Google pulls down 29 malicious Android apps downloaded many times

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In one of the discovered cases, the app downloaded an online porn player that didn't work even after payment from the user was accepted.

Once you have Live Transcribe set up, your phone may prompt you to enable Android's accessibility menu for easier access to the app. Chet Gnegy who is the teammate of Dimitri has worked with the companies Accessibility team to built a tool that could reduce Dimitri's effort that he spends preparing for meetings. One of them is CART: A service where a captioner virtually joins a meeting to listen and create a transcription of spoken dialogue, which then displays on a computer screen.

Gnegy saw some of the challenges Kanevsky faced with the system - such as carrying multiple devices, expense and the need for significant prep before use.

Google says that it supports 70 different languages and dialects and can adjust to pick up on certain nuances as the conversation goes on - Google's example involves autocorrecting captions that at first think the subject is New York City, but change when the AI realizes the topic is actually Yorkshire Terriers. Good news is that Google has already removed these malware filled apps.

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Google partnered with Gallaudet University, a university for deaf and hard-of-hearing people based in Washington, to develop Live Transcribe. Further, it allows for two-way conversation via a type-back keyboard for users who can't or don't want to speak.

The availability of both Live Transcribe and Sound Amplifier is relatively limited at the moment, but the former app will soon be available on a ton of Android devices.

Given these risks, compounded by the fact that many malicious apps take pain to look legitimate, how can users stay safe?

"[Sound Amplifier] works by increasing quiet sounds, while not over-boosting loud sounds". However, Live Transcribe is now being rolled out only to limited beta users, and Sound Amplifier can only be used on devices that have Android Pie or later software installed.

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Recently Google banned some malicious navigation apps from the Play Store.

You can sign-up for the beta here.

Sound Amplifier, initially revealed at the Google I/O developer conference past year, is not only helpful to the hard-of-hearing but also people who are having trouble hearing in noisy places like in a loud bar. Sound Amplifier will likewise come pre-installed on Pixel 3's.

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