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The real face of Android Fragmentation

OpenSignal Android FragmentationThe world of Android is fragmented into many companies, smartphones and devices. There are devices that connect to televisions and monitors, like the Remix on Kickstarter, which use Android as a desktop OS. The issue with the fragmentation has been how to get the apps to work on the different devices. Not all Android smartphones are the same.

The range of specs of each device is at the highest and lowest levels, the various versions of Android use different APIs that are tricky for developers and screen size changed dramatically in smartphones and tablets. If a developer can get their app to work on any Android device, then the number of users they’re capable of getting is immense.

Google’s Android OS is in many smartphones and tablets across the world. Apple restricts its iOS to only Apple devices, and Microsoft’s Windows mobile OS is yet to do much for consumers or the company. High-end companies like Samsung rely on Android heavily, putting their flagship models in the hands of Android designers.

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NSA planned to harvest user’s information from Google’s app store

  • 22/05/2015 at 23:39 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • News

WiretappingHow far should security go, and how much privacy should be taken from citizens in the name of security is a question asked by many. Is it security if the NSA (National Security Agency.) hack into the Google Play store to put spyware on smartphones?

This is something the NSA planned to do in conjunction with its allies in the “Five Eyes” alliance of the United States, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and New Zealand. Who would have been targeted, why they were targeted, and what, if any, safe guards were in place for any innocent people caught up in the surveillance are questions unanswered. Agencies like the NSA are losing the trust of people they’re supposed to be protecting, if they haven’t already lost it.

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Security researchers developed a method to automatically track Android shady apps

  • 04/05/2015 at 22:07 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • Platforms

Smartphone SpyAnyone who has owned any kind of Android run device, from their phones to their Chromebooks, is well aware that their apps can be a crapshoot. But now a new method for auto tracking apps that connect to data mining or ad sites could offer a potential solution.

The problem comes down to the way Google allows apps to appear in the Google Play store. Being a company that is based on open products, they have run their apps in the same way. Horrible programs can be sold, and it is allowed, as long as there is no deliberately malicious intent such as phishing or financial scamming.

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Nokia releases new N1 tablet running Android and Z Launcher

  • 19/11/2014 at 15:44 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • Gadgets

Nokia N1 TabletNokia has announced their first tablet following the Microsoft acquisition, the N1. It is an Android based tablet that boasts several features, including the intuitive Z Launcher, giving users a faster way to get to their most used applications.

The N1 is relying pretty heavily on the Z Launcher as its selling point. For those who don’t know, this interface allows users to scribble a letter or two, and it will bring up suggestions for apps. Over time, it will take into account how often you use certain apps to ascertain which are the most popular, and also the time of day you are most likely to use them. The suggestions will be tailored accordingly, to give users quick access to their applications.

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A look at Android 5.0 Lollipop, the latest Version of Google’s mobile OS

Android 5.0 LollipopYesterday we got a look at the latest Nexus devices: the Nexus 6 smartphone, and the Nexus 9 tablet. Both use the latest version of Android, named Lollipop, or Android L. This time around, the big news seems to be the boost in API’s for app developers.

Android was slow in the beginning when it came to the app market, at least when it was compared to the much more prolific Apple. But in the last several years they have managed to close that gap. With apps being released every day, they are looking to further push the production of both indie and official applications for their mobile service.

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New Android security flaw could lead to stolen financial details

Android LogoA new flaw in Android security could potentially leads to stolen financial and personal details. It is all thanks to a “fake ID” style malware system that can sneak into other apps, undetected.

For some time, Android has been criticized for their lax approach to third-party app security. Fake applications, or those that only claim to provide a service but actually do nothing, have been featured in the past as “top apps” recommended by Google Play.

Now, a much bigger issue has been uncovered. A new form of malware could be using those apps to gain access to your information.

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NVIDIA announces SHIELD gaming tablet

  • 23/07/2014 at 15:42 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • Gaming

Nvidia SHIELD Tablet and ControllerNVIDIA has announced their own tablet, a device meant to provide a high quality gaming experience.

The gaming industry has seen real advances, in everything from graphics and gameplay, just in the past year. From virtual reality to consoles that provide almost ridiculously realistic art, gaming has changed in ways that used to be science fiction.

NVIDIA is not on a mission to take that same concept to the world of mobile devices. SHIELD is a series aimed specifically at games, rather than as a broader media device.

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