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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 which tells them that their system is at risk and they should install the latest Android update. But the link provided isn’t for a new firmware update but in fact for a malicious…

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MIUI 4 has finally landed on the Motorola Droid 3 in the shape of a port of MIUI 4 for the Droid 2. Thanks to XDA Developers member techno-update, Droid 3 users can finally enjoy this ROM on their devices. For those of you who are not familiar with the ROM, MIUI is famous for its distinct and unique user interface, with the option to customize it even further with fan-made themes. It’s one of the most popular Android ROMs in the world, based on Android 2.3 and 4.0 and featuring a better experience and richer themes. Unfortunately, the port…

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Though no official Ice Cream Sandwich update has emerged for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Wi-Fi + 3G GT-P7500, a new Honeycomb update has arrived. XWKL1 is the latest leaked Android 3.2 Honeycomb firmware and comes rooted already. This update should tide us all over until Ice Cream Sandwich finally lands. This update is only for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 GT-P7500 (Wi-Fi + 3G). You can find your device’s model number through Settings > About Tablet. If your tablet is not a Galaxy Tab 10.1 P7500, we highly discourage from attempting to flash this update as it may lead…

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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’s upcoming smartphone, rumored to be branded as ‘the DROID Fighter’, is somewhat of a recent addition to the pre-launch interest list of Android fans worldwide. Please note that while none of the rumored Samsung Galaxy S3 specs are set in stone, the image…

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The Sony Xperia S is one of Sony’s first dual-core devices promising stability and lightning-fast processing speeds. But, don’t you know that the custom modding community at XDA Developers is also porting the Sony Xperia S firmware to run on older Sony Ericsson devices such as the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc? This feat has been made possible, thanks to XDA Developers member zohaib0001, who managed to port the Sony Xperia S ROM to the Xperia Arc S. The Sony Xperia S firmware perfectly runs well on single-core devices and considering the Xperia Arc is a Sony-branded device, there should be…

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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 fragmentation and Software fragmentation. Hardware fragmentation is a term used to describe the fact that, at any given point in time, devices based on the same software platform are running on different types of hardware (processors, graphics chips, screen size, etc.) Now, this should be less of a worry for any…

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By this time around the official Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Samsung Galaxy S2 has already made its debut in some parts of Europe. As always, other places such as Asia and America will soon follow afterwards. On the other hand, Russia just got hold of the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Samsung Galaxy S2 GT-I9100 with the XWLP2 firmware, which you can also manually install using Odin3. The XWLP2 firmware is not limited to Russia alone but can also be flashed in other parts of the world. But, if you’re not in Russia, it is best that…

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Sony was a bit late in entering the Android scene, but it has made a grand entrance by launching the Xperia phones. The phones are definitely unique in terms of style and design, and one of the things that make the Xperia experience even more awesome is Sony’s Timescape UI.  If you are a fan of the this UI, you don’t have to buy an Xperia phone just to experience it because you can now apply this UI on your device. Just very recently, XDA Developers member ra3al made the Sony Xperia S’s home launcher, widgets, and wallpapers available to…

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The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the first Android device to run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich officially, and since then, the device has never been left behind when it comes to the latest version of Android. The latest installment of everybody’s favorite frozen treat is already rolling out and the Galaxy Nexus is no exception. Galaxy Nexus owners who are already contented with Android 4.0.1 or 4.0.2 running on their devices will surely love the idea of jumping right away to Android 4.0.4. While the update is making its way to many Galaxy Nexus owners, there are some users…

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Samsung has declared that it will not be rolling out official Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) updates for its single-core devices and this made the owners of earlier Samsung phones a bit disappointed. As a consolation of some sort,  Samsung decided to release a value pack with the XXJW4 firmware that would stop all the complaining. It’s not ICS but it has many features like the following: Face Unlock TouchWiz 4 Photo Editor better GPU performance updated Google Apps Apparently, this value pack really is official and it has a lot of improvements and additional features. Aside from the…