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Android Development in the Cloud

About a year ago I wrote about cloud development tools for Android. At the time, there was only one available that had been specifically designed for Android development, though demand for such tools was on the rise. This article talks about the cloud service for Android called Codenvy. Also it talks about how it is not the only cloud service available.

 

Android Development in the Cloud

 

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YotaPhone: The genesis of a dual-screen smartphone

Is the world ready for the Android-and-electronic paper YotaPhone — and do we even need it?

With a full-fledged Android display on one side and power saving e-ink on the other, the dual-mode YotaPhone is emerging from the concept cocoon and spread its wings in the real world.

The YotaPhone goes on sale this week in Russia, starting at 500 euros, before it expands to other European and Middle Eastern markets, and beyond. It’s a fairly hefty price tag for a phone containing last year’s Android specs, unchanged since we first saw the device nearly a year ago at CES 2013.

What do users see when they look at their current smartphone? A black screen. To get access to information, they need to pick up their phone, activate it and even sometimes go to an application. Even within an application, you have to wait until it is opens and finds the information. This is a major distraction and actually serves to impede our interaction and relationships with our friends, family and colleagues. In fact, the average smartphone user picks up their phone 150 times in the course of the day because they fear that they are missing something important hidden behind the black screen. Why is it black? Because the LCD uses tremendous amounts of power.

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HP Quietly Launches New Android Tablets

With millions of people world-wide looking for great deals on electronics and other items on Cyber Monday, HP quietly released four new devices to the market and made them available for purchase. The four devices that were released include the HP Slate7 Plus, the HP Slate7 Extreme, the HP Slate8 Pro, and the HP Slate10 HD. All four of the tablets come equipped with the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system and very nice features such as the 1280×800 display and 8GB of internal storage featured in the HP Slate7 Plus for $150. Tablets are growing in popularity as time goes on and they don’t seem to be slowing down at all. This is great news for mobile application developers and users alike as there is a huge market for fresh applications. To read more about each tablet and their release, check out the article link below.

Source: HP Quietly Launches New Android Tablets

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Moto X Cyber Monday sale: $350 off contract | BGR

The time to buy a Moto X is now, Motorola has announced that they will take $150 off of the off-contract price as a part of the Cyber Monday deal. This includes the custom-design Moto Maker feature. The total price after is $350 for a custom designed smartphone with no carrier contract obligations.

Moto X Cyber Monday sale: $350 off contract | BGR.

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Google Play warms up to tablet-friendly apps

Google Play now interacts better with tablets. The Android maker on Thursday announced that the Google Play store now includes a category called “Designed for tablets.” Tablet users will see the category as their default view in top lists but can still switch the view to all apps and games.

 

Google Play warms up to tablet-friendly apps

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Twitcasting

A app that has successfully spread in japan is starting to turn heads. Twitcasting is an app similar to twitter, however you broadcast and watch live video feed. The app also pushes the videos to your twitter feed so that people can see. It’s mostly popular in japan, with brazil and mexico not to far behind. The company is hoping to see how it goes in america, however they may have some legal issues with twitter itself. The app to download is very unusual, you must download two apps, one to make the video and the other to publish it. WE already have instagram video and vine that does it in one single app. Although twist casting has not become popular in america, it is available for download on android and iPhone.

Source: http://venturebeat.com/2013/11/22/this-social-video-app-is-more-popular-than-facebook-in-japan/

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Onswipe adds support for Android

Onswipe, a mobile publishing platform, has revamped their product to add support for android smartphones. Previously, the only android products it supported were the Kindle Fire and Android tablets. With this update, users can now publish their websites from their android phones. Onswipe managed this by moving the rendering process to the server from the client’s hardware. Chief Marketing Officer Baptiste says that he believes that applications do not compare to mobile web in terms of publishing, citing the 27+ million unique visitors Onswipe delivers content to.

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Google pays those who find Android security glitches

Those who pinpoint vulnerabilities in Google’s mobile operating system can earn cash rewards, similar to those paid out for identifying bugs in Chrome.

Google has expanded its bug-bounty program to cover vulnerabilities uncovered in Android.

