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I’ve been writing about Android since the release of the first smartphone to run the OS, the HTC Dream (those of you from the US might know it as the T-Mobile G1), back in October 2009. At... the time, I must have read about a hundred articles by authors of all calibers, all arguing why Android didn’t stand a chance to become what it is today: the largest smartphone OS in the world by ma...

Android Security

Android’s security issues and vulnerabilities have been the subject of heated debates in the technology world for a while now, with many developers and researchers claiming that the former... Android Market, now known as Google Play, is the source of numerous malicious apps.

And while I don’t intend to thorougly analyze and discuss all of the issues surrounding Android security we...

updtbot-malware

New malware, which targets Android users with the offer of a system upgrade, has been discovered. UpdtBot (Update Bot), as it is known, spreads via SMS messages but is really a malicious app which allows... the device to be controlled by a remote Command and Control (C&C) server to send text messages, make phone calls, and download and install apps.

The unsuspecting victims receive a SMS message wh...

Samsung-Galaxy-S3-vs-Motoro

With HTC having already launched their new flagship Android smartphone, the HTC One X, the Android rumor mills’ attention seems to be currently focusing on the upcoming flagships from... the two other main Android smartphone manufacturers: Samsung and Motorola. While during the previous weeks we have extensively covered the rumors and leaks regarding the Samsung Galaxy S3, Motorola...

android-fragmentation

Lately, there have been a spurt of reports and surveys detailing the concern the developer community has about Android fragmentation. But is Android fragmentation... as big of a problem as it’s made out to be? Let’s take a look.

Fragmentation Basics

When we talk about fragmentation, we’re essentially looking at two types – Hardware fragme...

Android malware

Two recent bits of research have unearthed some nasty malware that target Android devices. The first is a variant of the DroidKungFu malware which uses known Android exploits to root the victim’s... device and install itself without the user knowing. The second, known as TigerBot, differs from “traditional” malware in that it is controlled via SMS rather than from a command & control (C&am...

RIM-is-totally-screwed

Around 1999, RIM pretty much invented the first smartphone. It had a keyboard with tiny buttons, and a small display on which you could easily identify pixels. That didn’t matter though,... as it was one of the very first companies that enabled people to do so much more on the go, and, for the first time, businessmen could easily manage their work on the move.

So, why is it that tod...

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Though the world is captivated by Siri and her charming ways, old-skoolers know better that she’s not the first virtual assistant to be offering such service. Siri may have brought some personality... to the table, alongside her ability to respond to natural language and understand context, albeit in a limited way, but the technology itself is nothing new. In fact, man’s dream to command devices using...

bits-projectglass-tmagArticle

Google have released a fabulous video to get us pumped up and excited for Project Glass: Google’s augmented reality glasses. To be honest, it’s worked on me. I want a pair of these... right now!

Augmented reality is the concept of altering or overlaying what we see. If these glasses are one day released to the public, we could all be comfortably reading the news as we walk to...

Coffee Lovers

It’s a lazy Sunday morning. Or just another manic Monday? Either way, thanks to our friendly cup of coffee here, we are still able to write amazing Android stuff for you, day in, day out.

Coffee... is probably the next best thing after ice cream and chocolate, at least for us. So it’s mind-boggling to know that it was first discovered by a goat. Yeah, the one with the beard and the horns. In the 9th centur...