Android malware was cut by 50 percent in 2014


Google’s crackdown on malware has been working, at least according to them. In a new Android Security Report, Google says that the global rate of malware installs fell by 50 percent in 2014.

According to Google, only 1 percent of all Android devices had a harmful application in 2014. There’s even better news for those that only install applications from the Play Store as that number drops to .15 percent.

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Google ATAP gives projects two years before moving on


For Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group, time is extremely valuable. Projects overseen by the mobile-focused research group are given two years before its fate is decided. And that could mean being shutdown, sent to Google, or sold. There are exceptions to the time limit but the Google ATAP group wants to keep things fresh rather than relying on projects that are dragging. Applying a time limit also lowers the cost if that a project fails.

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Samsung starts distributing Lollipop OTA in Brazil, India, UAE and Baltic countries


Samsung is now pushing out the much-anticipated and eagerly-awaited Lollipop update to all unlocked models of the Galaxy Note 4 located in Brazil, India, UAE, and the Baltic region. This 1.1GB upgrade transports the latest build of the Android 5.0.1 operating system, together with a faster ART runtime, a handful of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations.

Hit the break for the full changelog.

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Sony says it can stay in the mobile devices market


Despite being a major brand in the world of electronics, Sony has struggled to find succes, or a profit, in the mobile devices market. This is notably true in the U.S. market. These forces led Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai to announce in February that a plan to return to profitability by 2018 may not include smartphones based on their absence from his statements. A new statement from the company says mobile devices will be part of Sony’s future and to back that up, a new, major advertising campaign is launching this month.
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Still no word on the OxygenOS (Android 5.0 Lollipop) update for the OnePlus One


OnePlus got a little marketing with their drone deal yesterday, but owners of the OnePlus One aren’t happy at all. The OxygenOS update, based on CyanogenMod 12 and Android 5.0, still hasn’t delivered.

OnePlus originally promised that it would be out within 90 days of Google’s release of Lollipop. When that didn’t happen, they promised that it would happen by the end of March.

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EE offers its customers a free, swappable Power Bar mobile charger

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Forgetting to charge your smartphone the night before will often mean that your device dies on you midway through the day, leaving you unable to play Plants Versus Zombies send important work emails. If you’re an EE customer though, the days of seeing your smartphone become utterly useless when the battery goes flat may be at an end, thanks to the UK carrier’s new customer reward scheme appropriately called “EE Power” that will roll out in the coming weeks. 
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