The program began with Chrome and expanded to Google Web sites and other open-source software projects. Under the program, people who find security holes get paid bounties. That often equates to a few hundred dollars, but particularly skilled attacks can mean big money — $50,000 last week for one expert who goes by the name Pinkie Pie, for example.

The broader expansion, called the Patch Reward Program, now includes Android, Google security team member Michal Zalewski said in a blog post Monday.

The program also includes three widely used Web server packages: Apache’s http, Nginx, and Lighttpd, Zalewski said.

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Android dominates 81 percent of world smartphone market

A new IDC study shows Google’s operating system has a stronghold on the smartphone market, but Windows Phone is quickly moving up the ranks.

For the first time ever, Android has hit more than 80 percent market share for smartphone shipments worldwide.
The new Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker was released on Tuesday by IDC, which detailed third-quarter numbers for all smartphone shipments worldwide. A total of 261.1 million smartphones were shipped during this quarter, 81 percent of which run Google’s operating system. A study by Strategy Analytics last month revealed nearly the same numbers, showing that Android gobbled 81.3 percent of the global smartphone market in the third quarter.
There are several smartphone manufacturers that run Android on their devices. Of these vendors, Samsung gained the most market share. The Galaxy S4-maker ruled 39 percent of all Android smartphone shipments in the third quarter. The majority of the other vendors saw market share within the single digits or less.

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Google begins serving up KitKat upgrade to some Nexus tablets

Owners of the Wi-Fi-only Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 slates can expect the next version of Android to begin rolling to their devices Tuesday night.

Some Nexus tablet owners can expect to get their first taste of Android KitKat soon. Google announced on Twitter Tuesday that it would begin rolling out an over-the-air upgrade of Android 4.4 KitKat to Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013) and Nexus 10 tablets immediately. However, not all Nexus owners can expect the upgrade right away; Google said the current rollout is for Wi-Fi-only tablets, meaning that Nexus slates with mobile data will have to wait, as will owners of the Nexus 4. KitKat’s main purpose is to usher in a strategy toward minimizing fragmentation, a problem that has cropped up because of the wide variety of Android devices on the market running different versions of the operating system.

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Google Translates

Android developers will now be able to have their apps translated into any language of their choosing. Google has now adapted this new service into their application submission process. According to google, it’s possible the language translation could increase an app’s downloads. Android takes over in the global mobile marketshare by 81% also helps with it. It’s been calculated that 1.5 million android devices are turned on around the world. This makes android applications more accessible to people around the world, and breaks down the language barrier.

Source: http://venturebeat.com/2013/11/11/android-app-translator/

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Encrypted Communications via App: Silent Circle

The Tibetan government, law firms, and human rights groups in Sudan are all using a new encrypted communications tool that easily fits onto one’s smartphone. The application is called Silent Circle encrypts voice, text, video and allows a file-transfer protocol across handsets. The app uses ZRTP key agreement protocol to ensure private communications. The text app, Silent Text, uses an encrypted instant messaging system that also contains features like a burn function (which deletes texts after a certain time period) and encrypted geotagging to share location. The most crucial feature, is that the encryption keys are located on the devices within the app, not on a server, boosting security against third-party interference.

This is a greatly powerful application, but there is obviously a fair bit of cost function as well. To make and receive voice calls from any phone number using the app or the desktop application, costs $24 a month. To be able to simply text others that have the Silent text apps would cost $9.95 a month. While there is a bit of cost, it is interesting to see that people do value their privacy and are willing to pay for some basic anonymity.

<Source: http://www.technewsworld.com/story/Silent-Text-Basic-Anonymity-at-a-Hefty-Price-79381.html >

This article is interesting, because it highlights the extent that some people will go through to protect their anonymity. There is definitely a market for these types of services and multiple types of customers possible, ranging from those who need security, such as lawyers or CEO’s of larger companies all the way down to those who are in fear of government information collection. Simply put, there’s something to be said for people who value their privacy and people are more then willing to pay for it.

