Recently, QR codes have firmly entered our daily lives, whether we like it or not. But QR codes can also pose a security risk, as the user may not always be able to immediately see which website they are being directed to. While dedicated scanner apps usually show you which URL is hidden inside a QR code, Google Camera seems to try to automatically correct addresses it thinks are wrong, which is more trouble than it’s worth.
According to the German edition of Heise, after an investigation, the Google Camera app on Android 12 regularly issues at least three types of erroneous addresses.
The first type of erroneous corrected addresses most commonly occurs when an address is hidden behind a QR code using country code top-level domains (ccTLDs). Google Camera inserts an extra dot in such cases. For example, https://fooco.at becomes https://foo.co.at. As Heise discovered, the problem affects not only the Austrian .at domain, but also .au, .br, .hu, .il, .kr, .nz, .ru, .tr, .uk and .za.
The second issue concerns addresses with top-level domains that are longer than two letters (such as the Catalan .cat). In this case, Google Camera can “swallow” the rest of the address, turning the Catalan independence referendum address https://referendum.cat into a non-existent Canadian address https://referendum.ca. The same problem exists for .int, .pro, .travel, .apple, .bet, .beer, and .amex, with almost all of them abbreviated to the first two letters, with the exception of .apple, which becomes .app). The issue also affects new top-level domains such as .army, .art, .arte, .arab, .audio, .audio, .auto, and .autos.
Another problem concerns addresses with numbers in the subdomain (usually in the www part). Here Google Camera randomly adds a period again, turning working addresses like the Royal Bank of Canada https://www6.rbc.com into non-working https://www.6.rbc.com. Moreover, errors can be combined. As a result, https://www2co.at will become https://www.2.co.at.
The problems appear not only in Chrome, but also in other browsers, even if they are set as the default application on an Android 12 device. For example, when using Firefox, users will still be redirected to the wrong link when scanning a QR code using Google Camera.
Google Camera only reads QR codes when the user activates Google Lens suggestions in their settings. At the same time, according to Heise, the standalone Google Lens app itself works fine with all types of QR codes and does not cause any errors.
Heise was able to confirm their findings with Pixel 3 XL, 3a, 4, 4a, 5, and 6 Pro running Android 12. Pixel 3a running Android 11 did not experience the issue, but appeared after updating to the latest OS version.
Xiaomi is preparing a special version of MIUI 15 for Xiaomi 13 Ultra and Redmi K60 Pro
Xiaomi is preparing MIUI 15 for various smartphones, but the company has something interesting in store for its flagships: Xiaomi 13 Ultra and Redmi K60 Pro will receive a special version of the interface. How exactly this version of MIUI 15 will differ from the usual one is not reported, but it will be based on Android 14.
The stable beta version of the new interface for Xiaomi Mi 13 Ultra is designated as MIUI-V18.104.22.168.UMACNXM, for Redmi K60 Pro – MIUI-V22.214.171.124.UMKCNXM. The release of final firmware versions is expected in late October – early November. That is, these two models can receive the final MIUI 15 even before Xiaomi 14 and Xiaomi 14 Pro.
Microsoft is preparing a lightweight version of Windows 12 for very cheap PCs and laptops
Microsoft is indeed working on a “web-centric” version of the next generation of the Windows operating system, commonly known as Windows 12. This was reported by the thematic resource WindowsLatest, citing several sources close to Microsoft and its industry partners.
The cloud or web-based version of Windows 12 is similar in operating principles to the already well-known ChromeOS operating system from Google, which is used mainly on school and student PCs and laptops that are characterized by accessibility.
As WindowsLatest notes, the cloud version of Windows 12 is not intended to replace the traditional proprietary OS on desktop computers and could be the “true” answer to Chrome OS. This is Microsoft’s attempt to create a more modern, modular and lightweight version of Windows for low-cost educational devices.
Microsoft is already building a development team for the next generation of Windows. This is confirmed by job listings appearing online. It also notes that the “next generation of Windows” will appear in 2024.
As WindowsLatest learned, the Microsoft Edge browser and a new artificial intelligence system will be the center of the first web version of Windows 12.
Android Auto users complain about problems with GPS
Users of Google’s car platform began to complain about problems with the GPS signal after the release of the stable Android Auto 10.5 update.
According to some users, they have encountered problems with GPS while driving. Several users reported that the GPS signal suddenly disappeared for a few seconds and the navigator froze, but after a few moments it came to life and continued to work normally. This problem affects not only Google Maps, but also the Waze app.
Unfortunately, Google developers have not yet acknowledged the problems with GPS. However, you shouldn’t get too upset because new Android Auto updates come out every few weeks. If you have problems with GPS when using Android Auto, you can downgrade to an older version.
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