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Regulators found that telecom service customers are unknowingly paying for gigabytes of mobile data mined by the USA tech giant. Last year, Google officially announced Android Oreo following months of beta testing.

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The Australian investigations are set to focus on allegations made by Oracle Corp in a report provided as part of an Australian review into the impact that Google, owned by Alphabet Inc, and Facebook have on the advertising market.

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According to reports: "Google has mapped IP addresses, Wi-Fi connection points, and mobile towers". The Australian Commission for the Protection of Competition and Consumers and the Privacy Commissioner say they are looking at the findings in the report.

Oracle also claimed that Google can track Android devices in Australia without their location services being switched on. The process of subscribing will use a user's Google account, and the payment information they already have on file. With it, the phone can determine how you're using apps (and not using apps), then properly manage battery life according to the actual stats.

Sources cite that Oracle had requested the ACCC to look into the issue where Android smartphones send comprehensive information on Google searches and also the information that is being viewed.

Android P is packed with new features, many of which are created to make the software more intuitive to use. The firm said Google receives detailed information from Android users about their internet searches and locations, even when location services are turned off, and they have no SIM cards or apps installed.

"With over 2 million apps in Google's Play Store, it is inevitable that some malicious apps will creep through". What is surprising is the fact that people responsible for this use the same code as they used in the apps before the app listings were reported to Google.

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