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Devices running Android 6.0 or higher will get permission auto-reset feature
by Paul Hill
Google is planning to bring Android 11’s permission auto-reset feature to devices running Android 6.0 or higher. This will give users more control over the data that apps can request. The feature will be delivered via an update to the Google Play services and should become available from December 2021.
The permission auto-reset feature works by resetting sensitive runtime permissions that a user has previously granted if the app hasn’t been used for a few months. In this way, users can be sure about what data the app has access to if they don’t use it regularly; with regards to the permissions, it’ll be as though they just installed the app.
In some cases, it would not be ideal to revoke permissions access so there are some exceptions to the changes. Google says Device Administrator apps used by enterprises will not have their permissions reset nor will those permissions reset that are enacted by enterprise policy. Additionally, developers will be able to ask users to switch off auto-reset for their app but users should be wary of the potential impact of doing this.
While users can expect to see this feature begin rolling out in December 2021, it could take until the end of March 2022 until all supported devices get the update. Despite the wait, it’s a nice privacy and security update and it’s good that Google could bring it to devices running Android 6.0, which was released in 2015.
By Fiza Ali
Samsung passes NESAS security assessment set up by GSMA and 3GPP
by Fiza Ali
Samsung Electronics has announced that the development process for its end-to-end networks solutions such as RAN, analytics, core, and cloud products has passed the security assessment set up by the GSMA and 3GPP, employing the Network Equipment Security Assurance Scheme (NESAS).
Samsung's Senior Vice President and Head of S/W R&D, Networks Business at Samsung Electronics, Sohyong Chong stated:
Other than the hardware-bound RAN solutions of the tech giant, Samsung's fully virtualized RAN's (vRAN) development process was authenticated by the NESAS as well. The vRAN of the company has been adopted to run the extensive virtual network project of Europe and extensively deployed to Tier-1 U.S. operator commercial networks.
The product development and lifecycle management processes for Samsung's network solutions underwent an independent audit so that it could be verified how security is incorporated into their maintenance, implantation, development, and design processes, to pass the assessment. This audit of the company's network solutions concluded in July 2021 and allows it to augment its development process's transparency.
Earlier this year, Samsung received the ISO/IEC 27001 certification and the Common Criteria (CC) Certification for its 5G solutions. Now, it has also passed the NESAS assessment, for which NESAS employs 3GPP-defined security test cases, that reiterates its dedication to network security.
By Fiza Ali
Samsung brings updated Remote Test Lab program for developers across the globe
by Fiza Ali
Samsung Electronics has introduced its updated Remote Test Lab (RTL) program which enables developers to test their applications remotely and virtually on Samsung Galaxy devices such as Z Flip3 5G, Galaxy Z Fold3 5G, and Galaxy S21 series with One UI 4 beta. With this program, developers can test their latest applications without having to cover any hardware costs.
Samsung has provided global access to the program which means developers across the globe can test their applications remotely, irrespective of the country they are the residents of. The tech giant has established Remote Test Labs worldwide in the past decade, including in the United States, South Korea, Poland, and India. The company has now ramped up the program to incorporate labs in Vietnam, the United Kingdom, Russia, and Brazil so that latency can be reduced further.
Samsung's President and Head of Mobile Communications Business, TM Roh stated:
With the latest version of the program, developers will be able to access an automated testing tool that will enable them to keep track of memory consumption and CPU usage when testing their applications. The automated testing tool will also allow them to examine if an application has any effect on other system resources. It also comes with improved graphics and an enhanced user interface.
For more information on the Samsung Remote Test Lab, head over to the dedicated webpage here.
Samsung partners with the Louvre Museum for new Frame content
by Paul Hill
Samsung has announced that it has formed a partnership with the Musée du Louvre in Paris, France to help it supply more artwork for The Frame – Samsung’s TV which doubles up as an enormous artwork when not in use. The Frame now boasts a catalogue of more than 1,500 artworks from 42 countries.
Commenting on the development, Wonjin Lee, President and Head of Service Biz Team at Samsung Electronics, said:
Under the agreement, Samsung will be able to offer Frame users 40 pieces of artwork plus a short description of each piece that gives the viewer a bit of background to the work. Customers should be familiar with some of the pieces of art available on The Frame, Samsung specifically mentioned that the Mona Lisa and The Wedding Feast at Cana would be among those that are available.
If you’re not satisfied with the works that have been added today, Samsung and the Louvre say they will introduce exclusive content to The Frame later this year.
Motorola announces the Moto E20 with Android 11 Go edition for €99
by Paul Hill
Motorola has unveiled the latest arrival in the Moto E family; the Moto E20. The product is set to arrive in select countries in Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East for €99 and is aimed at people on a budget or who might be new to smartphones. Anyone that’s looking for a new low-cost device should be aware that the Moto E20 comes with the stripped-down Android 11 Go edition operating system but this should ensure the device runs faster.
In terms of hardware, the Moto E20 packs a large 6.5” Max Vision HD+ display that promises ‘more vivid details’. The Moto E20 features a 20:9 aspect ratio which should mean you don’t have to scroll as much to see the content you’re looking at – it should also make it easier to use the phone one-handed.
The device also includes an octa-core processor, an AI dual-camera system, and a long-lasting 4000 mAh battery to give you 40 hours of battery life. It also features a fast-focusing 13 MP camera and a 2 MP depth camera to help you take better portrait shots. The front camera is 5 MP so it’s nothing groundbreaking but should do the job.
The firm’s official announcement neglected to mention the amount of RAM and storage on the Moto E20 but luckily GSM Arena has some more details. As with all low-end devices, it looks like the Moto E20 will be restrictive in terms of memory and storage. Two variants will be available; one with 32 GB storage / 2 GB RAM and another with 64 GB / 4 GB. Android 11 Go edition should help the lower-end option perform better if you can’t get your hands on the higher-spec edition.
Once available, you’ll be able to pick up the Moto E20 directly from Motorola’s website. It’s also common to see these low-cost devices in phone shops and supermarkets so keep your eyes peeled if you’d rather buy the phone offline.