Tag Archive: Android

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

artwork by Andrew Champ • http://bit.ly/mQ4Htl

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

Devs Flee Android For iOS As Easy Credit Trumps Open Access

For the second quarter, more apps were developed for Apple’s iOS and Android interest declined. The key: all those credit cards available via iTunes, a new report claims.

A surge in development for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch was reported by in-app analytics company Flurry. Apple’s mobile platform comprised 57 percent of development, up from 54 percent in the first quarter. Meanwhile, interest in developing Android apps continues to slack,  [Read More…]

Google: Another Day, Another 550K Android Activations

It appears Google is learning a lesson from Apple: mobility mean big bucks. The search giant told reporters Thursday Android could become “an accelerator” for the business. There are more than 130 million Android devices now, the company says.

“Our emerging high usage products can generate huge new businesses for Google in the long run, just like search,” CEO Larry Page said. Google activated 135 million Android devices — 35 million  [Read More…]

Enable Google Maps Turn-By-Turn Navigation In Unsupported Countries On Android With Ownhere Mod

Many of us appreciate, even rely upon the hardcore techies of the hacking community to deliver the tweaks and mods that circumvent the limitations and help us realize the true potential of the devices we own. Whether it’s rooting the HTC Desire or jailbreaking the iPad 2 (or hacking the PS3, which can land you in a whole lot of trouble if you aren’t careful), no sooner are the firmware versions or devices released than the developers are beavering away looking for  [Read More…]

Ruling On HTC By ITC Spells “Trouble” For Android Makers

The saga between HTC and Apple continues as the fight after the ITC ruled in favor of Apple over two patents rages on. It was decided on Friday that HTC had indeed violated the two patents in question, giving Apple the lead in the seemingly never ending patent battle. However, after an examination of the two patents, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) revealed some bad news for Android makers – these patent violations may apply to  [Read More…]

This White iPad 2 KIRF Costs $93, Features MicroSD Card, Runs On Android 2.2

China is infamous for exporting many a fake electronic product. As Apple’s iDevices invariably generate the lion’s share of the media’s attention, so do the knock-offs which constantly spring up. You can generally find fake iPhones and iPods at a fraction of the price from the likes of eBay, most of which are poor replicas of the real deal. However every once in a while, a decent one pops up which raises a few eyebrows in the tech community.

The bootleggers have  [Read More…]