The latest news, developments, comments and apps involving Android, Google's embedded mobile platform featuring in smartphones, tablets, set-top boxes, cameras, watches and some other rather unexpected places...


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Security: Android extends checks of application integrity

Google is responding to increased security concerns around Android by extending its checks for harmful apps on a device.

It says it adding to its general “service layer” for “further fortifying your Android phone or tablet”. Specifically, it is giving the option for the system to continually check your device…

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Mobile malware rates continue to rise

Worrying data about the poor level of security of our mobile phones, particularly Android phones, comes from a new report by Alcatel-Lucent, writes Richard Wilson.

The Paris-based networks firm says its data indicates that security threats are increasing and as many as 11.6 million devices may be…

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Android "KitKat" enforces sandbox security

One of the surprisingly popular articles on the blog continues to be What is… Security Enhanced (SE) Android? Maybe it is NSA being in the news, after Snowden.

But I’ve jut updated the piece with a snippet of information released on an official Android blog.

Writing about the open…

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University of Cambridge investigates side channel attacks on Android phones

We covered this one on our University Research blog, but it is worth highlighting again, I feel.

Researchers at Cambridge University have been evaluating the feasibility of malware-based ”side channel attacks” on Android phones using their accelerometer and gyroscope sensors. Apparently, there is a potential for the hijacking of…

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Android Device Manager locates, rings and wipes a lost device

Meant to cover this yesterday – Google has announced Android Device Manager, to help retrieve lost or stolen Android handsets. If you can’t manage to get your phone back you can choose to erase all of the data on your device…

The service will be available before the end of…

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The NSA and Android

Meant to write about this one last week… The headline on made me smile, I must admit - No wonder China is worried about Android – the NSA helped write its source code

It makes some interesting points, about the role of government in open source projects, and the whole…

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Time for Android to secure its reputation with direct-to-user updates?

This one caught my eye on ZDNet – Android should embrace a Windows-style security update model. I was jolted by the idea that an essentially Linux-based system had anything to learn from the notoriously vulnerable Microsoft systems.

But Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols makes some good points, and addresses the…

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