Wireless carriers called on lack of security updates for Android devices

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Mobile security is a big deal on Android devices. While it’s debatable if malware is as big of a problem on Android as security analysts say it is, it’s still very important to keep your devices protected, just in case. Usually, Google does an excellent job of patching most vulnerabilities in their software, the problem is that carriers take way, way too long to get those security patches onto consumer handsets. Activist Chris Soghoian, known for his work with consumer security and privacy, has recently called out wireless carriers on their poor practices with updating these devices.

He’s saying what we’ve all been thinking, but he definitely brings to light some of the less thought about problems of slow updates. Most people complain about being stuck on old software because it’s slower or lacks cooler features, but that outdated software also lacks the updated protection that current software would provide. The antivirus on your computer wouldn’t do much good if it was looking for malware from 2010, would it? He also talks about the stock Android browser, which is one of the more popular browsers simply because it’s preloaded on the device. Unlike Firefox, Chrome, or any other browser you can download from the Play Store, the stock browser lacks constant updates and new malware protection like updateable apps have.

It’s definitely a good read, and definitely a situation that needs to change. Read on past the source to see what Soghoian has to say.

source: Threat Post

BlackBerry 10 Android Runtime Layer planned for Jelly Bean update

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It has been confirmed that BlackBerry 10′s Android Runtime Layer will be updated into Jelly Bean with it currently on Gingerbread. If you’re not familiar with this, BlackBerry Z10 owners are currently able to side-load Gingerbrea-based Android applications onto their device. This is certainly a huge thing for the platform as it’s able to take advantage of Android’s ecosystem.

While the news is only confirmed, there’s no timetable as to when the update will be made available for the masses. Until then, stay tuned!

source: Crackberry

Latest Android Distribution Chart Shows Gingerbread Still On Majority Of Android Devices, But Jelly Bean And Ice Cream Sandwich On The Rise

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It’s February friends– so that means it’s time for the latest edition of the Android Distribution Chart highlighting what OS it is that us Android folk are using on our devices. Similar to what we saw in the last edition, Gingerbread is still on the vast majority of Android devices, but the overall number continues to decline at an almost free-fall rate. As of the time of this writing, Gingerbread is found on about 45% of all Android devices, down over 2% from the number seen in the previous Distribution Chart. In addition, the number of Jelly Bean devices continue to creep upwards as we are now seeing just a shade under 14% of all devices featuring a variation of Jelly Bean, while Ice Cream Sandwich also creeping upwards to 29%.

So yes friends we can finally breathe a sigh of relief— more and more of our devices are featuring current software (finally). Let’s just hope we see the overall number of Jelly Bean and Ice Cream Sandwich devices continue to creep upwards before Google’s next dessert arrives.

source: Android Developers

Verizon Galaxy S III Gets Leaked Android 4.1.2 Build

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We know it’s been a long, arduous wait for that Android 4.1.2 update for you Verizon Galaxy S III owners, but it appears that owners can at least get a sample of what’s to come in that update. Thanks to some crafty individuals, a new Jelly Bean build called VRBMA2 has been leaked and while it may have some minor bugs here and there— it’s currently ready and waiting to be flashed by those of you who are feeling a little lucky and all.

We know you’re all just itching for more juicy details– so head on down to the source link below and check out the full XDA thread.

source: XDA

Google Publishes New Android 4.2.1 Open Source Code To AOSP

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It appears that another Jelly Bean build is now on the way folks. Now before you all go thinking this would bring the version at 4.3 or even a 4.2.2— you may want to think again. Google published its Android-4.2.1_r1.1 and Android-4.2.1_r1.2 open source codes  which correspond with the JOP40G and JOP40F Android builds. For now, it appears that the new open source codes bring some very minor bug fixes— but there may be a surprise or two trickled in there somewhere.

You’ll find additional details once you hit the source links.

source: AOSP 1 | AOSP 2

Xperia T Jelly Bean update rolls out to some devices

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Well that didn’t take long. Just yesterday we saw Sony prepping some Jelly Bean updates for Xperia T devices, and today they’ve officially started rolling out. The update that’s been hitting devices matches what was on the original website, so it looks legit. As of right now, the update is confirmed live in just the Netherlands, but it’s bound to pop up on other parts of the globe. Let us know in the comments if you’re getting your taste of Jelly Bean on your device.

source: Xperia Blog

HTC giving away free Playstation Mobile games to Sense 4+ users

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Are you a fan of using Playstation Mobile on your certified HTC device? You’re about to get pretty excited. HTC is giving away free Playstation mobile games to users with devices running Sense 4.0 or above, and Android 4.1. This includes several HTC devices, but unfortunately leaves out AT&T and T-Mobile users that are still waiting on their Jelly Bean update. It’s hard to blame HTC for that, though, as they’ve updated their other versions of many of their devices.

They’re running a different free game every week until the end of February. This is pretty similar to Sony’s giveaway that’s going on right now. All you have to do is set up your account and download away. Happy gaming!

source: HTC

Jelly Bean Update Incoming For Sony Xperia T Smartphone, New Jelly Bean Firmware Has Been Certified And Is On The Way

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Those of you out there who own a variant of the Sony Xperia T smartphone are about to get a taste of some buttery goodness in the near-future. According to the PTCRB website, a new firmware version of 9.1.A.0.489 has been certified for the Xperia T (LT30p) and Xperia TX (LT29i) smartphones— which effectively moves the software up from Ice Cream Sandwich to Jelly Bean. Oh and owners of an American variant of the smartphone won’t be left out either—  the Xperia TL (LT30at) for AT&T is also getting a new firmware version certified with 9.1.F.1.120, which would also bring the device up to Jelly Bean as well.

So while the new pieces of firmware have been certified, it would still be a matter of weeks before we see the update land on the respective devices. Hopefully the different Xperia T owners out there will be able to contain themselves in the meantime.

source: Xperia Blog

Google Looking To Add Google Now Integration For Chrome Desktop Browser, Wants To Know You Even Better Than Before

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Those of us who have a Jelly Bean-powered device probably utilize Google Now on a daily basis, but now it appears that we may be seeing the super cool virtual assistant tool integrated with Google’s Chrome browser. Thanks to some keen eyes out there, it is now known that the Chromium web browser for Windows has been updated to include a new specialized notification center. As seen in the screenshot above, the notification center is fully customizable, allowing for users to create a custom notification within the Chrome browser. What’s even more noteworthy is the fact that the screenshot clearly indicates a “clear all” function, giving the clear indication that users will be able to have multiple notifications displayed in the browser.

As it stands now– it appears that Google Now wants to not only get to know your daily phone habits, but it also wants to know a little bit more about you when it comes to your desktop computer as well. There’s no word on when we’ll see this technology implemented, but we’re willing to bet that we’ll see something live soon… very soon.

source: The Next Web