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First major security flaw in Android found in its browser

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A team of security researchers that includes former NSA computer security specialist Charles A. Miller have found a flaw in the Android platform’s Webkit based web browser. The security flaw would allow a malicious website to install an application within the browser that could do things such as monitor keyboard input for login IDs and passwords when the user visits other websites. Google was quick to point out that all applications in Android operate inside a security sandbox that keeps a breach in one app from providing access to other parts of the phone. As such, the browser flaw could…

HTC Touch HD coming in Android flavor for T-Mobile?

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PhoneDog.com is reporting on a rumor it got from two different sources that the HTC Touch HD will show up as T-Mobile’s next Android OS powered smartphone. The one source is some random anonymous person, the site says, but the other source is someone they claim has a track record of sorts. I think this is unlikely to happen, but who knows, really? So far we haven’t seen any on-screen virtual keyboard type text input on the platform, and the Touch HD’s form factor would certainly require something like that since it has neither keyboard nor keypad. [via AndroidCommunity]

Japan’s NTT DoCoMo to offer first Android phone in first half of 2009

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According to an article posted in the Taipei Times, Ryuji Yamada, president of Japan’s NTT DoCoMo, said that his company plans to offer a Google Android based smartphone in the first half of 2009. As a founding member of the OHA, this isn’t too much of a shocker, really. In a somewhat related note, Yamada said that his company will be adding “close to 10″ new smartphones to the company’s lineup next year. In any case, DoCoMo has to do something. While it has been the big dog of Japanese wireless since the dawn of time, competitors KDDI and Softbank…

HTC’s John Wang says Android and Windows Mobile are complementary

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Taiwan’s DigiTimes has posted a brief story on HTC’s CMO (chief marketing officer), John Wang. In the story Wang says that the Android platform and the Windows Mobile platform are complementary in nature. Windows Mobile and Android handsets form separate ecosystems with their own merits and advantages. The former provide users with high performance, interoperability and a large library of applications, while the later give handset design companies and developers more flexibility. He also argues that the future success of Android will not be built upon its open source nature, but rather the platform’s innovation. [via SlashPhone]

The HTC Dream goes out for a walk on a sunny day

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Well, photos like these are to be expected now that the official release of the G1 is only days away. So here you have it – Rizzn.com has posted a few photos of what he claims is an HTC Dream / T-Mobile G1 that he managed to get thanks to some contacts at Google. The photos are not large by any means, but they are well exposed and nice and clear. You don’t get stuff like that too often in spy shots. In any event, stay tuned here next week to get live photos and video of the T-Mobile G1…

VentrureBeat claims October 17 availability date for T-Mobile G1

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With little more than a cite of “multiple sources”, VentureBeat has posted a piece that claims the T-Mobile G1, which will be officially unveiled next week in New York, will start shipping on October 13th and be available in stores on October 17th. That’s a fair bit earlier than the “late October” rumors we’ve heard in the past. VentureBeat also said the following: The earlier Journal article cited one delay coming from Sprint’s planned phone. We’re now hearing from multiple sources that the Sprint Android phone will have “other functionality” than the Dream, and will definitely be out by 2009….

Official: T-Mobile Android phone launches September 23rd at 10:30am in New York City

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I just received my invitation to the T-Mobile Android phone launch event in New York City. It takes place a week from today at 10:30am eastern U.S. time. I have no additional details at this time, but you can see a copy of the invite graphic above. I guess that all of those random sources Reuters and the Wall Street Journal were quoting were correct. Here’s holding out hope that we’ll get to see more than just black, white, and brown (ugh) color versions of the G1 at next week’s event.

Google shows production T-Mobile G1/HTC Dream in London

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Photo courtesy TechRadar.com At Google’s Deverloper Day event today in London, Google execs were showing off what seems most certainly to be the new HTC Dream / T-Mobile G1 – complete with tape covering up the branding on the phone. Google said that this was the first time it had shown a working phone in Europe. When asked to demonstrate an actual call on the device, Google’s Mike Jennings was quoted as saying: “I can’t show it off any more, I’ll be out of a job.” He also mentioned that there is no reason that the Android OS couldn’t be…

Wall Street Journal: September 23rd launch date for T-Mobile G1

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The Wall Street Journal posted its own story about the supposed September 23rd launch date for the first Google Android OS based smartphone, courtesy of HTC and T-Mobile. While the story doesn’t mention the T-Mobile G1 by name, instead using the HTC Dream moniker, the WSJ is saying that the phone will be announced next week and will be available for purchase late next month (October). As is typical, the story quotes “people familiar with the matter.” We’ve heard before that HTC has said that it expects to sell 600,000 to 700,000 copies of the Dream/G1 before the end of…

Reuters chimes in on Android’s initial market impact

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There’s not a lot we don’t already know in this new piece on Android that Reuters just posted, but at least the author seems to have a better grasp on the industry and the possible effects of the open source aspects of Android than the Financial Times does. The story once again touts a September 23rd launch in New York City for T-Mobile’s initial Android device, which they refer to as the “Google Dream” phone (ugh). It also talks about how Android isn’t going to have the same initial impact on the market as the iPhone did, which I think…