Recently shaken by a security scandal involving mobile devices that could be hacked by a malicious text message without owners being aware of it, Google has promised to make efforts to regularly update the security systems of its Android operating system. While this is a step in the right direction, actually improving Android security is a complicated endeavor.
Like the recent iPhone-frozen-by-text issue that was recently in the news, Android phones are now under threat from hackers, but this time around it could be much worse than a simple frozen phone. As has been reported by several news outlets, a new vulnerability has been discovered that could harm up to 95% of Android phones, and doesn't even require the phone's user to do something foolish like open an untrustworthy attachment.
I have never been a big Android fan as the OS for me looked too intrusive for the third-party accessibility in picture. It’s not that I detested the platform, but even with the Lollipop launched, usability looked restrictive. Technology for android wasn’t something I would look forward to as the coding remained simple and even my elder brother tried his hands with a game or an app; something easy and boring though.
If you or your salespeople sell in a territory and you use an Android phone, then Google tracks your every move. You can see where you've been and when. Does it look efficient to you? Could it be more efficient?
As the worldwide marketplace absorbed more low-cost smartphones for mobile internet access, a new era gained momentum in the Global Networked Economy. The dominant smartphone operating systems (OS), Google Android and Apple iOS, saw their combined market share swell to 96.4 percent for the quarter, leaving little space for competitors. Android was the primary driver with its vendor partners shipping a total of 255.3 million Android-based smartphones in 2Q14 -- that's up by an impressive 33.3 percent year-over-year.
Eight years ago, hardly any one was aware of the operating system called Android. Today, more than half the globe is using Android in their smartphones or tablets. Android, the smartphone operating system, has traveled a beautiful journey from nowhere to the top, in less than eight years.
Last week Twitter revealed its first app that was designed specifically for Android tablets. The app features a new landscape view which fills the screen with Tweets, conversations, Trends, accounts to follow and more. One of the exciting new features of this app is the ability to send an illustrated tweet.
When it comes to choosing a platform for your mobile apps, the line between Android and iOS blurs out rapidly. Some users say iOS works best for them, while some consider Android. Such debates make developers to excel equally in both the application platforms.
Since its release, Vine has performed well. As Stuart Dredge reports for the Guardian, Twitter has declared “that Vine has so far attracted 13m users on iPhone.” Vine has finally arrived on the Android.
So, you've got an Android device, and now are spoiled for choice when it comes to downloading interesting yet useful applications from more than 700,000 apps available on Google Play Store. Here is a list of my favorite apps, ones that always make me proud of my Android handset.