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New Product Launch : Acer Launches Aspire R 13 Convertible Notebook

Acer today launched its Aspire R 13 convertible notebook in India at a price Rs 83,999. The R 13 comes with Acer’s unique Ezel Aero Hinge that allows the display to rotate into six different modes. It can also be used with the optional Acer Active Pen.

The Aspire R 13 Series was first unveiled at Acer’s Global Press Conference at IFA 2014 in Berlin, Germany, where Acer announced their entire line of holiday products.

The Aspire R 13 is less than 1 inch thin and weighs around 1.5 kg. It comes with a 13.3-inch Full HD touch display which can rotate 180-degrees. The screen comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. 

In addition, anti-fingerprint technology helps eliminate smudges. Corning’s newly developed AR/ETC technology minimizes reflections and improves the display’s contrast.

The Aspire R 13 can also be used with an optional Acer Active Pen for drawing, creating and collaborating. The pen comes with a pressure sensor for professional drawing and a hover sensor for easy access to functions. It also supports palm rejection so users can write on the screen.

The pen works with Acer’s exclusive pen-enabled software, Acer Hover Access, which is pre-installed on all models.

The device is powered by 4th Gen Intel Core i5 processor, has up to 512 GB of Solid State Drive with RAID-0 support and up to 8GB of memory. It runs on Windows 8.1 OS and claims to deliver up to 8 hours of battery life. The Aspire R 13 will be available at select Croma retail stores.
Acer today launched its Aspire R 13 convertible notebook in India at a price Rs 83,999. The R 13 comes with Acer’s unique Ezel Aero Hinge that allows the display to rotate into six different modes. It can also be used with the optional Acer Active Pen.
The Aspire R 13 Series was first unveiled at Acer’s Global Press Conference at IFA 2014 in Berlin, Germany, where Acer announced their entire line of holiday products.
The Aspire R 13 is less than 1 inch thin and weighs around 1.5 kg. It comes with a 13.3-inch Full HD touch display which can rotate 180-degrees. The screen comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection.
In addition, anti-fingerprint technology helps eliminate smudges. Corning’s newly developed AR/ETC technology minimizes reflections and improves the display’s contrast.
The Aspire R 13 can also be used with an optional Acer Active Pen for drawing, creating and collaborating. The pen comes with a pressure sensor for professional drawing and a hover sensor for easy access to functions. It also supports palm rejection so users can write on the screen.
The pen works with Acer’s exclusive pen-enabled software, Acer Hover Access, which is pre-installed on all models.
The device is powered by 4th Gen Intel Core i5 processor, has up to 512 GB of Solid State Drive with RAID-0 support and up to 8GB of memory. It runs on Windows 8.1 OS and claims to deliver up to 8 hours of battery life. The Aspire R 13 will be available at select Croma retail stores.
- See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/technology/gadgets/acer-launches-aspire-r-13-convertible-notebook-at-rs-83999/#sthash.uCgsF3eL.dpuf

New Product Launch Report : Asus ZenFone C ZC451CG With Android 4.4 KitKat Launched

Asus has reportedly launched a new smartphone, the ZenFone C, in Malaysia. No official announcement has been made by the company as yet, and availability details are not known either.

The ZenFone C may represent the first of the series that replaces the existing ZenFone 4 lineup in the future. It is worth noting that the specifications of the newly announced Asus ZenFone C ZC451CG are similar to that of the ZenFone 4 A450CG but with minor upgrades. 
The dual-SIM Asus ZenFone C ZC451CG runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS with Zen UI out-of-the-box with no word on the smartphone's Android 5.0 Lollipop update. It features a 4.5-inch FWVGA (480x854) IPS display. The smartphone is powered by the same 1.2GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2520 processor with Hyper-Threading Technology (2 cores, 4 threads, 1MB cache) and 1GB of RAM as seen in ZenFone 4 A450CG. It also includes a 5-megapixel 'PixelMaster' rear autofocus camera with flash and f/2.0 lens, apart from a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera with f/2.8 lens, according to the specifications sheet shared on Twitter by the SoyaCincau blog (via Android Headlines).

It also shares the same inbuilt storage specification of 8GB, which is expandable via a microSD card (up to 64GB). Other specifications of the Asus ZenFone C ZC451CG include 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, Glonass, and Micro-USB connectivity options. The smartphone however differs from the ZenFone 4 when it comes to battery. As compared to the ZenFone 4 A450CG's 1600mAh battery, the new ZenFone C sports a better 2100mAh battery. The smartphone is said to be available in Black, White and Red colour variants.

