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Ten million Android phones infected by auto-rooting apps

Security experts have documented a disturbing spike in a particularly virulent family of Android malware, with more than 10 million handsets infected and more than 286,000 of them in the US. Researchers from security firm Check Point Software said the malware installs more than 50,000 fraudulent apps each day, displays 20 million malicious advertisements, and generates more than $300,000 per month in revenue. The...

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Nearly 1 in 4 people abandon mobile apps after only one use

Apple’s iTunes App Store is home to over 1.5 million apps and Google Play hosts over 2 million, but the number of apps that actually get installed and used on consumers’ devices is still quite small. We already knew that people only interacted with a small handful of third-party apps on a regular basis, and now, according to a new study on mobile app usage, we...

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Google releases Android N Developer Preview and install guide

As the battle between iOS and Android rages on, it can be said that both operating systems are wonderful. True, Apple’s offering allows more timely updates, but Google’s mobile OS is available to many manufacturers for various device types. It is clear why Android is the most-used mobile operating system in the world — it allows affordable devices, while Apple simply doesn’t. Today, Google shocks...

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Google can’t ignore the Android update problem any longer

Android 5.0 “Lollipop” was released about half a year ago, and while its adoption rate was much slower in the beginning, it has now spiked to almost 10 percent of the Android market, according to the latest platform distribution numbers from Google. Google usually releases a major platform, to which it gives a dessert-themed name, and then iterates on it with bug fixes and...

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Microsoft brings Android, iOS apps to Windows 10

Microsoft announced a four-pronged effort to bring developers and their apps to Windows at its build conference today. One of these prongs—a way for Web developers to present their sites as apps—was already announced at Mobile World Congress earlier in the year. The second prong is logical but not altogether surprising. In Windows 10, developers will be able to specially prepare existing Windows apps,...

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Dropbox acquires Sold

Dropbox is a name that's usually associated with online storage where it finds itself pitted against the likes of Google Drive and Microsoft's SkyDrive. But now the company could be branching out in a new direction with the purchase of Sold, one of the simplest online selling services ever invented. Sold existed as an iOS and Android app and the idea was that a...

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Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Android debuts

Malwarebytes products have been protecting PCs since 2008, but the company has now decided to broaden its horizons with the release of an Android app. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Mobile still has plenty in common with its PC cousin, of course. The app is effective, free, and very easy to use: just launch it, click Scan and watch as your apps are checked for malicious code...

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Android gains against flat US iPhone market share

What do the US market share leaders for cell phones and smartphone operating systems have in common? Android. Yesterday, ComScore released September to November US mobile subscriber market share. Yes, I initially thought to cover it then, but there was simply too much news from the first official day of the Consumer Electronics Show. So here we are a day later. Most of the...

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Google admits Android is misdirecting texts

Google admitted this week that an issue with how the Android OS handles contacts and text messaging is causing phones to sometimes randomly send or misdirect SMS messages to the wrong users. The issue was first reported in late June of last year, but was not confirmed as a legitimate bug until now. Engineers have been able to recreate the issue, and now say...

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Adobe lists Android devices that can expect Flash Player 10.1

Adobe began testing Flash Player 10.1 on Android 2.2 in late May, and hit the beta 3 phase last week. Today, Adobe announced that the final version of Flash Player 10.1 has been sent to mobile platform partners, and that Flash Player 10.1 will be available as a final production release on the following “Froyo” (Android 2.2) devices: