Welcome to the big time, Android users -- the first Android-specific trojan has been announced by Kaspersky Lab. Don't sound the alarms and clang the bells just yet, as even with 200,000 activations a day this thing (so far) is as rare as an honest politician. If you are unlucky enough to install it, the trojan will send premium SMS messages (as in the kind that add money to your monthly carrier bill) behind the scenes and without your knowledge or permission. Like its Windows and iPhone counterparts, you won't find it in any reputable place like the Android Market, and will have to peruse the seedy side of the interwebz to run into it. Yes, I'm talking about those so-called .apk black markets. But since there's also a chance an innocent party could come across this one, rather than point and laugh, let's talk about how to prevent it.
Which brings us to side-loading and application permissions. If you don't go for the conspiracy theories, AT&T is protecting you from this sort of thing by disabling sideloading. Once you get a bit more comfortable with Android, we've re-enabled that for you, so even you AT&T subscribers need to pay attention to application permissions. If you download a supposed video player (A 13kb video player? That's a hint in itself) that needs access to your messaging program, and install it anyway you're just asking for trouble.
Of course you could download and install one of the Android anti-virus apps, that's your call. In any case, be careful what you download, where you download it from, and for goodness sakes read the application permissions before you click away! [Kaspersky Lab]
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Dell Streak presale starts this Thursday: $299 on-contract, $549 off contract
Finally, we have proper launch info for the Dell Streak. The one-day presale begins Thursday, and the 5-inch Android tablet will be in general availability on Friday. Pricing remains the same at $299 with a two-year contract on AT&T, and $549 sans contract. Otherwise, everything else is as we expect -- 5MP camera, 2GB of on-board storage, 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, and the ability to look at the Droid X and Evo 4G like they're small fries. Full presser after the break. [Business Wire] Discuss the Dell Streak in our Tablet Forums.
Adobe just put up a blog post showing off Flash 10.1 running on a brand-new Droid 2, which will come with it pre-installed. They went on to promise that the Droid X, Droid Incredible, the Galaxy S line, and the Milestone will see Flash "in the coming weeks," which is great news for those waiting for Froyo as it is a requirement for Flash. Personally, I am just waiting on Flash so I can get my Strong Bad fix on the go. Check out their video walkthrough after the break. [Adobe]
We're still waiting on the public beta of Tweetdeck for Androidto go live sometime this week, but a very short video from Tweetdeck CEO Iain Dodsworth showing the log-in process is on Twitter. Of particular droolworthiness: The multiple account access, which for a good many of us is a must-have in any Twitter app. Check out the video after the break. Thanks, Eddie, for the tip!
Android has never been bigger in the States (or globally) and, in all likelihood, many of you are looking to upgrade to a new phone at some point. Whether you give your old Android phone to a family member or friend or just throw it up on eBay, there are a couple important things you should do to protect your data and privacy.
Back up your data for your new phone. Your apps will still be available for re-downloading, but not necessarily the data they save to your phone. (This changes in Android 2.2, which will back up your app data.) The easiest way to do this is simply mount your phone to your computer so that the microSD card and any internal memory can be read. After that, all you need to do is just make a copy of everything on your phone and save it in a folder on your computer and put it on your new phone when the time comes. Using AppBrain is the easiest way to get all your apps reinstalled on your new phone.
Remove or reformat the microSD card and any internal storage, depending on if you are planning on moving it to your new phone or keeping it with your old one. You should be able to do this in Menu > Settings >SD card & phone storage but using your computer might be necessary (my option for "Format SD card" was greyed out).
Do a factory data reset. This should wipe your phone of all user data and restore it to how it came to you in the box. If you have custom ROM's or have your phone rooted, you might run into some issues though. You can find this by going into Menu > Settings > Privacy > Factory data reset. Just make sure you have everything backed up before doing this!
By following these steps, you will ensure than none of your emails, contact info, or browsing history can fall into the wrong hands when you move to a new device.
Powrman811in our forums brings word that Aug. 21 is a date we should look out for, writing "MY GO TO SPRINT PEOPLE told me that I can order my store inventory on August 16th and sell on the 21st." And he shows of the Epic 4G you see above as proof that, well, he's seen the Epic 4G. Of course, so have we, so take that however you like. But it is nice to have a new date to kick around, right?
The ability to see real-time, in depth data about user behavior in relation to applications is extremely useful; and that’s exactly what Mixpanel provides to its users. The company originally started off providing detailed analytics for web applications, but acutely saw that the future rests in the mobile space. Useful data analysis can help developers in a big way in order to see what's working and what's not with their application.
They released their iPhone library 2 weeks ago, which has proven to be very successful. Now, they have a version for Android. I spoke with Jeremy Richardson, who is involved in Business Development at Mixpanel. He provided me with key information that users considering an analytics service like Mixpanel will want to know. More after the break.
Here's a look at the free version of Home Run Battle 3D. This is the perfect game for me, because I can pick it up any time I want a quick release from boredom and then put it back down when it's time to get back to work. There are two game modes: matchup and arcade. In the free version you have to earn the right to play a multiplayer game (after your first free free matchup games) by actually being competent at the game and hitting a home run with a "gold ball." You can also earn gold balls by unlocking achievements. There are other "special" balls in the game, and I haven't quite figured out what they all do, but the ones I do know are:
Angel Ball: takes away 1 out
Gold Ball: you can spend it on matchup games and maybe other things in the accessory store
Multiplier Ball: I've seen 2x and 3x, and they double or triple your score
Ghost Ball: it goes invisible for a moment or two while it's on the way to the plate
Magic Ball: sends an "attack" ball to your matchup opponent
Iron Ball: sends an iron ball to your matchup opponent if you hit a home run with it, which only flies half the normal distance
So that's enough here. Take a look at the video after the break
It is finally official people: Verizon has announced the Droid 2 will be landing Aug. 12, that's this Thursday, as rumored. It will go on pre-sale via Verizon Wireless's website starting tomorrow and that insane R2-D2 version will be available sometime in September. Pricing will run you $200 with new (or upgrade) 2-year contract after a $100 mail-in-rebate debit card; no word yet on off-contract prices. As a quick recap (for the 2 of you who haven't been following the numerous leaks) the phone will come with Android 2.2 ("Froyo"), Flash 10.1, VZW's 3G mobile hotspot option (extra $$$ required) and 8GB of onboard storage paired with an 8GB preinstalled microSD card. Full press release after the break. [Verizon via BGR]