Exynos kernel exploit patch starting to roll out for some devices

In December we reported on an exploit that had been discovered in Samsung’s Exynos chips. We have not heard of any malicious activity related to the security hole, though it became a popular vector for rooting devices. After looking into the issue, Samsung has started the process of issue a fix for the vulnerability. The devices and networks include:

  • Sprint Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch: Sprint’s update FL24 will push out to customers over the course of the next month and will receive Sprint’s Connections Optimizer as part of the update.
  • T-Mobile Galaxy Note II: The T-Mobile version of the Samsung Galaxy Note II is getting an update dubbed T889UVALL4. T-Mobile is pushing this out over-the-air or users can manually update via Kies.

There are other devices on several carriers that have the same chipset and are vulnerable to the exploit. We anticipate seeing patches and updates rolling out for these devices over the next several days as well now that the ball has started rolling.

source: Android Central

Root Achieved For Jelly Bean OTA For Droid RAZR And RAZR MAXX

The original Droid RAZR and Droid RAZR MAXX received an over-the-air Jelly Bean update (Android 4.1.2) a few weeks ago. It took that long for an exploit to be found in the OTA allowing for root access for both devices. At this point, it looks like all you’ll need is a PC and a USB cable. Hit the source for the walk-through.  Have fun and don’t forget to backup! Once you’re rooted you can even give Carbon Backup a try.

Source: DroidRZR.com

Featured Android Game Review: PBA Bowling Challenge [Sports]

I recently reviewed Concrete Software’s JellyFlop, which became a major hit. They just released another game that you might want to check out that’s called PBA Bowling Challenge. There are a number of bowling apps available in the Google Play Store, but this one just isn’t about knocking down the pins. With PBA Bowling Challenge, you can not only play a quick pickup game, but you can also play a full career.

In career mode, you start at the local alley with a scuffed up 12lb ball. After a little practice you can join leagues and tournaments, make some money, and hopefully becoming king of the pins. Along the way you will be able “buy” better bowling balls (30 in all) and play in a variety of alleys that feature different types of play as far as textures and oils. You might even get to play against some of the PBA’s (Pro Bowling Association) best, which include Walter Ray Williams, Jr., Pete Weber, and Tommy Jones. You will find 21 PBA bowlers in all and 70 tournaments, so it will keep you pretty busy for a while.

Featured Android Game Review: MegaFlux [Brain & Puzzle]

Calling all puzzle game fans!! A new game from SoFresh games called MegaFlux recently hit Google Play, and I guarantee that it will challenge you for a long time. It’s based on classic pipe games, and your job is to power the processors with flux of the right color. Sounds easy doesn’t it? Wrong!! At the start of a level you will find one or more generators pumping out colored flux. You will need to rotate the nano pipes by tapping on them to make sure that each colored flux gets to their proper processors. One caveat is that you have to utilize all the pipes.

You’re graded on the star system (one to three stars), which is based on how long it takes you to solve the level. That doesn’t sound too bad, but things get really interesting with multiple generators pumping out multiple colors. You will also find components, which change the colors of the flux. At first, all generators and components are in fixed places, but eventually you will have to decide where they are placed, which makes the game very challenging.

Featured Android App Review: KIDO’Z Play Mode-Safe For Kids [Education & Security]

As parents, we know our kids want to use our devices, but how can we let them use them safely? A new app called KIDO’Z Play Mode is the perfect solution. It allows you to give your tablet or phone to your child knowing that they will only have access to the apps that you approve of. Only you will have control if and when this special interface is removed.

When using the app for the first time, you will need to set up an account. During this process, you will also be able to set configurations for each child in the house. You can even include their pictures for an avatar. With the account you will also set up a password that will be used to get into the settings or to exit the app. For the settings, you can control what apps are visible to your child and even set time limits. Time limits are essential because we all know that if we let them play all day they will.  Your account is also accessible via your desktop browser, which will give you more control. You can do things like select what web pages they can visit and add videos as well. KIDO’Z gives you complete control of every aspect, which will give you piece of mind when you hand your child your tablet or phone.

Images of new Samsung “Godiva” phone for Verizon show up

A couple days ago we reported on a new Samsung smartphone that showed up in GLBenchmark with the codename “Godiva.” The new device sports a dual-core Snapdragon S4 cpu and a 720p display. Despite the codename, there was speculation this may be a new slider type phone for the folks out there who like a physical keyboard. That would position the new device to be marketed as the Verizon Stratosphere III.

New image of HTC M7 surfaces

As we start looking ahead to Mobile World Congress next month in Barcelona, one phone that may generate some interest and speculation is the HTC M7. In light of the slumping fortunes of HTC, the company is hoping to bring out a new flagship device to stem the downward spiral. The M7 may be that device. Loosely based off the DROID DNA, HTC is resisting the push toward bigger phones with a 4.7-inch screen. In most other ways though, the M7 should keep pace with the market offering a 1920 x 1080 display resolution, a 1.7GHz cpu, and an updated HTC Sense 5.0 interface as seen in some other leaked images.

The latest screenshot supposedly came from a short animation being created for new owners on how to install the SIM card the first time. The source notes there are some details, like the lack of branding, that suggest the final design is still not revealed with this render.

source: Unwired View

Mediafire File Sharing Service Finally Comes To Android In Newly Released App

 

The infamous Mediafire service has finally come to the Android world in the form of the first official app recently unleashed in the Play Store. In case you’re not familiar with what it is— Mediafire allows for users to upload all sorts of precious files like documents or media to a cloud drive and then users can then access or share the files with any and all your friends via a simple link. What’s even cool is the fact that users can quickly search all your MediaFire files and folders.