 

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The iKettle makes coffee at the touch of your Smartphone

The iKettle is the world’s first kettle to come with Wi-Fi and its own dedicated app for your smartphone. Once the kettle is safely connected to your Wi-Fi network, you can use the app to boil up some water regardless of where you are in the house, then keep the water warm if necessary. The iPhone and Android compatible app comes with an alarm, so when it wakes you up in the morning, you’re given the option to switch on the iKettle ready for a steaming morning beverage. Currently, the iKettle is an exclusive to Firebox.com in the UK, where it costs £100, or around $160, and it’s due for release at the end of November.

http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/ikettle-iphone-wifi-kettle/

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How your smartphone uses its co-pilot for good effect

The many uses for smartphones are increasing day by day and the possibilities seem limitless. One of the next big capabilities smartphone makers and application developers are making use of are the coprocessor’s abilities to track data even while the user is not using their smartphone. This is something that has been around for a little while, but previously, it required the use of a Bluetooth connection and an application being open on the smartphone. Now, the smartphone can be completely idle with the display off and no applications open, yet still make use of this new responsive technology through the coprocessor in the smartphone. It collects sensor data from integrated accelerometers, gyroscopes, and compasses.  This can be used to track information for users and implement the information into applications such as fitness trackers before the user opens the app for the first time. Making use of this technology is something application developers will definitely want to consider as it could completely blow the user away during their “out of the box experience”.

Source: How your smartphone uses its co-pilot for good effect

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Google Debuts Nexus 5

All rumors can now be put to rest because Google final announced its Nexus 5 smartphone. The phone is made by LG has been long awaited and touts many killer specs such as a 4.95 inch full 1080p screen, a quad-core 2.3 GHz processor, an 8 megapixel camera and 2gbs of ram. It will run Androids new KitKat 4.4 platform and is available for purchase today in North America and European markets. You can pick one up in 16gb or 32gb if you can find it in stock anywhere.

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Judgment day for Android: Apple, Microsoft file lawsuit

Microsoft, Apple, Sony, BlackBerry, and other companies filed lawsuits against Android manufacturers Samsung, HTC, LG.  The lawsuits target Google also, saying its core money-maker, Adwords, violates a 1998 patent. United States Patent No. 6,098,065, “matching search terms with relevant advertising.”  To read more about which patents are being infringed click here.

 

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Mobile Ads Fuel a Jump in Profit at Facebook

Facebook, which operates the largest online social network, reported Wednesday that its profits doubled in the third quarter, to $621 million, after excluding expenses related to stock options. The company’s revenue rose 60 percent, to $2.02 billion, compared with last year’s third quarter. Most of that, about $1.8 billion, came from advertising. Perhaps most important for Facebook’s future as an advertising-driven company in a world of iPads and Android smartphones, the company noted that mobile ads accounted for 49 percent of its advertising revenue, up from 41 percent in the second quarter. Facebook said prices for mobile ads remained high, and users were clicking on them in their news feeds more frequently.

Read more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/31/technology/rising-mobile-ad-sales-propel-facebook-profit.html?_r=0

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Apmato Makes it Possible For Anyone To Easily Develop an App!

This application gives anyone the ability to build an app without any knowledge of coding. Even after the app is published, Apmato gives its users the chance to update the app at anytime. This ability for anyone to build an app gives people the chance to build apps for a much lower price.

Read more about it here!

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A Free C++ Compiler for Android, But…

Intel has just launched a C++ compiler for Android that compiles C++ source code and generates Android compatible bytecode. It isn’t the first C++ compiler to do it: The c4droid C++ compiler and IDE is available in Google Play for a few dollars, and the Android Developer Tools (ATD) plugin for the Eclipse IDE includes support for compiling code written in C or C++. It is, however, the only Intel C++ development tool that’s completely free for developers.

 

A Free C++ Compiler for Android, But…

 

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Google Nexus 7 2 vs Kindle Fire HDX 7 vs HDX 8.9

This is a comparison between the Nexus 7 2, the Kindle Fire HDX 7, and the HDX8.9.  As far as design goes, the tablets are pretty evenly matched, for screen type, there have been reports that the HDX tablets have imperfect color reproduction. The HDX tablets have a faster processor than the nexus, the nexus at 1.5GHz and the HDX’s at 2.2GHz.  However with the HDX tablets you only have access to amazons app store, whereas the nexus 7 2 has access to google play, and the Nexus is running a vanilla version of android, while the Kindle has a laggy custom UI. But which one is right for you, click the link to learn more.

