Category: Android News


Nasty Android Malware Secretly Records and Saves Your Calls [Report]

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Apple’s main mobile competitor, Android, isn’t exactly known for being the most secure platform. While Google’s ‘open’ mentality has proven beneficial in many ways for the Android OS, a non-curated system often leads to compromises in security.

We’ve already seen numerous malware programs surface on the Android OS, and the latest one is particularly villainous.

CA Technologies has discovered a new piece of Android malware that disguises itself as a normal  [Read More…]

Why Google is a Better Apple Friend than Enemy

A casual observer might be forgiven for thinking that to Apple, Google is Enemy #1. Apple’s most profitable (and therefore important) businesses center on the iPhone and iPad. The most serious competitors in both these product categories run on Google’s Android platform.

The belief that Google is the enemy makes intuitive sense on two counts. First, when you, the gadget-happy user, chooses a device, you may consider an iPhone or  [Read More…]

Google Updates Search Page, New Tablet Optimized Version Available

Google is now rolling out a tablet friendly updated version of its google.com search page.

The update sports larger text, buttons, and other page elements that are considerably easier to click with my fat clunky broken fingers. Google also ” focused on improvements that enhance the viewing experience such as enlarged image previews, continuous scroll, and faster loading of image thumbnails,” according to their mobile blog.

The page is available to iPad and Android HoneyComb 3.1 tablet  [Read More…]

The iPad Will Kick Android Tablets’ Teeth In Until 2015 [Report]

Yet another report indicates Apple’s iPad beats the pack of Android tablets until at least 2015. More polished and less expensive alternatives could cut Cupertino’s comfortable marketshare by more than a third, new research finds.

 

“Apple’s edge is likely to wane as the quality of the competing products and application environments improves,” says David McQueen, principal analyst at Informa Telecoms & Media. Apple’s current 75 percent of the tablet marketshare is expected to  [Read More…]

The iPhone Is The Biggest Smartphone In America, But Android Takes The OS Lead

Who controls the U.S. smartphone market? It’s a tie between Apple and Android with RIM and others trailing far behind according to new research.

Apple is the leading smartphone maker in the U.S., according to Nielsen research conducted in June. BlackBerry-maker RIM and Android handset manufacturer HTC are tied for 20 percent of domestic smartphones as Motorola ranks third with just 11 percent. Hewlett-Packard and beleaguered Nokia are barely a blip on the consumer  [Read More…]

HTC Finds S3 Patent Silver Bullet Bounces Off iPhone, iPad Threats

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Not all patent defenses against Apple are created equally, HTC has learned. A trade court told the Android handset maker its shiny bundle of $ 300 million S3 patents aren’t infringed by Apple’s iPhone or iPad, and just partially by Mac OS X.

The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled two HTC-owned S3 patents aren’t valid infringement cases while restraining the scope of the two others. While ruling Mac OS X were infringing about two  [Read More…]

Android Phones Sell Well, But Up To 40% Of Users Return Them Because It’s No iPhone

Photo by Arjan Almekinders – http://flic.kr/p/93on5h

Ah, the marketing sleight-of-hand, it’s something to behold. On one hand, Android sales are thundering past the iPhone. Yet, on the other hand, buyers are finding Android isn’t as easy-to-use as iPhone, resulting in returns of 30-40 percent.

By comparison, Apple’s iPhone 4 had a 1.7 percent return rate during the height of last year’s “Antennagate” fiasco. Why the difference? Essentially, geeks love the Android’s  [Read More…]

HTC to Apple: Let’s Make a (Patent) Deal

Can we talk? That’s the message coming from executives at Android-handset maker to Apple. HTC’s finance chief wants to “sit down” with the Cupertino, Calif. tech giant flush from a patent win that could be costly for companies touting Google’s mobile operating system.

 

“We have to sit down and figure it out,” HTC CFO Winston Yung tells Bloomberg. Apple recently won a patent dispute against HTC when the ITC found  [Read More…]

Apple Kicks Google Books Off App Store, Is Amazon’s Kindle App Next?

Apple has just seemingly banned its first big name app for not playing along with Apple’s revised In-App Purchase rules, as Google’s official Google Books app, which contained a prominent web link to an outside e-store, has disappeared from the App Store. If it has happened to Google, will Amazon’s Kindle app be the next app to disappear?

 

Introduced in December last year, Google’s Google Books app allowed users  [Read More…]

Android Tablets Are Sloooooooowly Catching Up To iPad

Ben Swinnerton, Herald Sun

Despite sliding almost 30 percent, Apple’s iPad still leads triple-digit growth in tablet demand, finds research released Thursday. Android-based rivals, although growing to 30 percent of tablet sales, still offer only ‘patchy’ alternatives.

 

Apple shipped 9.3 million iPads during the second quarter, its share of tablet sales falling to 61 percent, down from 94 percent registered during the same period of 2010, according to Strategy Analytics.  [Read More…]