The most popular Android apps of all time

Also in today's open source roundup: Viking Horde malware targets Android devices, and the Fedora 24 beta has been released

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The most popular Android apps of all time

Android has long been tops when it comes to smartphone market share, but what about the apps that run on it? Quartz reports on the most popular Android apps of all time. The article includes the most downloaded apps, top apps of all time by revenue, and the most downloaded games of all time.

Mike Murphy reports for Quartz:

In a report released today, app analytics firm AppAnnie compiled lists of the top 10 games and apps of all time on the Google Play Store, ranking them both by the number of times they've been downloaded, and the amount of revenue they've generated. Facebook, AppAnnie found, has four of the top 10 most-downloaded apps of all time on Android.

Although the number of Android users is steadily growing (so apps that have been available longer have a greater chance of being downloaded more often), it's interesting to note that the newest app in any of these charts was released over two years ago, in March 2014.

(It's worth noting that AppAnnie left Google's top apps out of its research—such as Google search, Maps, Music, and Gmail—as these come preinstalled on the vast majority of Android phones sold each year, and would've skewed the results.)

Most downloaded apps of all time:



Facebook Messenger


Clean Master






More at Quartz

Viking Horde malware targets Android devices

Malware has been a challenging problem for Android over the years, and now a new kind of malware called Viking Horde has appeared in certain apps on the Google Play store.

Lance Whitney reports for CNet:

Android devices are under siege by yet another breed of malware. Dubbed Viking Horde, the new malware has waged war by infecting certain apps at the Google Play store, researchers at Check Point said Monday. Affected apps include Viking Jump, Parrot Copter, Memory Booster, Simple 2048 and WiFi Plus.

Android phones and tablets on which the infected apps are installed become part of a botnet, a network of devices controlled by hackers to perform certain tasks without the knowledge of the devices' owners. Viking Horde can perform ad fraud, a way of getting people to click ad links that generate money for the hackers. Check Point said the new malware can also send spam and carry out Distributed Denial of Service attacks, which shut down websites by bombarding their servers with data requests.

Viking Horde can work its deeds on both rooted and nonrooted Android devices. A rooted device is one in which the operating system has been unlocked so the user can install apps unapproved by and unavailable through Google. But rooted devices are more vulnerable to malware.

The Viking Horde malware takes advantage of rooted devices by installing software that can execute code remotely. Any data on the device is then at risk. Plus, Viking Horde gains root access privileges, which means it's difficult to remove the malware.

More at CNet

Fedora 24 beta released

The Fedora developers have been busy working on Fedora 24, and you can now download the beta. Fedora has betas for Fedora 24 Workstation, Server, Cloud, Spins, Labs, and ARM.

Paul W. Frields reports for Fedora Magazine:

Under the hood, glibc has moved to 2.23. This update includes better performance, increased security, bugfixes, improvements to POSIX compliance, and additional locales. The new library is backwards compatible with the version of glibc that was shipped in Fedora 23. We've also updated the system compiler to GCC 6 and rebuilt all of our packages with it, providing greater code optimization and improved program error catching.

The Fedora 24 Workstation release will not default to Wayland, the next generation graphic stack, but this is planned for future releases. Wayland is available as an option, and the Workstation team would greatly appreciate your help in testing it out. Our goal is to have one full release where Wayland works almost seamlessly as a drop in replacement for X11. At that point we plan to set it as the default display server in Fedora.

This new release also features GNOME 3.20. There have been changes to the theming API in GTK+ 3. At this time the API is under heavy development and will not remain stable. As a result, applications that use custom CSS theming for example, may have rendering issues. This could include default applications that come with Fedora 24 Beta Workstation. We request that users try out their favorite GTK+ 3 based applications and report bugs to the upstream developers so they can be fixed in time for the final release.

More at Fedora Magazine

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