One of the longest running multipurpose mobile botnets has been updated to become stealthier and more resilient and it could be a major headache for businesses.
Dubbed NotCompatible, the botnet is mainly used for instant message spam and rogue ticket purchases, but it could be used to launch targeted attacks against corporate networks because the malware allows attackers to use the infected devices as proxies. more»
While Android Open Source Project (AOSP) smartphone growth was a staggering 211 percent in 2013, things are slowing right down, and a projection is growth will fall to 18 percent in 2015.
ABI Research said the previous growth figures were driven by the rise of Indian and Chinese handset vendors targeted at the domestic market, growth in the Chinese market is slowing. more»
A US judge has rejected Samsung bid to put Microsoft’s smartphone patent royalties case on hold while the South Korean company pursues arbitration in Hong Kong.
New York Judge Jed Rakoff said the lawsuit would proceed despite the arbitration.
Microsoft sued Samsung in August, claiming it broke a collaboration agreement by refusing to make royalty payments after the US company announced its intention to buy Nokia’s handset business in September 2013. more»
In either a sign of desperation or a sign of largesse, Microsoft said today it will let people using the Apple Pad make and edit documents for free instead of paying through the nose.
Microsoft wants its software to be pervasive across every gadget and gizmo as the world has opened up to applications that don’t need an expensive PC or a pricey Windows operating system to work. more»
Andy Rubin, co-founder of the Android mobile business and head of its robotics effort is leaving Google.
According to a statement from Google, Rubin will start a company to support startups interested in building technology-hardware products.
It is possible that Rubin is getting a little bored. more»
Google has released a major update of Android, dubbed “Lollipop”.
According to Google, this is its thirteenth and most ambitious release of Android.
It has over 5,000 new application program interfaces (APIs) and to work on all devices.
Lollipop, it says, has a consistent design across different devices. more»
No one is entirely sure how succcessful smartwaches can be and the jury is still out on the matter.
But market research company ABI Research believes that after Apple releases its smartwatch in 2015, Android will face a real challenge.
ABI predicts that Android’s market share for smartwatches will drop below 50 percent, while iOS is likely to take 50 percent of the market. more»
Google has managed to avoid having to fight patent troll Rockstar Consortium in a Texas court that lawyers consider nicer toward plaintiffs
The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Thursday ordered proceedings stayed in Texas over whether handsets made by Samsung Electronics, HTC, AsuSTEK, LG Electronics and ZTE infringed on Rockstar’s patents because they used Google’s Android. more»
Want an Android smartphone for around 100 bucks? Go to India, because that’s where the action is.
Market analysts at IDC said Google has introduced what it describes as the “first wave” of Android One devices in India in collaboration with local gizmo makers Spice, Karbonn and Micromax. more»
Microsoft and Samsung cannot agree on the best city in the world to hatch out peace. Samsung thinks that Hong Kong is the best while Microsoft believes that it should be New York.
Samsung has started an arbitration proceeding in Hong Kong against Microsoft as the Seattle behemoth attempts to give it a Chinese burn over smartphone patent royalties. more»
Internet giant Amazon announced the Fire HD6 tablet, at a price of £79 for the base model. It also introduced the Fire HDX8.9 at £329, and two Kindles.
The cheap and cheerful Fire HD6 comes in two configurations, an 8GB and a 16GB version – the latter costs £99. more»
A Taiwanese supplier has received strong order for Intel based Android “white box” tablets.
So says Digitimes, which quotes an insider at Insyde Software as spilling the beans. Insyde has investment from Intel inside.
He or she said Intel will ship 40 million tablet processors this year, according to the report. more»
Mobile manufacturer BlackBerry said it has bought a UK company Movitu. Financial details of the transaction weren’t revealed.
Movitu makes so called virtual identities for mobile operators that lets many numbers to be active on a single device.
BlackBerry said this help device management for bring your own device (BYOD) and corporate environments. more»
Software giant Microsoft said it has introduced a beta version of its new MSN.
The company said it’s designed for a world where the cloud and mobile are the name of the game. It has content from major worldwide media and comes with productivity tools. more»
A hole in Android, Windows, and iOS makes Gmail a doddle to hack to steal personal information.
Researchers at the California Riverside Bourns College of Engineering and the University of Michigan have identified a weakness they believe to exist across Android, Windows, and iOS operating systems that could allow malicious apps to obtain personal information. more»