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Samsung’s Galaxy S III may rock a 4.8″ screen, ceramic back

At this point, Samsung’s Galaxy S III is beginning to feel like the next iPhone — at least when it comes to rumors. The recent report categorizes the mobile with a 4.8- inch screen, comparatively 0.2 inches larger than Google’s Galaxy Nexus. It do features a luxurious ceramic back, the sources states the mobile site Boy Genius Report. The mega size screen will be much flabbergasting, especially given how much Samsung is trying to push the 5.3 inch Galaxy Note as a smartphone. And the addition of better rear material would certainly help to improve Samsung’s building quality.

Samsung’s Galaxy S line has acquired more fans since it was launched initially, inspite of its flimsiness and plasticky. Even the Samsung-built Galaxy Nexus suffers from cheap feeling plastic rear. A ceramic back would feel better in the hand and be more durable than plastic. This is give a entire different look for Samsung, in a way to differentiate the Galaxy S III from Apple’s all-glass iPhone 4(S) design. At this point, the Galaxy S III is expected to sport a quad-core processor (a given, after all the quad-core phones at Mobile World Congress), better cameras, and may end up being just 7 millimeters thick. BGR also reports that the Galaxy S III may launch in over 50 markets simultaneously, which echoes HTC’s goal to launch its new HTC One phones worldwide in April.

source: venturebeat

 

 

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Four Must-Have Android Settings, From a Security Expert

February 23, 2012 Leave a comment

Google made an announcement last week that it has located a latest security flaw in Google Wallet,  through which a determined could root one’s non-rooted device ex post facto and retrieve your Google Wallet prepaid card. That was partly true. So we can assure that there is technical issue that remains still, even though if Google Wallet itself is safer.

To recap the Google Wallet brouhaha this month, first researcher Joshua Rubin from zvelo revealed a quick, simple brute force technique to extract the Google Wallet PIN from a rooted phone. But it actually requires some skills, but the next day The Smartphone Champ revealed that even in a non-rooted Nexus smartphone with Google Wallet, a thief can steal your Google Wallet prepaid card by simply wiping Google Wallet settings and attaching the app to a new Google account. Atlast, Rubin made a report on how a thief can root one’s non-rooted phone ex post facto and steal their Google Wallet funds. This is processed due to the root privileges that does not remove all the data on one’s Android device, and Google prepaid cards are stored in the device, not in one’s Google Wallet account.

Google made a respond to Rubin’s discovery. It suspended new prepaid cards on Sunday. The corporation began re-issuing Google Wallet prepaid cards on Tuesday, claiming that it has fixed the problem. But as a spokesman told Neil Rubenking, Google’s “fix” was to require users to contact Google Support to re-activate a Google Wallet account. So yes, the technical issue still remains.

Rubin, who discovered the latest hack and told us how one might get past the lock screen to perform the root exploit, offered four easy ways to tighten the security settings on your Android device. Not only do we urge anyone using Google Wallet to do this, but any Android user concerned about securing the data on his device should make sure the following Settings are turned on:

1. Enable Lock Screens: Under Settings\Security. Enable Face Unlock, Pattern, PIN, and Password to increase physical security to the device. Slide doesn’t do much.

2. Disable USB Debugging: Under Settings\USB debugging. When enabled, the data on mobile devices can be accessed without first passing a lock screen challenge unless Full Disk Encryption is also enabled.

3. Enable Full Disk Encryption: Under Settings\Security. This will prevent even USB Debugging from bypassing the lock screen.

4. Maintain Device Up-To-Date: Ensure the device is current with the latest official software. Unfortunately, users are largely at the behest of their carrier and cell phone manufacturer for this, but when you are finally prompted to upgrade your operating system, do so. Using only official software and keeping devices up-to-date is the best way to minimize vulnerabilities and increase security overall.

Bonus: Stick to official app stores. This is far less likely, but an attacker can also discover your PIN lock (which is necessary for him to root your phone) if you accidentally install a malicious app that records your personal data, including PIN. Most malicious apps are distributed through shady Chinese/Russian app stores; to be on the safe side stick to the Android Market, GetJar, and the Amazon App Store.

And always read through app permissions, as malicious apps typically make unusual requests. Most mobile security apps, like McAfee Mobile, Lookout Mobile, and F-Secure Mobile Security, come with an app auditing feature to help you keep tabs on permission requests.

Samsung: One In Ten South Koreans Now Owns A Samsung Galaxy S II

January 20, 2012 Leave a comment

Samsung Galaxy S II was unveiled  at the end of April 2011. The phone was not a much big hit except,  South Korea. Yes.  It has actually become a mega hit in the country. According to maker Samsung, the Android operating handset has been sold a thumping 5 million times in its domestic market from the date of its launch. This can be put differently as a little more than 10% of the country’s population i.e. 48 million people, are now the proud owners of  Samsung Galaxy S II.

According to Japanese business daily, The Nikkei, the first cell phone that has attained this graph in mobile-crazy South Korea is Galaxy S II.  The newspaper also reads that one out of four South Korean smartphones users owns a Galaxy S II. This brings out that the feature phones do not play a big role in the country anymore.

In 2011, Samsung commanded a 53% market share in South Korea’s smartphone industry.

The company recently decided not to take legal action against its fiercest competitor, Apple, in its home market – despite being in a patent war with the iPhone maker the whole world over. It looks like Samsung can afford it.