Google Nexus 7 2 vs Kindle Fire HDX 7 vs HDX 8.9

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What ads on Instagram will look like

Earlier in the month Instagram announced that it would be officially introducing ads into it’s previously ad-free mobile app. It was a matter of time before this would happen, considering the popularity of the mobile application and its potential to earn revenue. This article shows a preview of what ads will look like on Instagram. There have been many concerns about how these ads will affect the user experience in the app. The company states “We want ads to be creative and engaging, so we’re starting with just a handful of brands that are already great members of the Instagram community.” The sample image in the article shows a “sponsored” stamp up in the corner where the timestamp would usually be. Instagram seems to be concerned with the issue that the public typically despises ads, so hopefully they tread carefully in this area of business.

 

 

http://www.idownloadblog.com/2013/10/24/what-ads-on-instagram-will-look-like/

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Context is king: Cover for Android changes your lock screen as you move

Today, a new entrant wants to bring that same kind of context to your lock screen. Cover, the product of ex-Facebook, Google, and Yahoo engineers, replaces your default Android lock screen with one that knows where you are and what time of day it is to provide you with quick shortcuts to the apps you use the most in each scenario. For instance, when you are at work, Cover might put Gmail, Calendar, and Dropbox icons right on your lock screen, while at home it might replace those with Netflix, YouTube, and Sonos apps.

 

Read the entire article here: http://www.theverge.com/2013/10/24/5024652/cover-android-lock-screen-context-movement

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Google Buys “Speed Boosting” Application

Google has bought FlexyCore, creators of the speed boost application for android “droidbooster”. Most speed boosting applications do essentially nothing towards boosting the speed of the device; this company supposedly did something that “heavily optimized ARM binaries from Android’s normal Dalvik code.” The company has not produced anything significant in a couple years and they last marketed their application while Froyo was the main os. Google released a statement saying they acquired the company for 23m because they have “strong expertise in building software to optimize Android device performance.”
The acquisition adds legitimacy to the dubious field of speed boosting applications and raises questions about potential optimizations in android’s future.

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Android Gives its’ Customers TOO Many Choices

Since Android is trying to keep up with other smartphones; i.e. iPhone and Windows phone, they have made a tremendous amount of phone options for their customers. They think this will be beneficial because they are going off the idea that when customers have more to choose from they are happier. However, today people don’t want more to choose from but what’s the best and most popular product on the market.

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iPad owns 91 percent of tablet ad impressions

Apple and Android have had a fierce competition in the mobile industry and one way to tell which is ahead may be where advertisers are spending their money. This idownloadblog article explains new numbers show that Apple’s iOS is vastly surpassing Google and its iPad is leading the way. It states specifically that the iPad was the target of 91% of mobile ad impressions. In addition, the article explains that Apple’s iPhone actually brings in more ad revenue than competing Android handsets.

 

http://www.idownloadblog.com/2013/10/18/apples-ipad-ios-mobile-ads/

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Aeether’s 3-D Mobile interface technology

Many people interested in the concept of Google Glass have asked what it would look like to see Google Glass paired with the gesture based controlS introduced by Microsoft’s Kinect platform. California based startup, Aeether, is attempting to do just that with their design of an interactive mobile 3-d interface. Though it is not ready for the public it does represent where our mobile future will be headed and the folks at Wired think it looks promising enough that we may expect to be there in the near future.  Aeether’s CEO says that Google Glass is about being connect to your digital world but his companies project is about immersing you in a digital world where you can truly interact with projected 3-d objects. One simple example of this was the users ability to pop bubbles with their finger as they appeared in 3-d on the glasses. The team hopes to work out the issues of having enough power to run the lot of features these glasses offer such as the on board processing, wifi and gyroscope. Their goal is to get Android developers to start building new 3-d apps for use with their new glasses technology.