Measuring 136.5x67x10.9mm and weighing 149 grams, the ZenFone C ZC451CG is said to be priced at MYR 349 (roughly Rs. 6,000). The availability details of the handset outside Malaysia are not yet known.

New Product Update : Asus ZenFone C ZC451CG With 4.4 KitKat OS May Come

I am sure this is going to be a bigger hit in the Indian market than many of the recently launched handset. This is because the handset comes with so many attractions that it is simply irresistible.

To be true for an average Indian smartphone maven, this handset comes with everything that is just right. You don’t need to compromise to get the best. It is going to satisfy even many people who were searching for a much costlier handset. Now these people will ultimately fall for it. 
The handset seems to be a major upgrade of ZenFone 4 lineup. The handset’s specifications are far superior compared to the previous version. While the ZenFone 4 A450CG was a massive hit in the Indian market, this one is going to be a bigger success in the coming days.

As far as operating system is concerned, the latest handset from the Taiwanese tech giant comes with Android 4.4.2 KitKat out-of-the-box. Asus ZenFone C ZC451CG comes with an impressive 4.5-inch FWVGA (480×854) IPS display. When it comes to processor the handset seems to have come with the right processor. It has 1.2GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2520 processor with Hyper-Threading Technology (2 cores, 4 threads, 1MB cache) and 1GB of RAM. Though the camera may be a disappointment for many. It comes with 5-megapixel ‘PixelMaster’ rear autofocus camera with flash and f/2.0 lens, apart from a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera with f/2.8 lens.

When it comes to internal storage, the handset comes with 8GB storage that can be expanded upto 64GB with microSD card. Media options of the handset include 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, Glonass, and Micro-USB connectivity options. Its battery is much more improved compared to its predecessor. It has 2100mAh battery. The handset is expected to be priced in India at around 5999.

News Product Update : Xiaomi Is Plannig To Launch 4G Device Mi4 In India Today

Chinese handset maker Xiaomi will launch its 4G device Mi4 in India today to strengthen its position in the booming smartphone market here. Earlier, in an exclusive interaction with IndianExpress.com, Xiaomi India head Manu Jain had hinted that the price of the upcoming Mi 4 smartphone would be around Rs 20,000.

The company, which entered the Indian market last year, has launched Redmi 1S, Redmi Note and Mi3 in partnership with e-commerce major Flipkart.

India is Xiaomi’s largest market after China.

Often called the Apple of China, Xiaomi launched the Mi4 in July last year. However, the device did not hit the Indian market. Last week, Xiaomi had launched its flagship smartphones, the Mi Note and Mi Note Pro, at an event in Beijing. 
Xiaomi Mi 4 smartphone sports a 5-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels at 441 ppi along with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It runs on a 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU with 3GB RAM. Running Android 4.4.3 KitKat operating system sugarcoated with MIUI 6, the phone will offer a 13MP rear camera along with an 8M front camera. The rear camera will support 4K video recording.

On the connectivity front, Xiaomi Mi 4 will support 4G LTE network along with 3G, WiFi, and Bluetooth and is powered by a 3080 mAh battery.

According to IDC, in the quarter ended September 2014, Samsung led the Indian smartphone market with 24 per cent share, followed by Micromax with 20 per cent, Lava and Karbonn at 8 per cent each and Motorola at 5 per cent

New Product Review : HTC Desire 820 SmartPhone

HTC's mid-range phablet, Desire 816 got a good response from Indian consumers with its good feature to price ratio (when it launched in June). Now, the Taiwanese company has launched the phone's successor that packs in a more powerful processor, a better front camera and Gorilla Glass 3 screen protection, among other improvements. Other than these, the phone is very similar to Desire 816. Is it a good buy? We try to find out in our review...

Build & design :

HTC Desire 820 looks very similar to the company's mid-range phablet Desire 816, complete with the unibody plastic shell, rounded corners and front dual stereo speakers.

Since the phone sports a big, 5.5-inch display, the overall footprint is also large. That said, it doesn't look unwieldy.

Unlike the Desire 816, the 820 sports dual-tone colours with the second colour making its presence felt in form of accents surrounding the front panel, volume rocker and power keys, micro-USB jack, camera lens and LED flash and the HTC logo.

The phone doesn't sport physical keys at the front and uses onscreen keys for navigation. Unlike the Desire 816, the Power/Screen lock and the volume rocker keys are located at the right edge of the phone and offer good tactile feedback. The left side sports a plastic flap that hides the two nano-sim card slots and a microSD card slot. Other than that, there's no major difference between the two phones in terms of design. Even the dimensions are almost identical.

