Symantec warns of more malicious apps on Android

Symantec warns of more malicious apps on Android

Oracle has accused Google of spying on Android users in Australia, but that is not all - Oracle has claimed that Google is using 1 GB data of Android users themselves for this spying. Last year, Google officially announced Android Oreo following months of beta testing.

With the number of Android users in Australia around 10 million, if Google were to pay to collect their data, the price tag at current data costs would be somewhere between $432 and $540 million annually.

The move is part of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's (ACCC) inquiry into digital platforms; an investigation that was set up after Australian media companies expressed concerns over the impact Google and Facebook are having on the advertising market, according to The Guardian. Google has not specified when Android P hits users.

With the Android P announcement, Google reveals that with the imminent release of the operating system update, the company wants to focus on simplicity. It is based on a recent report that claimed the American tech giant Google harvests large amounts of data from Android devices. Google notes, "With Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored".

Symantec warns of more malicious apps on Android

Oracle is also reported to have suggested to the ACCC that Google could also be accessing location data from the handsets. Among the questions that remain: whether Google actually gives users the right to opt out of location tracking, as the company says it does, and whether Google is being transparent about how it's using location data. Requiring children to say please when asking for something can help reinforce the importance of being polite, especially because Google will thank and compliment users who ask for things nicely. Any restrictions on the types of data Google can collect or the way in which that data can be utilized could be consequential to its business.

Apparently, Google has a map of IP addresses, WiFi points and cellular towers - all of which is enough to track down a handset pretty accurately, but then the barometric air pressure can even tell where in a building you are.

With Volvo's Sensus running on Google Android software, apps installed on the system will be made available and updated in real time, much like on a smartphone, which will allow future Volvo cars to react to customers' individual needs and offer up-to-date information and predictive services.

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