Apps

Android 4.2 security system cracks down on malware with app scanning

Malicious apps on Android may not be as big a problem as some would have you believe, but they are still a threat. That's especially true when you're sideloading apps onto your handset, as Google Play's built in security features don't check third-party apps. While Google Play does scan all apps that are uploaded to the store, apps from third-party sources get to skip the security check, potentially allowing for some nasty situations.

Google pushing for Android developers to pay more attention to tablets

The Samsung-made Nexus 10 is certainly a feast for the eyes, especially with that beautiful 2560x1600 display. There's just one problem: there aren't many Android developers who fine tune their apps for use on tablets. Instead of making a version of their app for Android tablets, a number of developers will just blow up their smartphone apps, which doesn't exactly make for the prettiest of experiences. Google is looking to change that, urging developers to focus on the tablet experience when it comes to their apps.

Android Community Weekly: September 28th, 2012

Another great week here at Android Community has wrapped up. There were a lot new app releases, as well as a plethora of news from Google. On the other side of the fence, Apple is still getting a ton of grief for its new Maps app and even apologized for how awful their mapping service is. All we have to say is that it's great to be an Android user right about now.

Google Play Store hits 25 billion downloads, celebration sale ensues

Android users have been frequenting the Google Play Store in a big way, with Google announcing that the store has hit 25 billion downloads. That may not seem like a big deal when you remember that the Apple Store hit 25 billion downloads earlier this year, but it's important to keep in mind that back in 2010, the Google Play Store was only at 1 billion downloads. That's a pretty significant jump in user activity (and, by extension, consumer adoption of Android), so it's only fitting that Google kicks off a new promotion to celebrate this milestone.

SoundCloud introduces in-app audio editing

SoundCloud is a great platform to upload all of your audio creations to, and a lot of people use it to publish their own music and podcasts for the world to listen in on and hopefully gain some popularity. A big chunk of their user base enjoys using the service's mobile app, and it updated today with some pretty cool new features.

Auto Trader for Android updates with history check and more

Shopping around for a used car can be a huge pain, and sometimes it's nice to have a mobile app on hand in case you're out and about looking for a good deal. Auto Trader is one of the UK's most popular services to find used vehicles. It's also pretty popular in the US, but the UK Android app updated today with some pretty cool new features.