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Motorola Droid 3 gets rooted, and the exploit gets explained beautifully

Droid 3

The Motorola Droid 3 has been rooted, and while we expect root to happen for most Android phones, there are a couple things here that we want to talk about.  To start at the beginning, the goal of any project to exploit or root an Android phone is to get the permissions you want, where you want them.  Once you have administrative permissions on a folder you can also write to,  [Read More…]

Android 2.3 Gingerbread now available to Bell Motorola Atrix owners

Motorola Atrix

AT&T users have had the joy of Android 2.3 on their Motorola Atrix 4G devices for quite sometime now but Motorola has finally gotten around to unleashing it in Canada as well. If you have a Motorola Atrix on Bell, go ahead and check for system updates — you should find Android 2.3 Gingerbread waiting for you. If you’re not yet seeing it, just hold out a little bit longer — it’s  [Read More…]

Google+ app updated, now allows resharing

Google plus

The Google+ app has been updated and the development team has added the ability to reshare posts. It was one of the most requested features according to Lead Product Manager Pudit Soni. In addition, the app is now available in 38 languages, which should appease a lot of the international users who had complained.

Here is the full changelog:

Reshare a post App now available in 38 languages Incremental improvements to notification reliability Clearer  [Read More…]

Motorola Titanium now available on SouthernLINC

SouthernLINC gets the Motorola Titanium

Regional carrier SouthernLINC (those of us south of the Mason-Dixon might have heard of ’em) today launched the iDEN-capable Motorola Titanium. As you’ll recall from our mini-review, it’s rugged, meeting MilSpec 810G for dust, shock, vibration, low pressure, solar radiation, high temperature and low temperature. You could probably ward off a pack of wolves with it, if need be. It’s running Android 2.1 and has that chirpy push-to-talk radio function.

SouthernLINC’s  [Read More…]

Verizon won’t have a Galaxy S II variant, WSJ says, citing anonymous sources

Samsung event

The Wall Street Journal — citing the ever-popular “people familiar with the plans” — is reporting that Verizon won’t be introducing a variant of the Samsung Galaxy S II at next week’s event in New York City. That might or might not be an interesting shift from what everybody’s suspected — that just like the original Galaxy S roll-out last year, we’ll see variants on all four major U.S. carriers.

Verizon spokewoman Brendra Raney apparently  [Read More…]

HTC Flyer falls to £329.99 at Best Buy UK

 Android Central

We came away with a positive impression of HTC’s 7-inch Flyer tablet when it launched back in late May, however, one thing we weren’t fans of was the Flyer’s UK pricing. At £480 for Wifi-only and £600 for Wifi and 3G, it was significantly more expensive than the dual-core, Honeycomb-powered competition, and that made us sad. Fortunately, Best Buy UK has now gone some way towards remedying that, with today’s price reduction  [Read More…]

McAfee: Android Malware Rapidly Grows 76% While iOS Is Unaffected

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The security experts at McAfee have published details of a new study that found during the second quarter of 2011, Android-powered devices faced a staggering 76% increase in malware than that of the first quarter — while Apple’s iOS devices remained unaffected by malicious exploits.

In its Second Quarter 2011 Threats Report, relayed by Electronista, McAfee noted that the “threat landscape of 2011 is undergoing a year of chaos and  [Read More…]

iPad Will Dominate The Tablet Market Until At Least 2017… With Some Help From Android

If you want to offer a tablet not powered by iOS or Android, you might want to cool your heels until the next decade. Apple’s iPad and various Android-powered tablets will control 90 percent of the market through at least 2017, researchers announced Monday.

What’s more, forgot about Samsung or RIM challenging the two tablet leaders. Look instead to Windows, but then as only a distant third choice, according to research  [Read More…]

Android Isn’t Free: Google Licensees Might Face Global Crackdown Over Linux License Violations

Google, along with a number of other companies who distribute the Android operating system, could be without the necessary license required to distribute Linux-based software and may therefore be using the operating system unlawfully, potentially at the risk of a complete shutdown of the Android OS.

 

Here’s the deal in a nutshell. Google’s Android OS is built upon Linux’s source code, which is under a GPL license. GPL licenses insist that  [Read More…]

Should Samsung Buy webOS To Protect Itself From Apple? It Might Make Sense. Here’s Why [Opinion]

Samsung’s in trouble. The Korean electronics giant is being sued by Apple in just about every market for copying Apple’s iOS, iPhone and iPad designs… and Apple’s winning. Worse, Samsung’s biggest mobile partner, Google, just bought out one of their main smartphone competitors, Motorola, for $ 12.5 billion. Now that Google has an Android hardware team in-house, how much longer will third-party smartphone makers like Samsung be given equal access to  [Read More…]