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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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]