42 Malicious Android Apps That You Need to Uninstall Immediately

ESET cyber-experts recently released a report about rogue apps that got Android phone owners worried.

Most of us trust apps on our devices’ app store, especially Play Store for Android phone users. We shun uncertified sources or websites but trust our app stores.

Here is another thing that gives us the green light to download an app. Thousands or even millions of downloads.

You simply assume that hundreds of thousands of people cannot be wrong.

Experts have now verified that this verification process has exposed us to malware.

In fact, one of the malicious apps that the cyber experts found had more than five million downloads. Would you be suspicious of such an app?

Dangers of installing malicious apps

App users have had concerns about the permissions that apps require during the installation process. You cannot use an app unless you grant the permissions.

The concerns are valid. One of the risks of installing a rogue app is that it shares information about your device with a third party.

Your guess is right. The third parties here are criminals who will misuse your information.

Mobile application developers in Kenya will tell you that most app owners earn from ads. For business owners, apps help them maximise sales.

However, most crooks have no real business but a bunch of malware ads. Hence, they will run the ads in the background while you use a malicious app.

You will never suspect the malicious activities because the ads do not show on your screen.

Sometimes the crooks are bold enough to run the ads even when you are not using the adware app.

The result is that your phone battery life’s is ruined.

Could this be the reason why your phone’s battery never lasts? Before you replace the battery in frustration, consider this possibility and clean up the device.

You might not need a new battery after all!

Why so many downloads?

According to experts, the apps attract many downloads because they disguise themselves as useful apps. Top on the list of the “adware” apps as they are commonly called is an app that enables you to download videos.

Other malicious apps are games or tools that you will definitely need to use your device.

Think about the number of times you get a file that you cannot open or read with any of the apps of your phone.

You immediately run to the app store for a tool without realising that you are exposing your device to adware apps.

Users do not always install suspicious apps. You may install one that will then install other malicious apps.

When the illegal installation is complete, crooks will delete the icon from the apps menu.

You will only see a shortcut, which you will be quick to delete and assume that all is well.

Meanwhile, a bunch of adware apps is using your phone’s software to run ads.

Be careful of apps that bring full screen ads that you cannot close.

Which apps are we talking about?

When cybersecurity experts released this list, Google was quick to delete the apps from its Play Store.

However, you must audit your device and delete the apps. Otherwise, they will continue to spy and share your information with crooks.

Here now are the apps with the corresponding number of downloads.

App Number of downloads
Video Downloader Master 5,000,000 +
Ringtone Maker Pro 500,000 +
Insta Downloader 500,000 +
Tank 1990 500,000 +
Video Downloader Master Free 100,000 +
Tank Battle 100,000 +
Basketball Shooter Challenge 100,000 +
World Champion 2018 100, 000 +
PhotoAlbum 100, 000 +
FB Video Downloader 100, 000 +
Social Downloader 100, 000 +
Hike Hashtags Best Hashtags for IG 100, 000 +
HeroesJump 100, 000 +
VilOader Free MP4 Video Downloader 100, 000 +
Video To MP4 Downloader 50,000 +
Puzzle Box Classic Puzzles All in One 50,000 +
Downloader Free Video Downloader App 50,000 +
DU Recorder for Android 50,000 +
All Video Download 50,000 +
Top1 Video Downloader 10,000+
Head Soccer 2 10,000+
Ringtone Maker App 2019 10,000+
Solucionariodebaldor 10,000+
Bouncing Ball 10,000+
Lite For FB 10,000+
TV N Radio 10,000+
Bouncing Ball 10,000+
Floating Tube By Muicv 10,000+
Spider Solitaire Games 5,000 +
Puzzle Crosssum 5,000 +
Yellow Craft 5,000 +
TVN Group Ankina Reminder Water 5,000 +
Ringtone Maker 2019 5,000 +
Solucionariodebaldor 5,000 +
Flat Music 5,000 +
Smart Note 1,000 +
All Downloader 1,000 +
Soccer Card 1,000 +
Wismichudosmildiecisiete 1,000 +
Basketball Perfect Shot 1,000 +
Solitaire Free (Nteam) 100 +
Hiketop Insta Followers 1  +

List courtesy of The Sun (UK)

Uninstalling the adware apps

You can trust crooks to do everything possible to keep their malicious apps on your device.

The icons will not easily display on your phone, especially now that the list out in the public eye.

As soon as the app installs, the app owners delete the icon and replace it with a shortcut.

After deleting the shortcuts, you need to go to your phone settings and check the list of installed apps.

You may be surprised to see the number of suspicious apps on your device.

