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3 years ago

Late-night Market woes? You're not alone

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OK, show of hands: Who's having (more) problems (than usual) with the Android Market tonight? Go ahead and sound off in the comments, and then leave our inbox alone.

P.S.: We've got an e-mail in to Google on this one. We'd like to think it's pre-Gingerbread shenanigans. We'll just have to see.

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3 years ago

Another browser exploit that we're not worried about is uncovered

Another exploit that affects the Android web browser has been uncovered -- this time it affects all versions, including Froyo.  What happens is the user clicks a link, a file is downloaded, and it runs from the SD card -- allowing an attacker to possibly download a file on the SD card.  The good news: No root exploiting, no changes can be made, and the attacker needs to know the file name and location.

The fellow who found the exploit has contacted Google, which said the issue will be addressed in an updated after Android 2.3 Gingerbread is released. And in the meantime, those concerned can unmount their SD card while browsing the internet. (The good news? It appears that Gingerbread is done, frozen, and waiting to be released!)

Or, like every other computer operating system on the planet, you could just not randomly click links from websites you don't trust.  This exploit is something that should be addressed -- especially the bit where your browser will run an .html file after it's downloaded without warning you first, but the sky isn't falling, provided you use common sense.  As Mr. Cannon notes, you can use Opera Mobile, which allows you to change your mind if you clicked to download a file.

Why I'm not worried: The exploit likely is a one-off (at least as it's currently explained), meaning it has to be written explicitly for a known folder and file on your SD card. OK, so pictures are pretty easy to get at, but it's still one at a time, and you have to know the exact file name. Seeing as how I don't advertise the full path to the items on my SD card, I'm not too concerned about this one. [thomascannon.net via Android Police]

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3 years ago

HTC's director of user experience dishes on Android, Windows Phone 7

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Pocket-lint has a nice interview with HTC director of user experience Drew Bamford -- if he looks familiar, it's because he was one of the folks up on stage way back in February when HTC unveiled the second iteration of Sense at Mobile World Congress. Some prime cuts from the interview: Why HTC doesn't roll its own OS, the Windows Phone 7 sandbox, multiple versions of Android and what's coming up in the future. Give it a read. [Pocket-Lint]

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3 years ago

Lloyd ushers in the Christmas season

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It's the time of the year when people start to get into the holiday spirit, and Lloyd is certainly doing his part.  Our pal Rob sends in this awesome pic of his office Christmas tree, with our very own Lloyd topping things off. 

Rob, and the entire IT staff, thanks.  This is how geek Christmas is done.

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3 years ago

Destroyed Epic, Powermat contest, Google voice problems [from the forums]

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As we continue rolling through what, is a short week for some of you all out there with the holidays coming up, we found some interesting stuff in the forums for today. A destroyed Epic, Powermat Evo 4G charger contest and we look at some G2 issues with Google Voice. Join us, in the forums for more Android fun.

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3 years ago

What Android is -- according to the folks who know

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We all spend a lot of time discussing exactly what Android is, and isn't.  Because it's something relatively new, we always end up comparing it to something that isn't quite the same, like embedded or desktop Linux.  Finally, Tim Bray, one of our favorite Googlers, has taken the reigns and we now have a description of what Android is, written for people who don't spend all day fiddling around writing code.  Be sure to visit the source link and have a read, you'll be glad you did.  [Tim Bray]

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3 years ago

Best Android apps for holiday travel

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It's Thanksgiving week -- the busiest holiday travel week of the year. And that means fighting through thousands of people, dealing (ahem) with security and finally, once you get to where you're going, dealing (ahem) with family.

Android makes it easier. Maybe not painless, but easier. Uncle Fred's still gonna annoy half the family, and you might come out of the airport engaged to someone with a badge, but Android can make holiday travel a little less hellish.

After the break, we share some of our favorite travel apps. If we’re missing any of yours, point ‘em out in the comments.

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3 years ago

Acer announces 7- and 10-inch Android tablets in Q2 2011

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In case a 4.8-inch smartphone isn't big enough for you, Acer is also bringing a seven inch and a 10 inch tablet to market come next April.  While it seems like everyone is getting into the Android tablet game, it certainly appears that Acer is doing the hardware up right.

The 7-incher will have a dual-core CPU, HDMI out, Flash 10.1 support, a 5 MP rear camera and "HD" front facing camera, all with a 1280 x 800 screen. 

The 10-inch tablet will be running a 1 GHz CPU, have a 5 MP camera, Flash 10.1, HDMI out and the same 1280 x 800 resolution.

Read the press release after the break.  [via BGR]

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3 years ago

Acer to bring a 4.8-inch Android phone in Q2 2011

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Acer has announced that they will be bringing their own spin on an Android phone, in a very big way come April 2011.  The yet unnamed 4.8-inch (yes, 4.8 inch) Android phone will feature a 1024x480 touchscreen, a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 8MP rear camera and 2 MP front facing camera, HSDPA, DLNA, and more.

Sounds quite impressive.  And quite big.  Only thing is that Acer has been unable to break into the U.S. market on any platform. Will that finally change? Read the press release after the break. [Acer via BGR]

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3 years ago

Evo 4G accessory review: Powermat wireless charger

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Powermat's wireless charging system has been around for quite some time, but it's relatively new for the Evo 4G. The premise is simple: You replace the stock battery cover on the phone with Powermat's cover, which also plugs into the phone's microUSB port. The phone then rests on a charging mat, which in turn is plugged into an outlet. So all you have to do is pick up the phone and go, no messing about with plugging in cables.

Sounds simple. And it should be. But it's kind of not. The charging mats are pretty finicky about where you place the phone. And the little dongle that plugs into the phone's microUSB port popped off of our battery door, which means it'll get lost any minute now.

It's not a bad idea, really -- a semi-universal wireless charging system. But unless you really have to have wireless charging, the kinks might be a bit much for you. You'll see what we mean in the video after the break. More Powermat for the Evo 4G in the Android Central Store

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