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Google plans certification program for Android gaming phones

Android Game Device Certification requirements Google plans certification program for Android gaming phones
Cecil Davis | 08 October, 2019, 18:55

The 9to5Google team says it has obtained the latest Google Mobile Services agreement for device makers, and the terms reportedly require that phones ship using either Android 10's new gestures or the old three-button layout. As it turns out, attackers have been allegedly found actively exploiting a zero-day vulnerability in Android that allows them to take over full control of certain phones from Google, Huawei, Xiaomi, Samsung and others.

Google Project Zero reports that the bug has been successfully exploited, which raises some big questions regarding who is using it and why. It also requires that the attacker has installed a malicious app.

Stone said the bug was patched in December 2017, but Google's Pixel 2 and 2XL smartphones with the most recent security bulletin are still vulnerable to the flaw, a source code review found. The fix was then incorporated into versions 3.18, 4.4, and 4.9 of the Android kernel.

The good news is the search giant will soon force all its hardware-making partners to put Android 10 on new devices.

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Which is a big thing for all dark-mode lovers, and everyone else who strains while using the normal blindingly white Instagram UI. A third way to do it is by going to Settings Display & Brightness, and then tapping on the "Dark" theme option.

Currently, we are seeing new 10.0.0 files for Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL (QP1A.191005.007), Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL (QP1A.191005.007), Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL (QP1A.191005.007.A1), and Pixel and Pixel XL (QP1A.191005.007.A1).

The Project Zero research team has shared a local proof-of-concept exploit to demonstrate how this bug can be used to gain arbitrary kernel read/write when running locally. In one section, Google details the new Game Device Certification technical requirements, which manufacturers will have to meet in order to declare an Android device is certified and game-ready.

Google will start rolling out the October 2019 security patch Tuesday, and other manufacturers will likely have their own version live within the next few days.

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