An Android app I use often is Greenify. This app helps you identify and put the misbehaving apps into hibernation when you are not using them, to stop them from slowing your device, draining your battery and running scheduled malicious code.
Greenify has only just been made available for non-rooted devices. Non-root mode is now supported in 2.0+. There are limitations though i.e. lack of auto hibernation. My suggestion is that you should visit Google Play for Greenfly to clarify what you can and cannot do if your device isn’t rooted.
Now, let’s take a look at a key feature of Greenify that should be the first thing you do when opening this app – ‘Scheduled running’.
Apps listed in ‘Schedule running’ are probably the most dangerous. Why? It’s not necessary for apps to run on a scheduled basis (this type of behaviour mimics malcode), but you will still need to review these apps (and maybe remove hibernation) if the app starts crashing. First up you will need to use App Analyzer.
Open the app > click + (this opens the App Analyzer)
You can review background running apps etc which are divided into the following categories:
Over the past few weeks we’ve been evaluating Android Wear. We’ve found some interesting code snippets regards security and privacy as well as some interesting work flow and application bugs. Our investigations are still ongoing. We don’t plan to publish our research publicly though – we never do.
For my technical audience, Android Kit 4.4.x has introduced some enhanced notification listener fields. This includes collecting additional metadata such as EXTRA_TITLE and EXTRA_PICTURE. There is also a new Notification.Action class which defines the characteristics of an action attached to a notification. Let’s now take a look at some of the more interesting features available for Android Wear.
There are many features for you to manage and control your Android Wear smart watch. The features are controlled on the Android Wear app which delivers the actions (intents) and content via bluetooth. Here are some interesting features:
- To mute notifications that appear on your watch, open up Android Wear app > Settings > Mute app notifications
- If you are in a meeting or don’t want to be bothered by notifications > Settings > Silence connected phone > Alert on watch and phone or Alert on watch only
IMPORTANT: This blog holds no responsibility for issues you might encounter as part of this post.
You might have come across problems when installing OTA updates to your rooted Android device, I know I have. In most instances the ROM I am using isn’t the stock ROM (along with custom recovery installed) and that is when the OTA updates* fail. OEM’s will nearly always check Android checksums match, as modified ROMs will have a different checksum to that installed by the OEM. This then leads to the well documented problem of OTA updates failing on rooted devices.
Many of my readers have encountered problems mainly with non-stock ROMs on OEM devices such as, HTC and Samsung, which block you from updating OTA or via USB. I will now show you how to prepare your rooted Android device for OTA updates:
- Create a backup using a custom recovery tool. Use a tool such as Titanium to create your backup. Move the backup file on to your computer.
- SuperSU includes a ‘Survival mode’ – make sure this is checked.
- Next, you will need to flash your boot and system partitions back to stock version. You can do this with fastboot or recovery.
Google provides a free service called ‘Google Alerts’. It allows you to be your own personal ‘identity managers’ or as I like to call it ‘preference managers’. Preference management will be a major business in years to come, especially given the volume of personal identifiable information we are all uploading to the Internet.
It’s my belief that ‘Preference Managers’ will be as important tomorrow as ‘financial advisors’ are today. The flip side will be the reputation services offered will be expensive, so most people will not be able to afford them.
That said there is a free service today, that will allow you to be your very own ‘Preference Manager’ and monitor and manage when your name, address, place of work etc. is referenced in the online world. Thank Google for ‘Google Alerts’:
- Google Alerts will allow you to receive free regular email updates whenever any mention of your name, address ,website or keywords appears anywhere across Google Search.
- You have the choice to monitor type of content (search query), which might be everything, news blogs, videos, discussions or books.
- Specify a region and decide how often and how many results you want to receive.