Source: Wired

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Google readying ‘Mobile Meter’ app that offers rewards for tracking mobile usage

Google already knows better than most how we use the internet. Now it wants to dig a little deeper and monitor your app usage as well. Engadget has learned that the company is readying new mobile apps that compensate users if they allow their mobile behavior to be monitored. We’re told that the project, known internally as “Mobile Meter,” utilizes iOS and Android apps that intelligently monitor app usage and web browsing habits and send the data back to Google. Google already passively collects data to improve its apps and resources. The Google Maps app, for instance, regularly feeds back location metrics to enhance the service.

 

Read entire article here: http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/14/google-mobile-meter-tracking-ios-android-app/

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Why developers should build on iOS before heading to Android

This article talks about how a company called Sensopia developed their application for iOS before developing it for Android. Even though the article talks specifically about an app called MagicPlan, the reasons for developing an app for iOS prior to developing it for Android still stand. One of the major challenges presented when developing for Android is the large amount of diversity when it comes to hardware of mobile devices. There are thousands of devices with different hardware that comprise the Android market. The ability to develop an application for iOS and test it extensively using devices with very similar hardware makes creating an application for Android much easier. This company spent years developing their application for iOS first. They released the app to see how well the intended audience would receive it and how useful it would be. The five million plus downloads of the application made it clear to the developers that it was successful. This sparked the development of the application for Android devices. When an app uses hardware to perform a certain action, it becomes very hard to develop the app for Android. By developing for iOS first, the company was able to find people that were willing to help the developers test the app on Android devices. The incentives for developing an app on iOS before developing for Android are numerous and this article highlights how one company used this to their advantage.

Source: Why developers should build on iOS before heading to Android

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Introducing the Three In One Sunflex Unu

The Sunflex Unu is a pretty interesting tablet, starting at $200 for the media edition and at $250 for the gaming edition,  i’d say its in the right price range. As far as tablets go, the Unu has a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, and comes with Android 4.2. However it is more than just a tablet; it comes with a dock that transforms it into an Android game console and a smart TV box, also comes with the TV remote, and the gaming controller. Read more about the Sunflex Unu here.

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MixBit App and Android

The founders of YouTube, Steve Chen and Chad Hurley, launches their much worked on app MixBit for Android. The app allows users to make videos and chop the videos up. It also allows MixBit users to take parts of different videos from other MixBit users. The app was built for iOS but have many competitors such as Instagram and Vine. However, the app gives users sixteen seconds to record where as Instagram only gives you fifteen and vine only six. The two founders built the app under their new company AVOS. They want to be able to develop tools to allow people to make, edit, and share videos easily. So far, a few people have tried the MixBit App for Android and it’s received positive reviews.

 

Source: http://venturebeat.com/2013/10/03/youtube-founders-new-video-app-mixbit-launches-on-android/

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Firefox OS Gets Performance Boost, Wider Distribution

Firefox OS is built around applications written in HTML5. Mozilla Foundation is pitching it as a better option for low-end smartphones, and devices running it will compete head-to-head with cheap Android smartphones and other platforms such as Nokia’s Asha. This is good for people with low-end smartphones because they will be getting better a better OS. This will also benefit Firefox because they will gain more users (hopefully).

 

Read the entire article here: http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/firefox-os-gets-performance-boost-wider-distribution-228457

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Quasar IV Encrypted Smartphone Goes Into Production, Despite Indiegogo Failure

Quasar IV Encrypted Ninja Smartphone Goes Into Production, Despite Indiegogo Failure

One of the more ambitious and interesting hardware projects on a crowdfunding platform recently has to be the Quasar IV, a smartphone designed entirely around security, encryption and identity protection. QSAlpha’s Quasar IV uses authentication tech called Quatrix, and a hybrid Android/Linux and Quatrix mobile OS called QuaOS to make sure communications in and out of the phone are protected.

