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31 Dec 12 3 LG Nexus 4 Features You May Not Know


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Below are the three features that you may not know your LG Nexus 4 have.

  1. Google+ storage – Photos can take a lot of storage space in your precious LG Nexus 4 with very limited internal storage. However, you can upload the photos you took in your Google+ account. This is also a good feature in the event that you lose your LG Nexus 4.
  2. PhotoSphere – The PhotoSphere is the update that Jelly Bean 4.2 brings with it 360 degree photos. LG Nexus 4 already enabled users to take panoramic photos. However, PhotoSphere takes this a step further and you can take photos of what is above and below you making sure you do not miss anything.
  3. Gesture typing – This is another feature unique to Jelly Bean 4.2 update and it brings a new keyboard in the style of the Swype keyboard. This feature allows you slide over the keyboard when typing the words. If you want to enable it, just go into settings and then choose Enable Gesture Typing on your LG Nexus 4.

On the other hand, some reports said that search engine giant Google is already working on the successor of the popular LG Nexus 4.

Google has been releasing Nexus smartphones and tablets over the years. Since it was launched, the Nexus line has included handsets from HTC, Samsung, and LG. However, it seems Google may be using the recently-acquired Motorola for its next phone.

Wall Street Journal quoted unnamed sources that a new device is on its way from Google-owned Motorola. These people say Motorola engineers are hard at work on a “sophisticated” handset codenamed ‘X phone.’ However, it is still unsure whether the device will be a Nexus-brand phone.

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Article source: http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/419322/20121231/lg-nexus-4-features-specs-2-jelly.htm

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29 Dec 12 Google Nexus review: What are Google ‘Nexus’ Android phone, tablet all about … – ABC15.com (KNXV


PHOENIX – iPhones and iPads are simple.  Apple only makes a handful of models and that’s it, that’s that.  The simplicity of their product line is part of the charm.  Android on the other hand is a totally different story. 

There is a long list of manufacturers all making different sizes, speeds, software versions, etc, etc.  There is some beauty to having more options but there is also a lot of confusion. 

Amid it all, there is one line of Android products that stands alone. The Nexus products from Google . Problem is, most people have no idea what “Nexus” is all about.

Nexus, is a line of products sold by Google. Google doesn’t actually make the smartphones and tablets.  It’s essentially a collaboration between Google engineers and a hardware company.  Think of it as Google’s idea of the perfect Android smartphone or tablet.

Here’s how it works: the people at Google who create the Android software work hand in hand different hardware companies to design the next Nexus product.  Usually in the world of Android devices, Google makes the software and then a hardware company takes that software and finesses it for their specific hardware.  The Nexus line is a marriage of the two processes.

Nexus provides synergy (man I hate that word).  It provides a connection between Android hardware and software that typically doesn’t exist.  It’s not always the best hardware out there and you often times miss out on some of the added features that manufacturers tack on to the Android OS.  None the less, you get the Android experience exactly as the creators of the Android operating envisioned. 

What many consumers don’t know is that most Android smartphones actually run a very modified version of Google Android.  This means each tablet or smartphone manufacturer will add their own software tweaks to give them the competitive edge.  They’re all called “Android” smartphones but the software can look very different on some devices.  In some situations this is a good thing, in other situations it just adds clutter.  Nonetheless, Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola and others have carved out their Android niche because of their added secret sauce.  With a Nexus device, it’s Android bare naked.  No tweaks, no add-ons and no skins.  It’s Android exactly as the software geniuses at Google dreamed it up. 

The best part about Nexus devices is that you will almost always get the latest updates to the Android software within days of it being released by Google.  Typically, months before normal Android smartphones and tablets get that same update.  If you’re a “bleeding edge” kind of techie, this is a big deal.  Otherwise, most consumers won’t care or notice the difference.

Right now, Google offers 3 Nexus devices including the Nexus 4 smartphone, the Nexus 7 tablet and the Nexus 10 tablet.  The smartphone is not connected to a cell phone carrier and is only compatible with att and T-mobile.  Buy the smartphone, slide in a SIM card from your selected carrier and you’re good to go.  No contracts, no commitments. 

Are Nexus devices the best?  Not always.  They offer a great marriage between the Android software and the exact hardware that Google dreams up.  Typically they have some of the best specs to date but not always. 

What you do get is a streamlined Android experience without the added clutter from the manufacturers and cell phone carriers.  You also get updates as soon as they’re released.  Best of all, you typically get this at a rock bottom price.  The Nexus 7” tablet starts at $199, the 10” tablet at $399 and the Nexus 4 smartphone at $299 (without any contracts).   These prices are hard to beat for the hardware you get and the “pure” Google Android experience. 

