Lookout Update on Geinimi Trojan: New Capabilities Discovered

We received word from Lookout that they have been able to further analyze the Gemini trojan that’s been hitting some Android devices, and the virus has more capabilities than we previously thought. It apparently can do all of the following:

·         Read and collect SMS messages
·         Send and delete selected SMS messages
·         Pull all contact information and send it to a remote server (number, name, the time they were last contacted)
·         Place a phone call
·         Silently download files
·         Launch a web browser with a specific URL

The full intent is still unknown, but just having a look at what the virus is capable of, it certainly has the potential to be very dangerous to your device. Fortunately, Lookout Mobile Security has a very solid protection tool that is free to download. If you don’t already have it, you can get it from their website. For the full breakdown on how the virus works, hit the source link for all the details.

[via MyLookout Blog]

Hands-On With Motorola Cliq 2

The Motorola Cliq was a very hyped phone which wound up being met with mixed reviews, but Motorola has released a follow-up device. The Cliq 2 is rolling out with a 1GHz processor, a 3.7 inch display, and a 5 megapixel camera with dual-led flash and compatible with HSPA+ technology. It will be landing on T-Mobile January 19th.  How does the phone with the new version Motoblur measure up? IntoMobile has a full hands-on writeup detailing their time with the device at CES, and they seem quite pleased. They love the keyboard, and found the interface to be highly responsive with no lag whatsoever.  Hit the source link to read their take, complete with pics and videos.

[via IntoMobile]

Samsung to Offer Google TV in TV, Blu-Ray Player, Standalone Unit

Google TV is an excellent concept, but the networks have been fighting them at every step. I’m a HUGE fan of the idea, but we need to see Google work out the issues they have with streaming network TV shows to get the adoption that they want, I think. That said, I’m glad to see more companies start manufacturing Google TV devices — especially reputable companies like Samsung, who announced that they’re going to be manufacturing TVs and at least one model of Blu-Ray player. I’m in the market for a new Blu-Ray player soon, and I’m sure looking into getting one that is Google TV-compatible, so I’m excited about this announcement.  They also have a standalone companion box that will be released as well, for those who may not need the TV or Blu-Ray Player, but still want to check out the Samsung Google TV experience.  After all, options are always better.  The standalone unit is said to be smaller than the Logitech and and Sony boxes, which is definitely nice.  Also, those of you with Galaxy S phones can use them as remotes for any of these devices, which is definitely something I am interested in.  Samsung even says that their devices are capable of supporting other platforms, but no specifics on that at this time.

[via Engadget]

Google’s Matias Duarte talks Honeycomb, tablets, and the future of Android

At CES 2011, Engadget got to sit down with Matias Duarte of Google. Duarte was the man behind webOS as well as the Sidekick and Helio UI’s. Now, Duarte is the driving force behind the interface and design for Android 3.0 (AKA Honeycomb). This is the first interview Duarte has given since leaving Palm.

You can visit the source link below and watch the entire interview with Matias Duarte of Google.

[via engadget]

Hulu Plus, Netflix Coming to Android in the Near Future

We’ve seen many different Android apps that have brought us streaming audio, from Pandora and Slacker internet radio to AudioGalaxy that streams your own music off your PC. We’ve also seen a few different apps for streaming video, but not the two biggest, most popular internet video sources: Netflix and HuluPlus. Well, that’s about to change.

Unwired View has a Youtube video up that shows off their hands-on with the LG Revolution, and it has a Netflix icon, standing front and center. While it’s only speculative that this is full-on streaming video and not just a mobile queue viewer, given the direction that Netflix and Android are going, that’s definitely the most logical offering. More and more Android phones are coming with HDMI, and 4G networks are expanding, so it makes perfect sense to be able to take your entire Netflix library with you while you’re on the go. I love the idea of having a 4G phone with HDMI out, so you can be streaming your Netflix when you’re hanging out at a friend’s place or anywhere you are.

In addition to that, Hulu posted on their blog that they’re HuluPlus service will be available on Android in the upcoming months, as well. Anyone who pays for both services should have a TON of content available for streaming on their Android devices very soon.

Hulu, Netflix, 4G, HDMI? Sounds like a recipe for success. Excited to see these things develop!

