Google IO 2017 Coverage

Why Android Malware Isn’t Actually A Big Deal

In a week where some of the most talked about Android news was about the apocalyptic end to a safe smartphone OS because of an outrageous increase in malware, most of us in the tech world didn’t give it a parting glance. You’d be amazed at how often reports come in about how there’s a giant increase in viruses and whatnot. And while normally I ignore the hopeful, fear-spreading cries of software protection companies, the fact that two of my friends came up to me this week and asked whether or not their phone could possibly have a virus made me realize I needed to put a foot down. When these companies are starting to attract mainstream attention is when I realize that something has to be done. So for your benefit I did a little digging on this 472% malware increase on Android. And for those of you thinking you need to start buying anti-virus software for your phone, I’d give my findings a look first.

Sprint Is Sold On The Black Friday Action

For those of you looking to avoid the mad rush of middle aged women that accompanies the post apocalyptic nightmare Thanksgiving shopping sales but still wanting a deal, Sprint is trying to get you to look in their direction. If you’re looking to get a new phone or even a new tablet, Sprint would love nothing better than to get you into a new 2 year contract with a ridiculously low entry price. Check out these sweet deals:

  • Samsung Nexus S 4G – Free (regular price $99.99)
  • Samsung Replenish – Free (already free, where’s the deal?)
  • Samsung Conquer 4G – $49.99 (regular price $99.99)
  • HTC EVO 3D – $99.99 (regular price $199.99)
  • HTC EVO View 4G – $249.99 (regular price $399.99)
  • BlackBerry PlayBook – $199.99 (regular price $499.99)

[via SprintFeed]

Rom Review: The EVO Classic; The Fastest Sense ROM Out There?

When well known xda member tommytomatoe decided to put together a ROM I (and a lot of other EVO users) were curious. Tommy is often looked at as one of the most innovative and creative developers out there. From his masterful themes, to his guides, to his work on changing the HTC Sense Rosie without root (yeah, he was the genius who came up with all of this); he’s been known to think outside of the box and be damn good at putting those thoughts together. Staying true to what we expect, he decided rather than follow everyone and bring out another bleeding edge Sense 3.x ROM, he’d try something completely new. In fact, he’s stepping back. The EVO Classic ROM is based off of Sense 1.0. Yeah, Sense 1.0. The Evo originally shipped with a version higher than that. So you might be wondering how I might possibly recommend a ROM featuring software that’s seemingly over a year old? Just wait until you learn about this ROM. Amazing things happen when you make things from scratch.

Handcent SMS No Longer Appearing In The Market?

For those of you trying to find the wildly popular Handcent SMS app in the Market today, you may have noticed that it was suspiciously missing. The makers of Handcent didn’t give a specific reason as to why it was down, but said they are working with Google to put it back up.

A temp issue cause can’t list handcent at android market we are contacting and working with google ,it will be online again ASAP,please download from  http://www.handcent.com/Download.php  temp

Here’s to hoping it’ll be back up soon!

[via Handcent]

Samsung Galaxy S Gets Alpha Ice Cream Sandwich Build

The next phone on the list to get an unofficial upgrade appears to be the Samsung Galaxy S. Two MIUI developers decided to take a break from MIUI in order to port Android 4.0 to the Galaxy S. And guess what? They were successful. And by successful, I mean very little is working and it is so unstable that they haven’t even released it to the public yet. But hey, you gotta start somewhere, right? Developers only really have the option to make half baked versions of ICS because Google has released the Source Code yet (just the SDK). But if you want an early build of ICS on your Galaxy S, stay tuned!

[via xda]

Preorder Your Droid RAZR And Get It By Nov 10

We’ve known that the upcoming Droid RAZR would be available to pre-order starting tomorrow (October 27th) at 8:00 am. What we didn’t know was that they’ll start arriving -not shipping- to those that have pre-ordered it starting November 10th. androidcentral also claims that the device should be arriving in stores around the same time. The device will be starting at $299 with a contract. Full press release after the break.

Apple Wins Patent On Lock Screen Gestures

In a result that surprises many, Apple was granted patent number 7657849. You probably know this patent as “slide to unlock.” Before you start screaming and demanding to the heads of those responsible, realize that there is still a decent chance that this will be invalidated. It took 6 years for Apple to finally convince the US that they deserved this patent, and the US seems to be the only ones buying this. A Dutch Judge has already denied Apple the patent based on the fact that Apple was not the first to use a “slide to unlock” gesture. Regardless of what happens, you can be sure that Apple’s leeches lawyers are already getting their suitcases and papers ready. The full patent can be found after the break.

Galaxy Nexus Will Not Have Gorilla Glass

The Galaxy Nexus will reportedly not be using Corning’s famous Gorilla Glass. According to Corning’s official Twitter, the Galaxy Nexus will not be using Gorilla Glass. Quickly to respond though was Samsung, claiming (via Facebook) that while they will not be using Gorilla Glass, they will still be using a fortified glass for the new phone. At first I was a bit disappointment with this news, but after some research found that there are plenty of other fortified glasses just as durable if not more durable than Gorilla Glass anyway. The specific brand of fortified glass just became especially popular since Apple marketed it with the iPhone 4.