The display is flanked by dual stereo BoomSound speakers on both sides. The speaker grill fits in a single line, with bigger holes unlike the HTC One's grill that is spread over four lines.

The 8MP front-facing camera lens sits above the display and is prominently visible. The 3.5mm headset jack sits at the top while the micro-USB port is placed at the bottom edge. 
The back of the phone features the 13MP rear camera and an LED flash. It sports a glossy finish and gets easily smudged.

Although made of plastic with a glossy finish, the build quality of the Desire 820 is pretty good and exudes a premium feel.

Display :

HTC Desire 820 sports a 5.5-inch Super LCD 2 display with a resolution of 720x1280pixels. Although, the number of pixels packed are less due to the large size of the display, we did not notice any pixilation and images and text appeared sharp and crisp.

The screen is optimum for watching videos and playing games thanks to its large size. Having said that, single hand usage becomes a little difficult due to this attribute. 
Viewing angles were also good and colours appeared vivid, though not as vibrant as that on HTC One (M8). Under-sun legibility was also good.

Desire 820's display comes with Gorilla Glass 3 protection, improving upon the Desire 816, which was more susceptible to scratches.

Software :

HTC Desire 820 comes with Android 4.4.4 KitKat with Sense 6, the latest version of HTC's custom UI, running on top.

Unlike HTC One (M8), Desire 820 does not offer support for gestures like 'double tap to unlock' and 'swipe to unlock' to a home screen/Blinkfeed. The gestures would have made more sense on 820 given its bigger form factor and the awkward placement of the Power/Unlock key.

While the UI looks very different from stock Android, we quite like the Sense 6 interface. It doesn't look very different from that of the previous version of Sense.

It sports the on-screen navigation keys which hide while playing games and using apps that make use of Android's new immersive mode. For more on the user interface, you can check out our HTC One (M8) review.

Camera :

Just like the Desire 816, Desire 820 doesn't feature an UltraPixel camera. Instead, it includes a 13MP BSI sensor with f/2.2 aperture and a 28mm lens.

Desire 820 also doesn't come with HTC ImageChip. This means that features like the Zoe mode are not included and the camera takes extra time to process the image after capturing it. 
Images shot with the phone in optimum light looked great. Colour reproduction, exposure and contrast were just right and images looked natural. We had some issues capturing macro images as the focus lock was not very responsive. We compared it with the Desire 816 and found that strangely focus-lock was faster and responsive on the 816. This could be a software issue.

Low-light photos (without the use of night mode) looked noisy and lacked detail. The camera also offers Panorama and HDR modes.

The phone is capable of capturing 1080p videos and did not disappoint us in terms of audio and video quality. 
Desire 820's front-camera has an 8MP sensor with f2.0 wide angle lens for taking selfies. It also includes a timer switch and touchup feature for enhanced selfies. The phone clicks good-quality selfies and offers a number of options to eliminate blemishes, fix red eye and whiten skin tone. The 8MP front camera is the highlight of the phone and will please all self lovers.

Performance :

HTC Desire 820 is powered by a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor and 2GB RAM. Even though it is a mid-range device, the 820 never felt underpowered with the hardware being capable of supporting multitasking and gaming without hiccups.

It's worth pointing out that the 64-bit architecture is not supported by Android 4.4. Also, phones still need more memory to fully leverage 64-bit capabilities (better memory management) and 2GB would not really suffice.

In our use, we did not notice any lag while launching and switching between apps, editing photos, browsing the web, clicking pictures, watching high definition videos, or playing graphics-heavy games on Desire 820.

In synthetic benchmarks, the phone scored 24,013 in Antutu, 10,861 in Quadrant, in 2515 Geekbench 3(Multi-core) and 59.9 in Nenamark 2 benchmark tests. Surprisingly, benchmark scores of the phone were lower than that of Micromax Yureka YU, which is also powered by the same processor and sports similar hardware specifications. The scores (barring Quadrant) are significantly better than Desire 816's scores though.

We don't endorse benchmark tests and do not recommend a phone based solely on benchmarks as real world performance is different at times.

We were able to play videos of popular file formats without any issues. Additional file formats can be played through third party video player apps. The phone also comes with FM Radio.

HTC Desire 820's front stereo speakers offer enhanced sound quality in addition to delivering sound that's much more powerful and clear compared to many phones.

