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Mobile app released by Google for new Android experience

A Chrome Remote Desktop application has now been released for a whole new device experience.

Google has now released a new mobile app that is meant to help to change the way that device users interact with the various different gadgets and computers that they own and use on a regular basis.

The application is meant to be installed on every computer from which an individual wants remote control.

To use it, the Chrome Remote Desktop mobile app must be installed on each computer from which he or she would like to be able to access his or her Android device, as well as on that gadget, itself. The application works itself into the Chrome browser. From the point that it has been installed, the app icon (which consists of two rectangles that overlap) appears on the browser’s app section. A PIN (chosen by the user) is then created when a connection is established.

This mobile app is meant to make it possible for Android devices to snatch needed files from desktops.

For instance, a person with an Android smartphone may be out on a sales call and suddenly needs access to a file that is located on a desktop computer that is located back at the office. Instead of having to request that the file be emailed from that machine – or to have to make the trip back to the physical computer location – it can be grabbed through the smartphone by way of this application.Google -  New App

The original Chrome Remote Desktop was unveiled by Google way back in 2011. At that time, it gave users remote access to a computer from other PCs or laptops. However, this new application will now provide that same type of access experience, only through an Android based smartphone or tablet, instead of relying exclusively on computers. An Apple iOS version of this same app is expected to be released in the near future.

It is likely that this mobile app will hold the greatest appeal to the business community as opposed to the individual consumer, however, there could be some applications for that function among that demographic, as well.

Android mobile security feature disabled by Google

One of the privacy control features that had previously been available on smartphones has been removed.

It has just been revealed that Google Inc. has decided to eliminate an experimental Android mobile security feature meant to help users to be able to boost their privacy levels by blocking apps from being able to collect some forms of their data, such as their location and the contents of their address books.

This change will mean that smartphone users of version 4.4.2 of the operating system will not be able to block that sharing.

In order to be able to use certain apps, users will no longer be able to rely on the Android mobile security blocking to stop their personal data from being collected. According to a Google spokesperson, the feature had accidentally been included in the Android 4.3 version (Jelly Bean) that was released last summer.

Many have expressed suspicion concerning the explanation about the removal of the Android mobile security feature.

Android Mobile Security DisabledWhile some have accepted Google’s explanation and are not bothered by the removal of the privacy tool, others are suspicious and don’t feel that the elimination of the feature was the best move when improvement would have been a superior path.

The concern that has now been expressed is that users of smartphones based on the operating system can choose not to upgrade to Android 4.4.2, but this could place them at an increased risk of other types of vulnerabilities that were overcome by the upgrade. This will cause people to have to make the choice between two different types of protection for their devices.

Many third party apps for these smartphones require personal information access, such as location data and phone call information, in order to be used, despite the fact that there is not always an obvious reason why the application would require this data in order to function. The added privacy feature gave users the ability to select which types of data could be collected by a third party application.

Now, the Android mobile security feature providing that ability will no longer be available to users who upgrade to the latest version of the operating system.