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Katherine Noyes
Android Wear Gets Its First Big Update
10/24/14 3:53 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 583 Words

Google's Android Wear on Thursday got its first major update, bringing GPS support and offline music capabilities to the wearables platform. "Android Wear is great for tracking things like route, distance and speed," wrote Kenny Stoltz, Android Wear product manager. "Before today, you...

Katherine Noyes
Nokia X2 Mixes and Matches Android Apps, Windows Phone Services
06/25/14 2:57 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 762 Words

The Nokia X series targets emerging markets with a low-cost family of smartphones offering access to Android apps and Microsoft services.

However, the new Nokia X2 offers an enhanced experience, with more Microsoft services, an updated Fastlane feature, and upgraded specifications including...

Jack M. Germain
Ending the Embedded Linux Patent War Before It Begins
05/13/14 4:34 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 1613 Words

"Patent lawsuits are really an attempt to slow or stall Android as a manifestation of a Linux-based platform. The litigation is not so much an attack on the Linux kernel. It is an attack on Android as a platform that relies on...

Richard Adhikari
Nokia Mixes It Up With New Android X Family
02/24/14 12:26 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 638 Words

Nokia on Monday confirmed months of speculation with the unveiling of its X family of smartphones running Android . The X, X+ and XL smartphones are priced at US$123, $136 and $150, respectively.

Like Nokia's low-end Asha line, the X devices...

Jack M. Germain
The Perils of Mobile App Insecurity
02/04/14 9:33 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 1320 Words

That blind trust is just what app makers count on. Android users, especially, are complacent about synchronizing apps on multiple devices. Even worse is the practice of linking bank and social networking accounts with cloud storage so that a conduit is always open...

Richard Adhikari
Google-Led Coalition Aims to Drive Android Into Cars
01/06/14 12:36 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 632 Words

Google's Plans for Android in Cars
Google is developing new Android platform features that will make automobiles connected Android devices. It is working with United States government agencies such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to ensure the safety...

Richard Adhikari
Samsung Enlists Lookout for Android Enterprise Security
09/05/13 1:38 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 634 Words

Samsung will bundle a forthcoming business suite from Lookout into its flailing Knox enterprise security solution for the Android platform. Knox, an end-to-end solution that provides security from the hardware all the way through to the application level, is Samsung's approach to the...

Patrick Nelson
This Watchdog Is Android's Best Friend
08/09/13 8:08 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 660 Words

If you find yourself bashing away on your Android device and maxing it to the hilt with numerous background-running apps, there's a good chance you've encountered freezes and slowdowns.

As PC makers can attest, we're using our Android and other newer...

Richard Adhikari
Android's Crazy-Quilt Syndrome
08/01/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 682 Words

... no question that Android is fragmented. OpenSignal has counted nearly 11,900 distinct Android devices so far this year, compared with fewer than 4,000 last year. OpenSignal's visual representations of the number of devices and the brands are a welter of shapes and...

Erika Morphy
Android Mastermind Rubin to Turn His Thoughts Elsewhere
03/14/13 10:54 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 385 Words

... Rubin, the man who helped maneuver Android into the No. 1 mobile OS position, is stepping down as head of Android at Google . Taking Rubin's place will be browser and applications chief Sundar Pichai. The reshuffling effectively folds Google's mobile OS,...

Erika Morphy
Hackers Escalate Reign of Malware Terror on Android
03/08/13 2:42 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 568 Words

... Android has become a mobile malware magnet, according to F-Secure . A whopping 79 percent of all mobile malware targeted the Google OS in 2012, based on a new report from the firm. That was up from 66.7 percent in 2011 and...

Patrick Nelson
Slick Syncing May Sell You on Firefox for Android
02/22/13 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 754 Words

Firefox Browser for Android , a mobile app from Mozilla , is available for free at Google Play.

I've taken to browsing the Web with a mobile device like a duck to water, despite the generally appalling user experience.

I remember...

Richard Adhikari
Android Rules the Smartphone World
11/02/12 2:56 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 640 Words

... Android dominates the worldwide smartphone market, running on 75 percent of all smartphones shipped throughout the globe in the third quarter, IDC reported. Samsung continued to hold sway over the Android market, but its market share slipped because of competition from a...

Richard Adhikari
Is Microsoft Feeding the Android Machine?
06/26/12 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 709 Words

Whatever the cause of Microsoft's actions might be, the effect could be a boon for Android , as unhappy hardware partners look to Google's OS as an alternative.

Further, Google's Android market has more apps and developers at this moment than...

Richard Adhikari
Loophole Could Give Android Devs a Private Picture Show
03/02/12 3:03 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 614 Words

... to Apple's iOS, Android is vulnerable to apps secretly copying photos, The New York Times has reported . The publication commissioned Android developer Ralph Gootee to create a test app that masquerades as a simple timer but steals the most recent image...

Rob Spiegel
Apple Nips at Android's Tail
01/18/12 12:56 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 850 Words

Apple came close to matching Android's smartphone market share during the fourth quarter of 2011, according to a Nielsen report released Wednesday. The debut of Apple's iPhone 4S in the fall had a major impact on the proportion of smartphones sold in...

Katherine Noyes
Android's Biggest Fan Is Microsoft, of Course
10/31/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1233 Words

... been obvious for some time now that Microsoft is a big Android fan , thanks to the tidy sums of cash the software giant has managed to extract from the companies that use it. What wasn't necessarily apparent until recently, however, is...

Katherine Noyes
Microsoft Ropes In 10th Android Licensee
10/24/11 3:30 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 803 Words

Microsoft announced Sunday that it has signed an agreement with Compal Electronics granting the device maker coverage under Microsoft's patent portfolio for its tablets, mobile phones, e-readers and other consumer devices running Android or Chrome. The deal comes hard on the heels of...

Jack M. Germain
It's a Roll of the Dice for Linux Game Makers
08/23/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1113 Words

But with the rapidly growing popularity of Android , Linux users looking for a unique gaming challenge might be on the vanguard of a new pay-for-Linux marketing trend.

"Despite traditional arguments to the contrary, it is clear to us that there is...

Richard Adhikari
Android Market's Malware Flood Level Rises With Plankton Surge
06/14/11 5:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 671 Words

... another Android malware package has been publicized just two weeks after the last one, dubbed "DroidDream Light," was disclosed. This latest malware, named "Plankton" by Xuxian Jiang, an assistant professor in North Carolina State University's computer science department , exploits Dalvik, Android's...

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