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11
Aug

Stagefright patch update now hitting Nexus devices


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Stagefright has every manufacturer and carrier going nuts lately. We took some good time to talk about it during our latest podcast, so you should listen in if you would like to spend some time with us and learn all there is to this issue. In short: Stagefright is a vulnerability that left 95% of Android devices weak against hackers, who could take control of handsets by simply sending an MMS message.

Google, Samsung, Motorola, LG and many others are getting ready to kill Stagefright with patches. There are some ways you can protect yourself until your own fix comes around, but starting today Nexus users will no longer have to worry about the Stagefright pandemonium. All factory images for the patch were released last week, and today Nexus phones and tablets are beginning to get their respective updates.

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As you can expect, this update will only patch the Stagefright vulnerability. There will be no other fixes, features or performance improvements. This is all about keeping you safe from those evil attackers!

My Nexus 6 has just received the update, but all other relevant devices are invited to the party, as well. Updates are also hitting the Nexus 4, the Nexus 5, the Nexus 7, Nexus 9 and Nexus 10. Of course, a few of you will be left out, as Google has stopped supporting older Nexus products. The Galaxy Nexus, older Nexus 7 and some others are left out of the equation. It’s sad, but it’s also something to be expected.

Have you gotten your update yet? Let us know if it all went smooth. As for the rest of you – don’t worry. All main manufacturers and carriers are working hard to keep you on the safe side.

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10
Aug

‘Faster, sleeker and simpler’ Hangouts arrives on Android


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Google released its Hangouts 4.0 for the Android platform on Monday. First and foremost, the app now has been reskinned with material design. It also features a simplified compose button as well as a streamlined contacts list and file attachment function. What’s more, the company has reportedly has even gotten the app to consume less power thanks to improved messaging speeds and “obsessively fixing bugs.” They’re basically the same set of UI and performance tweaks that we saw at the end of June when the iOS version updated to the new material design version.

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6
Aug

Expect Nexus devices to receive monthly security updates from now on


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Amid the concerns of Android’s Stagefright vulnerability, Google has commented on the protection of its own devices. Nexus devices ranging from the Nexus 7 to the Nexus 6 will now be covered by monthly security updates. The company pointed out that Android being open source means that potential security risks can be identified and addressed by anyone to strengthen the platform.

Nexus devices have always been among the first Android devices to receive platform and security updates. From this week on, Nexus devices will receive regular OTA updates each month focused on security, in addition to the usual platform updates.

Starting today, at least seven Nexus devices are receiving the first monthly security update. The Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7, Nexus 9, Nexus 10, and Nexus Player are all protected from the Stagefright vulnerability in addition to receiving other smaller fixes. Any changes made will be added to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP).

Google reminds everyone that Nexus devices will receive major software updates for at least years years while security patches continue for as long as three years.

People have long bashed Google and Android for not being secure, but the company notes that its decisions are responsible for there being less than 0.15% of devices with a potentially harmful app installed.

Source: Google

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5
Aug

Google to roll out security-focused updates to Nexus devices on a monthly basis


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Just a few hours ago, we let you know that owners of the Nexus 6 and Nexus 5 should soon be receiving a security patch for the Stagefright exploit. That came as no surprise, as Nexus devices are normally among the first to receive timely OTA updates. It looks like the security patch we saw earlier today is part of a bigger initiative from Google, which the company just announced a few moments ago.

In a blog post, Google explained that from this week on, it will push out monthly security-focused over-the-air updates to Nexus devices, in addition to regular platform updates. These fixes will also be released to the public through the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). The company explains:

Nexus devices will continue to receive major updates for at least two years and security patches for the longer of three years from initial availability or 18 months from last sale of the device via the Google Store.

In addition, Google says the Nexus 4, 7, 9, 10 and Player are all receiving the Stagefright patch sometime today, as well.

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Thanks to Google’s current security measures, fewer than .15% of all Android devices that solely install apps from Google Play have a potentially harmful app installed. Obviously this is great news for Nexus owners, as this new monthly update initiative will provide more security to users than ever before.

21
Jul

Latest Android Humble Bundle features NeoGeo’s best games


If you’re prone to throwing your controller when a game gets the best of you, perhaps the latest Humble Bundle isn’t quite for you. Maybe. That’s because the outfit’s offering up a slew of classic NeoGeo games for the very low price of paying however much you want. So, for that very flexible price range you get Garou: Mark of the Wolves, Blazing Star, The King of Fighters ’97, Metal Slug 2 (pictured above) and Metal Slug X on Android. Should you pay more than the (current) average price of $4.56 you’ll also get access to Fatal Fury Special, Samurai Showdown II, Metal Slug 3 and yet-to-be-announced surprises.

Android Central notes that if you grabbed ’em all separately it’d run you $23, so if you feel like throwing more money Humble’s way you can snag a Metal Slug t-shirt celebrating NeoGeo’s 25th anniversary. That isn’t expected to ship until October, but you could always use the next few months to brush up on your shooting skills and wear it with pride, right?

