Google Wifi & OnHub update adds IPv6 support and other new features [APK Download]

If you're worried about things like IPv4 exhaustion, today is a good day. Google has just released an update for the Google Wifi app — and their Google Wifi and OnHub routers — that brings IPv6 support to the two networking devices. Other features in the new update include a warning when using the "Family Wi-Fi" feature to pause a connection on the current device, the ability to delete custom names, and a tool for benchmarking the speed of your mesh network.

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YouTube TV comes to more markets, YouTube mobile app announced

YouTube TV is a very interesting service but it’s limited to only a few markets. Thankfully, Google has finally deemed it time to expand.

In a few weeks, YouTube TV is coming to Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas-Fort Worth, Detroit, Houston, Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. 

The YouTube mobile app is also going to be updated in the next few weeks. It will adapt to the aspect ration of the video, showing it without black bars. This comes alongside the new desktop UI preview that was launched last month.

If you’re interested in more info, hit the source link. If you’re in one of the 10 markets that YouTube TV is coming to soon, are you going to try the service? Leave a comment!

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Google introduces VR180, a new 180-degree virtual reality format

YouTube has long supported 360-degree video, but let’s be honest: It’s mostly useless. Having a full 360-degree view is rarely useful for most videos, so Google decided to create a new format called VR180.

This new format is not just a 360-degree video cut in half. It’s much sharper and features stereoscopic 3D, giving it a far more realistic appearance. It also supports livestreaming and works on Google Cardboard, Google Daydream, and Playstation VR as well as non-VR platforms.

The company is also pushing to make it easy to use for creators. The Daydream team is helping with the development of 180-degree cameras, which will be priced about the same as regular point-and-shoots. There are cameras from companies like Lenovo and LG coming this winter. These videos will also be compatible with Adobe Premiere Pro and more.

With only 180 degrees of view to worry about, VR180 will surely be more useful than 360-degree videos. Hit the source link for more info!

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What’s new in WebView security

Posted by Xiaowen Xin and Renu Chaudhary, Android Security Team

The processing of external and untrusted content is often one of the most important functions of an app. A newsreader shows the top news articles and a shopping app displays the catalog of items for sale. This comes with associated risks as the processing of untrusted content is also one of the main ways that an attacker can compromise your app, i.e. by passing you malformed content.

Many apps handle untrusted content using WebView, and we've made many improvements in Android over the years to protect it and your app against compromise. With Android Lollipop, we started delivering WebView as an independent APK, updated every six weeks from the Play store, so that we can get important fixes to users quickly. With the newest WebView, we've added a couple more important security enhancements.

Isolating the renderer process in Android O

Starting with Android O, WebView will have the renderer running in an isolated process separate from the host app, taking advantage of the isolation between processes provided by Android that has been available for other applications.

Similar to Chrome, WebView now provides two levels of isolation:

  1. The rendering engine has been split into a separate process. This insulates the host app from bugs or crashes in the renderer process and makes it harder for a malicious website that can exploit the renderer to then exploit the host app.
  2. To further contain it, the renderer process is run within an isolated process sandbox that restricts it to a limited set of resources. For example, the rendering engine cannot write to disk or talk to the network on its own.
    It is also bound to the same seccomp filter (blogpost on seccomp is coming soon) as used by Chrome on Android. The seccomp filter reduces the number of system calls the renderer process can access and also restricts the allowed arguments to the system calls.

Incorporating Safe Browsing

The newest version of WebView incorporates Google's Safe Browsing protections to detect and warn users about potentially dangerous sites.. When correctly configured, WebView checks URLs against Safe Browsing's malware and phishing database and displays a warning message before users visit a dangerous site. On Chrome, this helpful information is displayed more than 250 million times a month, and now it's available in WebView on Android.

Enabling Safe Browsing

To enable Safe Browsing for all WebViews in your app, add in a manifest tag:

     <meta-data android:name="android.webkit.WebView.EnableSafeBrowsing"
                android:value="true" />
      . . .
     <application> . . . </application>

Because WebView is distributed as a separate APK, Safe Browsing for WebView is available today for devices running Android 5.0 and above. With just one added line in your manifest, you can update your app and improve security for most of your users immediately.

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Evernote's latest beta adds fingerprint support

Fingerprint sensors are rapidly becoming essential features on phones. It isn't just high-end flagships that ship with one these days. Even mid-range devices like the Moto G have them now. So, it comes as no surprise that more and more apps are integrating the feature, too. The 7.12 Evernote beta, which adds fingerprint unlock support, is just one of the more recent examples. 

A fingerprint is no replacement for a password since it can't really be changed, but it is a convenient means of basic security.

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Moto E4 now available on Verizon Wireless prepaid

Earlier this month, Motorola officially announced the Moto E4, its latest entry-level handset. Motorola didn’t have a concrete launch date at that time, saying only that the E4 would launch sometime later in June. Now the U.S. launch date has been revealed.

