Eric Schmidt on Android security: ‘It’s more secure than the iPhone’

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The public perception has always been that Apple’s iPhone is more secure than Google’s Android, but Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt wants to set the record straight. During a Q&A session at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, Gartner analyst David Willis said, “When you say Android, people say, wait a minute, Android is not secure.” Schmidt quickly said, “Not secure? It’s more secure than the iPhone.” followed by the audience chuckling.

Unfortunately Schmidt didn’t elaborate other than saying that Android now has one billion users and is a platform that goes through rigorous security testing. He also added that in the distant future security will be implemented on a per app basis since the assumption will be that nothing is secure.


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Google to offer battery size options for Nexus 5, pricing leaked

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Just like the Nexus 4, Google will offer two different versions of the Nexus 5, but storage size won’t be the only difference. You will still be able to buy either a 16GB or 32GB version, but each version could sport a different battery. The 2,300mAh battery that we saw in the leaked service manual will apparently be in the 16GB version, but the 32GB version will get a whopping 3,000mah cell.

Pricing is going to be similar to last year, but the larger battery in the 32GB version is going to bring a little higher premium. The 16GB version will go for $299 and the 32GB version will run $399 (last year $349). It’s still too much of a premium for the difference in capacity size, but I have no problem paying $50 more for a decent battery.

The next question on my mind is whether or not Google will have enough supply to handle the demand?

source: Phone Arena

Leaked screenshots suggest SMS/MMS support for Google Hangouts is close

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Some new screenshots suggest support for SMS messaging is close to being included in Google’s Hangouts messaging platform. Support for SMS messaging was one of the glaring omissions when the new Hangouts app was released earlier this year, though Google has always maintained their plan was to unify messaging protocols including SMS. As part of the support for text messaging, it appears Hangouts will also support MMS, although it is not clear whether users will be able to send videos as MMS using Hangouts. In addition to the SMS and MMS integration, the new version will also allow sharing of videos via the Hangouts platform.
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Several HBO shows are now available for purchase on Google Play

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HBO has (finally) reached some kind of agreement with Google to allow their shows to be sold through Google Play. There are a few catches here, though. As of right now, there are only a few shows available, not all of their programming.  You’ll be able to buy episodes/seasons of Game of Thrones, True Blood, Boardwalk Empire, The Newsroom, Veep, Girls, and The Wire. It’s not a massive selection, but it’s not bad at all. HBO is committed to getting more shows available in the future. You also can’t get the newest completed seasons if they haven’t been released on DVD yet (Game of Thrones seasons 1 and 2 are available, but not season 3) and they probably won’t be available until the most recent seasons hit store shelves and another new season starts.

Even with those few shortcomings, it’s great to finally have a legitimate (and relatively affordable) way to buy and watch some of these shows digitally.

source: Google Play

Google Sneaks Chrome OS Features Into Windows 8

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Google’s making headway these days pushing an app ecosystem out of the web browser and straight onto your desktop. It would seem that Google’s push to control the desktop doesn’t just stop with Chromebooks and full fledged desktop apps however. With the latest dev channel update of Chrome, Google is adding Chrome OS elements to the browser. When activated in Metro Mode, the browser acts just Chrome OS. You can drag, minimize or even expand windows. Heck, the app launcher is there as well allowing you to launch apps and shortcuts just as you would normally.

Windows 8 allows browsers, if they’re set to default, to run in a Metro environment. Although, it cannot be extended to Windows RT, aka the mobile version of Windows. Given that it was discovered and currently resides in the dev channel of Chrome, there are bugs and glitches. Even as such, it appears that Google has made its intentions perfectly clear. Even with the popularity in an ever increasing mobile ecosystem, Google wants to push its desktop ecosystem as well.


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Google, Cisco, and SAP may be placing bids on BlackBerry

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According to Reuters, BlackBerry could be selling off either parts of itself or the company as a whole to another tech giant. Among the known companies discussing bids are Google, Cisco, and SAP. Intentions from the three are quite clear. Cisco and SAP would want to absorb BlackBerry for its enterprise assets. With BlackBerry’s market share is shrinking quickly, it would be wise for them to sell before things get worse.

Google could be looking toward making Android more business-friendly. After turning Motorola into a manufacturer for a more general audience, Google may want to absorb another company to lean into the enterprise crowd. BlackBerry has just as much brand recognition as Motorola; therefore, Google’s strategy could be converting struggling, already known brands into one that slows down its production to focus on core products.

Source: Reuters

Recent Google report suggests Android malware at a minimum on Google Play enabled devices

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One of the main complaints Apple fanboys will make about Android is that it’s more susceptible to malware, and thereby a more risky choice for a phone, for obvious security reasons.

Google is now making an effort to quell these false claims, and recently released some graphics showing how hard it is to actually have malware damage your device and infiltrate your secure information. Note that their numbers only include devices that have Google Play Services— many phones without Google Play, such as those from China and Russia, are more at risk for malware.

Google’s Android Security chief Adrian Ludwig says that there are many layers of Android security constantly at work, and because of this, only .001% of all malware is even able to attempt to evade security, let alone actually get through.

The numbers get lower and lower as you pass through the multiple layers, as you can see from the graphic above.

This is not to say you should always be careful, especially when sideloading applicatoins, or if you have an untrusted app store on your device, which are the most common ways to get any type of malware on your device.

Source: PhoneArena

Ads are now showing up in Gmail’s Promotions folder in the Android app

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Here’s some news that shouldn’t shock anyone: Google is now displaying ads in the Gmail app. Google, being an advertising company, already implemented ads in the web version of Gmail, so the obvious next step was to put them in the app. Fortunately, they only appear in the Promotions folder of Gmail, and only at the top, so they’re far from the annoying, invasive types of ads you see on other sites or in apps. They look like any other email, but with a different color highlight and a badge that clearly marks them as an advertisement.

Have any of you started noticing ads in your inbox? Let us know in the comments.

source: AndroidWorld
via: Android Police

Google now accepting Glassware applications for review process

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Google has finally begun accepting Glass applications (Glassware) for review to be put up on the MyGlass app hub. It’s checking these apps for a variety of details, including privacy, design, and usability. It’s a very different approach than what Google has done with the Android market, for better or worse. With something like Google Glass, privacy concerns for both the user and those around the user are a pretty big deal, so I personally think it’s better that Google is going to be more hands on with Glass.

To help developers meet these standards, Google has released a checklist of things developers should be trying to meet to guarantee their apps get approved. Apps from Sports Yapper, Fancy, Mashable, Thuuz, and KitchMe are the first five apps to be approved for users and marks the opening of this process to everyone. If you’re one of the early adopters of Google Glass, this is some pretty exciting news. Hopefully it means a consumer release isn’t more than a few months away.

source: Google Developers

Nexus 7 LTE 2013 receives surprise Android 4.3.1 update

 

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The Nexus 7 LTE 2013 is receiving a surprise update bringing it to  Android 4.3 .1. It’s most likely an update with bug-fixes and patches, however Google had updated the non LTE version a few times with bug-fixes and had not changed the version number, so this is a bit odd. There might be more to this update than we currently know.

The update is OTA obviously, so if you haven’t received it yet, you will soon. Be patient!

Source: PhoneArena