Android’s future is with us, not Google, according to Cyanogen CEO

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Many things in our world splinter into a variety of subsects. Some of which are political parties, Protestant denominations, and Linux distributions, which includes Android. They all have something in common with that from which they derive, but all claim superiority in some fashion.

Kirt McMaster (CEO of Cyanogen Inc.) recently spoke to a crowd gathered at The Information’s Next Phase of Android event, to say that a new dawn is coming to the Android distribution and the daybreak will show Cid standing triumphant over Andy.
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Early Android employee says that Android and iOS likely to maintain status quo

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If you’re an Android owner, you’ve probably experienced an iPhone-owning friend or family member asking you about whether or not they should switch to Android. For me, this question has increased in frequency over the years as the youthful Android devices have matured and planted themselves more clearly in the limelight.

Interestingly enough, I used to have more to say software-wise about the differences between the fruits and the robots, but as Apple has done a decent job lately of catching up to Android, a lot of the convergence has eliminated some of my old arguments. Notifications in iOS are handled better and there are now quick settings. The interface is still a glorified app drawer, though.

At a recent event held to discuss the future of Android, Tom Moss echoed this sentiment and focused on the business sector. 
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Android Security lead engineer provides further insight to WebView security issues on devices running Jelly Bean and older versions

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It was reported by Talk Android’s Jeff Causey on the 12th of January (link here) that Google would no longer be providing security updates to WebView on devices running Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) and earlier. In fact, it is even deeper than that: Google will not be managing the entire WebKit for these versions any longer, from which WebView is derived.

In a post on Google+ today, Android Security’s lead engineer, Adrian Ludwig, provided clarification and guidance to those nearly 1 billion device owners running Jelly Bean or earlier Android versions.
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Google adds Work Chrome to Play Store, pulls it just as quickly

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Earlier today, Google tipped its hand at a new app it’s working on called Work Chrome. It appears to be part of the Android Work program, which is promoted as an enterprise solution for companies wanting to use Android for business purposes. The app or apps could appear on personal devices with company profile log-ins or with business provided Android devices.

Just as mysteriously as the app’s arrival to the Play Store, Work Chrome was pulled by Google shortly after.

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Size does matter: larger iPhone 6 brings the smartphone war to Samsung’s home ground

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For years, consumers have been demanding larger screens and have placed their buying power behind original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) willing to give them what they want. Apple, slowly accepting the consumer demand despite the vocal minority’s laments, has finally delivered a modern screen size to its iPhone products with the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

This news is old and has been talked about for months now, obviously. What is new, though, is the data showing that Apple’s size upgrade with the iPhone has hit Android OEMs in an unlikely location: their home countries. Counterpoint Technology Market Research, an Asian-based consulting firm that delivers data-driven analyses of market trends, has released a report detailing Apple’s newest attack on the Asian front.
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Google releases Android 5.0.2 factory images for Nexus 10 and 2013 Nexus 7

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Google has just posted Android 5.0.2 Lollipop factory images for the Nexus 10 and 2013 Nexus 7. Until now, the only images that were available were for the 2012 Nexus 7. The build number on today’s images is the same as last month’s LRX22G. Google hasn’t posted any change log, but we aren’t expecting big changes in the new firmware.

The images are available on Google’s developer site and should begin to rollout over-the-air soon. If you don’t want to wait, however, you can check out our guide on installing factory images here, and download the image via the source link below. 

Source: Google Developers

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Snapshot of Flickr camera ownership data shows Android growth

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Flickr has been sharing some data they have been mining for the past couple years on camera ownership as reported by users who upload images to their site. The data shows a big turnaround that started in mid-2014 to increasing use of the site by owners of Android devices. Although Apple devices dominate the top 10 listing of mobile cameras and images from Apple devices comprised about 60 percent of images for much of the time period covered, starting in mid-2014 a definite shift occurred to favor Android cameras.
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Report claims Google not patching older versions of WebView leaving users exposed

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A new report that surfaced today claims that Google has ended support for WebView on Android devices running Android 4.3 or older, a move that could leave users exposed to malicious attacks. WebView is considered a “core component” of Android and is used by applications to display web pages without opening an actual browser session. Starting with Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google decided to unbundle WebView from the core system so updates could be pushed out via the Google Play Store.

The source of the news regarding a lack of updates for Android versions 4.3 or older came from a response by Google’s Android security team to a report of a bug in the AOSP browser which is based on WebView. According to the response to Joe Vennix of Rapid7 and independent researcher Rafay Baloch:
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