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New research from a mobile security expert has discovered yet more ways hackers can break into Android powered smartphones and tablets.

The research was carried out by Riley Hassell, the founder of Privateer Labs, and colleague Shane Macaulay. The two say they have discovered at least 12 "popular" Android apps that leave smartphone users vulnerable to hackers once downloaded.

While refusing to disclose the exact apps examined in their research, the two have since clarified that they've made Google "aware" of their findings. Google has since confirmed this.

The new holes in Android's security are the latest in a long line of flaws. They come after separate research from antivirus company Kaspersky discovered 70 different types of malware active on the Android OS.

In his report Hassell indicated that the apps uncovered didn't themselves contain viruses, instead, they simply made it easier for hackers to break into the device once downloaded.

This would mean people may download an app that appears safe and passes through antivirus scans, not realising that it makes their smartphone more vulnerable to malware.

"Some apps expose themselves to outside contact," commented Hassell on the research. "If these apps are vulnerable, then an attacker can remotely compromise that app and potentially the phone using something as simple as a text message."