Blu Shifts To Google-Powered Phones  

Mobile company Blu is going through some tough times at the moment. The said company, based in Miami, has made a name for itself by selling ultra-cheap Android phones, with one of the most popular ones being the R1 HD, sold at just under $50.

While they were perfectly fine with the hardware, they had troubles with the software aspect of their phones. In the previous month, it has been discovered by Kryptowire, a security firm that that app for updating firmware on some Blu R1 HD phones has been sending SMS to a server located in China.

This particular app was one that its CEO, Sammy Ohev-Zion said has gone rogue, despite the fact that they have been making the shift from default software to one that is Google-approved, and supervised by Blu. The rogue app was manufactured by Shanghai Adups Technology Co.

To help counter this, Blu had the Adups-made software updated to prevent the sending from happening, with a contract-signing activity with Kryptowire for monitoring to take place. Furthermore, the utility for updates have also been changed to Google, instead of the fromOhev-Zion.

Furthermore, a privacy policy has also been made official to effectively draw the line between what the said firmware should and should not collect. Blu began making ultra-cheap phones way back half a decade ago, most of which originated from China, with little to no modifications done for the software.

As part of their developments, Blu CEO has said that it is going to join the “fastpass” program of Google, given by chipmaker Mediatek, that helps improve the implementation of Google Android on phones.

This process is also said to make Blu units just like an entire Google phone.


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