to the Pixel, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P.

The update Introduces 'Notification Dots', a feature similar to app badges on iOS, make it easier to see which apps have new content to display. When you long tap on an app icon will display information like the last notification received and app widgets, much like a 3D Touch on iOS. Icons can now change their appearance and shape to reflects Home screen theme.

Picture-in-picture support allows users to watch Youtube while using other apps, while a new autofill feature remembers login information to allow for quicker username and password entry. Instant Apps that allows developers to create apps that can run instantly, are now enabled by default.

Other changes for Android Oreo are: support the new Unicode 10 emoji characters, Historic chats can now appear in messaging notifications, like iOS's iMessage alerts. Android O further improves battery life that prevents apps from draining the battery while they’re in the background.

According to Google, The launch times of Android Oreo is twice as fast as the current version of Android, as they said having made "extensive changes" to the Android runtime to optimize it, as well as introduced security improvements, for example, Google Play Protect is a new service for automatically keeping apps safe by regularly scanning them for issues.

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