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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 end users and businesses increasingly exposed every day they use an Android device." Myerson... 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. The bad news is that those running Android 4.3 and earlier are wide open, which means that... 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 D.o.D. and its new spot on the NSA Commercial Solutions for Classified Program Components List (CSfC)... 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 than conventional LCD displays. The display also offers deeper blacks and a 100,000:1 contrast ratio.... 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 a 73% wider color gamut than conventional LCD displays. The display also offers deeper blacks... 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 firmware that's currently being beamed to users. Be warned that this is a fairly large file and... 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 is available in black or white with an MSRP of $269.99. LTE versions of the Galaxy Tab 4 are also available... 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 is available in black or white with an MSRP of $269.99. LTE versions of 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, and the front camera offers 1.2MP (FHD). Additional features include S Health, a private/kids mode,... 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 manufacturer, they've got the chops to compete with the best of breed in the race for superphone... 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 manufacturer, they've got the chops to compete with the best of breed in the race for superphone dominance.... 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 making an assumption here, but it would certainly make sense, given previous rumors, that “Flounder”... 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 802.11a/b/g/n, WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, and USB 2.0, as well. The only notable difference is their... 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 of voice commands, which it notes has gotten a bit long. Now, voice commands will be sorted “by... Read more...
Slowly but surely, Android 4.4.x KitKat is finding its way onto an increasing number of mobile handsets, tablets, and hybrid devices. According to Google's Developers Dashboard for Android, KitKat is now found on 5.3 percent of Android devices, a figure that's generated by analyzing devices that have checked into Google Play during the past 7 days. Behind KitKat is Jelly Bean (Android 4.1.x to Android 4.3), the second most popular version of the open source operating system. It holds a 61.4 percent share of the Android market. Combined with KitKat's prominence, the two most recent versions of Android account for two-thirds of the entire market (66.7 percent). Gingerbread (Android 2.3.3 to Android... Read more...
Android version 4.4.2 (KitKat) has been available for a while now, but there may be yet another incremental KitKat bump coming. Version 4.4.3 has apparently been spotted on some Google employees’ devices. Credit: Android Police Myce sussed out the version number based on Google’s typical naming scheme, and the version is running on both Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 devices. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your point of view), Android 4.4.3 is entirely a bug fix update. According to Android Police, there are plenty of fixes involved, which include: -frequent data connection dropout fix -mm-qcamera-daemon crash and optimization fixes -camera focus in regular and HDR modes fixes -Power... Read more...
Samsung introduced its PRO line of Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Note tablets at CES in January. We had a brief chance to check out these new tablets while at CES and now we have the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 in house for a full hands-on review. As you may recall, this tablet features a 10.1-inch WQXGA display that supports a resolution of 2560 x 1600. On paper, the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 has the hardware specifications we’d expect to see from a tablet that targets professionals who are looking for the “best of the best” including an impressive display, Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor, Android 4.4 (KitKat), 2GB RAM, and 16GB of Flash storage. Samsung also claims the Tab Pro 10.1 can... Read more...
Samsung introduced its PRO line of Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Note tablets at CES in January. We had a brief chance to check out these new tablets while at CES and now we have the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 in house for a full hands-on review. As you may recall, this tablet features a 10.1-inch WQXGA display that supports a resolution of 2560 x 1600. On paper, the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 has the hardware specifications we’d expect to see from a tablet that targets professionals who are looking for the “best of the best” including an impressive display, Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor, Android 4.4 (KitKat), 2GB RAM, and 16GB of Flash storage. Samsung also claims the Tab Pro 10.1 can... Read more...
It was just late December when the NVIDIA Tegra Note 7 got the latest Android 4.3 update, but NVIDIA announced that the device is already being updated to Android 4.4.2 (KitKat), and there’s now an LTE version is coming, too. NVIDIA is popping a fifth-gen i500 LTE modem into the Tegra Note 7, and the software-defined radio technology inside means it can receive upgrades without requiring new hardware. The KitKat update includes Gamepad Mapper, which allows players to use a physical Bluetooth controller to play touch-only mobile games. The original Tegra Note 7 (our review here) is just $199, and the LTE version costs $299 and includes the Tegra 4 processor and 72-core GPU, 5MP rear and... Read more...
Fact - bears eat beets. Bears, beets, Battlestar Galactica. Another fact - less than 2 percent of people who own an Android device are running the latest version, Android 4.4 KitKat. That figure will go up over time, and will rise rather quickly once Samsung puts into motion its plan to upgrade several Galaxy devices to the latest and greatest version of Google's open source operating system. Samsung sent us an email this morning confirming plans to roll out KitKat for several smartphone and tablet devices in the U.S. Those devices include the Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S4 mini, Galaxy S4 Active, Galaxy S4 Zoom, Galaxy S III, Galaxy S III mini, Galaxy Mega, Galaxy Light,... Read more...
LG says it plans to unveil its third generation of L Series smartphones at Mobile World Congress (MWC). In keeping with what made these devices popular for LG in overseas markets, the third generation refresh will retain a minimal design philosophy, but with upgraded hardware, user interface features, and the latest version of Google's open source operating system, Android 4.4 KitKat. All three offerings -- L40, L70, and L90 -- come constructed with a metallic frame and Quick Window smart cover that's available in three "vibrant" color options. It's actually the first cover from LG to be designed specifically for a mid-range smartphone. Beyond offering protection from nicks and scratches, the... Read more...
If you're looking to get the kids a low-cost Android tablet, your options are quickly opening up. Just ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Polaroid today unveiled its Q Series of sleek and affordable tablets running Android 4.4 KitKat, all of which are also powered by a quad-core processing foundation. There are three new tablets in all, including the Q7 (7-inch tablet), Q8 (8-inch tablet), and Q10 (10.1-inch tablet). All three come with built-in Wi-Fi, a "super-fast" quad-core processor, and the latest version of Google's open source operating system. "Tablets are changing the way consumers use and share their favorite media and memories, and Polaroid’s robust line... Read more...
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