The Google Trips app is being shut down come August 5

The Google Trips app is being shut down come August 5

Following the incident, Google took down several apps and promised stricter rules moving forward.

Google Trips is having its support cut off in late Summer as Google probably looks to remove the app from the Play Store, confirming that it will be ending support for the app on August 5. The apps accounted for more than 440 million total installations.

All new apps are already subject to these new rules.

Security research firm Lookout has released details of a new study its team has performed looking into apps on the Google Play Store.

Now before a deep dive into the findings, let's first understand what an adware is. That's a strain of adware that can apparently render a mobile device nearly unusable. After the infected apps are downloaded, the plug-in lies dormant for up to a couple of weeks but then wakes to cause havoc on the victim's device.

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To the chagrin of unsuspecting users, the plugin in question forcibly displayed ads on their phones' lock screen, triggers video and audio ads even while the phone is asleep.

The app debuted in 2016, promising to help users organize their travel arrangements via phones and other devices, even when offline. Lookout security intelligence engineer Kristina Balaam says that the number of downloads these apps have make them unique in their prevalence and they are notable for the level of obfustication they use to hide the existence of the plugin.

The list goes on.

The adware plugin was found in an emoji keyboard called TouchPal along with 237 other apps that were all published by a Chinese company called CooTek. All offending software has since been removed from the Play Store or updated to no longer include the plugin responsible.

Aptoide, a popular alternative to Google Play Store, has launched a large online campaign against the developer of Android. It also had weather forecasts on your trip dates right there on the app.

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