Google has been fairly active over the past seven days, having dug out a host of bugs in the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, added AI to its prototype Inbox app, and touted ambitions to expand its presence back into China.
The company also warned of the dangers of using cheap USB Type-C cables, and criticised EU antitrust fine threats as "inappropriate".
Google's Project Zero uncovers security flaw haul in the Galaxy S6 Edge
Google's Project Zero security experts uncovered 11 major flaws in the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone, the most serious of which allows file directories to be traversed.
"There is a process running a system on the device that scans for a zip file in /sdcard/Download/cred.zip and unzips the file," said Project Zero's Natalie Silvanovich. "Unfortunately, the API used to unzip the file does not verify the file path, so it can be written in unexpected locations."
Google adds AI to Inbox app for intelligent email replies
Google revealed that its experimental Gmail Inbox client is to gain some machine learning capabilities to allow automated intelligent replies to emails.
For example, if a user receives an email to schedule a meeting, Inbox can reply automatically with an appropriate time or response based on what it learns from the user's activity and previous responses.
Google declares EU antitrust fine ‘inappropriate'
Google described European Union antitrust fines as "inappropriate" as the firm does not believe that it behaves anti-competitively in the European market.
A report in The INQUIRER said that the company believes that, as its search services are free, it does not have a trading agreement with users as is consistent with case law and thus should not be accused of antitrust activities.
Google engineer warns cheap USB Type-C cables can damage devices
The INQUIRER reported that a Google engineer warned that cheap versions of the new USB Type-C cables set to become the standard for future smartphones can cause damage and errors to mobile devices.
The problem stems from using USB Type-C as a power source. The standard requires a 3A supply with a specific resistor value to limit the current. An incorrect resistor could in some cases severely damage the device into which it has been plugged.
Google set to expand its presence back into China
The BBC reported that Google plans to return to China. Google quit the country in 2010 after refusing to censor search results and accusing the Chinese government of launching a cyber attack on the company.
Google chairman Eric Schmidt said the firm will return some of its services to China, although he declined to provide a date.
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