3 Android phones that offer long battery life

Also in todays open source roundup: 48 characters can crash many Linux distros, and Allo drops quickly in the Google Play store

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3 Android phones that offer long battery life

Battery life is one of the most important considerations a buyer can make when choosing an Android phone. But not all Android phones are equal when it comes to battery power. Android Central has a helpful list of three Android phones that offer superior battery life.

Daniel Bader reports for Android Central:

  1. Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

  2. Moto Z Play

  3. Honor 8

Battery life is a hard thing to accurately predict. Many companies say they have phones with the biggest batteries, or the most efficient chips. But after using the Galaxy S7 edge for the past six months, it’s clear that Samsung found a winning combination of efficiency and performance.

It starts with a 3,600mAh battery cell, which alone is bigger than many of the competition in the same size and price range. But somewhere along the line, Samsung tightened up its software too; Marshmallow on the S7 edge is extremely smart about when to engage the phone’s processor, shutting down components until they’re absolutely needed.

Plus, Samsung makes its own screens, beautiful, low-power AMOLED displays, which lets it optimize power use for to those exact specifications. The result is a phone that bucks the trend of poor battery life on Android devices, and reinforces Samsung’s position as market leader in the Android space.

More at Android Central

48 characters can crash many Linux distros,

Stability is an important part of any operating system. Linux has long had a reputation for being an incredibly stable OS, but not even Linux is perfect. It turns out that you can crash many Linux distros with just 48 characters.

Tom Spring reports for Threat Post:

With just a mere 48 characters of code, Linux admin and SSLMate founder Andrew Ayer has figured out how to crash major Linux distributions by locally exploiting a flaw in systemd.

Ayer said the following command, when run as any user, will crash systemd: “NOTIFY_SOCKET=/run/systemd/notify systemd-notify”

Systemd is an essential part of the boot process for most Linux distributions. According to Ayer, in a blog post titled “How to Crash Systemd in One Tweet,” after running the command, the Linux processes identifier 1 (PID 1) is hung in the pause system call. This prevents a clean system reboot and results in system instability.

“All of this can be caused by a command that’s short enough to fit in a Tweet,” Ayer writes.

More at Threat Post

Allo drops quickly in the Google Play store

Google’s recently released Allo app was off to a great start in terms of downloads in the Google Play store, but now the app is dropping like a rock as user interest in it apparently wanes.

Phil Oakley reports for Android Police:

After hitting 5 million downloads and #8 in the Top Charts just under a week ago, Allo is now falling fast. As of writing this, it is in 86th, but was 75th a few hours ago and, according to this tweet, 62nd earlier yesterday. This probably shows that after millions downloading it during the initial release and hype period, that has now passed and the number of downloads has fallen dramatically.

As you can probably infer, this is most likely not good for Allo’s adoption rates. Looking at my personal contacts list, I have 9 contacts who have set up an account, out of 100+ phone numbers I have on my phone. These 9 are all ‘techy’ people - i.e. the market that was hyping Allo before release. So, anecdotally, no one I know who is not interested in technology has downloaded Allo so far. (As for Allo’s sibling, Duo, I have a grand total of 1 on there, and that’s an Android developer.)

Even out of my roommates or closest friends, nobody has been interested in downloading or using either, despite me plugging it and telling them, even showing them, Google Assistant.

More at Android Police

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