Android news #175: exit Android 9 and new Google Pixel

We present to your attention the 175th edition of our weekly project “Android news”! Today we talk about Android 9, Google Pixel 3 XL and much more. Below, with the same news you can find in a traditional text format.

Google released Android 9.0 Pie

August 6, Google released the final Android release 9.0 P. the Updated operating system, dubbed Pie (pie), is now available for download for the owners of smartphones line Pixel both generations.

Android Pie brings to compatible devices updated interface with improved multitasking menu, gesture support, by analogy with the iPhone X, and in-depth work with neural networks which provide intelligent management of resources of the smartphone.

Mode Digital Wellbeing to monitor the activity of users as expected, was not ready for release. Despite this, Google chose to release it, assign the function the status of the beta. This means that innovation still does not provide all the features that will be available later.

According to the confirmed information, Android 9.0 Pie will no longer be exclusive to five smartphones this fall. According to representatives of Google, within the next months update get smartphones Sony HMD Global (Nokia), OnePlus, Oppo and Vivo. The LG, Samsung and other vendors traditionally will be updated by the end of the year.

Google Pixel 3 XL is shown in the photo

Package Google Pixel 3 XL will include the headphones, very similar to the famous Pixel Buds. This is evidenced by photos of the unboxing of the flagship smartphone Google

Outwardly Pixel 3 XL looks exactly how it was portrayed on rendering and spy shots. The heel of the smartphone is almost completely copies the design of the previous generation model, and the front part stands out, except that the notch at the top.

According to the specs, the smartphone runs on the basis of the final Android build 9.0 Pie, and its hardware is based on an eight-core Snapdragon 845 working together with 4GB of RAM.

The display resolution of the Google Pixel 3 XL is 1440 x 2960 points, which gives the pixel density at 494. The production technology of the display thus remains a secret. However, given the thin frame around the screen, it is likely that the manufacturer has chosen to use the OLED-matrix.

Qualcomm introduced the new Snapdragon 670

Qualcomm introduced the new Snapdragon 670. The new chip resembles the model number 710, according to GizmoChina. He also performed at the 10-nanometer process and received eight cores Kryo 360, but at a clock frequency of 2.0 GHz.

Responsible for the graphics Adreno 615 GPU. Because of this, the maximum resolution supported is equivalent to FHD+ and not QHD+ Snapdragon example 710. At last, we recall, Adreno 616.

The product supports single camera 25 megapixels and double — 16. Inside the chip was the X12 LTE modem, which provides download speed of 600 megabits per second. Also is compatible with Dual SIM Dual VoLTE (DSDV) and Quick Charge 4+. Multi-core artificial intelligence engine should outperform the previous generation 1.8 times.

In the end, Snapdragon 670 has become a simplified version of the 710. He has a lower CPU, less powerful graphics and a slow modem. If you believe the rumors, the new chip will be inside the OPPO R17. Other members of the middle price segment are due by the end of the year.

Hacking WhatsApp

Researchers at Check Point have discovered a vulnerability in WhatsApp, which allows third parties to intercept messages and manipulate them, for example, changing their contents. This creates a risk of misinforming the other users of the service and compromise of those who sent the altered message.

According to experts, they were able to discover three method of operation of the described vulnerability:

— Sending group chat messages on behalf of users, it does not even consist of;

— Change the content of the text is already sent;

— Imitation send them a private message, the answer to which will be published in a group chat

The interception of messages by attackers became possible due to flaws in the encryption Protocol protobuf2, say researchers at Check Point. Protobuf2 converting to Json, the experts were able to access the actual parameters of the messages, exploiting it in any of three ways described above. Until now, the bug is still not fixed.

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