[via twitter]

Guide: How To Make Your Lockscreen Your Own

We all know that one of the biggest draws to Android is the ability to make your device something that defines you; the ability to make your device your own. Most people have figured out how to change their background, add useful widgets, and even use different home launchers to make their phone unique.  I’ve looked at a lot of pretty looking phones in my day, and all of the best ones were themed from top to bottom. And what better way to set the tone than by making the first thing you or people see themed as well? The lock screen is the most commonly overlooked “customizable thing” on Android phones, and I’m going to show you can make it as brilliant (or ugly in some cases) as the rest of your phone.

Capta: The Answer To All Of Your Phone Accessory Needs

For those of you that live and die with the accessories you buy for your phone, you’ve problem come to a rather annoying discovery: Every time you get a new phone or upgrade you find yourself buying new accessories. Whether it’s a car mount, a tripod for you picture savvy types, or whatever, Capta means to replace that. Capta works by being the perfect dock for your phone. As long as your phone has a flat back (or close to one), your device can stick to Capta. And by stick, I mean stick stick. You can see some of their demonstration videos at their site here, and it has the best grip I’ve ever seen. It leaves no residue on your phone either. Any accessory with a 1/4-20 stud (which is pretty standard) is compatible. It’s difficult to explain all the things Capta can do in words, so why don’t you go check out the demos over at their website!

[via prnewswire]

Android Overtakes Apple In Mobile Apps Downloaded; Still Behind On Downloads Per Device

The research folks over at ABI have some interesting news to report for Q2 2011. It appears that Android has officially passed Apple in the worldwide share of mobile apps. As of now, 44% of mobile apps belong to an Android device, while only 31% belong to an iOS device. However, ABI also made sure to point out that while Android now has a bigger market for app developers, iOS users on average actually double the amount of apps per device when compared to Android. The question I have for this study is if they considered iOS to be simply the iPhone or all iOS devices (so including the iPad and the iPod). Something tells me they only included the former, as I can’t imagine that Android is selling better than all iOS devices by a combined 2:1, but I have been wrong before. What are your thoughts on this?

[via ABIresearch]

What You Should And Shouldn’t Be Excited For With Ice Cream Sandwich

The Android 4.0 presentation probably got the most attention of any Android release presentation so far. Android has grown to be more and more popular over this past year and the Android lovin’ is at an all time. A lot of the time we get so caught up in the newness that we forget what is truly innovative and what should have been here a long time ago. Apple presentations, for example,  are famous for having two sides. There’s always the side that has a religious experience with everything that’s announced, and another that likes to point out that while the newer things are nice, they shouldn’t be considered “new.” After talking with some of my friends about the ICS presentation, I’ve realized that even Android is starting to develop that dual nature. So without further ado, I’ll present the things that you should be genuinely happy that Android now does while also declaring the improvements that it should have done a while ago.  Ain’t nobody done tell me I be too biased.

Newest Dolphin Browser Launches Exclusively On GetJar

For the many people (including myself) that aren’t overly thrilled about Android’s stock launcher, Dolphin Browser is one of the most popular alternatives. It’s fast, looks nice, and has tons of options. In an interesting twist Dolphin Browser v7.0, the next version of Dolphin, will be launching exclusively on a third party market: GetJar. The biggest update is Dolphin Connect.

Dolphin 7.0 is moving your mobile experience to the cloud by introducing Dolphin Connect.  With Dolphin Connect your bookmarked sites and your browsing preferences will be kept in sync across all of your devices. No longer forget web addresses—Dolphin Connect remembers them for you. With Dolphin Connect, Dolphin will once again reshape the mobile browsing experience.

Why would a company want to sidestep the biggest market it has? Perhaps GetJar offered a few incentives to launch it their first. Something tells me it won’t stay exclusive for too long though. Any of our readers die hard GetJar fans?

[via androidcentral]

Steve Ballmer Thinks We’re All Computer Scientists

At the Web 2.0 summit in San Francisco Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer either has a horribly skewed idea of the worlds population or is starting to get bitter about the success of Android. “You don’t have to be a computer scientist to use a Windows Phone, but you do to use an Android phone.” Good ol’ Steve also let on that Android phones just didn’t get him “excited.” For a company that’s weaseling up to $15 out of OEM’s for every Android device phone sold, you would think that Microsoft would be ecstatic that Android is doing so well. Apparently not. It also doesn’t help that many draw parallels to Android when it comes to the Android vs Apple smartphone war and the PC vs Mac war of the 90’s. Perhaps this is just his way of getting some press for WP7 now that the iPhone 4S and Android 4.0 have largely stolen all of the media’s attention. Either way, this just seems to me like the youngest brother complaining when no one picks him for their team. It’s okay Steve. Maybe one day when WP7 grows up people will obsess about your mobile platform too.

[via engadget]

Samsung Claims Small Victory In The Apple/Samsung Pissing Contest

Samsung won a minor victory yesterday when a California judge threw out some of Apple’s claims against it. Samsung asked U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh to throw out several of Apple’s anti trust complaints to which the Judge Koh was apparently happy to oblige to. However, she has still not come to a ruling about Apple’s request to block Samsung phones in the US. Another important note is that Apple can amend the claims slightly and bring them back to court if they so choose.

Will this ever end?

[via bloomberg]