The app is available in the Play Store now for all Froyo+ devices, so head on down there or scan the QR code and give it a try. We’re sure you’ll find that it’s worth it.

 

Play Store download link

Kite HD Tablet Featuring Ubuntu And Ice Cream Sandwich Now Available For Pre-Order

 

If you are like me  and love to use Ubuntu, but wish you could use it on your tablets are going to be all smiles at this tidbit of news. DaVinci Mobile Technology has recently announced it is taking pre-orders for its Kite Full-HD tablet which comes jam-packed with all sorts of goodies including a 10.1-inch IPS display with a 1,920 x 1,200 resolution, 32GB of internal storage, a Samsung Exynos quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. While those features are certainly nothing to sneeze at— the real kicker is what operating system… errr—- operating systems that are running the show on this little toy. The Kite Full-HD has both Ice Cream Sandwich and Ubuntu 12.04 available as dual-boot options.

While the device is available for pre-order today, it’s probably a good bet that it will never be available out here in the States. But for those of you who might be interested in owning an impressive slab of Linux-based goodness can pre-order the device for €309 or approximately $413 USD at the source link below.

source: Notebook Italia
via: Engadget

Samsung Galaxy Pocket Plus to launch in the coming months

A new leak suggests Samsung could be gearing up to launch the Galaxy Pocket Plus, the follow up to the Galaxy Pocket and an incredibly budget-oriented smartphone, very soon. The report claims Samsung could release the device globally at some point in the fist half of this year. While the Pocket Plus is aimed at the lower-end and prepaid market, it will sport some pretty modest specs.

  • Android IceCream Sandwich (4.0.4)
  • BCM21654, 850Mhz Broadcom SoC
  • GSM (GSM850/ EGSM900/ DCS1800/ PCS1900), WCDMA (W850/ W1900)
  • 4G Bytes (eMMC) + 4G bits (RAM) memory
  • 2 megapixel camera
  • 2.8″ QVGA TFT (C-type, Multi Touch)
  • 1200mAh standard battery
  • A-GPS / BT v3.0 / USB v2.0 HS / WiFi (802.11 b/g/n) / FM Radio
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Digital Compass

Source: SamMobile

Sony Xperia Z tablet specs leak, features quad-core processor and full HD screen

If you’re the kind of person who has a short attention span, Android devices are your best friend. Even though Sony unveiled their high-end Xperia Z just last week at CES, we’ve already got a new device to watch for. Some specs have leaked about the tablet counterpart to the flagship device, appropriately titled the Xperia Tablet Z, and it’s pretty much identical to the phone, except for the 10.1 inch screen. It’s got the same 1080p resolution screen, quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor, and, surprisingly, the waterproof and dust proof specifications. It’s also packing LTE, NFC, Android 4.1, and a 6,000 mAh battery, all in a 6.9 mm shell. If those specs turn out to be more than just rumors, that’s a pretty impressive tablet.

I think this would be a smart move for Sony. They’re slipping up in sales lately, so bringing two high-end devices to market to grab up some market share is exactly the kind of strategy they need. And after seeing the awesome interconnected media they were showing off at CES, pairing a tablet with the Xperia Z could lead to some really cool stuff.

source: Unwired View

Google schedules Project Glass hackathon later this month

Remember Google’s Project Glass? I know, it’s been pretty quiet lately, but you didn’t expect Google to leave it alone for too long, right? Glass Explorers, the developers who paid the $1500 fee to get their hands on Project Glass before everyone else, have started to receive emails detailing an event Google has scheduled for the ambitious project in a few weeks. This “hackathon” is being set up for January 28th and 29th in San Francisco and February 1st and 2nd in New York, which developers have until January 18th to get registered for. During this little event, developers will get their own hardware on the first day and get some hands on experience with it the second day. If I had the extra cash for it, this is exactly the kind of awesome thing I would spend it on. Anybody else excited to see what’s going to happen out of this?

source: Phandroid

AT&T rolling out Jelly Bean update for Samsung Rugby Pro

The people who found themselves in the position of needing a phone leaning more toward the physically rugged side than the highest end hardware may have purchased a model like the Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro. Even though they may have given up a bit in the hardware department, they are getting some good news today as AT&T is rolling out an update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The update brings with it all the features of of Jelly Bean like camera enhancements, easy mode, blocking mode, and multiple keyboard options.

Users can wait to be notified of the over-the-air update or go to Settings -> About device -> Software update to check for it manually. AT&T also provides instructions for sideloading on their support page found at the source link below.

source: AT&T Wireless

LG Optimus G2 Appears Primed For Fall Release

CES 2013 came and went without a peep from LG regarding the Optimus G2.  Now we’re hearing the launch of LG’s next flagship phone will be delayed until fall 2013 after Google releases the next version of Android, presumably Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie. Then there’s the rumor LG will release a quad-core device, being called the GK, at Mobile World Congress in February. The GK, running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and equipped with a 5.5-inch HD screen, would compete with Samsung when Sammi brings the next Galaxy phone to market, hopefully the Galaxy S IV.

We’re happy to see LG making moves to be a player in the mobile device market but I think the Korean manufacturer could do more for its image by correcting Nexus 4 production issues rather than release a stop-gap phone before the G2. A new LG phone would be a hard sell over a Samsung device after all the off and on again reports regarding LG’s first Nexus.

Source: CNET