If you love to play the latest games and solve problems with apps, you need to keep cleaning your device regularly.

We know it is a bit of pain but necessarily. Crosscheck this list with your list of apps and delete any adware app no matter how useful it has been to you.

Google has already done its part in deleting the apps from the store. Do your part now and uninstall any that you find on your device.

Concluding remarks

Mobile apps are here to stay. However, you must take responsibility of your data security. Cyber criminals will continue with their craft to make the best of mobile technology. The release of this list does not end their trade. New adware apps are likely to hit the stores if they are not there already. Be careful when installing apps and keep track of the list of apps on your devices.

Everything You Need to Know about Google’s Latest Products (Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Buds)

We know Google as a search engine and a global marketing platform. Did you know Google sells hardware too?

In the latest hardware event, Google unveiled new smartphones, that is, Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. We will discuss the specs of the two phones shortly but the company is big on competing with the world’s tech giants.

In addition to the smartphones, the Company announced new laptops and smart home devices.

Why announce new products at the close of the year, you ask? Well, we are headed to the Christmas season. The world goes into a shopping craze during the holiday.

Let us now look at the new products that Google released into the market

Smartphones: Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL

How would you like to take a clear picture of the stars at night? Have you ever tried that with your smartphone? We bet you did not like the output!

Google’s Pixel 4 enables you to get a clear picture of the Milkyway.  It has a powerful night camera not to mention the normal day-camera.

The company’s initial target market is the US. Buyers will thank Google for having this phone on during a car crash. The phone has a unique feature that detects a car crash.

It will automatically dial 911 when this feature is activated. That means the owner gets immediate medical attention.

Here is another feature that smartphone users will love. Google included a detection feature for gestures. Pixel 4 has the fastest face unlock, which competes with other phones in the market with such features.

With the radar detection, you can make a gesture in the air and the device will immediately unlock. You can also swipe in the air to move from one app to another.

The main difference between Pixel 4 and XL is the size. Pixel 4 XL has a 6.3 inch screen display while the normal Pixel 4 has 5.7 inch display.

The manufacturer has gone a step further to include 90hz display. Such a display prolongs the device’s battery life.

Another advantage of this new display is that it makes scrolling smoother and easier compared to the traditional display. You can turn the display on and off as you desire.

Google has made the new phones more accessible to buyers than previous Pixel models. For previous models, buyers had to unlock them from vendors including Google or from Verizon.

The new smartphones will be accessible through all the major carriers in the US. Are you curious about the price?

We know you are! The new Pixel 4 will start from $799.

Pixelbook Go

Google has explored the market for laptops alongside other hardware. In the event, the company introduced a new version of its Pixelbook laptop.

You can expect improved features every time a manufacturer has a new version of the same device. The new Pixelbook Go is lighter than the original version.

In addition, the bottom design gives you a better grip on the laptop. It has a longer battery life (12 hours). Yes, you read right, it is 12 hours.

Pause for a moment and consider the battery life of your current laptop. Can you work with it all day without charging?

Other improvements on the laptop include a magnesium casing and a larger 13.3-inch diplay.

The price of Pixelbook Go starts at $649.

Pixel Buds

Google introduced new Pixel Buds in the event. They will be available in the market in 2020. Music lovers will enjoy these Buds because of their amazing features include the wireless design.

Google introduced a previous version of the same buds that were connected through a wire. The new buds are completely wireless, so you can forget about tangled wires.

Look out for its adaptive sound technology. What does that mean?

You do not need to adjust the volume every time you change your environment. The Pixel Buds will automatically increase or reduce the volume to suit your environment.

The buds have a spatial vent design, which protects you from clogged ears. If you have used headphone for a long time, you know the irritation in your ears.

Google has boosted the speakers to improve the output and updated the sensors as well. However, the buds are still light to carry around.

Another feature we need to mention here is the long-range for the Bluetooth connection. You can enjoy the music on your headphones even when you move further from your device.

Nest Home Devices

Google has a Nest package of smart home products. The products in this package that have improvements include the Nest Aware and Nest Aware Plus.

The coverage for both programs has expanded. The updates will be available to Nest customers in the coming year.

Google has upgraded the Nest Wifi routers with 25% more coverage. The routers are faster than the previous routers. Starting November, customers can now choose between a 2 pack or 3 pack of the new routers.

The Nest Mini is also brand new with better speakers.

Stadia

Google did not leave gaming fans behind this year. Stadia is a service that enables users to stream their favourite video games.

The stream services started with a cloud feature earlier this year. Starting November 2019, you can use Stadia to stream video games to Google’s devices such as Chromebooks.

