By now most everyone knows that Google has addressed the Droid Dream malware mess in the Android Market, used the kill switch and issued a fix, and is in process of rolling out said fix to all affected users. But since Android users in general are an impatient lot, some folks have been on the lookout for the files to manually install the fix instead of waiting.
Don't do it.
The folks at F-Secure have found that at least one of the so-called security patch files floating around is really just another trojan. This is social engineering at it's finest -- use the promise of security to really make things worse. You can read the gory details of the BgServ.A trojan found in the fake patch at the source link, but the important thing is that you need to wait for Google to push you the fix if you downloaded one of the infected files. Like every other patch for the OS, whether it's an updated version of Android or something less glamorous like a security fix, only install files from Google's servers.
If you were affected by the malware, you should have received an email from big G, or will soon. We have the full text of that message after the break, be sure to check that the sender is really Google, and sit tight. They will get you all patched up. [F-Secure] Thanks Mike and Steven!
Samsung has unleashed a new Galaxy Tab commercial that seems to focus on the Froyo tablet's 7-inch size a bit more than they have in the past. Right now the smaller form factor could be the biggest selling point for the Galaxy Tab when compared to 10-inch tablets like the Xoom and iPad 2. Plus, it looks like we will be waiting a bit longer for the Galaxy Tab 10-inch. [Youtube]
The folks at NAVIGON have released an update to their popular Mobile Navigator application. Pushing the app into v3.54 has added in compatibility for Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread and brings a flashlight function. When the flashlight is activated, the navigation screen automatically dims. The pedestrian mode also shows two arrows: one indicates the direction of travel and the other points in the direction of the destination.
To go along with the update, NAVIGON has also released a new, free tool called Help2Park. The Help2Park app can work in conjunction with Mobile Navigator or as a stand-alone app to help you find parking spaces in your local area. When combined with Mobile Navigator, Help2Par can navigate you directly to your parking spaces. Without Mobile Navigator, it just allows you to see where spaces may be within a given radius. Both are available in the Android Market now. You can check out the Navigon website for the full details and pricing for your area if you're looking to purchase Mobile Navigator. If you just want Help2Park, download is after the break.
Taptu has updated the Android version of their popular news reader to version 1.3, and now brings the customization to a whole 'nother level. The folks at Taptu call it being a "news DJ" and it fits. You can mix your own news feeds from scratch, using Taptu's pre-loaded site feeds (they have thousands of popular blogs, magazines and newspapers), Bing's RSS search and feeds from your Google reader account to build and curate your own news stream. You also can add your Facebook feed and Twitter timeline, and "like" or comment, and reply and retweet right from the Taptu app. You're not restricted to one news stream either -- you could build one for Android news, one for local news, and one for Charlie Sheen if you like. #tigerblood
Taptu has upped the bar with this one, and they kept it free for Android devices (Android 1.6 and up). It's pretty slick, and well worth checking it out. The download link, and Taptu's press release are after the break.
Remember that pretty funny (and very creepy) Kevin Bacon stalking fan video (starring none other than Kevin Bacon himself) that was used to pimp the Logitech Revue and Google TV? Well, it's back with a full 3 minutes and 33 seconds of uneasiness. Not sure if it's going to turn Google TV into the IPTV powerhouse we'd hoped for, but it's still a fun (and creepy) watch. Peep it after the break. [Google TV Blog]
The Barnes & Noble Nook Color is a great little $250 e-reader to turn into a decent little Android tablet. But maybe you went just a little too far and borked it. Or maybe you just want to go back to stock because your wife is tired of you monkeying with things. No worries. Android Central Forums member lancelot916 has whipped up a great post describing some issues that may force you to reset things, and he's got great instructions on how to do it. [Return your Nook Color to stock and re-root if you want]
Looking to start your own business, become an entrepreneur? Then you'll certainly find yourself reading a lot of information about the rights and wrongs of getting things started. Luckily, Entrepreneur Magazine has released their mobile application that allows you to access their vast library of how-to's and best practices.
The information it presents to you is customizable by your interests. All of which can be saved and stored for later reading through the app. If you're seeking advice or answers to some of your upstart business concerns then give Entrepreneur Magazine a look. The app is free and available in the Android Market right now. Download can be found after the break [Entrepreneur Magazine]
Google is making it easier for mobile search users to use vital phone numbers in emergency situations, with the addition of clickable emergency number links in related search results. Last year Google searches for terms like poison control and suicide began returning related emergency numbers above the usual list of web links. Now these numbers are getting click-to-call functionality, meaning mobile users will be able to touch the number and immediately be connected to relevant emergency services.
Google says this new feature is enabled for users in 14 countries, giving them access to local emergency numbers. This is a great addition to Google's mobile search, and one which could ultimately end up saving lives. It's easy to see how a few seconds saved by not entering a phone number could mean the difference between life and death in certain situations. [Google Mobile blog]
CTIA is just around the bend, and we'll be there to catch all the action but that doesn't stop the rumor mill from grinding away at what may be coming. With Sprint holding their event, many folks have now put attention towards AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile. What are you all hoping to see from each? Feel free to start up some threads and let us know what you want.
In 2009 Motorola launched the Cliq -- an entry-level slider -- debuting Motorola’s social networking centric Motoblur user interface. Unfortunately, the original Cliq was plagued by complaints of a poorly designed keyboard, cheap plastic build quality, slow processor, and a less than polished Motoblur UI.
A couple years have now gone by. Does the Motorola Cliq 2 make up for these shortcomings? Check out our full review after the break.
If you're still holding strong with your original Motorola Droid, you may have been a little upset to notice that it appeared as though CyanogenMod 7 appeared to have skipped this device. RC1 hit, and when we rushed with excitement to the download links, there were none for the OG Droid, and then upon the release of RC2, the same -- until this morning. The OG Droid has finally gotten some CyanogenMod 7 RC2 love, bringing the device some truly custom Gingerbread flavor. Enough reading, get to downloading and flashing! [CyanogenMod]
Ever find yourself heading out the door when you stumble across an interesting looking article and wish you had the time to read it? Unfortunately there is not always an easy way, besides hunting it down again later to mark the link so you can read it later, let alone from a different location.
Read it Later is a great application that syncs between your computer and your device and allows you to mark a page to be read later, and will even hold your position if you do so happen to begin to read something without the chance to finish it in that moment. In addition to all these great features, Read it Later downloads all your articles, so if you don't happen to have a network connect, like on a plane, there are no issues with keeping caught up on the articles you wanted to read. For only 99 cents this application is a must-have for anyone who uses the internet on both a personal computer and their Android device. Download information and links after the break.
So if the HTC Thunderbolt for Verizon doesn't quite excite you anymore, and you have been waiting for more information about the LG Revolution, you will be excited to find out that it has strolled through the FCC. For those of you who forget exactly what the Revolution will have under the hood, here is a brief run down:
Android 2.2 (Froyo)
1 GHz MSM8255 Snapdragon (Scorpion)
4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen
16GB internal with microSD slot that supports up to 32GB
5MP rear camera with Auto-focus and flash and front-facing camera
While yes, this does not mean that there is a predetermined release date, it is one step further in the releasing process. [FCC] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
If you live in Canada and are wanting to be among the first to get your hands on a Motorola Atrix then you should be heading on down to your local Best Buy location. Pre-orders for the Motorola Atrix on Bell are now being taken and, the buy-in cost is $50. But as soon as the device arrive in-store they'll let you know so you can pick yours up. The only thing missing here now is an actual release date. [Best Buy]
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