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Sprint Galaxy S III

Sprint Galaxy S III getting another update

Don't get your hopes up folks, it's not Jellybean but there will be an OTA update rolling for the Sprint variant of the Samsung Galaxy S III over the course of the next four days. Unfortunately Sprint hasn't provided too much information about the update other than the fact that it is a "Google...
AYYYYYYY!

Microsoft, Sophos security might have jumped the gun on that scary Android botnet thing

That was quick! Security researchers at Microsoft and Sophos say they may have spoke a bit too soon about Android phones hosting a BotNet and spamming through Yahoo mail servers. Terry Zink, one of the discovers of the issue, said the following on his MSDN security blog: Yes, it’s entirely...
Take the blue pill

Android 'BotNet' is that little extra you get for pirating apps

It's been a while since we saw an Android security scare, but the word "BotNet" attached to this one makes up for it. It appears that users in Chile, Indonesia, Lebanon, Oman, the Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Ukraine, and Venezuela have compromised Android phones are have been...
OMG security scare!

Android developers demystify application security (the sky is not falling!)

As soon as the schedule for Google I/O 2012's developer sessions was announced, I knew the Security and Privacy in Android Apps session was going to be a must-attend session. The Internet and its FUD machine gives Android security a lot of bad press, and while some of it is warranted, some of it...
Party Your Apps Off

Are you ready to Party Your Apps Off?

So there's a little event coming up in a couple of weeks in San Francisco. It's called Google IO, and if you somehow haven't heard of it, it's Google's yearly app developer conference. Lookout Mobile Security is hosting their annual "Party Your Apps Off" event at a top secret location in downtown...
Android Central

Sprint teams up with Safely and Lookout to announce Sprint Guardian suite of mobile security apps

As concerns rise surrounding mobile security, Sprint has now taken some steps to offer their customers some of the best preventative solutions available on the market. Announced today during CTIA in New Orleans, Sprint has teamed up with Safely and Lookout to provide a suite of mobile security...
T-Mobile HTC One S

Ask AC: The T-Mobile HTC One S uses Carrier IQ?

Thermalx, in our T-Mobile HTC One S Q&A, writes, I thought carriers had about stopped with the whole Carrier IQ thing. But according to this T-Mo doc, the One S has Carrier IQ, any thoughts on that? Personally I'm not swayed much by it as I'll get CM9 as soon as it's available. Ah ha! A...
Maps

Geotagging, SD cards and the latest Android privacy/security issue

There's been a new twist uncovered by the folks at The Verge about apps with no permissions accessing the SD card, and to keep the sky from falling we're going to break down what is going on.  If you haven't read it yet, the stock Android gallery (in versions prior to Android 3.0) decodes Geotags...
HTC EVO Design 4G

HTC EVO Design 4G receiving an OTA security update

If you own a HTC EVO Design 4G, odds are you may have already seen an update hit your device, and if not now would be a good time to check for one. Unfortunately this isn't the Ice Cream Sandwich update that we are all anxiously waiting for. This update is aimed towards some security fixes which...
Security is serious business

Security scare of the week: What can an app with no permissions do?

The latest in the never-ending story of Android security is out, and this time it's talking about what an app can access if it declares no permissions. (To put it another way, what all an application can see if it doesn't request any of the normal functionality apps request.) Some folks make it...
Samsung Conquer 4G

Samsung Conquer 4G software update now available from Sprint

A new software update is currently rolling out to Samsung Conquer 4G owners on Sprint. This updated is noted as just a security fix (see: CarrierIQ removal) for the device but one other thing to make note of with this release is the fact that Sprint has removed the Magic, Smoke, Many, Maps, Nexus...
Android Central

RIM launches BlackBerry Mobile Fusion, Android client now available

Research In Motion has had a rough go the past little while but they're looking to get things moving in the right direction once again and one of the tools they're deploying to help get them there is something called BlackBerry Mobile Fusion. With BlackBerry Mobile Fusion being a mobile device...
Android Central

Path update to v2.1.1 brings promised security enhancements to keep personal data secure

The latest update to Path for Android update has now hit the Google Play Store, and this release will be of interest to those who previously had concerns over Path not properly securing personal data. As noted on the Path blog: We take privacy and security seriously, and we believe your data...
cool story bro

Securely wiping any device makes it just fine to sell [#FUDfighters]

The latest bit of FUD spreading around about Android is that you can't ever sell your old Android phone without giving away all your data, secrets, and possibly the recipe for KFC. Like many things you'll read elsewhere on the Internet, there's a lot of crap attached and presented as fact that is...
Kyocera Echo

Kyocera Echo receives an update, fixes MMS audio bug and more

Don't worry, faithful Kyocera Echo owners, your two dual screens are not forgotten about. Sprint has just announced an OTA update that will bring some bug fixes and security enhancements your way. This update addresses the MMS audio issue where the audio would cut out after 8 seconds as well as...
Android Central

Sprint LG Marquee updated with call lock-up bug fix

Owners of Sprint's LG Marquee (a distant cousin of the LG Optimus Black) will be pleased to see the roll-out of a new software update for the device. The new version LS855ZVC fixes one glitch that's been particularly frustrating for some users -- a bug which sometimes resulted in the phone locking...
HTC Sense

HTCSense.com sync service shutting down from April 30 to make way for new cloud services

The message above is currently displayed on HTCSense.com, informing visitors that HTC's online sync service will be shutting down from April 30. This gives HTCSense.com users just over a month to log in and download any contacts, text messages or other personal data on their account. The message...
Verizon LG Revolution

Verizon says Remote Diagnostics tool doesn't track personal data in the background

Verizon over the weekend dropped word that an impending update to the LG Revolution would include a Verizon Remote Diagnostics app — a "new customer care solution to improve device issue diagnosis during customer support calls." We've gotten some more detail on exactly what that entails, and it's...
Root

CyanogenMod 9 makes root access an option, not the default

Since the earliest days of unofficial Android ROMs, root access and custom firmwares like CyanogenMod have gone hand in hand. However, future versions of CyanogenMod will take a step back from always-on root, disabling root access by default but allowing users to easily enable it through a menu....
Location data

Manage location data in the pictures you take [privacy and security]

Here's a security and privacy tip that many of us forget about, yet is really easy to manage -- geo-location data in the pictures you take with your Android phone. Modern digital cameras that have a way to capture GPS data (that means your Android phone or tablet) can attach location data to...

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