The streaming service comes with a special controller and retails at $9.99 per month.

A free take-home lesson

You define the limits for the growth and expansion of your business. Google started with answering search queries. It is the leading search engine in the world.

Millions of website and business owners rely on Google to reach their customers.

Today, Google is competing with top brands for mobile phones, laptops, and smart devices. Do not limit your business to one niche. Explore related niches.

We can also learn the need to keep updating products, including well-performing products.

The global competition is too steep for a company to maintain the same version of a product for years. Product development must be part of your business growth strategy.

Top 10 Dating Apps in Africa

The majority of internet users in Africa access the internet on their mobile phones. The trend has led to thousands of mobile applications. The first generation of mobile applications in Africa targeted basic services such as banking and health services. However, current applications target economic, political, and social sectors including dating. In the past, people turning to dating websites to connect with other singles looking for love. Mobile dating apps are slowly overtaking dating websites. Most of the apps target mobile phone users in specific countries or regions. The most popular dating apps in Africa are outlined below:


Tinder

The Los-Angeles based app is popular in South Africa. The app is also gaining popularity in East Africa countries, especially in Kenya. The app has a simple user interface and allows users to share real-time photos as they chat with their match. Active app users get up to 100 matches in a month.

Grindr

The app targets gay men who prefer to date privately. Most African societies are conservative about same-sex relationships and marriages. Hence, Grindr has gained popularity because it offers gay men an alternative way of meeting and building relationships. Kenya is among the top users of the app. The developers claim that it is the safest gay dating app in Kenya and Africa.

SpeedDate

The dating app has more than 13 million users in the world. One of the features that attract users to the app is the five-minute video dates. Users can go on a virtual date with their matches for five minutes on the app. Kenya is among the top African countries with many active users on the app.

BeNaughty

Some people use dating sites and apps for fun. Such people are not interested in committed relationships or meeting a lifetime mate. BeNaughty is popular among these internet users. Users can vote for the best members and participate in such competitions. The downside of the app is that many users create multiple fake profiles for the fun of it.

Lovoo

Lovoo ranks among the top-grossing social networks in Africa. The app is an extension of the German dating website. One of the unique features of the app is that users connect with other users within their vicinity.

Zoosk

More than 25 million people in the world use Zoosk. The app has a behavioral matching engine that connects users with their perfect matches. The app ranks number 3 among highest-grossing iPad apps in Kenya.

SayHi!

The dating app helps its users to meet new friends and find love through chat messages. Users can locate potential dates in their location using a map on the app. The app enables singles to identify other local singles within their geographical location.

Are You Interested (AYI)

AYI is one of the most popular dating apps in Africa. The developers target mature singles interested in finding love. The app is integrated with Facebook and so users must create profiles on both social platforms. Users can share photos and see other users who are interested in them on the app. Access to Facebook profiles gives users more information about their potential dates.

OkCupid

OkCupid gets more than three million new visitors every month and ranks high among the most popular African social networking applications. South Africans are the most active users of online dating sites and apps on the continent. However, the app has also spread to East and West African countries.

Tagged

Tagged is one of the leading apps where people meet new friends, chat, and flirt. The app has more than 300 million registered users. Tagged is among the popular paid-up social networking apps. The app stands out because it has a playful atmosphere where people can meet and play social games.

Final Remarks

You are guaranteed to find some love with all these apps in the market. The big question is, does internet love lead to a serious relationship? Click here to find out more before you start looking for love online.

Sportpesa, Betin, and Little Shuttle Exit: Is Kenya Ready for Digital Disruption?

Kenyans have been following closely the battle between the government and betting companies since new taxation and licensing laws were introduced.

It is no secret that many young Kenyans are now addicted to gambling.

The announcement by Sportpesa and Betin was a blow to betting fans, not to mention their employees.

Both companies have had a rough journey since the government suspended their licences due to taxation issues.

Sportpesa termed the Kenyan market as a hostile environment to do business.

Kenyans have differing opinions on the exit. Some feel that the betting fever is out of control and so the exit is beneficial.

Another category is crying out for the thousands of jobs lost when the companies halt their operations in Kenya.

SWVL and Little Shuttle

Government regulation has hit the two hailing companies hard as well.

The National Transport and Safety Authority  (NTSA) says that the two companies have been operating without valid PSV licences.

Consequently, their operations were suspended starting October 1, 2019, until they acquire PSV licences.

SWVL and Little Shuttle have been offering relief to Nairobians from the chaotic matatu industry.

If you commute to and from work every day, you can attest to the madness on the roads.

