BLU Posts on XDA

Critical MediaTek rootkit affecting millions of Android devices has been out in the open for months

On the first Monday of every month, Google publishes the Android Security Bulletin, a page that discloses all the security vulnerabilities and their patches submitted by Google themselves or other third-parties. Today was no exception: Google just made public the Android Security Bulletin for March 2020. One of the vulnerabilities that are documented in the...

BLU Settles with the FTC Over Deceptive Privacy and Data Security Violations

Amidst all of the chaos surrounding ZTE and Huawei, another Android OEM is getting caught up in the mess. BLU has agreed to a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), over allegations of misleading consumers and allowing a third-party Chinese company to collect personal details, such as text message contents and location information without...

[UPDATE: OTA Fix Coming] Blu’s Software Update is Locking People out of Their Phones

Update 12/04/2017: Blu has officially announced that an OTA fix for affected Blu Life One X2 devices will be pushed soon. This fix is only meant for affected users which haven't yet done a factory reset to fix said issue. If you have an affected device, send an email to [email protected] and be on the...

BlackBerry Signs a Patent License Agreement with BLU Products

With BlackBerry no longer designing and selling their own smartphones, the company has been looking to leverage their assets in other ways. The company posted some impressive financial results recently thanks to their new focus on enterprise software and they're still involved in the smartphone market. One such way is with the vast number of...

Amazon Halts Sales of BLU Smartphones Over Privacy & Security Issues

Back in November of last year we reported on an issue concerning a BLU smartphone that had a controversial piece of software on them known as Adups. The original report came from KryptoWire who pointed out that the BLU R1 HD that was being sold by Amazon had this invasive software pre-installed on the devices. This...

[Update: Statement from ZTE] Report: Some Android Phones Transmit SMS, Call Logs and Location to Chinese Server

Heightened concerns over leakage of personally identifiable information has led to many electronics manufacturers to implement tightened security measures in their products. In contrast, the world of digital advertising has became more pervasive over time, in some parts due to better data mining algorithms. These two facts have proven to be a conundrum for many...

BLU Life One X2 Launches on October 7th for $150 (SD430, 5.2″ 1080p, 3000mAh, QC 3.0)

The BLU Life One X2 was just announced, and at $150 for the unlocked base model it appears to be a solid budget offering. It launches with Android 6.0 Marshmallow and packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 with Quick Charge 3.0, a 3000 mAh battery, a 5.2" 1080p IPS display with 2.5D Gorilla Glass, an 8 MP front...