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BranchOut Launches Talk.co To Expand From Networking

BranchOut Launches Talk.co To Expand From Networking Into A WhatsApp For The Workplace

BranchOut’s professional network cratered when Facebook muted its virality. Today the $49 million-funded startup is hedging its bets with the launch of Talk.co, a mobile-first web, iOS, and Android messaging app for coworkers that looks like Yammer and WhatsApp’s white-collar love child. Talk.co ditches Yammer’s passive news feed for a list of message threads that get your colleagues to respond faster. If Talk.co can convince professionals that it can deliver the ease of consumer messaging with the security and purpose of the enterprise, BranchOut might still be able to eek out a win.

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Sprint Aims to Ease Access to Near Field Communication

The carrier’s new Pinsight Touch platform could help developers and mobile users more readily tap into near-field communications.

Sprint is trying to offer its subscribers a smoother way to take advantage of NFC technology for making mobile payments. A new platform called Pinsight Touch promises to securely store and access a user’s credentials on a mobile device. Users with touch-enabled NFC, or near-field communications, smartphones can turn on the technology by answering “yes” to an opt-in question from mobile apps offered by credit card providers and other issuers. The user’s credentials are then securely shared with other trusted apps, Sprint said in a blog posted Thursday. Despite its push from mobile and financial companies, NFC has yet to truly take off. The slow adoption is partly due to the lack of widespread support across the various industries. But consumers have also expressed concerns over security issues involved in using their phones as mobile wallets.

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New wave of Android phones with fingerprint sensors said to arrive early next year

Apple’s introduction of the Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 5s has taken the industry of mobile technology to yet another level. While other companies have tried in the past, the attempts have had many issues in maximizing security with such technology. However, they aren’t giving up. An article on The Verge states that “the FIDO Alliance — a stable of 48 companies looking to develop a successor to the notoriously insecure password — says it expects to see similar fingerprint-based security in Android devices within six months or so.” This means maximizing security on mobile devices using fingerprint scanners has the potential to become a standard in the mobile world.

 

http://www.theverge.com/2013/10/3/4798226/new-android-phones-with-fingerprint-sensors-said-to-arrive-early-2014

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Samsung’s HomeSync box connects Galaxy devices to TVs

HomeSync connects to a TV with an HDMI connection, allowing almost any TV to be a smart TV, Samsung said. It features support for wired or wireless mouse and keyboard, as well as access to Web browsing, YouTube, apps, games, social networking. As part of its Galaxy Perks.  The Android user interface on HomeSync is similar to that on Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets. It allows customers to use their Galaxy devices as remote controls to browse content on their TV, and users can mirror the HomeSync screen directly on their Galaxy devices. They also can stream content from their Galaxy devices wirelessly to a TV.

 

Read the full article here: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57605849-94/samsungs-homesync-box-connects-galaxy-devices-to-tvs/

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Androids Using Open Wi-Fi May Be Susceptible to Attacks

The issue is mainly with older Android versions having a vulnerability that would allow attacks over an open network. These weaknesses are the result of the widely used programming interface in a lot of apps known as WebView (allows webpages and content to be opened within apps themselves). A lot of apps don’t properly secure the interaction between the phone’s WebView component and the webpage content being downloaded. So, on the same open network, a device can be targeted and hijacked, in the process having malicious code injected and possibly executed by the phone itself. Apparently, devices with version 4.1 and earlier don’t make proper use of SSL; this can allow a hijacker to potentially gain root access to a devices OS. This vulnerability has far reaching effects and stems from Javascript-based programming interfaces. Now, fundamentally, Android’s overall design does help in making such things very difficult, but it cannot eradicate the possibilities for the common user who may not be aware of some of the system’s and apps’ functioning.

Users of 4.2 and later are better protected because of added security enhancements, but the issue at hand largely depends on app developers maintaining good practices when developing and releasing they’re products. Tim Wyatt, a security director at Lookout, has some input to give one the current situation and what needs to be done. Very interesting article.

 

 

Source: http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/09/attackers-can-slip-malicious-code-into-many-android-apps-via-open-wi-fi/

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Remind101 Lands $3.5M To Modernize Teacher Communication

Remind101 has developed a mobile platform that allows teachers to quickly send reminders to both students and teachers via text or email.

