Could Froyo and Gingerbread become Android’s IE6?

by 2 years ago

A little while ago I posed the question: Is Android 5.0 Jelly Bean too much, too soon? The reaction from the net was lively, with most people falling into one of two camps. First, those who want the latest and best, and they want it now! And those who say that, as long as the phone works, most people don’t care about the version of Android on their device. Well, now the app developers have spoken  - and perhaps they matter the most! There are, of course, three main groups in the Android ecosystem: There is Google (and the handset manufactures),…

The HTC One X debacle: winners and losers

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by 2 years ago

On Tuesday, news broke that US Customs had blocked imports of the HTC One X and the HTC EVO 4G LTE, effectively preventing HTC’s flagships from reaching American customers. The embargo was enforced due to an exclusion order by the International Trade Commission (ITC). The ITC ruled back in December that HTC’s Android devices infringe on two of Apple’s patents, but gave the Taiwanese a respite until April 19 to remove the infringing features. Although HTC claims that both the HTC One X and the EVO 4G LTE are now free of the infringing feature, it seems that the US…

Samsung Galaxy Note SGH-I717 (AT&T): How to upgrade to Android 4.0.3 ICS firmware build UCLD3

by 2 years ago

With reports of the official Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) update rolling out for the Galaxy Note in Germany,  it seems that even the AT&T Galaxy Note is starting to get its own leaks. Thanks to XDA Developers member Korey_Nicholson and Brief Mobile, users of the AT&T Galaxy Note SGH-I717 can enjoy Android 4.0.3 ICS firmware build UCLD3. The last leaked firmware for the AT&T Galaxy Note, known as UCLC5, was riddled with performance bugs and other non-functional features. But, luckily for Galaxy Note owners, Samsung was keen enough to fix those pesky little bugs, mostly eliminating them in the new…

As expected, Windows 8 tablets not price competitive with Android or iPad

by 2 years ago

Don’t say I didn’t warn you, but reports from Taiwan are now confirming what I’ve said since the beginning of this year. Windows 8 tablets will not be price competitive with Android tablets and the iPad, even for the ARM version, so expect the Intel tablets to cost even more. ARM situation is very bad Manufacturers from Taiwan are complaining that Windows 8 RT licenses will cost them $90-$100 per device. That may not seem that much at first (even though it should compared to Android, which is free), but this $100 comes on top of a cost of components…

Why you should always upgrade to the latest version of Adobe Flash Player

by 2 years ago

It is likely that you have some Adobe software installed on your PC or Mac. It could be Adobe Acrobat Reader, it could be Adobe Air, or it could be Adobe Flash Player. Flash is so popular that Google ships it as a built-in plugin for its Chrome web browser. It is also likely that you have some Adobe software on your Android device, and it would be one (or all) of the same three listed above. All very nice – you can view PDF files on your PC and on your mobile device, you can use Flash on your PC and on your Android phone. But there…

HTC One V: How to install ClockworkMod Touch Recovery

by 2 years ago

Unlocking the bootloader is not enough for you to flash custom ROMs; you also need the help of custom recovery. Custom recovery is an essential tool if you plan to make backups and safely flash custom ROMs. Senior XDA Developers member vivekkalady was able to create a ClockworkMod Touch Recovery for your HTC One V. You can use this tool to create backups, restore your backup ROM, clear your mobile data, and flash custom ROMs to your mobile phone. What’s more is that it is touch-based, so you won’t need your phone’s physical buttons to interact with this tool. Read…

HTC One V: How to unlock bootloader

by 2 years ago

The HTC One V already carries Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with a dose of HTC Sense 4.0, which is more than perfect for some users. But, if you are not satisfied with the performance of the phone’s stock ROM, or want to have a Sense-less ROM, you should try installing tweaked and optimized custom ROMs to your mobile phone. But, before we tackle how to improve the performance of the HTC One V, you will need to unlock its bootloader for you to flash custom ROMs. For the price of voiding your phone’s warranty and the risk of bricking…

Number of malicious Android apps grows by 2200% year over year

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by 2 years ago

You might be asking yourself if you read the headline to this post correctly. A 2200% growth in the number of malicious Android apps, can that be right? Unfortunately it is. According to the Mobile Threat Report Q1 2012 (PDF) released by security company F-Secure, the number of malicious Android application package files (APKs) they received in the first three months of the year grew from 139 in 2011 to 3063 for the same period in 2012. Similarly, in 2011 security researchers discovered 10 new families of Android malware. Move forward twelve months, and that number has grown nearly four-fold with 37 new families and variants discovered…

Is Nokia admitting failure with WP7 by relaunching Meego devices and refocusing on Symbian?

by 2 years ago

Reports are saying that carriers and Nokia’s board are becoming restless with WP7, and they are pushing for alternatives to WP7, to slow down the fast decline of the company, and the consumer rejection of WP7 smartphones. It seems that WP7 might have been another critical mistake for Nokia and this time it might be an endgame scenario. I still believe that Nokia made a huge mistake by not adopting Android as their main operating system. I don’t think it was just a decision that Nokia’s board or Elop made, but one that was influenced by the whole culture of…

Segmentation of the Tablet Market

by 2 years ago

This is a follow-up to my article, from a couple of months ago, analyzing the segmentation trends in the tablet market. Since I wrote that article, we have seen some more data on the market share trends of the iPad and Android tablets, including some very interesting data on the Kindle Fire. Now, let’s have a look at how the data stacks up against my predicted trends. iPad vs. Android: Market Share Trends Before I get into this, let’s have a look at the historical market share trends of the iPad and Android tablets over the past couple of years, in terms of…