Android

Install apps over the web with AppBrain

I admit, I'm an AppBrain fanboy.  Using a phone to dig and search through all the 68,000+ apps things in the Android Market is enough to drive anyone insane, so I don't do it unless I have to.  Today, using AppBrain just got better -- you can now install apps direct to your device, right from the AppBrain website.  Yes, just like the 'coming feature' from Google that Vic  Gundutra demoed at Google I/O, without the wait.  And it works on all modern versions of Android (1.5 and higher).  Hit the break for a quick how-to and a vi

Rootkits ready for Android phones

Activated by SMS

Insecurity experts are going to demonstrate a "rootkit" program they've written for Google's Android phone next month at the Defcon hacking conference in Las Vegas.

Christian Papathanasiou, a security consultant with Chicago's Trustwave said that once it's installed on the Android phone, the rootkit can be activated via a phone call or SMS. It gives attackers a stealthy and hard-to-detect tool for siphoning data from the phone or misdirecting the user.

Nvidia CEO: Hardware Makers Uniting Behind Android

Hardware makers will unite behind Google's Android as the primary operating system for tablet computers, according to Nvidia's CEO.

Tablets are shaping up to be one of the highlights of the annual Computex show in Taipei, where hardware makers are showing off their latest products and prototypes. Most manufacturers are expected to show off tablets, with some designed to run Android and others Windows. But Windows isn't the best choice for a tablet, said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO at Nvidia.

Android outsells Apple iPhone

Smartphones based on Google’s Android mobile operating system have outsold Apple’s iPhone in the U.S. during the first quarter of 2010, according to a report by research firm The NPD Group. The data places Android, with 28 percent of the smartphone market, in second place behind RIM’s Blackberry smartphone market share of 36 percent. Apple now sits in third place with 21 percent.

Remote desktop from your phone

From time to time, it's pretty darn handy to be able to access -- and control -- a desktop computer from your phone. Maybe you're the IT-type, maybe it's a family member who swears they don't know where all those racy pop-ups are coming from. Either way, a good VNC client can sure come in handy. And Log Me In Ignition is now in beta, and we took it for a test drive. Check it out after the break.

Dropbox Android App Released

 

NOTE: Find the Dropbox App in the Android Marketplace on your phone. Anyone who wants to sign up using my referral is welcome ;)

Whew, glad I got that off my chest. We know it’s been a long time in the making, but we’re super stoked about releasing all this stuff to you. Sorry for being so secretive!

Twitter releases official Android app

Android 2.1+ Two weeks ago, Twitter announced it was developing its own official Android app. Today, that client was released. You can find it now in the Android Market. [link] There's been a bit of gnashing of teeth over whether Twitter is effectively stabbing outside developers in the back. But after just a few minutes with the app, that's certainly not the case yet, for a couple reasons.

HP Compaq Airlife 100 Android netbook

Seems like only yesterday that we were talking about the HP Compaq Airlife 100 Android netbook -- oh, wait, it was, both here and on the special Emergency PalmCast Broadcast in the wake of HP buying Palm for $1.2 billion.

Skyfire 2.0 for Android (Beta)

Skyfire has launched v2.0 of its Android browser that brings with it a new “SkyBar” that gives you automatic Flash video streaming. The browser doesn’t actually play Flash natively, it goes through Skyfire’s servers which are then converted to formats that the mobile is happier to stream, such as HTML5....

Android 2.2 gets integrated Flash support

Google’s VP of Engineering Andy Rubin has confirmed that the Android 2.2 (Froyo) release will bring with it full Adobe Flash support. Talking to the New York Times, Rubin promised that full support (hopefully Flash 10.1) is coming to the next version of Android.

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