A bug that hit WhatsApp and forced 1.5 billion users to update the application for security purposes was the main application issue in May. In the same month, the messenger got automatic audio playback on Android and featured Mirror apps to create stickers, and Blue Tick, Read Hider, which lets you read messages without appearing online in chat.
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There was also great anticipation around Apple's news release at WWDC 2019, a Google I / O-like developer event, which unveiled Google news in the first week of the month. Here's a summary of the most important news from the past few weeks with apps.
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1. WhatsApp Vulnerability
WhatsApp has released an emergency update to fix a security bug against Pegasus, spyware that could infect phones through a simple missed call in the app. The virus was reportedly developed by NSO, an Israeli company that provides spying technology to governments. The company, however, denies involvement in the use of the tool in the messenger.
According to WhatsApp, dozens of people would have been hit. The focus of the attacks would be professionals involved in human rights institutions. Citizen Lab, the University of Toronto's online privacy study, said at least one activist lawyer had been a victim of the attack. Once installed on your phone, Pegasus can record microphone audio, camera video, and access user files for spy purposes.
Bug caused WhatsApp emergency update Photo: Marvin Costa / dnetc
2. Expectation for iOS 13 at WWDC
The launch of iOS 13, the new macOS and other news from Apple are expected next Monday (3) at WWDC 2019. The system that equips the iPhone is expected to get news on the home screen, including a new Dark Mode. . On the Mac, the biggest expectation revolves around iOS application integration, as well as the launch of a revamped Mac Pro and the possible abandonment of Intel chips. The annual developer event will take place in California and will be broadcast live on the internet.
WWDC 2019, Apple Developer Conference, will be held June 3-7. Photo: Press Release / Apple
3. Best Android Apps
At the beginning of the month, Google elected the best Android apps and games. Among the winners are apps like Envision AI, which processes images and text to make life easier for the visually impaired. Between games, the highlight was the Shadowgun Legends. Welfare apps with better social impact, more inventive and better experience for emerging markets, among other categories, were awarded.
Google unveiled the winners of the best Android apps and games of the year award Photo: Rodrigo Fernandes / dnetc
4. Audio autoplay on Android
WhatsApp has released audio playback for Android users. The feature arrived seven months earlier for iPhone (iOS) and underwent two months of testing before being released on Google Play. The feature lets you listen to a sequence of audio hands-free: just play the first one the app autoplay the rest without losing the order of the conversation.
WhatsApp has released audio autoplay on Android Photo: Playback / Aline Batista
5. Tricks with Avio Mode
A compilation of tips with the Avio Mode of mobile phones gained popularity in May. These are tricks that involve snapping Snapchat print, viewing Stories and using WhatsApp unnoticed, as well as saving power when your phone battery is running low. The offline mode of the smartphone is also useful for removing advertising from mobile games or avoiding notifications that may be distracting at work or study time.
Tricks using Avio Mode on your phone allow you to save battery life and socialize friends. Photo: Playback / Rodrigo Fernandes
6. New Android and Pixel 3A Release
The release of Android 10 (Q) was a highlight of Google I / O, a developer event that took place at the beginning of the month. The system will have Night Mode, new privacy controls to prevent user location monitoring, and Bubbles, a multitasking mode that puts applications into bubbles. As expected, Google also announced the Pixel 3A and Pixel 3A XL, phones with intermediate hardware and the same praised camera as Pixel 3.
Google announced Android 10 in May Photo: Divulgao / Google
7. New TV app for iOS 12.3
IOS 12.3 has been released for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV users. The system brought as major novelty the redesigned version of the TV application, which now features content streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Go and Globoplay on the same screen. The app lets you search for movies to watch using Siri and in the future also offer access to Apple TV +, which will make Apple's own productions available from September. The update also takes AirPlay 2 compatibility for Samsung TVs.
Redesign of iOS 12.3 main new TV app for iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV Photo: Divulgao / Apple
8. App Mirror creates stickers for WhatsApp
Another highlight of ms was the Mirror application, which creates stickers with the face of the user to share on WhatsApp. The app uses the phone's camera to detect the user's physical characteristics and automatically create avatars. The user can customize with accessories and create packages with various themes to use in the conversation. The app is available for free for Android and iPhone.
How to create WhatsApp stickers on your face with the Mirror app Photo: Nicolly Vimercate / dnetc
9. Things not to do with the Android phone
Android users should beware of the flexibility offered by Google. The world's most popular mobile system lets you delete non-removable folders, download apps from Google Play that can be dangerous and more likely to be infected with viruses than iOS. It is important to stay protected by installing antivirus and all available updates for the mobile phone, among other indispensable precautions.
Tips teach you what not to do on your Android phone Photo: Carolina Ochsendorf / dnetc
10. App to view WhatsApp without going online
Blue Tick, Read Hider is a free Android app that also gained popularity last month. Its specific functionality: make the user invisible in WhatsApp conversations and other messengers such as Messenger and Telegram. The app displays received content without opening the original message, preserving the offline status of the account. Therefore, the read receipt is not sent to the contact, preventing the blue scratches from being shown in the chat.
Learn how to use Blue Tick, Read Hider to read WhatsApp messages incognito Photo: Raquel Freire / dnetc