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Terry Myerson, Microsoft's Executive Vice President of Operating Systems, really stuck a knife into Google’s stomach yesterday at the Microsoft Ignite conference. More specifically, Myerson took issue with Google’s reluctance to prod its carrier partners into delivering timely OS updates for devices that run Android. "Google ships a big pile of… code, with no commitment to update your device," Myerson said yesterday when referencing the current state of Android fragmentation. "Google takes no responsibility to update customer devices and refuses to take responsibility to update their devices, leaving... Read more...
If you’re running Android 4.3 or earlier, you’re pretty much out of luck when it comes to a baked-in defense against a WebView vulnerability that was discovered earlier this month by security analyst Tod Beardsley. The vulnerability leaves millions of users open to attack from hackers that choose to exploit the security hole. For those that don’t already know, WebView is a core component of the Android operating system that renders web pages. The good news is that the version of WebView included in Android 4.4 KitKat and Android 5.0 Lollipop is based on Chromium and is not affected by the vulnerability.... Read more...
Several Samsung Galaxy mobile devices are now cleared to store classified information, paving the way for Samsung to tap a broad market of government agencies and private contractors that handle sensitive data. The green light for Samsung’s Knox security platform comes from the NSA, among other security agencies. Samsung Knox is cleared for storing classified data on several Galaxy devices. Knox initially met with resistance from some in the security industry, due to fears that it might be vulnerable, but the Department of Defense cleared Samsung devices earlier this year. The nod from the... Read more...
Under the hood, the Galaxy Tab S boasts of all of the high-end features you’d expect from Samsung’s latest flagship including an Exynos 5 Octa core processor, Android KitKat 4.4, 3GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of storage, and a microSD slot that supports up to 128GB. You’ll also find a front-facing 2.1 megapixel camera that supports Full HD along with an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash. To deliver the best possible visual experience, the high-resolution Super AMOLED display found in the Galaxy Tab S supports a resolution of 2560x1600 and boasts of a 73% wider color gamut... Read more...
In June, Samsung announced a new flagship line of tablets known as the Galaxy Tab S. Available in 8.4- and 10.5-inch versions, the Galaxy Tab S is geared towards media consumption, with hardware specifications that are designed to deliver an outstanding media experience. Not only does the Galaxy Tab S have killer hardware, but Samsung also managed to pack these features into the company’s thinnest and lightest tablet design yet. To deliver the best possible visual experience, the high-resolution Super AMOLED display found in the Galaxy Tab S supports a resolution of 2560x1600 and boasts of... Read more...
For those of you rocking HTC's One M8 Developer Edition smartphone, be on the lookout for an Android 4.4.3 KitKit upgrade containing the company's custom Sense 6 User Interface (UI). After being teased in a Twitter post midway through July, HTC more recently tweeted an update confirming that the ROM has begun rolling out over the air (OTA). A related update for standard One M8 handsets shouldn't be too far behind. And in both cases, this is probably the last KitKit update before Android L strolls into view, as HTC plucked all the security updates from Android 4.4.4 and put it into the Android 4.4.3... Read more...
One of Samsung's goals with its latest Galaxy Tab 4 tablets was to create a family of products that offered good value and versatility to a wide range of potential consumers. The new Galaxy Tab 4 family is available in three sizes: 7-, 8-, and 10.1-inches and the tablets feature lightweight materials, thin bezels, and HD displays. In March, we took a look at Samsung’s Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1. If the flagship Pro series is too much for you in terms of features or price, the Galaxy Tab 4 series may be a better option. Today, we’re going to take a closer look at the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 which... Read more...
One of Samsung's goals with its latest Galaxy Tab 4 tablets was to create a family of products that offered good value and versatility to a wide range of potential consumers. The new Galaxy Tab 4 family is available in three sizes: 7-, 8-, and 10.1-inches and the tablets feature lightweight materials, thin bezels, and HD displays. In March, we took a look at Samsung’s Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1. If the flagship Pro series is too much for you in terms of features or price, the Galaxy Tab 4 series may be a better option. Today, we’re going to take a closer look at the Galaxy... Read more...
The oft-rumored Samsung Galaxy S5 mini is now official. Samsung posted a press release today announcing the smaller version of its flagship Galaxy S5, a 4.5-inch HD Super AMOLED (1280x720) device that’s dwarfed a bit by its 5.1-inch big brother. This handset has the same design as the full-size S5, including the perforated back and soft grip. It’s powered by a “Quad Core 1.4GHz” processor (that is presumed to be the Samsung Exynos 3470 SoC), and it has 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB of onboard storage, and runs Android 4.4 (KitKat). The rear camera is 8MP with autofocus and LED flash,... Read more...
LG is probably getting a little tired of scraping for brand recognition versus big names like Samsung, Apple and yes, even Google.  However, the company is also likely taking solace in the fact that their smartphone sales figures are heading for an all-time high in 2014, with an estimated 60 million units projected to be sold this year.  Part of that success probably comes from private label sales of devices like the LG-made Google Nexus 5, though the LG G2 certainly sold its fair share as well. So, at the end of the day, LG is sort of the "sleeper" of smartphone makers and as a major... Read more...
LG is probably getting a little tired of scraping for brand recognition versus big names like Samsung, Apple and yes, even Google. However, the company is also likely taking solace in the fact that their smartphone sales figures are heading for an all-time high in 2014, with an estimated 60 million units projected to be sold this year. Part of that success probably comes from private label sales of devices like the LG-made Google Nexus 5, though the LG G2 certainly sold its fair share as well. So, at the end of the day, LG is sort of the "sleeper" of smartphone makers and as a major OEM display... Read more...
A couple of weeks ago, a rumor emerged that Google was collaborating with HTC on a new Nexus tablet with an 8-inch display. Further evidence has emerged that the two companies are working on--something--and it may very well be the aforementioned tablet. XDA Developers found some code in the Android 4.4.3 (KitKat MR2) changelist that reveals a device made by HTC with the code name “Flounder”. The aquatic naming scheme fits with previous Google hardware. The Google Nexus 7 (pictured above) could be getting a big brother There are no other identifying details available, so we’re... Read more...
It seems like the number of Samsung Galaxy Tab models in the company’s lineup is already quite large, but three more are landing as of May 1st. There will be 7-, 8-, and 10.1-inch models of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, and you can preorder them starting tomorrow. Available in black or white, all three of the Tab 4 tablets will be available in 4G LTE and WiFi-only versions and feature 1.2GHz quad-core processors, Android 4.4 (KitKat), 1.5GB RAM, 16GB storage, and Samsung’s MultiWindow and Kies technology. They all appear to have the same 3MP rear and 1.3MP front cameras, GPS+GLONASS, WiFi... Read more...
Suddenly, Google Glass updates are coming hard and fast, and Google says that’s largely due to the Android KitKat update. The most recent updates include the ability to view SMS text messages via iOS devices on Glass and a new Calendar Glassware that offers increased functionality, but that’s just the beginning. The KitKat update gives the specs better battery life and promises better reliability. Glass now has Photo Bundles which show your photos and videos from a given day clustered together for convenience, and you can now share photos in a Hangout. Google has reorganized the list... Read more...
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