Google IO 2015 Coverage

New, Evolved Android Malware Shows That Google’s Bouncer Service Can Possibly Be Sidestepped

Google’s new bouncer-service that was announced last week is supposed to have dropped the number of malware apps in the Android Market by about 40% already. While that is a great number the Bouncer service isn’t perfect and it probably is the beginning to one of many back and forth battles between the Search Giant and malicious hackers in the making.

However, it appears that hackers may have already found a work around to this service. According to North Carolina State University professor Xuxian Jiang, he and his team have discovered a new malware variant that pulls off a pretty sneaky maneuver. The malware contains no malicious code when it’s first installed on a device. By doing this it evades scans or permission requests that could pick up on its intentions in the first place. Here’s the trick. After it’s downloaded the app is then able to download new code from a remote server and it can hide this in the data transfer from the phone’s communications.   Read more

HTC Admits Security Exploit Affects Specific Handsets, Says Fix is Already Out for Most Affected Devices

It seems that HTC is always in the news for one security scare or another. Well you can add this to the pile as HTC has acknowledged that a bug/exploit can expose security credentials on wifi networks when their devices handle specific Android requests.

It was found that applications on affected HTC devices with the android.permission.ACCESS_WIFI_STATE permission would be able to exploit the .toString() command via the WifiConfiguration class to view all of a wifi network’s credentials. Combine this with the android.permission.INTERNET permission and hackers could have a field day in harvesting these details and sending them off to a remote server. These exploits happened to be found by researchers Chris Hessing and Bret Jordan.  Read more

Stanford Students Demo 5 Cool Tricks Using Your NFC Capable Phone &Television (Video)

I bet you didn’t know Stanford had some cool nerds on their roster did you?  Yep, some of the folks over there decided to tinker around using an NFC enabled Android device along with a remote control also housing an NFC chip.  Check out what these guys have managed to come up with:

  • Display photos in a slide show
  • Collaborative Whiteboard
  • Slide Show Presentation
  • Play Online Poker
  • Stream Netlix Videos

Check out the quick demo below where you can see all of these in action and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.   I don’t know about you, but I love when nerds get bored.  They always wind up producing something useful for the rest of us :)  For more information hit up the source link to check out their blog at Stanford.edu

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via: Stanford MobiSocial News

BlackBerry Playbook OS 2.0 Update Arriving Next Month, Get Your Android Apps Ready?

Like someone eating McDonald’s while sitting at a Burger King, the BlackBerry PlayBook is all set to receive its highly anticipated 2.0 OS update which will allow the use of Android applications.  And by highly anticipated I mean highly anticipated by BlackBerry users not Android fan-boys.  The update is supposed to drop next month and the company has officially put the call out for anyone wanting to run Android applications on the Kindle Fire wannabe via its BlackBerry Runtime for Android functionality.  If you’re a developer and you’d like to see your application running on the device, you have until February 6th to submit your app.  In order to get your application approved and on the BlackBerry App World Store, you’ll need to abide by a few rules.  First, you’ll need to omit the word “Android” for starters, as well as any signs or traces of the Android logo.  Yep, say goodbye to the little green guy.  And secondly, you’ll need to remove any links that would take one back to the Android Market.  According to RIM, it’s not difficult at all to port your application over to their device using their Runtime feature.  So, we’ll have to sit back and see what developers cook up for the masses.  What application would you like to see ported over to the PlayBook?  Oh, I know!  How about an email application?!

via: BlackBerry Dev’s Blog

 

 

ClockworkMod Now Easier To Obtain On 2011 Sony Ericsson Xperia Devices Thanks To Auto Installer

 

Installing a recovery on your device is among the most popular projects for Android users. Of course achieving a recovery such as ClockworkMod involves the “simple” process of installing it on your phone, flashing a kernel or pushing the recovery to the right partition using the ADB in the Android terminal. Whichever method you choose, it can possibly be a difficult one– and that’s why we have the fine team at XDA helping to make our lives’ just a smidge easier. Senior member pvyParts and his associates recently posted an application that will install a recovery straight from the app itself. That means there’s no need for computers, a debug mode or any of the other potential problems. In other words, this is as straightforward as it gets. Here’s pvyParts himself as he shares his thoughts of the landmark app:

“This App will work with the 2011 Xperia porfolio. it will install CWM into the system partition so you can use recovery even with a locked bootloader!
The Recovery has been ported by nobodyAtall @xda for the Xperia phones!
All Credits to him!

all i did was bundle it into a nice easy installer. ( i also made some changes to the chargemon file to turn the LED on to signal when to pres your keys )”

This app is currently available for the 2011 Sony Ericsson Xperia Line of devices at this time. You can find more details for the app including additional details, change logs, a full compatibility list, screen shots and discussion in the original thread found at the link below. If you are bold enough to install the auto installer— do make sure you back everything… in case you commit an oopsie.

source: XDA
via: XDA Forums

ClockWorkMod Recovery Touch Beta now available for download

A couple of days ago we told you about Koush’s new project, a touch version of ClockWorkMod. We weren’t sure how long it would take for us to get our hands on it, but he just announced it’s now available as a beta for download for the Galaxy Nexus (GSM and CDMA) and the Nexus S (GSM). Download links below. If you want to see a video of it in action, checkout our previous post here.

Download Galaxy Nexus (GSM and CDMA version)

Download Nexus S (GSM version)

[via google+]

SwitchMe For Android Dual-Boots Your Device Using Multiple Profiles, Saves On Battery Life And More

Recall the Boot Manager app we covered a few months ago?  Well, similarly, but slightly different, you’re unable to boot into different ROM’s like Boot Manager, however, SwitchMe is much less complicated to navigate.  The application allows you, as seamlessly as one can, and with the touch of a button, to create a new installation of your current ROM minus all of the tweaks and settings.  The application is extremely “tweak-able” if you will.  The app is scaled down well for battery optimization as it allows you to switch through a number of profiles.  Here’s some more suggestions from the dev as well:

The technology behind SwitchMe saves all of your applications and data, protects it and stores it as a file in memory. You can then log out of an account and log into a fresh installation of Android or another account with its own unique content.

Privacy—the most obvious benefit is that you can securely share one device among multiple users, which gives you privacy and peace of mind.

Testing—if you are a developer, you can use profiles as clean sandboxes to test your applications and their interaction with the system.

Gaming—with multiple installations of Android on a single device, you can now play online MMOs as different characters.

Speed—the games your kids play slow down your tablet, but with SwitchMe you can easily create profiles in without games or messengers.

Battery life—when the battery is low but there are important emails or documents to edit later, switch to a profile which only contains these essentials.   Read more

Nook Tablet Gets Rooted Via SD Card, Brings Back Android Market Glory

 

The Nook Tablet by Barnes & Noble has been rooted again. Sure this isn’t the first root it has ever received, but newer roots almost always promises bigger and better things. The fine individuals at XDA were at it again bringing a bigger, better root to the Nook. This latest root not only roots the device, but allows crafty users to get that ever-important Android Market onto their devices. You’ll have to use an SD card in order to get Google Apps this time around, but if you’ve had experiences with partitioning SD cards, it should be a breeze of a process.

Be sure to visit the XDA thread for full details and instructions on how to root the Nook. It includes essentially everything you need to know in order to make the root a success. If you do end up achieving the root, please do tell us the warm feeling you get having the Android Market and Google Apps back on your device.

[via XDA by Phandroid]

Koush Shows Off Official ClockWorkMod Recovery Touch, Still Under Development

Going thorough my Google+ stream this morning I noticed  an entry from Koush, the man behind CloworkMod and CWM Tether, and boy does he have something awesome up his sleeve! As you can see in the video below, Koush is working on a new touch version of ClockWorkMod Recovery that is going to make things a heck of a lot easier, especially for the uber sensitive Galaxy Nexus.

I know that other forms of “touch” recovery are available, like TWRP from TeamWin, but Koush’s new method that he is working on will allow for swiping and tapping your selections rather than using buttons. Although Koush is teasing his new recovery method via Google+, this is still just a tease. Currently downloads are not available, and according to Koush, “there will be better graphics and whatnot later.” By that I assume the text might be a little easier to read and the UI might get a slight makeover. Whatever it ends up as, I’m sure it will be an amazing finished product. In the meantime, check out the video below and be sure to let us know what you think. Who else is looking forward to some swipe recovery action ?

Jump past the break to see it in action. Read more