Whenever you get a new Android device, one common event happens. You need to download all of your favorite apps onto the new device. Those of you who are app hoarders know this isn’t an easy task. Many people look at the old phone then go to the Google Play Store and download the app to the new device. This takes a lot of time. What happens if your Android is water damaged or lost? Read the rest of this entry
Archive for July, 2012
Just a short while after Microsoft announced its ambitious Surface tablet, Google came back and showed everyone that it’s not going to be a cakewalk for Redmond. Equipped with Jelly Bean 4.1 and a lot of exciting new features, Google’s flagship tablet device, called the Nexus 7 has managed to impress even some of the hardcore Apple fans. Read the rest of this entry
In a recent blog post, Adobe put a date on the death warrant for Flash on mobile devices: August 15th, 2012. While Adobe made it abundantly clear last year that they were no longer going to develop mobile Flash implementations themselves, this recent announcement is the first time we’ve seen specifics. Read the rest of this entry
A deep dive into the innards of a typical mobile phone and how little you know about what’s going on inside, even when there’s an open source operating system running on it.
You might think that your phone is open, but even Android, Tizen and Firefox OS all depend upon highly proprietary code bases for making telephone calls and transferring data. When it comes to these fundamental capabilities, the open source part of a mobile software stack is only the tip of the iceberg, and behind APIs and simple interfaces for voice, SMS and data lies the technology that makes wireless communications possible – and it’s far from being open source. Read the rest of this entry
Google’s latest Android mobile OS comes with features to divert hackers from installing malware that leads to information leakage, buffer overflows, and memory vulnerabilities.
New features on Google’s latest Android mobile OS — Jelly Bean 4.1 — beef up the system’s security over all other past OS iterations. With Jelly Bean’s design, Google has aimed to defend against hacks that install viruses and other malware on mobile devices using the system.
Remember that scene in the movie in Translation?
Oh yeah that famous karaoke scene where Bill Murray belts out a Roxy Music classic totally out of tune, yet somehow, the scene just leaves you breathless.
No one can deny the magic of karaoke. The fun you have singing your favorite songs without caring much what other people think of your vocal talent is just subliminal. That said, not everyone can enjoy karaoke all the time, unless, of course, you’re living in Japan. You can find a nice karaoke bar nearby, but that doesn’t always work out when all your friends are busy. Read the rest of this entry
For all the talk about a “post-PC” world, most people use smartphones or tablets as an addition to their existing technological arsenal. They are not typically replacements for a standard laptop or desktop. In fact, there are a number of ways to combine the capabilities of your PC and mobile devices that can make your tablet or smartphone even more powerful. So far in this continuing series, we took a look at an app that would let you use your iPad as a second monitor and one that would turn iOS into a mobile file server. This week, we’ll talk about how to control your computer using only your phone. Read the rest of this entry
Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, a market analysis division of WPP, has today published its latest figures on mobile device sales across a number of key markets, and it looks like something of a milestone for Android: this is the first time in ComTech’s recording of sales that Android has accounted for more than half of all smartphone sales in the U.S., the biggest markets in Europe, and Australia.
The sales, recorded over the last 12 weeks that ended June 10, put Android sales in a range going from 49.6 percent of all smartphone sales in Italy to 84.1 percent of all smartphone sales in Spain. Read the rest of this entry
An Android “tablet” from a Japanese company does not compromise on screen size — though portability is certainly sacrificed.
“A 21.5-inch Android tablet comes to market!” — is how Japan-based Kouziro is advertising a new touch panel display that runs Android 4.0 on top of a Texas Instruments OMAP dual-core 1GHZ processor. Read the rest of this entry
Mobile security company TrustGo has detailed the discovery of a new type of Android malware which operates in China. The trojan – which the company has dubbed MMarketPay.A – is being distributed in nine different third party app stores. When installed on a phone, the trojan is able to buy applications from China Mobile’s own marketplace; these purchases then get billed to the victim. Read the rest of this entry