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Yet Another Android Malware Infects Over 4.2 Million Google Play Store Users

Even after so many efforts by Google, malicious apps somehow managed to fool its Play Store's anti-malware protections and infect people with …

CVE-2017-0780: Denial-of-Service Vulnerability can Crash Android Messages App

<b>by Jason Gu and Seven Shen</b><p>Just about anyone can appreciate a good old meme GIF every now and then, but what if one caused your Android Messages to …

Information Security

RIP Windows Phone: Microsoft ends support for its dying OS

Windows Phone 8.1’s support finishes today — and you wouldn’t bet on Windows 10 Mobile going much longer<p>Statistics can be wildly misleading. Being …

Windows Phone

How the CopyCat malware infected Android devices around the world

Check Point researchers identified a mobile malware that infected 14 million Android devices, rooting approximately 8 million of them, and earning …

Command and Control

Apple iPhone Ban Being Sought By Qualcomm

Qualcomm’s San Diego HQ<p>Qualcomm is seeking a block on the sales of iPhones which use chips from rival chip firms like Intel. The company says that these specific devices infringe six of its patents. There are two kinds of iPhone on sale, those which use Qualcomm chips and those which instead have …

Qualcomm

Survey: Apple iPhone demand improves as competition fades

From a note to investors by Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley that landed in my inbox Friday:<p><b>Surveys indicate steady demand in seasonally</b> …

IPhone 8

Malware Reaches Play Store as Google Wages War Against BankBot Trojan

The BankBot Android banking trojan is giving Google engineers headaches, as this particular piece of malware has a knack for avoiding Google's …

Google Play Store

The 'open and free' Android is no longer what anyone wants to buy (or sell)

The open Android is the most important Android.<p>Android is one of the largest and most popular collections of open source software that has even seen …

Firefox OS now completely dead as Mozilla lays off entire connected devices team

Mozilla isn’t having much success when it comes to expanding the reach of its most famous product. The company ceased development and sales of …

There's almost no money in making Android smartphones | ZDNet

Apple captured an estimated 104 percent of total smartphone industry profits during Q3. How is this possible? Because the Android vendors were busy …

Google shows that at least 10 million users ditched Android for iPhone

We may never find out exactly how many Android users switched to the iPhone 7. Apple keeps telling us that many iPhone buyers come from the dark …

This iPhone 7 video review from a hardcore Android fan is making Android users want to switch

We recently discussed how trivial and ridiculous it is to judge a person by what type of smartphone he or she uses. In fact, it’s absolutely …

Phones

Why Google’s New Phone Will Soon Be Irrelevant

Entering the hardware business is nothing unusual for an Internet giant like Google. But in launching its Pixel phone last week, Google (goog) is …

Supreme Court hears Samsung v. Apple oral arguments

Case addresses design patent damage awards<p>Samsung and Apple argued in America’s highest court today, capping off years of patent lawsuits with a debate over a tiny piece of the overall case. The arguments the Supreme Court heard today address how much of the profits from a product — in this case, a …

Patents

The mobile wars are over

It’s time to call it: The mobile wars are over. The mobile market was once vibrant and variegated, a virtual coral reef of odd devices aimed at specific users. There was a phone with a 3D camera! There was one with a weird version of Android that catered to the security-conscious! There was one …

Mobile

Apple iPhone 6s Crowned World's Best-Selling Smartphone

Apple’s iPhone 6s was the world’s most popular smartphone this past spring<p>Despite Android’s ultra dominance of the smartphone market, with over 80% market share versus 14.6% for Apple, according to the latest data from Gartner, Apple currently accounts for two of the three top-selling smartphone …

iPhone

Platform wars: the final score

The smartphone platform wars are pretty much over, and Apple and Google won. But it's interesting, in passing, to note the final score, and think …

Android Lollipop

App Store nets devs twice as much money as Google Play

Android might have more apps and a lot more users than iOS these days, but it’s still trailing far behind when it comes to making money for developers. Last quarter, the App Store made twice as much money than Google Play for app makers.<p>Android has long had a problem generating good money for app …

Android is imploding, and there's nothing that can be done to stop it | ZDNet

There are more OEMs scrambling over one another for attention than there are customers to go around.<p>Things are not good in Androidland.<p>In the space …

Google Play Hit with Rash of Auto-Rooting Malware

Google takes down LevelDropper app that automatically jailbreaks Android devices giving attackers complete control over devices.

Information Security

New data shows Android's market share is on the rise globally

Android is on the rise. In Western Europe specifically, where the world’s most popular mobile platform has enjoyed its strongest growth in over two years. According to new data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech for the quarter ending March 2016, Android’s market share in the EU5 (UK, Germany, France, …

Mobile Technology

iPhone dominating Android more than ever among teens

<i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>Are teens increasingly conservative?<p>In the context of phones, this seems to be the case.<p>Every six months Piper Jaffray performs an extensive survey -- called Taking Stock With Teens -- among the slightly …

iPad Mini
Samsung

Galaxy S7 vs. iPhone 6s: Real-world speed test leaves one phone shamed

Samsung’s new Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge flagship phones are now six days old. Apple’s iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are six months old. Is it fair …

iPhone sales fall for the first time

iPhone sales have fallen for the first time, as the global smartphone market grew at its slowest rate in eight years.<p>Sales of Apple's high-end smartphones suffered their first ever year-on year decline of 4.4 per cent, according to market analyst Gartner.<p>South Korean rival Samsung market share also …

Mobile World Congress

Android's Weakness Continues To Undermine Google

I guess there will be a celebration somewhere. The latest major version of Android, Marshmallow, has broken a psychological barrier and is now running on one percent of Google-powered devices.<p>The numbers, as always, come direct from Google’s own Developer Dashboard. Updated monthly, it counts the …

Mobile World Congress

Report: Google wants to take “Apple-like” control over Nexus devices | Ars Technica

To push the ecosystem forward, Google reportedly goes solo on designing the next Nexus.<p>A report from The Information <i></i>(subscription required) states …

Samsung profits plummet with sluggish sales

The electronics giant has posted a significant drop in its fourth-quarter net profits. The dismal figure has further called into question the future …

Who Won The Smartphone Wars: Google Or Apple?

Last week, an Oracle lawyer said in court that Google had made $31 billion in revenue and $22 billion in profit from Android, according to Bloomberg. …

Mobile