I’m currently testing out the both the Nexus 4 smartphone and the Nexus 10 tablet, look for my reviews in the coming weeks.

Have you tried out a Nexus smartphone or tablet?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter or Facebook .

Copyright 2012 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Article source: http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/science_tech/google-nexus-review-what-are-google-nexus-android-phone-tablet-all-about-yuhnke-tech-check

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26 Dec 12 HTC One S Android 4.1 update begins rolling out in select markets


We’ve been hearing about the Jelly Bean update for the HTC One S since July this year. While the One X received the update last month, the Taiwanese manufacturer seems to have kept up with its promise by beginning to roll out the Android 4.1 update for the One S. The update is available to select UK users of the device.

According to Android Central, the OTA update is rather large at 612.27MB and carries version number 3.16.401.8 and lists Android 4.1.1 as the software version. It brings along major Jelly Bean elements to the device along with a new version of HTC’s Sense UI, Sense 4+.

The Sense 4+ UI available as part of the Jelly Bean update, has several new features like HTC Get Started, HTC Watch 2.0, changes to the Gallery app and views, tweaks with the Camera app and much more. As of now, Sense 4+ is available to HTC One X (Review I Pictures) and HTC One S (Review I Pictures) users post the update. The HTC One X+ comes with Sense 4+ straight out of the box.

Other features as part of the update include a fix for battery issues that users have been complaining about as well as accessing the power saver option from the Notification menu.

Apart from the One X and One S, HTC had also confirmed its plans to upgrade the One XL with Jelly Bean. Now that two of the three have received their updates, we hope to see One XL users to be part of the Android 4.1 fraternity soon.

As a reminder, Jelly Bean aka Android 4.1 brings several performance improvements including Project Butter, which aims to make the user interface smoother. It also comes with Google Now and updates to Android Beam functionality.


HTC One S: First Look

Article source: http://gadgets.ndtv.com/mobiles/news/htc-one-s-android-41-update-begins-rolling-out-in-select-uk-markets-309978

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22 Dec 12 As iPhone Reigns In The U.S., Android Gains Everywhere Else


English: Apple iPhone (left) vs HTC Hero (right)

The iPhone and Android-enabled smartphones. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Apple might have taken a beating on the stock market recently, but new figures should give investors peace of mind — at least temporarily. In the last three months of 2012, Apple achieved its highest ever share of smartphone sales in the United States, with the iPhone taking 53.3%, a 17.5% gain from one year ago, according to Kantar Worldwide ComTech.

The research firm credits the latest iPhone 5 for the sales boost, and notes that Android’s share of U.S. sales slipped by almost 11%. The iPhone essentially took its place in first position.

Great news for Apple, but there’s a caveat: Android’s comparatively cheaper phones are growing everywhere else.

In Europe’s five biggest countries (Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain), sales of devices running Google’s mobile operating system stood at 61% in the last three months, up from 51.8% a year ago. Meanwhile the reign in Spain goes to Google, not Apple: Apple’s share is almost non-existent in the Mediterranean country, where its share of smartphone sales is a paltry 4.4%, and Android dominates with 84.1%.

In Australia, Android has raced ahead to claim 58% of smartphone sales, while the iPhone’s share has declined to around 36%. The gap is even wider in Brazil, where Android has leapt to grab 60.7% of sales, while the iPhone has fallen to just 1.6%. Kantar didn’t have growth data for sales in what it called “urban China,” but you can surmise a similar story: Android has 72.2% of the Chinese market, Apple 19.2%. Separate research from IDC also shows the iPhone’s ranking in China falling because of competition from cheaper, local handsets.

One of the big drivers of this international paradox for Apple is Samsung, which replaced Nokia earlier this year as the world’s biggest handset manufacturer. Kantar notes that in the last 12 weeks it had the biggest share of handset sales overall in Europe at 44.3%, while Apple trailed with 25.3%. Rival handset makers HTC, Sony and Nokia are still battling it out for third place.

Nokia may stand the better chance in Europe, depending on how consumers react to its latest Windows Phone 8 models in 2013 and better pricing plans from carriers. Windows Phone, which is primarily available on HTC and Nokia handsets, also benefits from strong resources that Microsoft can plug into marketing and distribution. And Nokia’s Lumia 920 is one of the few smartphones available on the Everything Everywhere (EE) 4G network in Britain.

