In this blog post by the New York Times, McAfee’s threat report including (amongst other info about hacker threats in general) statistics about Android OS being the most targeted mobile platform. Android went from third, to first in the hacker target list. That’s the double edged sword of using Android – one the one hand, you aren’t locked in like the Apple App Store to get your apps, but the downside is that apps are not vetted by Google, so they potentially could contain malware, which can be used to steal personal identifying information.
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Check out the promotional video by ASUS, maker of the Eeepad transformer (which came with the optional keyboard dock), now coming out with the EeePad Transformer Slider, which has a built-in keyboard. The form factor is similar to that of a slider qwerty phone, in tablet size.
What do you think of this design? Other than bluetooth keyboard makers, I’m guessing users will like this no compromise tablet design.
Many news stories in the mobile phone world tend to be rather narrow in focus, passed along amongst the geek blogs, but I’m sure everyone, geek or not, has heard of this story by now. Google is acquiring Motorola’s Mobility division. It doesn’t take a professional geekster to know why this move was made: to compete head to head with the iPhone. Google, which did not make its own hardware, typically partnered with manufacturers like HTC, Samsung, Motorola, and Sony Ericcson for its Android phones. Now, with the purchase of Motorola Mobility, this gives Google a hardware division, which presumably means more direct control over it’s Android smart phones, and means they have a more complete smart phone “ecosystem.”
What do you think? Was this a wise move for Google? Should Steve Jobs be looking over his shoulder?
O- Via Official Google Blog
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According to a recent report from comScore, one third of Americans are now proud owners of smart phones (I knew we could do it..). In a 3 month period ending in May, here were the rankings based on Operating Systems: 1: . Google’s Android OS , 2: Apple’s iOS, 3: RIM’s BlackBerry OS, 4: Microsoft, and 5: HP’s webOS. Top manufacturers were 1: Samsung, 2: LG, 3: Motorola, 4: Apple, and 5: RIM. Follow the link for the full story, including some interesting user statistics.
Full Story at BGR
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Sony Ericsson recently announced three new phones, with the Xperia active, as one of the more interesting Android phones to date. Aptly named, the Active is dust-proof, scratch and water resistant, plus one very cool feature. Take a peak at the specs and details from the SE press release, after the break. [click to continue…]
Today Amazon is offering the Archos 4.3 16 GB Android Tablet for $174.99 and free shipping. I haven’t tested this tablet, but it has decent reviews on Amazon, so if you feel inclined to try this one out drop us a comment and let us know how it performs. [click to continue…]
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As if java lovers need another reason to go to Starbucks, now the geek-coffee lover can go and pay for their cup of joe with an Android phone. Just hold your device (a barcode will appear on the screen) next to the infrared scanner, and you’re good to go!
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The DryCASE Tablet is a vacuum sealed bag that lets you carry your iPad or other tablet device to the beach, pool or other waterfront locale without worrying about a little splash frying your gear.
With all the air sucked out of DryCASE bag, you can still work the touchscreen display. The DryCASE retails for $60, but you currently can find it on Amazon for about $45.
More info at the DryCASE website and Amazon.com.
I bought an EVO 4G last week. Of course, news of the EVO 3D would leak out a couple of days later. And then today, we get photos and specs of the new phone. Pretty sure this is a record for me.
The EVO 3D will sport a 1.2GHz dual core processor, 1080p HD 2D video, 720p HD 3D video, a 4.3″ display and dual 5MP cameras on the back (along with a front 1.3MP camera).
The EVO View 4G tablet will sport a 1.5GHz processor, 7″ 1024 x 600 resolution display and will basically be a rebranded version of the HTC Flyer.
Looks like the new DROID from Motorola has slipped out from underneath covers long enough for someone to snap some shots and send along to the gadgetry blogs. Notable things from the spy photos include a dedicated number row on the keyboard and an HDMI out port.
[Howard Forums via MobileCrunch]