Call quality was excellent and the phone works well even in weak signal areas. We also observed that 820 catches even weak Wi-Fi signals. The phone comes with GPS and A-GPS for navigation and maps, and it was easily able to lock a signal. 
The phone supports Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX codec support. This allows the phone to deliver CD-like sound over Bluetooth (usually, the sound quality deteriorates over Bluetooth). We found that the phone offers good sound quality even when connected to a Bluetooth stereo headset.

The phone comes with a 2600mAh battery and will last you one day with moderate to high usage including about one to two hours of making calls, playing games, clicking some pictures, listening to music and browsing the web. We noticed that battery backup was inferior compared to the 816 even though both the phones have similar batteries. Perhaps this is due to the 820's new processor.

The phone comes with an Extreme power-saving mode, activating which will make the phone's battery last much longer. The mode restricts background data and offers access to Phone, Messages, Mail, Calendar, and Calculator apps.

Gaming :

We were able to play games like Looney Tunes Dash, Leo's Fortune, Riptide GP2 and Asphalt 8 (with Visual Quality set to High and Engine at 100%) without encountering frame drops or freezes. The phone tends to get a little warm after long gaming sessions.

Verdict
At Rs 24,990, HTC Desire 820 is a not a bad smartphone to buy but the mid-range landscape has changed quite a bit and there are other good options available in the market. 
While the Desire 820 offers a good mix of features and hardware specifications, the average battery life and plastic, glossy build are downers. If you want a better big-screen smartphone and are not hassled by the company's 'invite' system, the OnePlus One is a much better option that comes with a superior chipset, full-HD display and better build quality, at a lower price. Of course, it doesn't support dual-sim.

The Lenovo Vibe X2 and Huawei Honor 6 are great options if you can settle for a 5-inch display. The Vibe X2 even offers dual-sim. You can also look at Desire 820q, an inferior version of the Desire 820 which comes with a a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor and has 1GB RAM.

HTC Desire 820 Specifications :
- 1.5 GHz+1 GHz Snapdragon 615 Octa Core Processor
- 2 GB RAM
- 5.5 Inch HD IPS Touch Display
- Dual Nano SIM
- 13 MP Rear Camera With LED Flash
- 8 MP Front Facing Camera
- Dual Front-Facing Speakers
- HTC BoomSound
- HTC Blink Feed
- 3G
- WiFi
- 2600 MAh Battery

New Product Launch : Xiaomi Mi 3 On Sale on India’s Republic Day Via Flipkart

You’ve got one more shot to get your hands on the Xiaomi Mi 3 this Republic Day before its successor hits India later in the week. The company has decided to hold yet another flash sale for the exiting model on January 26 at around 5pm. But before you go to Flipkart to buy it, you’ll need to register your interest in laying your hands on a unit.

The Xiaomi Mi 3 has been enjoying good publicity on these shores thanks to the marketing gimmicks surrounding its launch, just like other phones from the company. But above everything else, there’s no way to deny that the device does pack in some very nice specs for the price it commands. For Rs 14999, you get a full HD display, a Snapdragon processor and more. 

After a series of successful sales, Xiaomi stopped selling the smartphone in India, only to bring it back for Diwali along with priority passes for a few. The registration process for January 26 will require you to pledge your love for it by performing a series of tasks. You have to ‘like’ and then share this post on Facebook with three of your friends.

A link will be provided between 12pm to 2pm on Monday so that you can register for the sale. And then at 5pm on the same day, you will actually be able to log into Flipkart and add the Mi 3 to your shopping cart. Sounds complicated and exhausting, doesn’t it? You may want to take a look at the features we’ve listed below to see if it’s worth the trouble.


Xiaomi Mi 3 specifications:

– Quad core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 chip
– 5-inch 1080p touchscreen
– Android v4.4 KitKat OS w/ MIUI V5
– 2GB RAM, 16GB ROM
– 13MP and 2MP
– 3050mAh battery

Of course, it looks suspiciously like the Xiaomi Mi 3 is being put through a stock clearance sale in the name of Republic Day. But if you like the device and are willing to jump through all the hoops in order to lay hands on it, why not?