If you are not stuck in traffic, you are struggling to get a ride home or to work.

Should we mention the occasional strikes that force Kenyans to walk miles to work?

Commonalities

One thing to note about the three companies that are exiting the Kenyan market is their investment in digital technology.

The giants embraced the advantages that mobile apps offer in different sectors.

Sportpesa and Betin have been among the largest players in the betting industry.

We recently featured the two as part of the betting companies with the best betting apps in the country and beyond.

Also Read: The List is here! Top betting apps in Kenya (2019)

Many players have joined the industry following their footsteps.

Kenyans have had multiple options for betting apps and websites because the two companies set a high standard in the industry.

Gambling is not a new trade. There are casinos all over the major cities in the country.

Betting websites have been there for decades. However, the introduction of betting apps has disrupted the betting industry.

Betting companies have developed apps with a simple interface and easy language.

In Kenya, integrating mobile payments such as Mpesa and Airtel Money into the apps made betting easier.

The bus sharing companies, Little Shuttle and SWVL enable commuters to book a comfortable shuttle via an app.

Instead of queuing at bus stops and crowded bus stations, commuters can book a ride when they are to move from point A to B.

The fares are slightly higher than the fares charged by ordinary matatus. However, the companies target travellers that own personal cars but need public transport occasionally.

With the new regulation that NTSA imposed, the hailing services may fall into the category of normal matatus.

Image: Pulse

Is Kenya ready for digital disruption?

The need to control the betting craze makes some sense. In fact, some Kenyans have welcomed the Sportpesa, Betin exit despite the job losses.

However, the move by the government on the taxi app companies raises some questions. Were we prepared for the effect of digital technologies?

Taxi apps have already disrupted the transport industry. In the past, Kenyans would negotiate for taxi services with drivers.

Today, you can use Uber, Taxify, Little Cab, inDriver and any other taxi app to book a cheap taxi ride.

Mobile apps such as Glovo have also disrupted logistics and delivery companies. You just need an app to order a meal, shop for groceries, or buy any item you need online and get it at your doorstep.

You do not need to call a delivery company for that.

Think about banking, which was a headache for such a long time.

You can access your bank account and transact using your bank’s mobile app.

Do we need to revisit the popularity of mobile loan apps that have taken over the lending space in Kenya?

Apps have replaced the long documentation process that was associated with a loan application.

Also Read: Why are Instant Loans Popular in Kenya Despite Metropol CRB Listings?

The impact of social apps on business and communication is phenomenon. Businesses now rely on social media to stay in touch with clients.

Social apps and bots have replaced emails and calls in most industries.

The big question is, were we ready for this disruption?

Is the move by the government to tax digital companies an indication of our unpreparedness to deal with the effects of digital technologies?

The reality is that imposing heavy taxation on such companies that embraced new technologies is a blow to innovation.

New players are now hesitant to join the industries until the tax rows and licensing issues are resolved.

Players in the real estate, housing, education, and agricultural sector have had to keep up with the latest technologies to stay relevant.

Were the arms of government prepared for such disruptive technological changes?

Moving forward

It is impossible to control the digital disruption across industries. Technological innovation cannot be stopped because of its benefits.

The good thing is that it is possible to observe trends and anticipate their impact on the economy.

Kenyans are innovative. However, most of the disruptive trends start from developed countries.

Betting and bus sharing apps were established in developed countries long before the players entered the Kenyan market.

The government has an obligation to control the business environment and ensure that players pay the taxes due according to Taxation laws.

However, it is prudent for the government to bring up such issues when issuing licenses.

The exiting companies cry foul because the taxation and licensing issues arose when they began to make huge profits.

The government has enough technical experts who can follow the trends and advice on the required changes in laws and policies.

Otherwise, we will continue to witness massive job losses in an economy where thousands of graduates are unemployed.

The call to anticipate changes also goes to business owners who are comfortable with the traditional business environment.

Taxi owners were hostile when new taxi apps were introduced in the market. Despite the strikes, the taxi companies started their operations.

Business owners should explore the opportunities that digital technologies offer instead of resisting change.

Huawei Mate 30 Phone Series Are Finally Out Without Google Apps

The Huawei ban in the US got many people talking around the world. The ban is perhaps the greatest challenge that the Chinese company has faced this year.

Huawei promised to bounce back and keep dominating the Android world.

The newly launched Mate 30 phone series is proof that the tech giant is determined to stay on top.

The ban meant that Huawei could no longer include Google services in new phone models.

Hence, both Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro models have no Google apps. This means you cannot access your favourite apps on the Google Play Store.

