Top Android news of the week: Samsung incognito, rooting kills, Nokia phones

In Android this week we had reports of the return of the Nokia phone, Samsung is sneaking into Japan, and a serious bug in Android Wi-Fi was discovered.
Written by James Kendrick, Contributor

Nokia phones coming back from the dead

The Nokia phone, thought to be dead after the company sold a fair bit of its mobile business to Microsoft, is resurrecting next year according to sources in the know. The company is already licensing a tablet to another OEM with the Nokia brand being sold in China.

The Nokia phone is expected to hit the market in 2016.

Source: ZDNet

Samsung hiding its name on the S6 in Japan

In an obvious effort to hide the Samsung brand in Japan, the Korean company has removed its name from Galaxy S6 phones being sold in Japan. Promotional material in the country makes no mention of Samsung, and the name has been removed from the S6 phones in Japan.

S6 phones will be sold as the Galaxy S6 or with the names of Japanese carriers offering the phone.

Source: Business Insider

Bug in Wi-Fi could make Android, Linux, Windows open to attack

A vulnerability in Wi-Fi code used in Windows, Linux, and Android could allow malicious hackers to wreak havoc on devices. The flaw could be used for denial-of-service attacks and to execute malicous code from the internal memory on affected devices.

A fix has been provided to Google so hopefully there should be a security update for Android soon.

Source: Ars Tecnica

Rooting Galaxy phones disables Samsung Pay

Those of you in the habit of rooting your Android phone need to think twice if you use the Samsung Pay mobile payments service. Gaining root access to Android phones is a common practice to replace the OEM's modified version of the OS with a plain Google version of Android.

Rooting a Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge triggers a flag that the phone has been compromised, and this disables the use of Samsung Pay.

Source: Android Community

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