New Product Launch : Xiaomi’s Mi 3 To Go On Sale On Republic Day

Given that it’s Republic Day tomorrow,  Xiaomi announced that their popular Mi 3 flagship will go on sale exclusively via Flipkart tomorrow, but only a limited number of units will be available and that too on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Registrations for the device will open tomorrow at 12pm and will end at 2pm on Flipkart. Lucky users will have the device added to their cart by 5pm on the same day. 
Xiaomi has asked customers to like the Mi India Facebook announcement post and share it with at least 3 friends.Users are then supposed to go to their page on the company’s India site and enter the email address which is associated with their Flipkart account to register. The company claims that this could be the last chance to purchase the Mi 3 in India.

As a part of the Republic Day sale, the Chinese phone maker also announced that the Redmi Note 4G is available now till January 26, without the need to register or participate in a flash sale. However, the company hasn’t disclosed any specific number of units that will be put up for sale this weekend.

Xiaomi is gearing up now to launch the Mi 4 in India. The company has sent out invites  saying that it will launch its next flagship device on 28 January at an event in Delhi. It was reported earlier that the Mi 4 could launch on 28 January. 
The Mi 4 is expected to launch exclusively on Flipkart, just as most of its phones  in India. It remains to be seen whether this phone will be sold through a flash-sale model.

The Xiaomi Mi 3, which will go on sale tomorrow features a 5-inch full-HD LCD display with 1080 x 1920 pixels, a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM; Adreno 330 GPU, 16GB of inbuilt storage, 13MP rear camera and 2MP front facing camera along with a 3050mAh battery.

News Product : HTC Desire Eye Leads Race Of Best Camera For Selfies By Adding 13-MP Camera On Both Front & Back

NEW DELHI: Handset manufacturers are increasing the megapixel count on the front facing camera after the popularity of Selfie cameras in smartphones. HTC leads the race by adding a 13-MP camera on both the front and the back.

Design: The HTC Desire Eye is made up of soft plastic. It doesn’t look as premium as the flagship HTC smartphones, yet it has a nice feel. To make it look different, HTC has made it a multi-coloured phone. My review unit had white front and back with a red rim running across all sides. There is a 5.2-inch display with 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution at the front.

But what dominates the looks of this Smartphone is the camera lens and dual LED flash above the display. There is HTC branding below the display. The three capacitive keys for home, back and multitasking are a part of the display. The rear is neat with the 13-MP camera with dual flash. The nano SIM tray and memory card slot are on the left edge, while the power key, volume buttons and the dedicated camera key are on the right edge. 
Water and dust resistant: Not many smartphones today are water and dust resistant. Thankfully, the Desire Eye is. This Smartphone is IP 57 certified, which makes it water and dust resistant. This means, it can be used when wet or you can carry it while rafting or near the beach. It is water resistant up to 1 metre and the maximum time limit for staying under water is 30 minutes.

Camera: Let’s first talk about the selfie camera. The 13-MP front facing camera clearly stands out. It can be used in three different resolutions, large (4208 x 2368), medium (3154 x 1824) and small (2592 x 1472). The camera took some time to lock the focus before capturing the image. There are various settings to play around with for the front-facing camera. One can choose from various modes such as slow motion video, auto, night, HDR, portrait and backlight. The dual LED flash comes handy while capturing images at a pub or when outdoors at night. For using the front and the rear camera at the same time, HTC has added two options – crop-me-in and split capture. Here both the cameras get activated. With spilt capture, hold the phone in the landscape mode and capture a shot from each camera side-by-side. Crop-me-in only inserts a cut of the selfie image with the one captured from the rear camera. The 13-MP rear camera is a good performer.

Performance: HTC Desire Eye comes loaded with HTC Sense UI with Blink feed. It has got a 2.3-Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor with 2 GB of RAM. Of the 16 GB internal storage, only 12 GB is user accessible. Overall, the performance of this Smartphone is pleasing. Everything works smoothly, including browsing web and downloading apps. It didn’t slow even once while playing heavy graphic games.

Specifications:
  • Battery: The 2400 mAh battery struggled to last a day. I had to dim the brightness to make it run for a longer duration.
  • Bag it or Junk it: The best selfie camera with a good performance.
  • Rating: 4/5
  • Plus: Dual 13-MP camera
  • Minus: Battery
  • Price: Rs 38,000

OS Update : Google Responds To Concerns Over Widespread Android WebView Vulnerability

Google has issued a statement regarding the recently reported WebView security flaw that affects devices running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and older versions, a flaw that potentially puts over 900 million users at risk. The statement is essentially a follow-up to the Android security team's earlier response that it is up to OEMs to address the issue, and that the company has already addressed the issue with the release of Android 4.4 KitKat and Android 5.0 Lollipop.