The Moto E4 is available today, June 22, from Verizon Wireless prepaid at a price of $70. If you prefer to go the unlocked route, Motorola has confirmed that the unlocked E4 will be available from Amazon, Best Buy, B&H, Fry’s, NewEgg, and Motorola’s website for $130 at some point in the future. It’s still listed as “coming soon” on Motorola’s website at the time of publication.

The Moto E4 will also be available from Boost Mobile, Sprint, Flash Wireless,, Target, Republic Wireless, and Ting at some point in July. And if you’re waiting for the Mot E4 Plus in the United States, Motorola now says that handset will arrive later this summer.

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Samsung Galaxy Folder 2 flip phone now official

Way back in August of last year, a pair of images surfaced that allegedly showcased the Samsung Galaxy Folder 2, another Android-powered flip phone.

At the time it wasn’t known when, or even if, Samsung actually planned on launching the handset, but today we finally have an answer. The company has officially announced the Galaxy Folder 2 in both black and burgundy (two colors not initially hinted at last year), and it is available in South Korea only.

The Galaxy Folder 2 is similar enough to its predecessor, but this version does have a slightly bigger keypad. It also features a 3.8-inch display, 2GB of RAM, a 1.4GHz quad-core processor, and a battery that measures in at 1950mAh. It can support a microSD card up to 256GB, and it’s priced at 297,000 won (about $260 USD). There are LTE and 3G variants, and it’s running Android 6.0.

No word on whether or not Samsung plans on launching the Folder 2 anywhere outside of South Korea. If they did, would you buy it?

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Top 10 New Android Games This Week: Comix Zone, Altered Beast

Welcome back to Android Gaming Weekly, our weekly recap of new game releases. We still plan to cover upcoming releases and games we’re playing, but this column is dedicated to new games that you can start playing right now. Check out our top picks and let us know in the comments section if you have any suggestions for next week’s post.

Tentacles – Enter the Mind

DescriptionWelcome to the mind of a mad professor for an all-you-can-eat eyeball buffet. Dr. Phluff’s obsession with everything cute has driven him mad, and only you can save him. Tap your way through the layers of the professor’s amazingly twisted mind. Set in a captivating 3D world, odd monsters hide behind every corner. 


Comix Zone

DescriptionYou are Sketch Turner, a street-wise comic book artist trapped in a comic book world of your own creation. Journey into this post-punk nightmare and see your enemies drawn before you. Battle the Mutant Queen. Survive the Dead Ship and Lava Mines. Then defeat the super-villain, Mortus, to escape.


Kid Chameleon

DescriptionYou are Kid Chameleon, an ordinary kid given strange and fantastic new powers through the use of magical masks. When the villain of a new arcade game escapes into our reality and only you can stop him! Using the masks, transform into an unstoppable warrior, high-flying superhero, or human tank to bring him to justice! 


Run or Die

Description: Run or Die is a fast paced Endless Runner that focuses on movement based abilities (and a huge Ion Cannon)! Players must make decisions in the blink of an eye and react quickly in order to run and jump through a hazardous city environment where every run is different! Can you make it and run to the Lab to save Flow?


Shootout on Cash Island

DescriptionBobby from HOT GUNS Team has a job to locate and secure the legendary Money Tree, but as it always happens in this kind of nonsense stories – he’s not the only one looking for it. Use guns, helmets, grenades and jetpacks to find and collect the map pieces placed in the empty jam jars around the island.


Infinity Merge

Description:  Infinity Merge is a trendy sliding puzzle game. It is a Brain training game where you need to match blocks that have the same number of dots, shape and colour, until you reach Infinity. This is a very relaxing game (yet, challenging!).


Sonic the Hedgehog™

DescriptionOne of the greatest adventures of all time re-mastered for mobile devices! Speed back in time and discover the game that first united Sonic the Hedgehog with his amazing flying sidekick Miles “Tails” Prower. Run through high speed levels packed with enemies and hazards as you zoom along loop de loops in your mission to destroy the devious Dr. Eggman.


Phantasy Star II

Description: An era-defining RPG. SEGA’s landmark sci-fi epic comes to mobile. Play for free and experience one of the most acclaimed games of its generation. Team up with an unlikely ensemble of characters to thwart evil spreading across the once-peaceful Algo Star System. Combat mutants and robots, collect a plethora of equipment, and unravel the mystery behind one of the greatest RPGs of all time. e dangerous infected areas to collect DNA samples and reveal the mystery behind the outbreak.


Race Kings

DescriptionExperience thrilling new racing gameplay, and compete against 100% live real-time opponents. All live, all the time. Race against real-time online opponents, matched to your skill whether you’re a beginner or a tire-slaying legend. Tackle a real-time calendar of varied live Events, featuring dozens of tracks.


Altered Beast

DescriptionRisen from the grave to fight the terrors of Hades – you are the Altered Beast. Morph into killer predators using mystical power orbs, then claw, maul, and hack your way to the depths of hell to rescue Zeus’ daughter, Athena. Combat waves of demons, overcome grotesque boss battles, and tear the armies of the damned limb from limb!


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