[via YouTube and Hulu Blog]

EVO Shift 4G Benchmarks

Those of us here at TalkAndroid.com have been really excited about the HTC Evo Shift 4G, and word ’round the ‘net is that we’re not the only ones! There’s a lot of excitement about this phone, and our friends over at Android Central have had enough hands-on time to run it through a few benchmarks. It’s 800MHz processor performed quite nicely, and they are very pleased with the results. Hit the source link to watch their video.

[via Android Central]

NVIDIA demos gaming on Tegra2 Motorola ATRIX and LG Optimus 2x

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At CES in Vegas, NVIDIA has been a big player with the release of the most powerful mobile processor on stage with its Tegra2 dual-core. The Tegra2 processor is currently being displayed within the Motorola ATRIX, Droid Bionic and LG Optimus 2x, all with huge specs. NVIDIA has taken the opportunity at CES to demo gaming on these smartphones as well, since NVIDIA really is about gaming graphics, and just making its way into more of a mobile market hardware supplier. With that being said, move over to Engadget where you can watch the video demo of these powerful devices and how well they operate with the Tegra2 1GHz dual-core within.

[via Engadget]

Skype and Verizon announce video calling for Android

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After Skype made the announcement regarding their purchase of Qik, they have made steps to get video calling available to all Android devices supporting a front facing camera, and sometime in mid-2011, video calling with Verizon is ready for action. It’s a pretty logical move for Skype to support video calling since it’s been available on desktop Skype software for some time now, also Verizon getting into the game after T-Mobile and AT&T have been pushing video calling too. this is a good move to drive development behind video calling on mobile devices, and necessary to not get left behind in the race.

Full Press Release below

Acer Introduces Its beTouch E140

CES has been all about bigger, beefier, flashier, fancier, faster Android phones so far…and that’s great. But let’s face it — there’s a whole subset of cell phone users out there who just don’t want to spend the kind of money it takes to buy the latest 4G phone with a 4-inch or larger screen. Not everybody needs a dual-core phone. Some people just want a nice, cheap, small phone that can handle their basic needs, but still download a ton of Android apps and be highly customizable. Do we have anything at CES for that crowd? Acer does! Introducing the beTouch E140, which, judging from the tech specs, looks to be aimed at the entry-level Smartphone market.

  • 2.8-inch touch screen
  • 3.2 megapixel camera
  • FM radio
  • 1300 mAh battery
  • Acer Spinlets streaming service
  • Acer UrFooz
  • Acer Sync
  • nemoPlayer
  • 3G+, HSPDA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS

No talk of CPU capability or anything like that, because let’s face it: the crowd buying a 2.8-touchscreen phone with a 3.2 megapixel camera don’t care. But it will get the job done. It does run Froyo, and will support a 32GB memory card.

Price and availability will be announced soon, but I expect that you can get “beTouched” for about $99, probably in the next 4-6 months.

[via Android Central]

More Verizon LTE Announcements: LTE Galaxy Tab, Unnamed Smartphone, Mobile Hotspot

We just received a few interested press releases directly from Verizon, announcing two new Android devices, plus another fun toy in the form of a 4G mobile hotspot.  Verizon has announced an LTE Galaxy Tab, as well as an unnamed LTE Android smartphone.  The Galaxy Tab will be the familiar 7-inch, 1024×600 tablet running the Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS.  Unlike the Galaxy Tabs we’ve seen so far, though, this one will have a beefed-up 1.2GHz Cortex A8 CPU.  It’s got the typical 5 megapixel camera in the back, with a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video chat.  Their unnamed LTE smartphone will have a 1GHz CPU, run Android 2.2, and sport a 4.3-inch display with an HTML5-enabled browser.  It will have an impressive 8 megapixel camera in back, with the standard 1.3 in front for video chat.  It will also feature a built-in Swype virtual keyboard, and be one of Verizon’s first few LTE-enabled smartphones. They will also be launching an LTE mobile hotspot, so you can power your wifi-only devices with Verizon’s LTE network as well. As has been the case with most CES announcements, pricing and availability has not been announced yet. Find all three press releases at the corresponding source links. [via Samsung: LTE Galaxy Tab, Smartphone, Mobile Hotspot]