Google to Streamline Android Security Update Platform Further, Only About 50% of Devices Get Patches

Google released its 2016 Android security report today, highlighting the progress they have made over the past couple of years in terms of protecting you and I from Potentially Harmful Apps (PHA) and also getting our phones up-to-date with the latest security patches. On a PHA level, Google is still doing a bang-up job on not letting through many bad apps that could do you harm, but the security patch situation still isn’t great even after a solid year of improvements. For the year 2016, only about half of Android devices even received a security update. Woof.  (more…)

OnePlus Announces OnePlus 3T Midnight Black, Available in Limited Quantities March 24 at Hypebeast

OnePlus is following up its special edition Colette Edition of the OnePlus 3T by releasing another all-black version here in the US. Sold exclusively at Hypebeast’s online store on March 24 at noon Eastern, only 250 units will be available.

What’s special about this 3T? Well, it comes in matte black that is dubbed “Midnight Black.” It sports 128GB storage and 6GB RAM while retailing for $479. Those are the only differences between this and the previous 3T models.  (more…)

Google Maps Adds Real-Time Location Sharing, Including Trip Progress

Google Maps is getting a pretty awesome new feature on Android, iOS, and the web. How would you like to share your location with friends, family, or colleagues you are meeting up with? What if you could share the progress of a trip on any platform? It’s coming. Real-time location sharing via Google Maps is on the way.

Google would only announce today that location sharing is rolling out “soon,” but they did share a fun little video that shows how it will work. You can watch it above to get the basics.  (more…)