One upside for Apple is that America isn’t completely saturated with iPhones; Kantar’s Dominic Sunnebo predicts that Apple may have more room to grow Stateside, and that the iPhone would  “make further gains” in December 2012. How long those gains will last is an open question, and comes amid pressure on Apple to release a cheaper version of the iPhone in emerging markets and other parts of the world where the company lags. The iPhone is crucial to the company’s fortunes, accounting for more than 60% of Apple’s group revenues

And there are yet tougher questions: will Apple get by on the resulting slimmer margins, and will Android’s lead overseas be so big that it becomes increasingly difficult to turn around the iPhone’s narrowing market share? We should know by this time next year.

Have a look at Kantar’s figures below – click on the image to enlarge:

Article source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/parmyolson/2012/12/21/as-iphone-reigns-in-the-u-s-android-gains-everywhere-else/

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18 Dec 12 The beauty of the Android fanboy battles


Ladies and gentlemen, a monumental shift is happening in the battlegrounds of mobile technology — and you don’t have to look any further than Android fan fights to see the effects.

We’ll get into the nitty gritty in a moment. First, we need to take a quick trip back in time: Not long ago, the emotion-packed debate among smartphone fans revolved almost exclusively around the “iPhone vs. Android” comparison. Just a couple short years ago, in fact, the main argument I heard from readers was how ridiculous it was that I dared suggest Android was in many ways more advanced than iOS.

Even the fact that I looked at ongoing trends and — way back when Android accounted for a single-digit percentage of the global smartphone market — had the audacity to point out that the platform was on its way to global domination was largely laughed off as blasphemous nonsense. I got called more bad names than I can count back then, and the number of people on the Android side of the fence was tiny compared to what it is today.

My, how things have changed. The latest numbers from ComScore show Android holding about 54 percent of the U.S. smartphone market, with Apple trailing behind at 34 percent. Globally, the disparity is even greater: According to IDC, three-quarters of all smartphones shipped worldwide in the third quarter of 2012 were Android-based, compared to just 15 percent for iOS. And remember, Apple launched its heavily hyped iPhone 5 within that very window.

The shift I’m talking about today isn’t about those numbers, though — not directly, at least. What’s more interesting to me is how the effect of that market change is starting to trickle down to the broader user perspective.

Allow me to illustrate: Over the last couple weeks, I wrote a series of stories sharing my pre-holiday recommendations for the top three Android phones both in general and for the various U.S. carriers. All of a sudden, I noticed a virtual bar-room brawl breaking out about my choices — people passionately arguing about how I could possibly pick Phone X over Phone Z, even insulting me because I didn’t recommend the particular phone or manufacturer they preferred.

Stop and think about that for a second: I’m now getting heckled for recommending one Android device over another Android device. The heated debate — the one that gets people’s blood boiling — is now over a perceived snub to someone’s Android brand of choice.

How cool is that?

That changing level of loyalty is a testament to how much the mobile landscape has evolved. This particular anecdote is just one example, of course; you can see the effect in plenty of places, ranging from similar intraplatform arguments to the iReminiscent levels of hype and rumor surrounding some Android device launches. Heck, we even have Android manufacturers pushing out attack ads against each other these days (seriously — who woulda thought?!).

So what’s it all mean? Simple: The game is no longer merely about working to grab attention away from the iPhone. Sure, that’s still a factor — and the mobile market is in a constant state of flux — but look at the numbers. For the moment, at least, that battle’s been won.

And let’s be honest: At this point, it doesn’t take much to one-up Apple (or at least significantly differentiate from it). The real challenge now is to win over hearts within the ever-expanding and competitive Android ecosystem — to stand out from the other Android manufacturers and stake a claim in this crowded realm of dessert-flavored delights.

That means LG has to keep stepping up its efforts if it wants to steal some of Samsung’s share. HTC has to figure out a way to expand its availability and punch up its marketing if it’s going to stay relevant. Motorola’s gotta fight to rebuild its reputation as a first-class handset-maker. And Samsung — much like Apple two years ago — had better not rest on its laurels if it wants to hang onto its crown.

The best part? No matter how it all plays out, we, the consumers of Android products, invariably win. In terms of technology and innovation, Android is moving at a breakneck pace — and it’s no small wonder.

Android Power TwitterWhen you compare this to the Apple-centric state of the mobile tech ecosystem a few short years ago, it’s really just mind-blowing. And it makes me more excited than ever to see what new competition-driven innovations — and competition-fueled discussions — 2013 will bring.

