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4 years ago

Analyst predicts 2010 will be the year Android is attacked

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 Android radiation

And ... here we go. An analyst at Kaspersky Lab Americas says Android likely face a spate of attacks in 2010. Roel Schouwenberg, whose company coincidentally sells computer security tools, told USA Today [full story here] that "the first malicious programs for these mobile platforms appeared in 2009, a sure sign that they have aroused the interest of cybercriminals."

M'kay. Hard to argue with that logic. But wait. There's more.

'Android users, in particular, seem ripe for plundering. "The increasing popularity of mobile phones running the Android operating system, combined with a lack of effective checks to ensure third-party software applications are secure, will lead to a number of high-profile malware outbreaks," he says.

OK, let's make sure we've got this straight:

  1. If "cybercriminals" attack something, it's a sign they're interested in it.
  2. Because Android is growing in popularity, it ensures high-profile attacks.

Is it just us, or does it sound like Mr. Schouwenberg's up to something? But in all seriousness, let's worry about what it is we need to worry about. The odds of "hackers" (you know, those guys in black hats) hijacking your phone aren't that great. An occasional malicious application is a threat on any platform. But do you see iPhones -- which number in the millions and have had more than 1 billion application downloads -- droppingi dead? While the Android Market doesn't quite have the same checks and balances of Apple's App store or even Microsoft's Windows Marketplace for Mobile, it does have 16,000 official applications and widgets in it thus far (and some are estimating 150,000 this time next year, and there are plenty of apps available outside of the Market.

Me? I'm more worried about leaving my phone in a cab.

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4 years ago

Camangi WebStation Android Tablet Reviewed: Don't Buy

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In short, the Camangi WebStation Android Tablet is a fairly well-built device that's terminally slow, plays atrocious videos, and a total fail that can't be recommended to anyone at any price. Yikes! The performance of the Camangi WebStation was so poor that the reviewer termed it as:

My suspicion is that the unit is basically a digital picture frame loaded with a cell phone version Google Android with a touch screen.

We were once excited for the Camangi WebStation because we thought it was a smartly styled device with a lot of potential. We'll definitely temper our expectations after hearing that scathing review but we'll also have to see and use one with our own eyes and hands to come to a final conclusion.

What do you guys think? Camangi WebStation, a bust? Never trust no namers?

[gizmodo]

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4 years ago

Google Android event set for Jan. 5

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 Google press event

Gee. I wonder what Google could possibly be announcing on the day we expect the Nexus One to officially become official. And right as CES begins, no less. It's gonna be a long week. [via Engadget]

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4 years ago

Nexus One Bluetooth car dock saunters past the FCC

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Nexus One Bluetooth car dock

Who's ready for more Nexus One accessory news? We've already seen a desktop bluetooth dock make its way through the FCC; now it's a car dock's turn. 

Also of note is that the "trade name" for the Nexus One is listed as "Google Phone." Maybe that's a tell, maybe it's not. We'll just have to continue waiting. But probably not much longer. [FCC via Engadget]

Nexus One Bluetooth Car Dock

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4 years ago

The Nexus One will be sold by Google, with T-Mobile as the carrier

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Not that we really need more unofficial confirmation that the Nexus One from Google is headed to T-Mobile, but here it is. Above is a shot from the internal Streamline network, clearly showing T-Mo support for the nexus one. Note the bullet points:

  • Support for this device including troubleshooting and exchanges wil be managed by Google and HTC.
  • T-Mobile will offer service support including billing, coverage, featuers and rate plans.

and ...

  • Stay tuned for Additional details and StreamLine content to support the Google Android phone in early January.
  • Keep all information regarding this launch confidential until a formal announcement by Google is released.

So T-Mobile definitely will be the initial carrier, but it's looking more and more like Google will be the one actually selling and supporting the device. T-Mo news is saying a 9 a.m. Jan. 5 release date is confirmed, and you can only order through Google. No word on pricing.

Via T-Mo News

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4 years ago

Another five (blurry) minutes with the Nexus One

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Nexus One

As we continue to wait for the eventual public launch of the Nexus One, we're starting to see more and more of the infamous HTC device. After the break is a new five-minute video with the phone that is expected to be Google's second reference device (the G1 was the first).

The video is regrettably shaky and blurry, but it is another good look at the Nexus One. And we'll take all that we can get. Click on through. (Thanks, Thomas!)

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4 years ago

Study finds smartphone users using smartphones ... smartly

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In a groundbreaking study that shows exactly what we'd expect, it has been found that iPhone and Android users roughly use their phones for the same things -- mobile media (music, videos and the like), e-mail, news, networking, etc. You know -- the things smartphones were made for.

Other smartphones (we can only assume that includes RIM, Windows Mobile, Palm and Symbian) had roughly the same numbers, however. So, to recap: Smartphone owners are using their smartphones to do smartphone things. We now return you to your regularly scheduled program. [eMarketer via MocoNews]

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4 years ago

Cellular South plans to upgrade Hero to Android 2.1

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 Cellular South

Hey, Cellular South fans: Be sure to send this to your friends on Rogers. You'll be getting an upgrade to Android 2.1 in the next six months. As for the Canadians, all they'll be getting is ... well, a Web site lamenting the fact they're not getting an upgrade. [Twitter via Android and Me]

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4 years ago

Consumer Groups Lobby Against Google's Purchase of AdMob

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If you remember, Google was supposed to have bought AdMob, the mobile advertising company, for nearly $750 million way back in November. There was a hold up, with the FTC wanting more information on the deal but Google expressed no concern over the delay, citing that there were no 'regulatory issues'. Well, it looks like a few consumer groups think differently. Consumer Watchdog and the Center for Digital Democracy have asked the FTC to block the deal on anti-trust grounds and possible privacy issues.

