Tagged: Android Security
Android Open Source Project (AOSP). In particular, this culture of openness, sharing, and cooperation has hardened and continues to improve the Android platform's security.
A vulnerability has been discovered in Nexus phones, which could render them useless. By sending a particular type of SMS message, the phone is forced to reboot and, in some instances, reconnect to the mobile data service. With that, users may not know their device hasn’t reconnected, essentially making it useless for a period of time.
1Password 4 is coming to Android. Currently in beta testing, the AgileBits team is gearing up to bring the latest installment to Android, having left us in the lurch since 1Password Reader in early 2012. That one was a bit behind iOS, but the latest installment should be a marked improvement.
AT&T will soon find another pre-installed app. This latest will be the Lookout Mobile Security app, which is already available from the Google Play Store. And similar to the version found in the Play Store, the pre-installed version coming to AT&T handsets will be available in a free and premium option.
Google has just started to roll out an update for its Google Play Services that, while surely bringing in some improvements or bug fixes, exhibits a rather strange and somewhat worrying behavior. For a yet unknown reason, the update disables the Android Device Manager without informing the user at all.
Android 4.4 contains a fix to yet another but weaker variant of the bug.
Eric Schmidt, in a remark delivered to a packed audience during a question and answer session at the Gartner Symposium, unequivocally said that Android is more secure than the iPhone. This unsurprising statement coming from Google's chief executive is sure to draw no small amount of discussion between fans of both platforms.