In addition, you cannot access Gmail, YouTube, Maps, Photos or Google Drive.

The missing features have everyone wondering if the company will manage to sell the phones beyond China.

Would you buy a phone without Google Services? Well, before we talk about the price range, let us look at the specs.

Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro Specs and Features

Phone manufacturers often introduce two models of the same series at different prices. The Pro version has premium or better features, which is the case with the Mate 30 series.

Similar features:

Both phones have the same processor (Huawei Kirin 990), Operating system (EMU1 10), and Memory (8GB RAM). Both phones have a similar third rear camera (f/2.4 aperture 8MP, Telephoto camera).

Other similar features include the horizontal display and phone colors. You can pick any color from black, space silver, cosmic purple, or emerald green.

Differences in features

The table below displays the features of both 5G phones:

Feature Mate 30 Mate 30 Pro
Display 2340 x 1080 OLED screen (6.62 inches) 2400 x 11176 OLED screen (6.53 inches)
Storage 128 GB 256 GB
Front Camera 24MP 32MP
First Rear Camera f/1.8 aperture, Super sensing camera (40MP) f/1.6 aperture, Super sensing camera (40MP)
Second Rear Camera f/2.2 aperture, ultra wide angel camera (16MP) f/1.8 aperture, cine camera (40MP)
Fourth Rear Camera None 3D Depth sensing camera
Battery 4,200 mAh 4,500 mAh

You can tell from the list of features that Huawei went all out with the cameras and displays. Multiple rear cameras are the latest trend in smartphones.

In today’s world of selfies and preferences for visual content, phone brands are keen on the quality of both front and rear cameras.

Another notable feature is the large storage space, especially for the Mate 30 Pro.

You cannot offer 4 cameras and fail to provide enough space to store the photos and videos.

For the Mate 30 Pro customers, the Cine Camera stands out. Such a camera gives high-quality time-lapse videos.

Users can also take ultra slow motion and light videos.

The Porsche Design

The regular collection of both Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro has a matte finish in the four colors mentioned above.

The Porsche Design is a luxurious design of the same series of phone. You can go for the vegan leather forest green finish or the vegan leather orange.

You know how far you go to protect a new phone device with extra covers. This Porsche design protects the Android smartphone besides its expensive look and finish.

Pricing

Here is the part that everyone is curious to know- the price. We wish to tell you that the price fair but it is not.

China is the first market for the phone series. Both models will be on sale next month (October).

The Mate 30 price is set at €799, which is about $883. That is about Ksh. 80,000. How many phone brands sell at this price?

The Mate 30 Pro is priced at €1,099, which is around $1, 214. Converted to Kenya shillings, the phone is about Ksh.120, 000.

The Porsche Design (named Mate 30 RS) is more expensive than the other two, perhaps way too expensive.

The price tag is €2,095, which is converted to $2,318. We are talking about nearly the same specs with a leather finish at about Ksh. 230,000.

Thoughts on missing Google services

Back to the most intriguing part of this phone launch. In addition to the steep prices, the 5G phones lack Google services.

Huawei is spending about $1 billion to develop its own app store now that Google Play Store is still banned.

The move is the company’s effort to overcome the effects of the trade wars.

However, the question that most people have asked since the launch was first announced is on selling or marketing the devices.

The Chinese market is likely to keep supporting its brand. Huawei phones have been contributing to the company’s revenues for years.

The main challenge is marketing the phones at such high prices without Google services to the rest of the world.

We develop mobiles apps in Kenya so we understand how important Google Play Store is to phone buyers.

In fact, most people upgrade to expensive brands to access more features including their favourite apps and games.

For taxi-hailing apps like Uber and Taxify, a phone without Google Maps is simply out of question. Delivery and logistics apps fall into this category as well.

Video content has become increasingly popular among internet users and the majority trust the YouTube platform.

Consider the fact that the Android platform is the most popular in Kenya and around the world.

App owners prefer to list their apps on Google Play Store for easy access and to reach the large market.

Are customers willing to suddenly change from Google to Huawei’s new app store? Will app owners be willing to list their apps elsewhere for the sake of Huawei phone users?

The reality is that only a slice of the market for Android smartphones can afford the new Mate 30 phone models.

Huawei will have to keep rethinking its brand strategy before the world buys its new app store.

Conclusion

Despite the major missing feature, the Huawei Mate 30 and Mater 30 Pro have very competitive features. It is impossible for phone manufacturers to ignore the quality of Android smartphones that Huawei offers in the market. Huawei is still a competitive brand and with the right strategy, the company will stay afloat.