Smartphone privacy called into question as Android phones track owners that opted-out

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According to a new paper from Trinity College in Dublin, data sharing habits aren’t what they claim to be. A new report is calling smartphone privacy into question as researchers from Trinity College in Dublin showed that even when users opt out of tracking, devices are still riddled with unwanted trackers. Even savvy users who have avoided sketchy apps and have followed privacy guides aren’t immune. The smartphone privacy paper examined the data sharing habits of some of the popular app versions on Android, including those developed by Samsung, Huawei…

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Huawei sanctions hoist Apple back up to second place in smartphone shipments

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The iPhone maker still hasn’t caught up to Samsung, but it overtook the Chinese device giant. Apple has now overtaken Huawei in smartphone shipments, reclaiming the second spot in the world for 2020, according to Canalys and Counterpoint Research reports. Samsung remains the top seller when measured by the number of units shipped around the globe. The next three smartphone shipments places are held by Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo, said the Counterpoint report. This new ranking is the direct result of the wide-reaching sanctions put into place against Huawei and…

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Google Play Store to face direct competition by united Chinese smartphone giants

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Huawei, Xiaomi, and Vivo and Oppo from BBK are coming together for on an app store platform. Chinese smartphone makers including Huawei, Xiaomi, and Oppo and Vivo from BBK are working together to create a massive rival to the Google Play Store. All the smartphone makers will bring their app stores together onto one massive combined platform. The idea is to provide a place for app developers outside China to be able to upload their apps to a single platform that will reach each of the Chinese tech giants’ app…

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Researchers find mobile app security problem with Xiaomi smartphones

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A serious security flaw was uncovered in a pre-installed mobile app. Check Point Research experts have revealed that there is a serious mobile app security flaw hidden in a pre-installed app on Xiaomi smartphones. The security researchers discovered a vulnerability in an app bundled on Xiaomi devices that could potentially allow hackers to hijack smartphones and inject malware. The security flaw was discovered in the pre-installed Guard Provider security app. The mobile app security flaw may have affected millions of Xiaomi smartphone users worldwide. The researchers found the flaw within…

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Largest Chinese manufacturer of mobile phones is headed to the US

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That said, while Xiaomi smartphones may be cheap and affordable in China, there is a drawback in the U.S. Xiaomi is easily one of the most popular manufacturers of mobile phones in the world, as the devices have become massively popular within the gigantic Chinese marketplace. However, until now, these affordable and yet well-designed devices have been out of reach of Americans. The claim to fame for Xiaomi, is that its mobile phones come with a great quality – often compared to iPhones from Apple – and yet they have…

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