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Google Warns Against Sideloading Android Apps: Sundar Pichai Cites Malware Risks

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Regarding the premium that Google demands from app developers, the firm is engaged in a court dispute in the US. The corporation accused Epic Games, the creators of Fortnite, of suppressing competition by filing a lawsuit. The case heard testimony from Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google, on Tuesday, November 14. Why sideloading apps on Android phones is prohibited was emphasized by the company’s senior executive. Android’s ability to enable sideloading of programs on devices, which iOS does not, is one of the main differences between the two operating systems.

Due to Apple’s inability to thoroughly screen programs that are downloaded from sources other than the App Store, sideloading apps increases the risk that malware may be installed on your iPhone. For this reason, Apple does not permit sideloading of apps. Pichai chose to utilize the opportunity to discuss his company’s position on side-loading applications and the reason he doesn’t recommend consumers install apps on their Android phones in this manner. Furthermore, he said, “We don’t want to allow you to completely compromise your phone. It can install malware on your phone. It can really compromise your safety very significantly.”

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The corporation is obviously trying to play on people’s fears, as seen by the fact that he discusses viruses while installing programming from other app shops. Indeed, with the Play Protect function on Android, it has only begun to examine sideloaded applications. In addition to Pichai’s plea for security, Apple has long opposed sideloading applications, as it will not be able to regulate how or where these apps are loaded onto the iPhone. Although a recent security analysis from Kaspersky detailed how 600 million fraudulent app downloads have been seen in Google’s applications store in 2023 itself, the company maintains that Play Store apps offer the highest protection for customers.

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The reasons Apple forbids sideloading should be clear to anyone who criticizes iOS for being a walled garden. However, DMA (the EU’s Digital Markets Act) might compel Apple to permit sideloading, at least in the 27 EU member nations. Speaking in a similar tone to Tim Cook and company, Pichai now seems to be acknowledging that the two digital behemoths are aware of the thirty percent fee that each receives from developers who host their programs on their own app stores. With all this, we now have an answer to why companies like Epic Games have chosen to host their games on a website instead of distributing them via app stores.


Aastha is a Author of Samlover.com. With a degree in Engineering with IT, Aastha is deeply immersed in the realm of technology. Specializing in Android and Hardware. She is Passionate about technology at the service of digital entertainment that can be used through any platform. Music, movies and video games have always taken up a good part of his free time, but he doesn't give up outdoor activities, from simple walks to cycling and skiing. He has been producing editorial content for SamLover since 2022 and has run a computer and telephony store for 3 decades.

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Google Messages Now Lets You Make 3-Second Selfie GIFs

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In recent weeks, Google has made a lot of improvements to its dedicated messaging application. Recently, the most useful addition has been the custom camera, which provides a simple camera interface for users to quickly click or shoot videos for instant messaging. Now, it has introduced a new capability that allows users to quickly create selfie GIFs.

As of writing, this feature isn’t seen anywhere in the Google message, but the company has already shared a dedicated article with information on how to create a selfie GIF in the application.

According to the official information, to create the selfie GIF, you have to follow these steps: Open a conversation on Google Messenger, now taught, and hold the camera icon. It will start a countdown to give you time to prepare, and the recording starts and ends automatically. Finally, it will be automatically saved on the camera roll, and you can send it to anyone.

Google has also officially said, “You can also record a selfie GIF by tapping a prompt in the conversation.” It is like one of the suggested action prompts, which already includes recent photos, sharing locations, and starting a video call.

As far as the availability of the new feature is concerned, it currently has not appeared anywhere near its stable channel or the beta channel. But as Google officially suggested steps for the feature, it is expected that the company may soon provide the feature for every user.

How to Create a selfie GIF on Google Messages

  1. Open Google Messages
  2. Open or start a conversation.
  3. In the message bar, touch and hold the Camera
    • If available, you can also record a selfie GIF by tapping a prompt in the conversation.
  4. A countdown appears to give you time to prepare. The recording starts and ends automatically.
    • You can also manually start recording by pressing a red button.
    • You don’t have an option to send the selfie GIF while recording.
  5. When the recording ends, tap Send 

Tips:

  • You can record a selfie GIF for 3 seconds.
  • You can access selfie GIF that are saved on your device’s camera roll.
  • You can’t edit recordings. To redo a recording, tap Restart.

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Google Maps & Android Auto Now Sync 3D Buildings

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Google Maps play a key role in navigation, whether it is for smartphones, tablets, or Android Auto. It is a commonly used application on all Android devices for navigation. It provides several features that make the user more comfortable to take advantage of many new features that help them find easy routes. Google has started rolling out a new update that will enhance the 3D building functionality to make the experience easier.

3D buildings are available on Android Auto-like smartphones.

The 3D building feature provides a cool visualization of the building, giving you the experience of seeing the building’s design without going anywhere. This feature appeared on Google Maps for some time. Subsequently, this mode emerged as the new standard for both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and it is also compatible with Android devices and iPhones.

Now, with the latest update of Google Maps, version V125, a beta version, the 3D building feature is synchronized across all the user’s devices. When you open Google Maps, go to settings and activate or deactivate the show building in 3D toggle. It will keep remembering, and when you reconnect to Android Auto, you will find the synchronized option between two services. 

How to take advantage of the new Google Map features

According to the information, the new feature has been spotted on the beta version, so the update will only be available for the users who have enrolled in the beta program of Google Maps. In case you haven’t enrolled yet, you can still do that by just going to the official Play Store page of Google Map, tapping on the join button, and once it finishes restoration, it will show a new update, so hit on it.

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Samsung To Simplifie Customization on Galaxy Smartphones

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Samsung offers a Good Lock facility, especially for Galaxy users who desire more interface customization. Now its ‘Theme Park’ module will soon receive a new update. 

Samsung, to enhance users’ customization experience, offers Good Lock and rolls out updates regularly to keep it up-to-date. The Korean giant has created, expanded, and updated over the years collections of tools that allow most ‘geeks’ to have a convenient experience. Now reports are revealing that the Theme Park module will soon receive an update or new features that will improve theme creation. 

Samsung enhanced the Theme Park module last time with the arrival of One UI 6.0, which introduced a completely new architecture. Now again, Samsung is gearing up to offer a new update to Theme Park; this is being speculated upon by an announcement on Samsung’s community forum. The center point of the update will be making theme creation seamless and flawless instead of adding complex new features. This means Good Lock users will soon be able to bring their theme ideas to their devices more quickly. 

The update is expected to arrive by the end of April, along with various improvements for enhancing the customization experience. The design and theme application processes will be faster after this update; the existing themes can also be modified and overwritten; and the current icon pack design will automatically be applied to newly installed applications. 

The aim behind the forthcoming Theme Park update is just to make theme creation more user-friendly, effortless, and fast by eliminating unnecessary steps. This will enhance usability. 

Although the update not only brings new features and improvements but also brings some functional limitations; for instance, you will lose the power to use images to customize themes for Keycap Style in your Samsung keyboard, and the support for the folder shape on the Home screen will no longer be available, the ‘Change color palette’ and ‘App-specific theme settings’ items will appear as not presently supported. 


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