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Fake Samsung app with 10 million downloads charges for free firmware

Fake Samsung app with 10 million downloads charges for free firmware

A huge number of Android users have been tricked into downloading a fake Samsung firmware update app that claims it will update a phone's software, but in reality redirects users to an ad-filled website and predatory subscription plan. The app is still live on the Google Play Store as of July 5 at 8PM ET, though it will no doubt get removed in the near future.

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Google’s $0.99 movie rentals are back in ‘Ultimate Weekend’ deal

Google’s $0.99 movie rentals are back in ‘Ultimate Weekend’ deal

If you missed the ultra-cheap $0.99 movie rentals deal Google launched in February, good news: it's 'Ultimate Movie Weekend' on the Google Play Movies & TV store. Under this new deal, Google is offering movie rentals at $0.99 each, including blockbuster titles and popular options from a number of major studios.

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Existing Huawei phone owners can breathe easy just for a bit

Existing Huawei phone owners can breathe easy just for a bit

If you imagined Samsung having a PR panic attack over the Galaxy Fold fiasco last month, you can probably imagine how Huawei is taking all the recent news that has been gnawing at its image in the past days. The US is finally ready to show it has more than just bark and has started to push Huawei into a corner. Google will reportedly stop licensing new Huawei phones but now it is officially reassuring existing owners they have nothing to worry about.

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YouTube Music finally supports local files on Android

YouTube Music finally supports local files on Android

Google is notorious for having a messy messaging platform strategy but its entertainment ecosystem is not any better. It once rallied music, moves, books, and news under a single "Google Play" banner but then probably realized that YouTube is a stronger brand. It has recently decided to eventually sunset Google Play Music in favor of YouTube Music but there has barely been any movement on that front until now. And it's quite a tiny move at that.

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Google Play budget tries to control your spending habits

Google Play budget tries to control your spending habits

Mobile spending, as multiple headlines have told us throughout the years, is something that can quickly get out of hand. Google today is looking to do something about that by rolling out budgeting for the Google Play Store. With this new feature, you'll be able set a budget for mobile purchases and track how close you are to meeting that limit.

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It’s the beginning of the end for Google Play Music

It’s the beginning of the end for Google Play Music

Those of you still holding onto a Google Play Music subscription might want to prepare to jump to YouTube Music. It's been clear since YouTube Music launched that the company planned to move away from Google Play Music, and it's gotten the ball rolling on that front today. Google has sent out an email to artists hosted on the service to tell them that the Google Play Artist Hub will be shutting down at the end of this month.

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Google Play Valentine’s Day code gives you a whole dollar

Google Play Valentine’s Day code gives you a whole dollar

Today Google's revealed a Google Play code that'll give users a whole dollar on the app and software store. The Google Play app store also has music and movies and magazines and such, but it would appear that this code only works with apps, and only for apps - not in-app purchases. It would appear that Google's Valentines Day code only works inside the United States right this minute.

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Google pulls 29 camera apps from Play Store over security issues

Google pulls 29 camera apps from Play Store over security issues

Google removed more than two dozen camera apps from the Play Store today due to a variety of security issues. Many of these apps involved "beautification," artistic filters for images, and stickers, but all of them had one thing in common: anyone who downloaded them was left vulnerable to malicious ads, hidden icons, and other security problems.

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Google Play Store apps with over 4M downloads found with malware, phishing scams

Google Play Store apps with over 4M downloads found with malware, phishing scams

It's become increasingly apparent in recent years that Google is having a hard time keeping its Play Store free of apps that conceal malware or prey on users with phishing attempts and other scams. The latest example involves almost 30 Android apps found on the Play Store using a number of malicious tactics, including making it difficult for users to uninstall, with well over 4 million cumulative downloads.

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First Android Q features revealed, including Dark Mode

First Android Q features revealed, including Dark Mode

Today Android Q begins to spill, and all of its lovely insides - Android smartphone and tablet features - begin to leak all over the place. The next version of Android comes after Android Pie, and will likely be called something like Quiche or Queijadinha, or might just be the end of desserts as names altogether. Inside the first leaks of Android Q, one of the most key features appeared - finally, after long last. It's time - or might be time - for Android's Dark Mode.

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64-bit time: Old Android apps about to pull the plug

64-bit time: Old Android apps about to pull the plug

It's that time in the world of Android - time to pull the plug on Android apps not prepared properly for the coming of 64-bit CPUs. It's not as if these newer, faster computing processors aren't already here in Android devices. They've been here before - and they're not going away any time soon. As such, Google's announced their "TIME'S UP" marker for apps that haven't made way for 64-bit hardware - the future of smartphones in general, that is to say.

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Google Play launches new hub for donating to major charities

Google Play launches new hub for donating to major charities

Google has made it possible to make donations to certain charities using the Google Play Store. The support has arrived for users in North America, Great Britain, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Indonesia, and Taiwan, though it'll take a few days for everyone to get access to the donation option. Supported charities include the American Red Cross and charity:water.

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