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 Most people complain about being stuck on old software because it’s slower or lacks cooler features, but that outdated software also lacks the updated protection that current software would provide.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
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
The Samsung Galaxy Camera has gotten its first major software update which brings some significant improvements and goodies to the camera. In addition to bringing the Galaxy Cam’s Android software to version 4.1.2, the update brings a few new “smart” shooting modes including a dawn, food and snow settings which all aim to enhance whatever picture or image you are trying to capture— as well as some additional minor bug and lag fixes. While the update is available for users now— it will need to be flashed manually, so it’s advised that Galaxy Cam users take extreme caution in doing so. Or users can ummm, you know… wait for the update to be pushed out over the air and all.
The complete update file can be found at the source link below.
We have some Android OEMs that are bad about releasing updates for their handsets, and then we have Motorola. In a world where more and users are demanding updates, Motorola has completely failed to bring those updates, and in many cases backed out of their promises to upgrade phones. Naturally when Google acquired Motorola, we all expected some changes to be made, and it looks like we’re starting to see some of that now. New Moto VP of Product Punit Soni talked about the broken promises publicly on Google+, and left a cautiously optimistic comment concerning the company’s future.
In the 5 months I have been on this, I dont go through one day when I dont feel the impact of past promises that were made and couldnt be met. I have said this before: I cannot fix the past. However, going forward, anything we launch, we will support. Any commitment we make, we will follow up.
It’s nice to hear, but Motorola’s broken more than their fair share of promises, so it’s going to take a little more than a social media comment to fix those trust problems. Regardless, we can all hope that some things do start to change for the better at Motorola.
source: Google Plus
It’s been a long time coming for you owners of the Sprint variation of the Galaxy Nexus smartphone— but Android 4.2 glory is now available and ready for you to conquer… sort of. Reports are coming in that a 100MB update file that is identified as JOP40D has been leaked on Google servers and can be accessed and download simply by clicking a link. Once the file is downloaded, all that’s needed is to simply flash the update to your phone and bam!— you’re in business.
Unfortunately there is no indication of when the update will be available over-the-air for all Sprint G-Nex owners, but we suspect it will be out sooner than later. All we need now is to see the Verizon variant of the Galaxy Nexus seeing its Android 4.2 update and we’ll be in business…
source: XDA Forums
If you’re an owner of the US variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, then you will probably be all smiles after hearing this news. Reports are coming in that Sammy has begun pushing out the long-awaited and coveted Jelly Bean update to owners of the tablet. The update brings the Android software to version 4.1.2 and brings with it some nice little goodies such as the multi-window multitasking feature. The update is just now being pushed out to the masses— so if you don’t see anything now don’t fret— it’s probably a good bet that you’ll see it sooner than later.
source: Android Central
It’s been a long time coming, but we’re finally seeing HTC’s One S smartphone starting to get the coveted Jelly Bean update rolled out… well for owners of the global version of the device at least. There are numerous reports coming in that select owners have finally gotten the Android 4.1.1 update notification indication and have successfully been able to finally experience the joys of Google Now and Project Butter. Additionally, as if that wasn’t enough— the gang at XDA also was able to find a welcome direct HTC link to the update. It’s a wonderful Christmas for owners of the global One S, isn’t it?
Interested parties can grab even more deets once they hit the source link.
Everyone’s favorite keyboard maker is feeling festive this holiday season and has released a new update in the Google Play store. For a limited time only you can grab SwiftKey 3 and SwiftKey 3 for Tablets at 50% off the normal price. $1.99 will get you SwiftKey’s famous (and excellent) predictive typing feature, and if you grab it while it’s on sale, you’ll save yourself some cash when the long-awaited SwiftKey Flow feature is released in the near future. Besides all that, SwiftKey has given us a candy-cane red theme just in time for the holidays! Use the QR code or download link below if you want this great keyboard.
Google Play Download Link
Garmin’s Navigon Navigator app has just received an extensive update bringing even more functionality for its users. Right off the bat, Garmin has brought the ability to share your location with others using its Glympse technology. This means that no matter where you might be, users will always be able to share their locations with friends and family via a text message or email with a location link to a tracking map included. In addition, the Navigon app will include even deeper Foursquare integration, which eventually learns your check-in behavior and even offers suggestions of places to visit and check into.
While the Navigon app has been revamped to include more features, Garmin is also getting into the holiday spirit by offering a price reduction of the app. Garmin will be offering the Navigon app for 25% off its normal price— so this means you can grab the app for $39.95, instead of $49.95. Not too bad of a deal, right?
You’ll find the complete presser as well as the Play Store link once you hit the break.