[Android battle image courtesy Vu Viet Anh (aoisora9x).]

Article source: http://blogs.computerworld.com/android/21518/android-fanboy-battles

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18 Dec 12 Android banking Trojans were in Google Play store


3 days

Mobile banking Trojans for Android devices, disguised as real banking apps, have made their way into the official Google Play store, where at least one was up until earlier this week.

Google

Once a user downloads and launches one of the malicious apps, which are all variants of the CitMo Trojan, the app prompts users to enter their phone numbers. Then users are asked to enter a 5-digit code they receive via text message.

Entering that code “authorizes” the app, which then hides text messages to and from financial institutions by creating two new files.

“The file ‘hide.txt’ will contain information about the numbers which must be hidden if an incoming SMS message is received from [them],” Kaspersky Lab expert Denis Maslennikov said in a blog posting.

“The file ‘view.txt’ will contain information about numbers which must be shown on the screen if an incoming SMS message is received from [them]. These actions are performed in order to hide all the activities related to the transfer of money stolen from a user’s account.”

Maslennikov added that one developer, listed as “Samsonov Sergey” (the names are likely reversed),  was responsible for at least three banking Trojans that made it into Android’s official app store, all with the exact same functionality.

To its credit, Maslennikov said, Google rid Google Play of the offending apps Thursday, the day after Kaspersky alerted it to the bugs.

These aren’t the first malicious apps to make it into Google Play, but the official store is much safer to buy from than “off-road” app markets.

No matter where its owner shops for apps, every Android device should have anti-virus software installed.

Copyright 2012 TechNewsDaily, a TechMediaNetwork company. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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HTC security flaw lets malicious apps steal Wi-Fi passwords

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Samsung Smart TV

Who’s watching whom? Camera-equipped TV can be hacked, says researcher

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Article source: http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/technolog/android-banking-trojans-were-google-play-store-1C7615013

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15 Dec 12 Android banking Trojans were in Google Play store – Technology on NBCNews …


2 hrs.

Mobile banking Trojans for Android devices, disguised as real banking apps, have made their way into the official Google Play store, where at least one was up until earlier this week.

Google

Once a user downloads and launches one of the malicious apps, which are all variants of the CitMo Trojan, the app prompts users to enter their phone numbers. Then users are asked to enter a 5-digit code they receive via text message.

Entering that code “authorizes” the app, which then hides text messages to and from financial institutions by creating two new files.

“The file ‘hide.txt’ will contain information about the numbers which must be hidden if an incoming SMS message is received from [them],” Kaspersky Lab expert Denis Maslennikov said in a blog posting.

“The file ‘view.txt’ will contain information about numbers which must be shown on the screen if an incoming SMS message is received from [them]. These actions are performed in order to hide all the activities related to the transfer of money stolen from a user’s account.”

Maslennikov added that one developer, listed as “Samsonov Sergey” (the names are likely reversed),  was responsible for at least three banking Trojans that made it into Android’s official app store, all with the exact same functionality.

To its credit, Maslennikov said, Google rid Google Play of the offending apps Thursday, the day after Kaspersky alerted it to the bugs.

These aren’t the first malicious apps to make it into Google Play, but the official store is much safer to buy from than “off-road” app markets.

No matter where its owner shops for apps, every Android device should have anti-virus software installed.

Copyright 2012 TechNewsDaily, a TechMediaNetwork company. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

316 days


HTC security flaw lets malicious apps steal Wi-Fi passwords

1 day

Samsung Smart TV

Who’s watching whom? Camera-equipped TV can be hacked, says researcher

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Article source: http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/technolog/android-banking-trojans-were-google-play-store-1C7615013

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15 Dec 12 Android banking Trojans were in Google Play store – Technology on NBCNews …


2 hrs.

Mobile banking Trojans for Android devices, disguised as real banking apps, have made their way into the official Google Play store, where at least one was up until earlier this week.

Google

Once a user downloads and launches one of the malicious apps, which are all variants of the CitMo Trojan, the app prompts users to enter their phone numbers. Then users are asked to enter a 5-digit code they receive via text message.

Entering that code “authorizes” the app, which then hides text messages to and from financial institutions by creating two new files.

“The file ‘hide.txt’ will contain information about the numbers which must be hidden if an incoming SMS message is received from [them],” Kaspersky Lab expert Denis Maslennikov said in a blog posting.

“The file ‘view.txt’ will contain information about numbers which must be shown on the screen if an incoming SMS message is received from [them]. These actions are performed in order to hide all the activities related to the transfer of money stolen from a user’s account.”