Filed under: Cellphones, Gaming, Home Entertainment, Software, HD, Mobile

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2
Jul

Nexus 4, 10 and 7 (2012) may still receive Android M after all


When Android M was officially announced, Google gave the bad news that the Nexus 4, Nexus 10, and Nexus 7 (2012) were not to receive the update due to the age of the devices, but that may be about to change.

A reference to the codename of the Nexus 10, manta, appeared in the AOSP repository for the device and an update dated May 28th was found marked as android-m-preview. Similar updates were found for the Nexus 4, and Nexus 7 WiFi, lending suggestion that those devices may actually receive the updated Android operating system.

It seems that Google is still investing in the older devices with the Android M rollout, which is great news for adopters of the Nexus devices, because that’s what the Nexus programme is all about. Whilst there’s no official announcements for the support of these devices, don’t be surprised if that changes closer to Android M’s public release.

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26
Jun

BlackBerry planning on building Android smartphones if security requirements are met


 

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Blackberry has been below the smartphone competition partly due its proprietary operating system, BlackBerry OS, that even after its partnership with the Amazon Appstore, lacks access to the more than a million applications available on android and iOS smartphones. Despite of that, Blackberry’s focus is and has always been security and productivity, and is respected for those qualities. Now, how great would an Android-based BlackBerry smartphone with added security would be for professionals looking for a more flexible and familiar user experience? Well, rumors have been around that BlackBerry has been in the works of making their first smartphones running on Android.

During a CNBC interview, BlackBerry’s CEO John Chen was asked about the possibility of an Android-based BlackBerry smartphone, and replied with the following:

We only build secure phones, and BlackBerry is the most secure phone. So, if I can find a way to secure the Android phone, I will also build that.”

According to an earlier report from N4BB, BlackBerry will be unveiling its first Android smartphone in August, known to this day as the BlackBerry Prague. The device is said to share design elements from the BlackBerry Z3. In addition, BlackBerry is reportedly making a high-end android smartphone codenamed BlackBerry Venice and will feature a Quad HD display with other high-end specs such as a snapdragon 808 SoC, 3GB of RAM and an 18-megapixel rear-facing camera.

All of these claims however have not yet been confirmed by Blackberry, and might not necessarily hold true. BlackBerry is committed to making highly secure smartphones, and no precise information was given by CEO John Chen on the progress of this potential project during the interview. Either way, such a device would be a huge milestone for BlackBerry and might allow the company to attract a large number of new customers.

Source: IBTimes

Via: CNBC

 

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18
Jun

2016 Honda Pilot debuts with Android


2016 Honda Pilot AndroidJust last month Hyundai announced that the 2015 Hyundai Sonata would be the first to market in the US with Android Auto. About the same time, Honda also quietly announced that the 2016 Honda Pilot would feature a brand new audio system powered by Google’s Android OS. To be clear, this is not Android Auto, but rather the full Android OS.

Not much has been said about the specs of the device, but we were able to confirm that it runs Android 4.2.2. Here is a complete run down of what we know at this time.

  • Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
  • 8″ WVGA (800×480) Electrostatic Color Touch-Screen
  • Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity
  • Capacitive controls
  • AM/FM/CD
  • Included apps: a web browser and a calculator
  • Ability to install/update apps and widgets via USB thumb drive
  • Launcher has widget support

In the short time I was able to play with the device I was impressed with the speed and responsiveness of the system. It’s surely a vast improvement over the previous generation Display Audio system available in some of their other vehicles. As we get more information we will update you on the specs. In the mean time you can check out the 2016 Honda Pilot at your local Honda dealer.

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28
May

Android M introduces doze mode and USB Type C support


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During its I/O 2015 keynote, Google has just announced that Android M will introduce a couple of new features in the power department: doze mode and USB Type C support.

The new doze mode uses motion detection to measure your device and when it recognises your handset is idle, it puts the handset to “doze”. While your handset is dozing, it still keeps real time alarms and incoming notifications and Google claims this improves battery up to 2 times while in standby mode.

The other feature just announced is USB Type C support, which brings with it support for reversible charging. Essentially, the addition of USB Type C support means you can now use your phone to charge your tablet and vice versa. Follow all our updates from Google I/O 2015 here.

20
May

Download and Install the Android 5.1.1 OTA update for the Nexus 4


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The Android 5.1.1 update is now rolling to Nexus 4 devices, but who the hell wants to wait 2 to 3 weeks for it? You can manually download the actual and official over-the-air (OTA) update from Google and flash if yourself.

I know what you’re thinking. You think you need to be a rocket scientist or you need a rooted device. Well you don’t. If I can do it, you can do it. Just hit up our very extensive guide that will walk you through each and every step. If you happen to be a seasoned pro and don’t need the guide, just grab the OTA update from the link below.

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