Malware protection/phone sweeper?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by Knowlege Bomb, Dec 12, 2016.

  1. Knowlege Bomb macrumors 601

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    Long time iPhone user here. Been hearing great things about the Pixel so I picked one up at Best Buy last night.

    My last experience with Android was the Galaxy S5. Scrolling through the popular apps I see a ton of these apps. Are they still necessary with Android?
     
  2. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    No. Just use common sense and essentially don't go installing stuff outside of the playstore to circumvent app purchases or third party rouge apps to obtain pirated / free media content.

    Keep it legit and you should not need virus or malware protection on your smartphone
     
  3. Knowlege Bomb thread starter macrumors 601

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    Thanks. Since you're here, is it possible to have badges on apps like iOS?
     
  4. s0nicpr0s macrumors regular

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    If you are talking about the unread notification type badges, than yes, Android has them. Here's an example of my Twitter app having a badge on it.
     

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  5. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    It actually depends on the launcher you use.

    Stock Android doesn't have them, however Samsung / HTC stock launchers do.

    Third party launchers such as Nova support them (you need to install Telsa Unread for Nova) and ActionLauncher 3 latest update supports them as a beta.
     
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    And that would be my problem. On stock android, Nova is usually one of my first installs. I'm currently using the LG launcher so that I have the screen off capabilities.
     
  7. timeconsumer macrumors 65816

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    This was one of my concerns as well, but I've found that I just left the device stock for the first couple of weeks. I wanted a different experience, not a similar experience that I could get on iOS. Now, I don't miss the notifications on the icons at all due to the notifications in general being better on Android.

    That said, as @MRU mentioned, some launchers have this as an option if it's something you'd prefer. If I wasn't going to use the Pixel Launcher, I'd probably go with Nova launcher as that is a really nice launcher with a lot of customization options.
     
  8. Knowlege Bomb thread starter macrumors 601

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    I'm using Nova and really enjoy it. I'll check out Tesla Unread.
     
  9. Kevin.Richards macrumors member

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    I used Nova + Tesla on my Android when I had one. So, I would advice you to expect some minute bugs but that'd we OK. I hope they may have removed bugs in their latest versions.
     
  10. IowaLynn macrumors 6502a

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    Check out http://www.zdnet.com/security every week, lately last 6 months there are exploits against large number on popular consumer grade routers. DNSChanger, and of course the plethora of IoT devices are very insecure for botnets to take control of.
     

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