Android OS


Luxury smartphone maker Vertu has launched its first Android-operated handset, and it’s worth over $10,000.

Luxury smartphone maker Vertu has launched its first Android-operated handset. The Vertu Ti costs 7,900 euros (£6,994, more than $10,600) and is made at the firm’s headquarters in Church Crookham, Hampshire. The device had a titanium frame and sapphire screen but was not 4G-enabled, said its designer Hutch Hutchison. Until last year the company was owned by Nokia and specialised in highly priced handsets designed for the Symbian operating system. Chief executive Perry Oosting told the BBC that Vertu had chosen Android over Windows as an operating system because it wasRead More

More than half of Android users are still using Froyo, which is a security nightmare.

The majority of Android smartphone users are walking around with insecure devices running out-of-date OS builds, leaving personal and business data at greater risk of attack. The latest figures from Google’s Android developer web site show that 44.4% of users have the latest version of Android (Android 2.3 or later installed) on their devices. A further 1.9% are running developer builds. That leaves 53.7% running older versions, the majority of which are running Android 2.2 (Froyo). The issue here is that it means more than half of Android users areRead More

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will be released as Open Source software.

Speaking at last week’s AsiaD conference in Hong Kong, Andy Rubin, Google Senior VP of Mobile and the man in charge of Android development, confirmed that the source code for the next major update to Android, version 4.0, will be available as open source “a couple of weeks” after the recently announced Galaxy Nexus smartphone ships next month. Code-named “Ice Cream Sandwich”, Android 4.0 was first revealed on Wednesday alongside the new Nexus device, at a joint Google and Samsung event. The new version of the mobile operating system includesRead More

Samsung has announced plans to launch an iPod touch alternative based on Android 2.2.

Samsung is planning to debut a portable media player to rival Apple’s iPod Touch next month at CES. The Galaxy Player will be just under 10 mm thick, and powered by Android 2.2 Froyo.  According to the Samsung hub blog reports the device will have an 800×400 4-inch LCD, a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, and Wi-Fi connectivity. It will reportedly be available in 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB storage capacities and come with a front-facing camera for video conferencing as well as a 3.2-megapixel rear-facing camera. Much in the way the iPodRead More

Category5 Technology TV begins testing QR Code integration for smartphone users who want to watch the show.

Over the past few weeks, Category5 Technology TV has been testing QR Code integration with the show, bringing easy access to iPhone, Android and BlackBerry users who can simply scan the code using a QR reader app installed on their device. QR codes may be read by installing a QR code reader app such as Kaywa Reader for smartphones from Motorola, Nokia, Samsung or Sony Ericsson devices, UpCode for Blackberry and a number of other devices, or any one of the numerous QR Reader apps available in the app store for iPhone.Read More

Portions of the Android Application Licensing Server have been cracked by hackers.

Reports have come out that hackers have figured out how to bypass the newly released application licensing server for the Android mobile operating system. the official Android Development blog released a statement today noting that “The licensing service, while very young, is a significant step forward in terms of protection over the plain copy-protection facility that used to be the norm.” Even the person revealing the exploit noted that in his opinion, it is the best copy-protection option. The service provided a sample of the simplest form of authentication, which wasRead More