Adobe has released a new version of its Flash Player for Android that fixes some critical security bugs. The new version of Flash, which, incidentally, is also available for Windows, Linux and OS X, fixes security vulnerabilities in Flash Player 188.8.131.52 and earlier versions for Android 4.x, and Flash Player 184.108.40.206 and earlier versions for Android 3.x and 2.x. These vulnerabilities, if exploited, could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected phone or tablet.
The update fixes two problems – the first is a memory corruption vulnerability in Matrix3D, a part of Flash which is used to determine the position and [...]
Those of us who don’t own the Samsung Galaxy S Captivate – on AT&T – have probably forgotten that Samsung has not yet released an official update to Gingerbread, until today that is. Now I can finally pick up my Captivate off my desk and update it to Android 2.3 using Samsung Kies.
Listed below are some of the benefits of the upgrade:Download management New layout for larger fonts Word prediction, multi-touch for numerical input One-touch word selection and copy/paste Fixed Top-menu in Gmail Voice Search added into the search categories Vertical play mode added to YouTube 3D graphic driver updates Additional Khronos standard such as OpenSL ES, [...]
HTC doesn’t have a lot of strong brand phones, like the iPhone or Galaxy S II, or even the Nexus, which is Google’s brand, and I believe that is hurting their potential. That’s especially true lately when they’ve been releasing phone after phone with little similarities between them. The Evo brand was pretty good, but it started to fade away, in part because of the reason mentioned before.
But I think they have a new shot at this with the new HTC Rezound and its Dr. Dre Beats audio and headsets. They’ve put the Dr. Dre Beats headsets together with a couple of other phones before, but that felt like a last addition thing, rather than making [...]
The HTC Thunderbolt has a had a pretty hard time getting the upgrade from Froyo to Gingerbread. We’ve seen leaks, and rumors galore about the update. Not to mention the fact that the official OTA got yanked, which has gotten Thunderbolt users pretty frustrated, and perhaps looking to change to a different device – maybe the Galaxy Nexus? As far as we know, the Galaxy Nexus rumored to be a Verizon exclusive when it comes out sometime in late October or early November.
Hopefully, HTC and Verizon have worked together to fix the bugs in the previous OTA so that Thunderbolt users can finally get a taste of Gingerbread, and I have to say its pretty tasty. [...]
The Samsung Galaxy Note is a 5.3″ device that should be the biggest, yet still pocketable, Android device once it’s on the market. It blurs the line between a tablet and a smartphone. You could watch videos on it, play games, browse the web and read books, too. This is why it could a much more portable reading and media consumption device, while still being pocketable, than something like a Kindle Fire. So, let’s see how they stack up against each other.Samsung Galaxy Note SpecsProcessor: dual core 1.4 Ghz Exynos chip Display: 5.3″ Super AMOLED + Gorilla Glass Resolution: 1280×800 (285 PPI) Storage: 16 [...]
There are 2 upcoming next-gen phones that will offer the the iPhone 5 incredible competition product-wise, especially if the “iPhone 5” will be just an upgraded iPhone 4. Those phones are the Android Ice-Cream Sandwich powered Nexus Prime (which might actually be split in 2 versions: a global one called Galaxy Nexus, and a Verizon one called Droid Prime), and HTC’s latest superphone, the HTC Vigor. Let’s see what they are all about so you can decide what best fits you.
Let’s start with the easy part – the specs – and then we see how each stand up against each other.Nexus PrimeProcessor: OMAP 4460 dual core 1.5 [...]
I’ve been watching Huawei lately, and I like to compare their rise in the smartphone market with the rise of HTC. Just like HTC, they were once just an OEM for other companies, making phones under those companies’ brands. They still do that, but they are increasingly becoming more popular in the smartphone market under their own brand name.
That’s didn’t happen by accident, though. They are starting to make higher and higher quality phones, with higher end specs, that can become very competitive product-wise with other phones from more well-known players.
Just like HTC, they aren’t going to become a huge player overnight in the [...]
When Verizon’s first LTE phone came out (HTC Thunderbolt), people were a little disappointed. It wasn’t because of the speed of LTE, because that surely impressed. It wasn’t even about the specs per se – it didn’t have a dual core processor – because even though many people were expecting dual core phones, they were just coming out in the market, so it wasn’t that much of a big deal.
Although, I do believe Verizon’s LTE speeds may download the full websites faster than a single core processor can render them, in effect making the processor the bottleneck for your web browsing experience. Mobile browsing should truly [...]
That took a while, but better late than never. I actually didn’t expect them to bring the Netflix app to all Android 2.2 and 2.3 devices so quickly, mainly because they’ve said it’s a DRM issue, and they want to protect the content on the behalf of the content owners. Either those content owners changed their minds recently, or Netflix managed to convince them that it won’t be so bad to put the content on Android without built-in DRM.
Google might bring built-in DRM to Ice-Cream Sandwich, since they recently bought that Widevine DRM company. But it seems Netflix didn’t want to wait around for that. I wonder if it has something to do with [...]
Google has just released a new chart with how much market share each Android version has. This is to help developers figure out what are the platforms they should be developing for. For example, the Android 1.5-1.6 versions have less than 3% of the market now, so most developers would probably consider it safe to move on from supporting those users, and save development time and money. It’s understandable.
But what is surprising from this chart is that even after 10 months since Gingerbread first appeared, the majority of Android phones are still not using it, with only 1/3 of them running Android 2.3 and above. I expect that after one year since launch [...]