Ten years ago, Call Me Maybe was at the top of the music charts and Android was only a few years old. 2012 is also the year chosen by Google to launch its Nexus 4 and Google Play. The suite of applications, which notably includes the Play Store, is therefore celebrating its tenth anniversary and its creator has decided to celebrate the event with a new logo. The change is not revolutionary, but it had been a few years since Google had reviewed the emblem of its service.

“We are introducing a new logo that better reflects the magic of Google and matches the brand image shared by many of our products (Search, Assistant, Photos, Gmail, etc.),” said Tian Lim, vice president from Google Play. On closer inspection, the changes are real, and while the triangle remains, Google has indeed decided to make its colors less vivid. We also note that the layout does not change with always blue, red, yellow and green; but the proportions change. Thus, blue no longer dominates as much and leaves more room for the famous colors of the search engine. Finally, the triangle has a slightly different shape and the corners are more curved.

A new logo for ten years of Google Play

This change comes as Google Play celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. Those who knew the Android universe during this period probably remember that the first versions of the OS hosted the Android Market. Google finally decided to merge different services by creating the Play application suite. Ten years later, we notice moreover that the sequel Play doesn’t really exist anymore.

The American giant preferred to abandon Google Play Music in favor of YouTube Music. It also decided to put aside its Google Play Movies & TV app to launch Google TV. These changes have allowed the firm to better focus on the Play Store – its famous application store – and on books with Play Books. Note that if Android can accommodate other application stores, the Play Store is a must.

Google also returns to the evolution of its application, supporting figures. “A decade later, more than 2.5 billion people in over 190 countries use Google Play every month to discover apps, games and digital content,” says Tian Lim. “And more than 2 million developers work with us to grow their businesses and reach people around the world.”

To celebrate 10 years of Google Play, the American giant is also offering boost Play Points. Members who activate this “booster” (activation dates vary by country) will earn ten times more points on purchases, including in-app purchases.

These 35 Apps Are Infected With Malware That Can Steal Your Data And Money: Remove Them ASAP

If you have any of these apps, uninstall them as soon as possible, as they can erase your data, access your bank accounts, and more.

Dr.Web cybersecurity experts recently published a report warning of the discovery of new threats present in the Google Play Store.

Specifically, this study reveals the existence of 35 apps in the Google store that are infected with malware that can steal your data and money. For this reason, we recommend that if you have any installed, remove it as soon as possible from your Android mobile.

Do you have any of these 36 apps on your mobile? Delete them as soon as possible

Last June, Dr.Web anti-virus lab discovered nearly 30 Android.HiddenAds family advertising trojans hidden in a number of Play Store applications totaling nearly 10 million downloads. In the applications infected with this malware, we can find virtual keyboards, image editing tools or wallpaper applications, among others.

In order to show you ads, some of these apps ask for your permission to display windows on top of other apps, and others ask you to add them to a battery saver exclusion list. Additionally, to avoid detection, these Trojans hide their icons in the app drawer or replace them with “less visible” icons.

The list of applications infected by this malware is as follows:

  • Photo editor: beauty filter
  • Photo editor: retouch and crop
  • Photo editor: artistic filters
  • Photo Editor – Layout Creator
  • Photo editor and background eraser
  • Photo and Exif editor
  • Photo Editor – Filter Effects
  • Photo filters and effects
  • Photo editing: Blur Image
  • Photo editor: Cut, Paste
  • Emoji Keyboard: Stickers and GIFs
  • neon theme keyboard
  • Neon Theme – Android Keyboard
  • Crate cleaner
  • luxury cargo
  • FastCleaner: cash cleaner
  • Calling Skins – Calling Themes
  • funny caller
  • CallMe Phone Themes
  • InCall: Contact history
  • MyCall – Call personalization
  • Caller Theme
  • Caller theme
  • Funny Wallpapers – Live Wallpaper
  • 4K Auto Wallpaper Changer
  • New Screen: 4D Wallpapers
  • Wallpapers and Backgrounds
  • Notes – reminders and lists

In addition, Dr.Web analysts have also discovered 3 other applications infected with the popular Joker Trojan, a malware capable of subscribing to paid mobile services without your knowledge.

The three Google Play apps that hide this dangerous Trojan are:

  • small launcher
  • 4K Pro Camera
  • Heart Emoji Stickers

Likewise, the specialists of this cybersecurity company have also discovered another Trojan called Android.PWS.Facebook, which is designed to steal data that can then be used to hack into your Facebook account. Here are the apps infected with this malware:

  • YouToon – AI Cartoon Effect
  • Runway – Cartoon Photo Effect

Android malware: these fake apps have 10 million downloads, uninstall them right away!

Despite its increasingly effective safety nets, it’s not uncommon for Google to let malware infiltrate the Play Store. The most annoying thing is when the latter sometimes remain up to several people on the platform. Indeed, it regularly happens that an application camouflaged in reality a malware counts several thousands, even millions of downloads, and this in spite of the negative comments and ratings left by the victims.

Regularly, cybersecurity experts thus provide lists of these fake applications to avoid at all costs, and today’s one comes from the antivirus publisher Dr. Web. A nice batch moreover, since these applications of the day accumulate no less than 10 million downloads. We find everything in the lot: photomontage applications, keyboards, customizable wallpapers, etc.

DELETE THESE DANGEROUS ANDROID APPS NOW

If most of them do offer the promised features, these are only a pretext to install malware on the victim’s smartphone. Some contain, for example, Joker, a formidable malware that has been prowling on Android smartphones since 2019 capable of having its victim subscribe to premium subscriptions. Still others allow hackers to retrieve the social media credentials of their targets.

To remain incognito, these applications hide under another name and another icon once installed, thus imitating system functionality of the smartphone. They then request permission to run in the background to continue scanning the device. Alerted, Google removed the majority of this malware from the Play Store.

  • 4K Wallpapers Auto Changer
  • Call Skins — Caller Themes
  • Caller Theme
  • Caller Theme
  • Call Me Phone Themes
  • Cash Cleaner
  • Emoji Keyboard: Stickers & GIFs
  • Fancy Charging
  • FastCleaner: Cash Cleaner
  • funny caller
  • Funny Wallpapers – Live Screen
  • InCall: Contact Background
  • MyCall – Call Personalization
  • Neon Theme – Android Keyboard
  • Neon Theme Keyboard
  • NewScrean: 4D Wallpapers
  • Notes—reminders and lists
  • Photo & Exif Editor
  • Photo Editor & Background Eraser
  • Photo Editor – Design Maker
  • Photo Editor – Filters Effects
  • Photo Editor: Blur Image
  • Photo Editor: Cut, Paste
  • Photo Editor: Art Filters
  • Photo Editor: Beauty Filter
  • Photo Editor: Retouch & Cutout
  • Photo Filters & Effects
  • Stock Wallpapers & Backgrounds

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