Maslennikov added that one developer, listed as “Samsonov Sergey” (the names are likely reversed),  was responsible for at least three banking Trojans that made it into Android’s official app store, all with the exact same functionality.

To its credit, Maslennikov said, Google rid Google Play of the offending apps Thursday, the day after Kaspersky alerted it to the bugs.

These aren’t the first malicious apps to make it into Google Play, but the official store is much safer to buy from than “off-road” app markets.

No matter where its owner shops for apps, every Android device should have anti-virus software installed.

Copyright 2012 TechNewsDaily, a TechMediaNetwork company. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

316 days


HTC security flaw lets malicious apps steal Wi-Fi passwords

1 day

Samsung Smart TV

Who’s watching whom? Camera-equipped TV can be hacked, says researcher

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Article source: http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/technolog/android-banking-trojans-were-google-play-store-1C7615013

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15 Dec 12 Android banking Trojans were in Google Play store – Technology on NBCNews …


2 hrs.

Mobile banking Trojans for Android devices, disguised as real banking apps, have made their way into the official Google Play store, where at least one was up until earlier this week.

Google

Once a user downloads and launches one of the malicious apps, which are all variants of the CitMo Trojan, the app prompts users to enter their phone numbers. Then users are asked to enter a 5-digit code they receive via text message.

Entering that code “authorizes” the app, which then hides text messages to and from financial institutions by creating two new files.

“The file ‘hide.txt’ will contain information about the numbers which must be hidden if an incoming SMS message is received from [them],” Kaspersky Lab expert Denis Maslennikov said in a blog posting.

“The file ‘view.txt’ will contain information about numbers which must be shown on the screen if an incoming SMS message is received from [them]. These actions are performed in order to hide all the activities related to the transfer of money stolen from a user’s account.”

Maslennikov added that one developer, listed as “Samsonov Sergey” (the names are likely reversed),  was responsible for at least three banking Trojans that made it into Android’s official app store, all with the exact same functionality.

To its credit, Maslennikov said, Google rid Google Play of the offending apps Thursday, the day after Kaspersky alerted it to the bugs.

These aren’t the first malicious apps to make it into Google Play, but the official store is much safer to buy from than “off-road” app markets.

No matter where its owner shops for apps, every Android device should have anti-virus software installed.

Copyright 2012 TechNewsDaily, a TechMediaNetwork company. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

316 days


HTC security flaw lets malicious apps steal Wi-Fi passwords

1 day

Samsung Smart TV

Who’s watching whom? Camera-equipped TV can be hacked, says researcher

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Article source: http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/technolog/android-banking-trojans-were-google-play-store-1C7615013

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15 Dec 12 Android banking Trojans were in Google Play store – Technology on NBCNews …


2 hrs.

Mobile banking Trojans for Android devices, disguised as real banking apps, have made their way into the official Google Play store, where at least one was up until earlier this week.

Google

Once a user downloads and launches one of the malicious apps, which are all variants of the CitMo Trojan, the app prompts users to enter their phone numbers. Then users are asked to enter a 5-digit code they receive via text message.

Entering that code “authorizes” the app, which then hides text messages to and from financial institutions by creating two new files.

“The file ‘hide.txt’ will contain information about the numbers which must be hidden if an incoming SMS message is received from [them],” Kaspersky Lab expert Denis Maslennikov said in a blog posting.

“The file ‘view.txt’ will contain information about numbers which must be shown on the screen if an incoming SMS message is received from [them]. These actions are performed in order to hide all the activities related to the transfer of money stolen from a user’s account.”

Maslennikov added that one developer, listed as “Samsonov Sergey” (the names are likely reversed),  was responsible for at least three banking Trojans that made it into Android’s official app store, all with the exact same functionality.

To its credit, Maslennikov said, Google rid Google Play of the offending apps Thursday, the day after Kaspersky alerted it to the bugs.

These aren’t the first malicious apps to make it into Google Play, but the official store is much safer to buy from than “off-road” app markets.

No matter where its owner shops for apps, every Android device should have anti-virus software installed.

Copyright 2012 TechNewsDaily, a TechMediaNetwork company. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

316 days


HTC security flaw lets malicious apps steal Wi-Fi passwords

1 day

Samsung Smart TV

Who’s watching whom? Camera-equipped TV can be hacked, says researcher

Close post

Article source: http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/technolog/android-banking-trojans-were-google-play-store-1C7615013

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