One of the¬†ingredients¬†in the Android Fragmentation soup is the extra UIs that companies like Samsung and HTC add on top of the¬†standard¬†Android interface. These extras help¬†differentiate¬†one... company’s phone over another. The problem is that for app developers to make use of these extras they need access to a software development kit which exposes the relevant APIs.

HTC’...

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Smule, known for its Songify app that automatically turns speech into music, has released another one of its popular apps on Android.

Magic Piano is very popular on iOS and Smule reckons... it has over 13 million players on that platform. Now it is the turn of Android users all over the world to start making magical music! The concept of Magic Piano is simple Рplayers tap on beams o...

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In February of this year, Google revealed some details of a new malware scanner which it had been developing during the latter half of 2011. Dubbed “the Bouncer”, the automated service runs... each app submitted to Google Play to see if it has any malicious intentions. According to Google’s initial figures, the Bouncer has been responsible for a 40% drop in malicious apps available in Go...

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Samsung is very well known for the successful use of Android on its smartphones. In fact, Samsung is using Android so effectively in the Galaxy S3 that it has been able to knock the iPhone... 4S off the top position in the uSwitch Tech’s Mobile Tracker chart in just a few days of availability.

Like all modern operating systems (mobile or desktop), Android is made up of different¬...

Lenovo phones

Lenovo, the second largest PC company in the world, is doing quite well in the smartphone market and is planning to release up to 40 new models during the second half of 2012. ¬†In 2011, the Chinese... company, which bought IBM’s entire PC business in 2005, built and sold¬†six million smartphones. For 2012, the company wants to triple that number to 18 million units. To do this, Lenovo will la...

How secure is Android?

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Mobile device usage continues to climb and companies like Google and Facebook are working hard to cash in on the potential revenues¬†available¬†from mobile users.... But they aren’t the only ones trying to make money from mobiles. Cyber criminals, organized crime gangs and malware authors are also trying to get a slice of the pie. As an Android user, it is i...

UPDATE: We have an updated Best Android antivirus app list, click here to see.

With startling headlines like “Number of malicious... Android apps grows by 2200% year over year” and “86% of all malware delivered via repackaging of legitimate apps” it is worth looking at what measures you can take to protect yourself from...

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Unsuspecting victims of fake versions of¬†Angry Birds, Assassin’s Creed and Cut the Rope, posted on third party Android app stores, will be getting their money back, after the UK phone... regulator¬†PhonepayPlus took action against the premium rate number provider, A1 Agregator Limited.

The fake apps contained malware which charged vicitm’s¬†¬£15 ($23) every time one of th...

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The Department of Computer Science at the North Carolina State University has started the Android Malware Genome Project in an attempt to dissect Android based malware and see what makes it tick. The... researchers are working with a collection of some 1,200 examples of Android malware, including the very first Trojans found in August 2010.

The team has started to systematically analyze the mal...

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Photo courtesy of OmniVision

Eight megapixels seems to be the norm at the top end of the smartphone market (for example in the Samsung Galaxy S3 and iPhone 4S) with the occasional phone using... 12MP (Sony Xperia S) and one or two with 16MP (HTC Titan II). But now that could all change as a company called OmniVision Technologies, who make camera sensors for phones, tablets (like the Asus Transf...