While many industries in the U.S. have undergone massive changes in the last 10 years, the educational system appears much the same as it did 100 years ago. While timely and effective communication is critical to K-12 education, says co-founder and CEO Brett Kopf, schools still continue to use the same old physical intercoms, phone trees and PA systems to communicate with students they always have. Because text messaging has become the primary mode of communication for most students, Remind101 has developed a mobile platform — with apps for iPhone, iPad and Android — that allows teachers to quickly send reminders to both students and teachers via text or email. Whether these notifications are about deadlines or permission slips, Remind101 acts as the middle man between each group, while ensuring that communications remain secure and private.

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Wickr Wants to Lure Folks Away from Snapchat with Android App

As we have seen in recent years, sending photos to friends and family through mobile apps such as Snapchat has gained quite a bit of popularity. This article focuses on an app called Wickr that allows users to share text, multiple pictures, short videos, and voice messages to each other that “self-destruct” after a set time up to five days. Wickr released its iOS version of the application in 2012 and today they released the Android version of the application for public use. The one thing this application focuses on is security for its users. It does this through end-to-end encryption which means the message sent between users is never sent to a server. Wickr does not see or store any information regarding the messages sent between users to avoid legal issues. With self-destructing messages that are promised to be completed encrypted, Wickr could be the next big thing when it comes to sharing sensitive information with other people through a mobile application. Not that highly sensitive information should be sent through an application in the first place, but if it must, then Wickr is the application to use.

Source: Wickr wants to lure folks away from Snapchat with Android app

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Twitter Redesign Beta for Android Devices

Probably lost in the wake of news concerning Twitter’s confidential IPO filing is a revamp of their app on Android devices. This week Twitter released a beta to those who signed up for it. Designated “version 5.0,” an attractive new sliding sidebar has been added in addition to new navigational options placed on it. The sidebar will list the various new and old options over top a background of your blurred photo header. There will also still be a horizontal bar at the top of the app featuring many or all of the same options complete with search and tweet icons and notifications counter.  The look and sound of these “renovations” is very appealing, but there is no definitive decision on whether the changes will be officially published in an update. Twitter likes to experiment, as stated in their blog post, so this might all be subject to how well the beta is received.

I am excited about the possibility of these details being implemented and find it interesting that they are being initiated solely on Android devices at the moment. One anticipated concern with the new design that I am curious about is whether the sidebar will require a screen press or if it may just be swiped open and closed, as this is something that might potentially bug the app’s users if implemented being accessible only via an screen press button.

 

Source: http://venturebeat.com/2013/09/12/twitter-android-app-2/

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ASUS bridges Android and Windows 8 with the new Transformer Book Trio

From the outside the ASUS Transformer Book Trio looks like a tablet that connects to a keyboard. This idea isn’t new in the tech world, but this isn’t what makes this device stand out. What actually makes this device interesting is what happens while it’s connected to the keyboard. The tablet portion of the device has a built-in processor, and so does the keyboard… Once it is connected, the processor within the keyboard takes over, along with Windows 8. Likewise, once it is disconnected it switches back over to the Android platform. The operating systems can be switched between with the switch of a button on the keyboard as well, making the Trio stand out above other hybrids.

http://www.zdnet.com/asus-bridges-android-and-windows-8-with-new-transformer-book-trio-7000020585/

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Apple. iOS 7. And NFC… AirDrop

One of the many hoped for features in Apples new iOS 7 was the adoption of NFC or Near Field Communication technologies. Well we now know that NFC isn’t going to be a part of iOS 7 and many folks believe that brings about the death of NFC. Well NFC isn’t totally dead and Google still is using it in file transfer between devices and even for Google Wallet but Apple hasn’t adopted the technology. But that doesn’t mean Apple doesn’t have their own way of doing things. In this new iOS you will see and make use of AirDrop which has been on the Mac for quite some time. I am interested to see that apps that die as a result of AirDrop on iDevices and what new technologies spring from its addition to the iOS SDK.

Source: http://techcrunch.com/2013/06/12/nfc/

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Never Considered Trying Until Now

The song was always catchy when I was a kid, but I always stuck with what i knew I loved. Now, however, the choice has seemingly been made for me, and I’m not so reluctant this time, especially after this: “Some brilliant idiot made the Android Kit Kat logo in 3D”

Found via Twitter.

