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3 years ago

WSJ reports smartphone apps can (and do) track user data

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But is this yet another case of Chicken Little crying
that the sky is falling?

The Wall Street Journal has come forward with a lengthy article about Android and iOS applications, and how they transmit your data to advertisement companies. They assembled a selection of 101 smartphone apps (50 Android apps, 50 iOS apps, and the WSJ's iPhone app -- they haven't seen fit to release an Android version just yet) and found that 56 of them transmit unique identifying data from your smartphone.  More specifically -- apps are transmitting the unique device ID, age, location, gender, time spent using the app and other possibly personal identifying data.  Yes, it's wallpaper-gate all over again.  Let's dissect this a bit, after the break. [WSJ.com]

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3 years ago

HTC Knight (aka Evo 4G Shift and Speedy) shows up in Best Buy's system as PG0610

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The HTC Knight -- also known as the Evo 4G Shift and/or Speedy -- has made its way into Best Buy's inventory data transfer system. This is the smartphone that we're expecting to be a four-row horizontal slider -- basically Sprint's version of the G2. Still up in the air is any indication of a 4G radio or front-facing camera. And note that the PG0610 designation is different than the A7373 we saw in a previous leaked pic that pointed toward the first part of January (which coincides with CES), so things are a tad muddy at this point. But we likely don't have too long to find out what's up. Thanks to you know who.

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3 years ago

The week in Android News

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Another week has come to an end, this week we saw the release of the Nexus S to the public, as well as the open source code for Android 2.3. Some ports have begun already and while this is overly exciting there is still plenty of other news that has gone down. Let's take a minute to look at some of the other stuff you may have missed.

General News

Hardware News

Tablet News

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3 years ago

Swype now offers 'micro' build, says Evo users need to uninstall beta before latest OTA upgrade

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We know how sensitive some of you are regarding app size. It's OK. It's nothing to be ashamed of, and you're not alone. And the fine folks at Swype fully sympathize and are now offering a "micro" version of the Swype keyboard. It's fully functional, just with fewer languages supported, so you get a 2.5MB install instead of a 10MB install. To get the micro version, just open the Swype Installer on your phone and accept the update.

Also, Swype has (finally) offered some help to you Evo 4G users who had problems this week. See, the 3.70.651.1 OS update that dropped this week included the Swype keyboard. So if you already were running the beta, things quickly stopped working. As many of you figured out, you need to uninstall the beta, then reboot, and all should be well. [Swype forums]

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3 years ago

Bing update brings bookmarking of images and more

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Now that Bing is available in the Android Market for all carriers, Microsoft is making sure its premiere search app is the best it can be. The big M has updated their app to bring users these new features:

  • What’s Nearby: Bing will automatically detect “what’s nearby” and present dynamic and full category search pages.
  • Bookmark Images: We know how much you love Bing images, and now you can bookmark any image result from the Web to the device.
  • Expand Your Search: The Search Widget allows you to search third party apps (e.g. Yelp), in addition to contacts, apps, audio files and the Web. (Only apps with registered data can be surfaced in search results.)
  • Search, Share, Decide and Book: To make planning a night out easier, share search results with friends using any loaded app that can accept and share content by using the “share” command. And, with the integration of OpenTable and GrubHub into the Bing for Mobile search results, you can make reservations or order take out – without switching between apps.

The Microsoft app has been under fire recently from the Android community (you guys) -- especially those on Verizon, who have been forced to use Bing's search functionality in many of Verizon's new Android phones. But to be honest, the app is really not that bad -- REALLY. Read our review here. Now play nice, and give it a chance. [Bing Community Blog]

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3 years ago

E*TRADE Mobile Pro now available for Android

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E*TRADE has finally released its Android application to the masses. Having only previously been available on other platforms such as iOS and BlackBerry, E*TRADE mobile Pro now has a home in the Android Market. Although I'm not much of a stock trader myself I certainly could be given how easy the app is to use. Not so sure I'd be successful at it so it's best I just let you all know the features rather than test them out myself.  Features included in the app:

  • Get free real-time quotes, news & charts.
  • Check the market and your device watch list.
  • Securely buy, sell, and place orders with just a few taps.    
  • Check your holdings, balances, and buying power in real time.

If you have an E*TRADE account and have been waiting for this app, you'll find the download link after the break. PS: If you make some money using the app, I expect my cut. Thanks Steve!

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3 years ago

Nexus S Gingerbread ported to Galaxy S -- not quite ready for prime time yet

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Whenever a new version of Android is released, one thing you can always count on is the developer community hacking it onto as many devices as they can.  Using the kernel and system image from the Nexus S, developer supercurio of XDA Developers was able to get a (mildly) working build of Gingerbread up and running on his Samsung Galaxy S

Although it's a rather crippled build -- and it'll cost you GPS, Wi-Fi, voice, and camera functionality -- it's definitely a step in the right direction.  Every good custom ROM starts with a buggy, near useless build -- these things don't happen overnight.

Check out a video of the Galaxy S running Gingerbread after the break.

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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Dec. 18, 2010

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For all you who have been waiting for the Nexus S to come out for you to pick one up, the wait is over and now you probably want to load it up with some great applications. The market can be a bit difficult to navigate depending how much time you have to spare, so let us give you some ideas of what to load up on that new shiny device.

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3 years ago

How to flash AOSP Gingerbread to the Nexus One [Updated with video]

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Now that the Android 2.3 code has been made available as part of the Android Open Source Project, we knew it would just be a matter of time before we get it on devices other than the Nexus S. First up is the Nexus One, thanks to developer extraordinaire Chris Soyars. He's packaged it up flashable .zip file. But note that it's missing all of the Google apps, and this is not an official build from Google or anything. But you know us. We just had to flash it. We've got full instructions in the forums. Check it out! [Android 2.3 on the Nexus One]

Update: We hear a few people have gotten Google Apps to load up, but this is still far from ready for prime time. Video's after the break.

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3 years ago

Nexus S users -- how's your WiFi strength?

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OK, folks, we're looking for input here -- how is the WiFi performance on your Nexus S?  I noticed today while fooling around in my living room that I'm not getting the best throughput while on WiFi from my Nexus S.  I'm not the only one that seems to have noticed, SPE Senior Editor-in-Chief Dieter (check out his hands-on here) says his experience is mixed, but it does seem weak, and Engadget's Mobile Editor Chris Ziegler has seen what he calls "miserable wifi signal strength" on his unit as well. 

I won't go quite that far, and I'm not into the miserable range here, but there's enough difference to warrant some testing -- so that's what I did.  We already found out that Samsung and Google are using a low-power WiFi chip on the Nexus S, is it possible that it's a little too low-power?  Maybe phones like the Nexus One, or the Motorola Droid and their extra-strong WiFi radio have spoiled us, but we're really interested in your feedback.  Grab the WiFi Analyzer app from the market (link after the break) and share what you got in the Nexus S forums

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