In their joint letter to the FTC, they claim that Google's acquisition of AdMob would lessen competition in the mobile advertising market and have a negative impact on consumers, advertisers, and developers. They also express concern about consumer privacy--AdMob and Google have access to heaps and heaps of consumer data.

Overall, it's not uncommon for consumer groups to raise complaints during antitrust reviews because well, that's when they'll be heard. So though Google should still close their deal with AdMob, it definitely will raise awareness for the consumer groups. Don't be surprised to hear anti-trust issues brought up every time Google makes a deal.

[techcrunch]

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4 years ago

Help Rene from TiPb, HTC Sense UI, Swype, HTC Hero tips and tricks

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4 years ago

Google's Chrome OS netbook specs reportedly start leaking out

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Google Chrome

We've seen early builds of Google's Chrome OS, but the really interesting aspect will be the big G's own netbook, whose design is being closely handled by Google. And the technical specs of the netbook are beginning to leak out. The following come from IBTimes [via Engadget]:

  • OS: Chrome OS (natch).
  • Chipset: Nvidia Tegra (the Tegra II, perhaps?).
  • Processor: ARM CPU (which we mainly know from smartphones.)
  • Screen: 10.1-inch TFT, HD, multitouch.
  • Storage: 64GB solid-state-drive.
  • RAM: 2GB.
  • Connectivity: WiFi, 3G, Bluetooth, Ethernet, USB, 3.5mm headphone jack, multi-card reader.

Really, aside from what sounds like a stellar screen, there's nothing too groundbreaking there yet. Except for the $300 price point, which might or might not happen. (We're not placing any bets on that one.) And the IBTimes mentions "apps" such as Google Maps, Gmail, Google Docs, Google Calendar and voice search coming "preinstalled," which of course is more than suspect given that those are all Web services. That's probably just sloppy writing. But as all of this is still wildly unofficial, we're taking it all with a big grain of salt.

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4 years ago

Moto Droid leads Christmas app charge

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 Android Market Share

We already knew the Motorola Droid was going to be popular, thanks to those November AdMob numbers and, well, common sense. But check out these numbers from Flurry Analytics: Droid application downloads on Christmas Day -- last Friday increased 93 percent over the other three Fridays this month. And of last Friday's downloads, the Droid accounted for 49 percent of them. Of course, you're far less likely to get a G1 as a gift these days, but there's certainly no denying the Droid's popularity at this point. [via GigaOm]

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4 years ago

Acer Aspire One D250 Android Netbook Gets Reviewed

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That Android Netbook craze sure died down a bit once Chrome OS was officially unveiled, didn't it? In any case, the guys at pocket-lint have gotten their hands on one of the Android netbooks available, the Acer Aspire One D250, and gave it a full review. The Acer Aspire One D250 dual boots Windows 7 Starter Edition and yep, our very own Android OS.

It's your run of the mill netbook: 1.6 GHz Atom chip, 10.1-inch screen, tiny keyboard, and small footprint. The Windows 7 side of things performs admirably but it's the Android we're interested in, right? Well, sad to say, Android on a netbook seems to be nothing more than a gimmick. Though it boots fast (16 secs vs Windows 7's 1 minute), the performance isn't ideal. Pocket-lint termed Android on a netbook as 'stumbling', 'crude', and 'not [an addition] that is very compelling'. Hit the link for the full review.

So we guess, for the time being at least, we'll have to temper our expectations for an Android netbook. And we guess that's okay since Android isn't intended for Netbooks anyway..

[pocket-lint]

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4 years ago

iPhone Hands On Video -- Smartphone Round Robin

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On to the next one! Week 3 of the Smartphone Round Robin is underway and we have our hands on the iPhone 3GS. Don't let the looks fool you, even though the iPhone 3GS looks exactly like the iPhone 3G, it packs some serious zip and power inside. There's also a ton of new features like video recording, a digital compass, etc and the same good stuff (web browsing, ipod) that made the iPhone such an enjoyable device since its inception.

But with all those lovely new features comes questions of features missing. I've asked the iPhone Blog users some of my questions regarding Apple and the iPhone in the TiPb forums, so that'll definitely be a good place to start for anyone interested in Android and iPhone. On another note, our good friend Rene from the iPhone Blog is actually asking questions and taking answers about Android in our own forums! Help him out to earn a chance to win an Android smartphone!

How convenient, we're each on each other's platform! Be sure to hit the jump to check out my hands on video of the iPhone 3GS! Rene helps me go over the iPhone 3GS in full detail!

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4 years ago

Browser bug forces Archos to pull Android 1.6 update

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Archos 5 update yanked

Whoopsie. No sooner than did Archos post an Android 1.6 update for the Archos 5 Internet Tablet, it apparently had to yank it. As you can see in the pic above, there was "a last-minute major issue with the Web Browser." The update was to bring improved video playback, better GPS fixes and some other Donut improvements. Archos hasn't re-released the update yet, so stay tuned. [Pocketables via Slashgear]

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