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DJI updates DJI Go and DJI Go 4 app. Possibly in response to Synacktiv report?

DJI updates DJI Go and DJI Go 4 app. Possibly in response to Synacktiv report?

Not only did DJI just update the DJI Fly app, but the Chinese drone maker also updated the DJI Go and DJI Go 4 app. The company does not provide a lot of information about the new versions other than saying it ‘fixes crashes and improves stability,’ which is a standard line that the drone maker uses. It makes you wonder, even though the issues were focussed on the Android versions of the app, did DJI just update the apps in response to Synacktiv’s reports?

DJI updates DJI Go and DJI Go 4 app

The first Synacktiv report came out on July 23rd and was published in the NY Times (I still like to know how they’ve pulled that off) and took aim at the DJI Go 4 app that is used to control drones such as the DJI Mavic Pro, Mavic 2 and Phantom series.

About ten days later, Parrot’s PR agency forwarded another report about similar security flaws in the DJI Pilot app.

Drone maker DJI issued strong-worded responses to both these reports, saying that Synacktiv’s report included ‘inaccuracies and misleading statements.

However, since then, DJI also released new versions of the DJI Fly app, the DJI Go app, and the DJI Go 4 app. In all cases, the notes referred to the new version that ‘fixes crashing issues and improves app stability.’ It makes you wonder if DJI quickly addressed some of the concerns that were pointed out in the reports from Synacktiv.

On the Apple App Store:

  • DJI Go app – Version 3.1.65, August 4th
  • DJI Go 4 app – Version 4.3.38, August 3rd

On the Google Play Store:

  • DJI Go app – Version 3.1.60, July 31st
  • DJI Go 4 app – Version 4.3.37, July 31st
  • DJI Pilot app – Version 1.8.0, June 11th
  • DJI Fly app – Version 1.1.5, July 31st

It will be interesting to see if we get a new version of the DJI Pilot app within the next few days or so. The latest update for Apple’s iOS for this app was on December 23, 2019.

More information on the latest versions can be found here on DJI’s website.

It is relevant to point out that the Trump Administration in the meantime has announced a ‘Clean Network‘ operation to purge all the ‘untrusted’ Chinese apps from U.S. Networks. Considering the number of apps DJI has, I expect we will see a number of updates come our way in the near future.

 

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