Source: techcrunch

Panasonic Announces Android Phone With 4.3-Inch OLED Screen For The European Market

December 15, 2011 Leave a comment

Panasonic has taken a gasp, it took them quite a while to re-enter. But as reported before, Panasonic has finally move into the global market for cell phones. After 2005, the Big P was selling mobile handsets especially in Japan. The company made an announcement on 9th of this month which reads that the firm is ready to spread its mobile business and in March 2012, it will start expanding the business to Europe. The company starts with a yet to named Android device.

Technical information meet a demand at this point. But it seems apparently that the highest selling point will be the phone’s 4.3-inch OLED screen that is enhanced with QHD resolution (960×540).

The company considers the European market to the right point for the first step of re-internationalizing its mobile business. It has planned a estimated sale of a total of nine million handsets in fiscal 2016 across Japan (Europe, Asia, the US, China, etc.), plus another 6 million in its home market.

Panasonic hasn’t stated yet when (or if) this handset will hit America, too.

Source: techcrunch

Researchers Find That Not All Androids Are Equally Secure

December 1, 2011 Leave a comment

 

Researchers at North Carolina State University (NCSU) have published a paper which details differences in Android security across eight models.

According to the results, only three phones “properly” enforced Android’s permission-based security model.

The declaration is that Google’s Nexus One and Nexus S phones with baseline Android configurations as well as the Motorola Droid “were basically clean“. Yet the pre-installed applications added by the manufacturers and carriers includes a considerable hazard of successful malicious attack to phones, says Xuxian Jiang, an assistant professor of computer science at NCSUand co-author of a paper describing the research.

HTC’s Legend, EVO 4G and Wildfire S, Motorola’s Droid X and Samsung’s Epic 4G showed “significant vulnerabilities”.  The EVO 4G was the most vulnerable phone with eight leaked permissions in the test. The Legend and the Wildfire had six leaks each, followed by the Wildfire and Droid X with four leaks each.

Jiang also reported,

Some of these pre-loaded applications, or features, are designed to make the smartphones more user-friendly, such as features that notify you of missed calls or text messages.  The problem is that these pre-loaded apps are built on top of the existing Android architecture in such a way as to create potential ‘backdoors’ that can be used to give third-parties direct access to personal information or other phone features.

The researchers said that they notified the software vendors of the discovered vulnerabilities prior to the release of the report and recommend that users should keep up with security updates from software vendors to protect themselves from attacks.

 

Source: tomsguide

IPhone stays on top as mobile OS share stabilizes

November 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Android possess the largest mobile OS usage by share, based on ad impressions, with iOS coming in second and BlackBerry in third, according to Millenial Media’s just-released monthly Mobile Mixreport. The shares have not really shifted at all since last quarter, mentioning that mobile worker may be expecting the smartphone market entering into a period of relative stability, at least in terms of how the OS pie is divided.

Android stayed on top with 56 percent of the connected device and smartphone OS mix; Apple stood in the second place with 28 percent for iOS. BlackBerry possessed the next-most-significant ratio of share with 13 percent. All of these were exactly the same during Millenial’s third-quarter Mobile Mix report,  covering the period of July to September. This could be a good news for Apple, which is still standing high atop the device pile, for ad impressions among all manufacturers, with 23.5 percent of impressions among the top 15 device manufacturers and 12.53 percent of the top single-device impressions going to the iPhone.

Apple’s share grew slightly compared to the third quarter results, Samsung and HTC has also faced a lot of growth. Considering HTC, it has surpass Samsung and was able to score second spot among manufacturers of devices. As Kevin has noted previously, China’s Huawei has also been creeping up the charts. But the combat for the second seems to be one that mostly affects the distribution of Android sales; IOS, as per its relatively stable market share, doesn’t appear to be all that affected by power struggles among the Android hardware maker ranks, at least during the past few months.

Apple also continues to grab a large portion of mobile advertising spending compared with Android, covering 40 percent of application advertising dollars versus 50 percent for Android devices. Apple’s position slid one percentage point between last quarter and October, while Android ‘s rose one point. Rather interestingly, in the month of October, the gaming application slid from a long-held first place position among the categories of apps that get the most ad impressions, replaced by music and entertainment apps which were in second place during last quarter.

Source: gigaom

Google’s Music Store Will Be in Android Market?

November 2, 2011 Leave a comment

Google misjudged and revealed that the Android Market will soon sell music.

Google is laying out to launch its music store within next few weeks, though it looks like rumors, it might actually be true, as one sharp-eyed blogger observed a slip up on the mobile version of Google Music. Though the blunder is corrected, it is not made before the blog took a screen dump revealing that the Android Market will sell music tracks.

For the knowledge of those who have already enlisted in the Google Music beta, the site says that it stores up to 20,000 of user’s favorite songs online for free. Users can log onto Google Music via their browser on the PC, if they wish to get started.  More information can be fetch up by the click of a button. The site was also able to get a second step before Google quickly checked the page: “Get songs from your favorite artists in Android Market,” the site read, “including hundreds of free tracks.” An additional button read “Shop Android Market” that led to this address.

As said, the mobile site was altered to cast aside the Android Market reference. When the service is really launched, Android device owners will likely see their Market app auto-update to reveal a Music fourth category as Google updates the browser-based version for desktops. This new Music section lets the users to buy music on the Android Market and can store the files for free in Google Music. Consumer either can load up the Music app on their Android device or load up Google Music in a browser to play back the files.

In case if Google plans to contend with Amazon, then all the files will be automatically stored for free, but any music that is uploaded to the virtual locker will be counted against the 20,000 song limit.

After all, now Google just needs to deal with movies and TV episodes…

 

Source: tomsguide