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NFL Mobile App Updated With Access For Canadians, Live Audio For Non-Verizon Users, And Google+

It’s football time in America, and you know what that means: a mad rush to get all the infrastructure updated in time for opening day. The official NFL Mobile app is getting its first major update since the publisher was switched back in August. A nice list of new features is included, most notably the addition of our neighbors to the north in Canada. Everyone in Canada should be able to access the app with its scores and news, but only Bell Mobile TV subscribers will be able to watch live games.

http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/09/05/nfl-mobile-app-updated-with-access-for-canadians-live-audio-for-non-verizon-users-and-google-sharing/

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Android SMS Vulnerability Discovered by NCSU Researchers

“The art of smishing (SMS-Phishing) has been practiced for some time, but a discovery by the wizards at NC State University has uncovered a new vulnerability that could bring the aforesaid act back into the spotlight. Xuxian Jiang’s research team recently identified the hole and confirmed that it impacts Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean. Put simply, if an Android user downloads an infected app, the attacking program can “make it appear that the user has received an SMS, or text, message from someone on the phone’s contact list or from trusted banks.” This fake message can solicit personal information, such as passwords for user accounts. The team isn’t going to disclose proof until Google patches it up, but the school has said that Google will be addressing it “in a future Android release.” For now, however, Jiang recommends additional caution when downloading and installing apps from unknown sources, while also suggesting that folks pay close attention to received SMS text messages.”

 

Android smishing vulnerability discovered by NCSU researchers; Google has a fix incoming — Engadget.

 

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Apple co-founder wants iTunes ported to Android OS

Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak, thinks the company should make a version of iTunes for Android devices. He thinks it would be a good way to put a little of the Apple experience inside the Google OS.

 

http://blogs.computerworld.com/ios/21095/steve-wozniak-wants-apple-launch-itunes-android-phones

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App Developers: Android and iOS Capture Majority of Smartphone Market

Android and iOS are the OSs that app developers should focus on since they have captured over 85% of the smartphone OS market. Why should an app developer spend time on anything else since any other OS is in the shrinking minority?

Amazingly, Android holds 68% of that 85% OS market share and that is largely due to Samsung, the Korean company that manufactures over 44% of the Android phones sold. This amount out distances its next seven competitors combined.

Despite Microsoft’s attempt to break into the mobile phone market as of Q2 2012 it only accounts for 3.5% of the total market share.

Norem, J. (2012, November 10). Android, ios conquer smartphone market. MaximumPC, 17(11), 9.

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New research finds that over half of Android devices have unpatched vulnerabilities

The amount of malware taking advantage of Android vulnerabilities is up from last year by a factor of 41.  Researchers are blaming carriers for slow patches as the volume of malicious Android apps are increasing quickly.  Google is also partly to blame for not improving their app-screening practices.

 

http://www.informationweek.com/security/mobile/android-warning-50-of-devices-need-patch/240007264

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Google attempts to block Acer from releasing a smartphone in China using Android-competing operating system.

Acer had planned to release the Acer CloudMobile A800 earlier this week, but efforts by Google have delayed the launch.  The CloudMobile A800 uses a modified version of Android operating system called Aliyun, which is made by a Chinese search and social networking company called Alibaba.  Acer already sells Android phones which rely on Google’s services, which gives Google leverage in negotiations with Acer.

 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/rogerkay/2012/09/14/google-cant-have-it-both-ways/

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The RAZR M, Motorola’s Clever Answer To The $99 iPhone 4S

Motorola unveiled the new RAZR family early this September. They released the RAZR HD, the RAZR HD MAXX, and the M. The M is the most notable of the new RAZR family, it is available this instant for a cost of $99. The M boasts a very thin body and a large screen. It matches up very closely to the proportions of the iPhone 4S. It’s a touch longer, but the two phones have virtually the same thickness and the M is just bit wider. Not everyone is in the market for a $200 smartphone, and the Motorola RAZR M offers a cheaper, quality alternative.

The RAZR M, Motorola’s Clever Answer To The $99 iPhone 4S