Published: Tue, August 29, 2017
Tech | By Constance Martin

Hot new app? Most of us can't be bothered to download it

Hot new app? Most of us can't be bothered to download it

When it was revealed that the new Android Oreo OS will be coming with an Adaptive Icons feature, a lot of people assume that it was going to be a feature that would allow users to do more customization but that is far from the case.

Historically, Google has named each successive Android release after sweet treats like Eclair, Ice Cream Sandwich and most recently, Nougat.

Another notable feature of the new Android Oreo is called the Picture-in-Picture (PiP) mode, which can be used when users are planning to simultaneously watch a video while doing other tasks. And, like all iconic superheroes, Android OREO originated from a wondrous, and unique, moment in time: the 2017 total solar eclipse that touched the United States.

If you've ever looked at your smartphone and thought about how many of those various apps you actually use, the report's main findings are not very surprising. The website also lists hardware partners that get their devices certified to provide a safe and secure experience to users. This more public initiative also coincides with Google Play Protect branding being featured on retail packaging. Play Protect is Google's new security suite, and it leverages machine learning to weed out malicious apps by regularly scanning and verifying apps on customers' phones.

When it comes to downloading a new app, it would appear that the majority of us are old dogs.

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Another new feature that makes navigating the interface easier.

Not all devices are compatible with the homescreen replacement, however, as unlike Google Now Launcher, it requires Android 5.0 or above to run.

Every week, we seem to get news about a new piece of malware that's been discovered on Android phones, infecting them and causing security issues for smartphone owners.

The modified Pixel Launcher (version 2.1) has been developed by AmirZ, who was also responsible for breaking the exclusivity of Pixel Launchers and made them available for entire eligible range of Android smartphones in June this year.

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