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3 years ago

Motorola Flipout may be delayed -- or dead -- on AT&T

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It's not often that a smartphone gets all the way into testers' hands and in-store marketing materials are printed up, only to see the device killed off before ever making a sale. But that may be what happened in the case of the Motorola Flipout on AT&T. Engadget got a tip on Saturday that it would hit stores a day later. But here we are a couple days later, and there's no Flipout to be flipped. 

We know it was in the midst of hands-on testing. But is it dead? Is it resting? Is it pining for the fjords? Was it all just a bad rumor? We'll poke at this one for a little while to see if it starts moving again, but only just a little while. [Engadget]

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3 years ago

Adobe Air for Android to go live Oct 8?

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Adobe AIR for Android should go live on the Android Market on Oct. 8, according to a tip posted in the Android Central Forums by aquakevem, and developers will be able to upload their apps as soon as the runtimes are live.  In simple terms, AIR is a framework that allows Adobe Flash style applications (check out these from the Adobe Flash Summit) to run as installed apps on your Android phone.  A huge plus to developers is that the same code can run, using Adobe Air, on multiple platforms, which means there are a ton of apps already built that can be ported to Android with little or no changes to the code.

You can learn a bit more about AIR, and Adobe's relationship with Android from our interview with Adobe platform evangelist Ryan Stewart.  Then it's a matter of waiting for Adobe and the inevitable flood of games and apps!  [Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

HTC Lexikon RUU extracted, is Bingtastic!

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From the department of news nobody wanted to hear -- the HTC Lexikon RUU has been extracted, and it's been Binged.  The image above says it all, the full suite of bing products, and no Google search app to be found.  Looks like Phil has a new project once this one rolls out!  Other than that, there's not much here we haven't seen before.  Looks like "old" Sense UI as opposed to the new version as is on the Desire HD, all the Verizon utilities are there, including a VZW branded Slacker app and an eReader.

All that said, there's no telling just how old this leaked RUU is and what all might change by launch time. I've repackaged it all up in a user friendly way and you can get download links from the Android Central Forums.  [Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

Froyo on the Droid X, LTE Android phone, Epic update [From the forums]

 

The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer, and the discussion in the Android Central Forums is cranking up. Here's what's on your minds:

And if you haven't noticed yet, we now have Twitter and Facebook share buttons on every forum thread, so you can spread the word even faster. We'll see you in the forums!

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3 years ago

Adobe patches security hole in Flash Player 10.1 for Android

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Adobe has patched a critical security flaw in Flash Player 10.1, closing a gap that could have allowed an attacked to gain access to your phone. Version 10.1.95.1 fixes the following:

A critical vulnerability exists in Adobe Flash Player 10.1.82.76 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and Solaris, and Adobe Flash Player 10.1.92.10 for Android. ... This vulnerability (CVE-2010-2884) could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.

Props to Adobe for turning around the fix less than a week after the vulnerability was announced. Now we can all tend to our Farmville farms without worry. [Adobe]

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3 years ago

Sony looking to hire Android game devs?

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Remember when it broke that Sony might be working on a Playstation-branded Android 3.0 gaming phone? Well, it seems now that Sony is actively seeking game developers with Android experience, as seen from the job posting screen shot above. This could mean nothing, but my money is that Sony is looking to bolster it's internal game development teams with some Android mojo to ensure they have some launch titles for that Android 3.0 PSPhone. But, we will all just have to wait and see when (or if) this whole thing becomes official. [Sony via DroidGamers]

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3 years ago

Google to boost account security with security code, mobile authentication

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Google has begun rolling out much-improved account security features for its Google Apps Premiere, Education, and Government customers. The system features the standard "username and password" we are all used to now, but it also will contain a second verification step. This will require a special code that can be obtained in one of three ways:

  1. A "Google Authenticator" app available for Android, iPhone, and Blackberry phones
  2. A SMS (text) message
  3. A automated phone call

This system is designed primarily to entice business, education, and government users who require the added security to do their daily business, which is why they will be seeing it first. Google does plan on rolling out the added security to all Google accounts within the next few months. Users can choose to have the code required upon every login, once per computer, or turn it off completely. Requiring it upon every login would ensure that any would-be hacker would need both your password and access to your phone. Download links for the Android app are past the break. [Google]

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3 years ago

U.S. Android user numbers surpass Windows Mobile, gaining on iOS

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Sure, activating 200,000 phones per day is great, but what really matters at the end of the day is how many of your devices are in the hands of consumers. Well, new numbers have come out from ComScore and they are impressive to say the least. For the three-month period between April and July (that's May, June, and July folks), Android saw its active user marketshare in the U.S. rise from 12 percent to 17 percent. The total number of active smartphones in the U.S. came in just under 54 million, so this translates to about 9.2 million Americans on Android phones at the end of July. 

Now, there are a couple important points to note here. First, the major Android devices launched during this time were the Droid Incredible (end of April) and the Evo 4G (beginning of June). Finally, nearly all the OS's saw increases of sales year-over-year, but Android is growing at a much faster rate than the competition. Still, Android had huge gains on the back of HTC during the period and everyone over at Google should be more than pleased. Something tells me the numbers for this current quarter will blow that 17 percent out of the water. [ComScore]

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3 years ago

HTC Lexikon ROM leaks out, Verizon the obvious intended receiver

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When last we saw the HTC Lexikon, it was just a smattering of rumored specs. Now we have a leaked ROM to go with it, courtesy of some good old-fashioned Chinese file dumps. Funny thing about the Lexikon, though. When we go back and look at the specs again -- 3.8-inch screen, 512MB RAM/4MB ROM, Qualcomm 72xx processor at 800MHz, QWERTY keyboard, 5MP camera -- sure sounds like a lot like the T-Mobile G2, doesn't it?

But, of course, this isn't the G2, as the Verizon branding on the RUU screen shot clearly shows. So what will the Lexikon end up being for Verizon (assuming it makes it all the way to market)? News at 11, folks. [911 HTC via Android Guys]

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3 years ago

Security bulletin for rooted users: Android passwords stored as clear text

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While some may spend their weekends lounging poolside or at toddler birthday parties, some sit and hack.  We're glad in this case, as Cory (our Android Central Forums admin) found something that a good number of us need to be careful about -- in many cases your passwords are stored as plain text in internal databases.  We spent a good portion of our Saturday tracking down the issues, scouring Google's code bugs pages, testing various phones running various ROMs, and even calling in the pros for clarification.  Hit the break to see what was found, and what you might need to watch for if you've rooted your phone. [Android Central forums] And big props to Cory!

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