For those who are unaware, WebView is a part of the Android OS that lets app developers render webpages in apps without requiring a full browser. The component was based on the Webkit engine, which was replaced by Google's Chromium engine when Android 4.4 KitKat launched, resolving the reported vulnerability in WebView and also enabling quick binary updates to the component via OEM updates. Android 5.0 Lollipop then unbundled WebView from the operating system, allowing it to be downloaded and updated separately by users from Google Play - without requiring an OEM fix. 
Adrian Ludwig, from Google's Android security team, in a Google+ post on Friday says Google issues bug fixes to the current version of Android on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) page, and directly provides patches "Android partners with patches for at least the last two major versions of the operating system."

Ludwig said that improving WebView and browser security is one of the areas where the company has made the "greatest progress", detailing the changes made with Android 4.4 KitKat and Android 5.0 Lollipop. He added that it is no longer feasible to update more than 2-year-old versions of WebView, which has more than 5 million lines of code and has seen hundreds of new 'commits' a month from developers since then. Ludwig says it is up to the OEM to issue an update for the issue, ideally by updating the devices running on OS versions older than Android 4.3 Jelly Bean to Android 4.4 KitKat.

Users of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and older devices can stay safe and unaffected by WebView bugs, Ludwig points out, by using browsers that have their own rendering engine, like Firefox or Chrome. "Using an updatable browser will protect you from currently known security issues, and since it can be updated in the future it will also protect you against any issues that might be found in the future," Ludwig added on his Google+ post.

It is the apps that open the web pages in their own inbuilt browser, which are vulnerable. Users can get rid of these apps or disable the inbuilt browser option from inside the app. Ludwig, for developers, added that they too can contribute in avoiding the WebView bug by following Google's "security best practices" and by making sure only trusted web pages with 'HTTPS' open in their applications.

To add some context, Google's latest distribution data of different versions of Android has revealed that Android 5.0 Lollipop, the latest publicly available version of Google's mobile and tablet operating system, is powering less than 0.1 percent of Android devices while Android KitKat has a total share of 39.1 percent. The distribution data of different versions of Android also revealed that Android Jelly Bean still powers the greater part of Android devices, with a combined percentage of 46 percent.

Interestingly, Google a company that says it will not be able to rollout a fix for the WebView bug to the majority of Android users has been lately publishing the OS security flaws of Microsoft and Apple, albeit after giving them 90-days to provide bug fixes. According to the latest report, Google has revealed two new flaws in Apple's OS X operating system. The search giant recently also revealed a number of security holes in Microsoft's Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 OS versions, despite Microsoft's request to hold off for a few days until the patch was rolled out.

OS Update : Google Reveals Security Flaws In Apple's OS X Operating System

Google these past few weeks published details about security flaws in Microsoft's Windows operating system despite a request by the Redmond giant to hold off until it issued a fix within a few days, and now, the company has published details about three security flaws in Apple's OS X operating system after the stipulated Project Zero 90-day deadline to deliver a fix lapsed.

Google's Project Zero security unit has revealed three flaws in Apple's OS X operating system that might allow hackers to take control of users' Mac systems. The flaws are mentioned as "OS X networkd "effective_audit_token" XPC type confusion sandbox escape", "OS X IOKit kernel code execution due to NULL pointer dereference in IntelAccelerator," and "OS X IOKit kernel memory corruption due to bad bzero in IOBluetoothDevice." The first flaw may be mitigated by changes already present in OS X Yosemite, but that has not been confirmed. Details can be found in Google's Security Research page. 
The search giant notified Apple about the flaws back in October. However, it later published detailed information about the flaws including proof-of-concept exploit after the Project Zero team's 90-day cut-off period. Apple has still not addressed the flaws and is yet to mention if these loopholes will be tackled in future. According to iMore (via Engadget), the upcoming OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 update, currently in beta, might be able to bring fixes to the issues.

Apple's product security page states that, "For the protection of our customers, Apple does not disclose, discuss or confirm security issues until a full investigation has occurred and any necessary patches or releases are available."

As mentioned earlier, it is not the first time Google has revealed the details of security flaw of an OS version before its fix rolls out. Google earlier this month revealed a series of security flaws in Microsoft Windows 8.1, for which it was criticised by Microsoft's Senior Director of the Microsoft Security Response Center, Chris Betz. Few days later it went on to reveal two more bugs of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 to public. While some industry watchers are espousing Google's unyielding approach to bug-fixing, others say Google is being hypocritical by not patching its recently reported Webview bug that potentially affects the majority of Android devices in the market.
 
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