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Taken Control: The Mobile Market Runs on Google’s Android

Posted: November 21st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Google, Tech-Business News, UPDATED! | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Taken Control: The Mobile Market Runs on Google’s Android

TAKEN CONTROL! Google AndroidThe uncool kid on the block, Google’s Android, now controls more than 80% of the global smartphone market, with Microsoft’s Windows Phone also experiencing explosive growth according to new numbers.

The worldwide mobile market shipped an amazing 467 million new phones in the third quarter of 2013. Mobile researchers IDC said figures show the overall market grew 39.9% to 261.1 million units, up from 186.7 million a year ago.

The clear market leader was Google Android, shipping upward of 210 million devices, more than the total number of smartphones sold for all platforms combined quarter on quarter.

The platform now claims an amazing 81% of the worldwide smartphone market, but wait there’s more :: Read the full article »»»»


DPRKs First Smartphone Based on Google Android OS

Posted: August 15th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: HTC, Technoid Gadget News, Übergadget | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on DPRKs First Smartphone Based on Google Android OS

North Korean SmartphoneThe Democratic People’s Republic of Korea – DPRK aka North Korea, our second favourite peoples republic – has unveiled what it says is its first domestically produced smartphone, although industry analysts say the “Arirang”, built around Google’s Android OS, is most likely made in China.

The Arirang – complete with touch screen, high-pixel camera, and its very own set of apps – is being offered for sale to North Korea’s reported two million mobile phone users, all of whom are prevented from contacting the outside world.

The phone, named after a famous Korean folk song, has already gained the approval of the country’s President, Kim Jong-un, Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency – KCNA – reported.

Visiting a factory where the phone was said to be produced, Mr Kim was reported to have praised its Korean-style applications, which he says provided best convenience to users while guaranteeing security. State security, that is :: Read the full article »»»»


Android Apps Leaking Bank Details

Posted: October 24th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Android, Google, Hack!, ONLINE SECURITY | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Android Apps Leaking Bank Details

Android Apps Leaking Bank Details SMH Digital Life

Tens of millions of people around the world are using vulnerable Android apps that are leaking personal data, including bank account information and webcam access, according to new research. The study tested the 13,500 most popular free apps from the Google Play Store and found that 1074 – almost 10 per cent – used incorrect or inadequate coding. Researchers at the Leibniz University of Hannover and the Philipps University of Marburg, both in Germany, tried to hack a sample of 100 of the vulnerable apps. They were able to exploit almost half the apps, of which there are at least 39.5 million users worldwide, according to the Google Play Store :: Read the full article at Digital Life »»»»

 


Ubuntu for Android: Turns Your Phone Into a Full Ubuntu Desktop Computer

Posted: May 12th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Smartphone, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Ubuntu for Android: Turns Your Phone Into a Full Ubuntu Desktop Computer

Ubuntu AndroidSmartphones and the technology that powers them continue to evolve at an incredible rate. Year after year, phones have continued to close the power gap that separates them with their traditional PC counterparts.

Taking advantage of the latest in mobile processors, Canonical is set to release Ubuntu for Android. The OS effectively turns your phone into a full Ubuntu desktop computer when docked and connected to a monitor, meaning the day your smartphone could act as your primary computer is drawing nearer.

Ubuntu sits alongside the standard Android operating system, as they share the same Linux kernel. Similar to the Motorola ATRIX 4G that becomes the engine for a desktop or laptop PC when slotted into an external dock, docking your Ubuntu for Android device with a USB HDMI dock will see it automatically boot into Ubuntu.

Then it’s just a matter of connecting a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse and you’ve got fully functional desktop environment.

From what’s been shown so far, the experience looks to be seamless and responsive, Ubuntu is very lightweight after all, and it seems that today’s standard dual core phone can handle the OS with ease  :: Read the full Gizmag article »»»»

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Android Flaw Opens Devices To Outside Control

Posted: February 26th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Hack!, Technoid Gadget News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Android Flaw Opens Devices To Outside Control

Android Flaw Opens Devices To Outside ControlCyber-security experts have uncovered a serious flaw in a component of the operating system of Google’s widely used Android smartphone that they say hackers can exploit to gain control of the devices.

Researchers from startup cyber-security firm CrowdStrike said they have figured out how to use that bug to launch attacks and take control of some Android devices.

CrowdStrike – which will demonstrate its findings next week at RSA 2012 in San Francisco – said an attacker sends an email or text message that appears to be from a trusted source, like the user’s phone carrier. The message urges the recipient to click on a link, which if done infects the device.

At that point, the hacker gains complete control of the phone, enabling him or her to eavesdrop on phone calls and monitor the location of the device, said Dmitri Alperovitch, chief technology officer and co-founder of CrowdStrike :: Read the full article »»»»


Android Everywhere: Cotton Candy The USB Computer

Posted: November 25th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Google, Technoid Computer News, Technoid Gadget News, Übergadget | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Android Everywhere: Cotton Candy The USB Computer

Cotton Candy, a stick that connects you to the clouds. Not only designed to make any device Android Smart but FXI are attempting to battle the multiplicity of log-ins and applications that’s evolving as more devices become internet connected and intelligent. Cotton Candy doesn’t just carry your data and applications but it is a single point of access for your entire online life, your online Cotton Candy.

Created by Norwegian start-up FXI Technologies –Trondheim Norway, a spin-off of Falanx Microsystems which is now part of ARM – Cotton Candy brings Android to any device. Use the HDMI to turn any TV into an Internet Connected Smart TV or bring Android to you PC / Mac by switching ends and plugging in the USB. Work blocking Facebook, no problems just plug in Cotton Candy and all of your Android applications spring to life in their own window on your PC. FXI envision Cotton Candy becoming our everyday environment, with our entire online lives lived through the USB stick. This could simplify the need to keep multiple machines up to date with the same applications or the need for multiple log-in and passwords. Read the full article »»»»


Android Overtakes Apple Mobile App Downloads

Posted: October 26th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Android, Apple, Cult of Apple, Favorite New Thought, Google, iPhone, iPhone 4, iPhone 5, Kiss My . . ., Michael Courtenay, Microsoft, Samsung, Smartphone, Technoid Computer News, Technoid Gadget News, Technoid Love | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Android Overtakes Apple Mobile App Downloads

​The growth of Googles Android platform has been stratospheric over the past 12 months, at October 2010 Android held 19 percent of the U.S. smartphone market – with Apples iPhone iOS at 24 percent. Fast forward 12 months to October 2011 and Android was holding 38 percent of the smartphone market, an increase of almost 20 percent, against Apples 26 percent, an increase of only 2 percent. Androids big big numbers is also reflected in it’s massive increase of available apps to 500,000.

Note worthy is Samsungs strangle hold on the smartphone market. Our favorite semiconductor behemoth has consistently outperformed Apple in sales. Samsung smartphones make up almost 25 percent of the U.S. market, while the much lauded Apple iPhone has consistently sat below 9 percent. This explains Apples aggression toward Samsung [check the litigation links]  84.5 million smartphone handsets in the U.S. equates to 21 million Samsung handsets to Apples 8 million iPhones, ouch! Read the full article »»»»