TGIF! Been chaotic around here for Android news this week, and next week's Sprint event is coming up, erm, next week! If you happened to miss out on the podcast be sure to get caught up over the weekend. Also, take some time to hit up the forums today, tomorrow, whenever and don't be afraid to ask some questions of you have some problems that need sorting out.
NetQin, China's market leader in mobile security, has brought their anti-virus application to Android. NetQin anti-virus offers real-time monitoring, instant scanning, contacts backup and restoration, and phone theft and loss protection. NetQin anti-virus uses what they call Cloud Scan:
"cloud and client twin-engine scanning, which is faster and more accurate at identifying and resolving threats from viruses and malicious programs. Key benefits include fast response to the latest security threats and comprehensive protection from Trojans, malware, and virus-infected plug-ins."
As new threats are found, the cloud scan engine is updated to deal with them. In real-world usage, the app seems to use little resources, and there is no noticeable slowdown with it running in the background.
Maybe you'll never have need for an Android malware scanner, but threats do exists in the wild. It's a by-product of being "open" to the installation of unapproved software. Applications like NetQin anti-virus fill that need, and it looks like this one will do very nicely. If you want to give it a try, it's free in the Market, and is available in a version for Android 1.5 and Android 1.6, as well as a version for Android 2.x. The full press release is after the jump.
Despite having taken some wind out of the Motorola Atrix 4G's sales with its recently announced pricing, AT&T is still doing its marketing push. The latest comes to us courtesy of the AT&T YouTube channel, where they walk us through one minute of Motorola Atrix 4G goodness. When all is said and done, we're still certain the device is a great addition to the AT&T lineup, but we'd be foolish to not suggest the pricing has caused many folks to look elsewhere. It's quite alright, AT&T, if you want to adjust that pricing. We won't mind, I assure you. [YouTube]
While there are quite a few torrent clients and torrent remote control apps in the Android Market, Bittorrent has never directly released an application to interface with your µTorrent installation. That is, until now. The official µTorrent remote app has just been released to the Android Market and is available for download. Keeping in mind, it's not a full blown client but rather a remote for your already existing installed client on your computer it does have some nice features built into it.
Check the status of a download directly from your Android smartphone
Add, pause or remove µTorrent downloads on your computer
µTorrent remote registers as a .torrent handler so you can browse and add torrents just as if you were on your PC at home.
Start, pause or remove µTorrent downloads in progress on your computer
Update and add torrents from RSS subscriptions
Transfer, save and play any completed file from your PC right to your device.
Bittorrent does have a full blown client in the works but for now they are asking users to report any feedback they may have regarding just the remote application. You can find the download link right after the break. [Bittorrent]
Yes, we knew it was coming but now we finally get a sneak peek at the soon to be released Angry Birds Valentine's Day edition. Although we still have some time to rough up some pigs before then, Rovio hasn't forgotten that fact. In addition to the upcoming Valentine's Day edition, you'll also be able to unlock a new level via secret code found within the Super Bowl commercial for their upcoming animated feature movie Rio. You can hit the break to get a look at said secret level [AllThingsD, Entertainment Weekly]
Now this is awesome! Samsung Galaxy Tab owners can finally get their hands on a CyanogenMod 7 build for their devices courtesy of Technomancer over at XDA-Developers. While the build is still rather buggy, most basic functions do indeed work. You may not want to make it your everyday ROM as of yet but considering the progress being put towards it being a stable build is happening rather quickly it's certainly something to keep your eye on that's for sure. You can hit up the source link for the full details. Anyone going to be loading this bad boy up and testing it out? [XDA- Developers]
Another day, another Xperia Play leak. This time images of a possible in-store demo booth for the device have cropped up on Dutch site AllAboutPhones.
While there's not a lot of new information to be gleaned from these pictures (partly because almost everything about this phone has alreadybeenleaked), eagle-eyed viewers will notice what seems to be a T-Mobile logo on the close-up of the stand. T-Mobile operates in many territories, however, so it'd be premature to jump to any conclusions based on this logo placement alone.
Be sure to feign as much surprise as possible when the Xperia Play is officially confirmed and revealed, most likely at the 2011 Mobile World Congress later this month. [AllAboutPhones]
Let's be clear -- the Best Buy Grand Rapids South Facebook page isn't exactly the same as news coming from the steps of Best Buy HQ. But we take what we can get around here, we suppose. [Best Buy Grand Rapids South Facebook via Droid Life]
New phones always means new goodies for developers and hackers. With the release of the HTC Inspire 4G to a few people, it was only a matter of time until the system of AT&T's big beauty were pulled out and made available. As you can see in our hands-on with the Inspire 4G, it's the new version of HTC Sense -- Evo, Dinc and Desire hackers take note -- without too much AT&T bloat added in to screw it up make things better.
If you're curious, or like to tinker grab it and have a look. And if you're planning on getting the Inspire 4G and doing any type of happy hacking on it, grab it as a safety net. Trust me ;) [Android Central forums]
Have a small business and have been looking longingly at the iPhone and iPad's mobile commerce solutions? Things are about to change, thanks to Intuit with Go Payment -- and, of course, Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets.
The premise is the same as on other platforms -- There's a small accessory that plugs into the tablet's 3.5mm headphone jack. You slide the card through it, and the payment's made. Quick and simple. Check it out in the video above.
Google just released the latest figures on the number of Android variants in the wild. For the two weeks ending Feb. 2, 89.8 percent of devices are on Android 2.1 and up. Realistically, that means Android 2.1 and 2.2 -- Froyo leads the way at 57.6 percent -- as only 0.8 percent are running Gingerbead. That gives you a feel for how few Nexus S's have sold.
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