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Spyware found in Japanese Google Play Store

Ho boy. It seems that at Android enthusiast can't get his head down before yet another malware story slides across his writing desk. This time it's from Japan, where a researcher employed by McCafee found naughty apps in the regional Google Play Store sending private information to a remote server. Carlos Castillo documented his work on McAfee's website. The apps in question are the usual low-quality, generally useless fare, promising video players, anime and sexual content, which they only deliver after stealing personal information. Good grief, they could at least have the decency to engage in some good-old-fashioned piracy while they're at it.

NEC’s MEDIAS Tab N-06D looks cool, runs Gingerbread

Another week, another Asian tablet that's releaseing already behind the times. This time around it's Japanese phone giant NEC, whose MEDIAS line is getting a tablet entry in the form of the 7-inch MEDIAS Tab N-06D. While the slate is kitted out to be a decent little tablet, it's unaccountably running Gingerbread, despite a release date nearly five months after the release of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Good grief, guys, even Motorola is starting to work on ICS updates at this point.

Kairsoft’s latest Android game: Cafeteria Nipponica

You. Yes, you. Stop your giggling. "Nippon" is a dialect word for "Japan", and Kairsoft's latest Android game reflects that. Now that that's out of the way: noted Android RPG maker Kairsoft has teased its latest game for the platform, Cafeteria Nipponica, and it's set for release this Thursday. While the company didn't say much about the game itself, their history and the title should be more than enough to get the gist of it. There's no mention of whether the game will be released in English right away, but considering their habit of renaming games for the western market, it seems unlikely.

Sharp’s Evangelion Android phone is fan service done right

I'll admit, I was a little skeptical when I read that Sharp and NTT DoCoMo were releasing a modified version of the Japan-only AQUOS SH-06D to coincide with the release of the latest Neon Genesis Evangelion movie. "That's nice," thought I, "it'll probably be a mildly lame tie-in with a themed case and a few ringtones, like the R2-DROID-2." Yeah, apparently not. Fan site EvaGeek.org got a loot at a preview for the upcoming device, and the level of thought and care that's gone into it is astounding.

Sega plans Android release for MMORPG Phantasy Star Online 2

Android gaming has finally come into its own, and major publishers are starting to take notice. This includes gaming legend Sega, which has graced Android with its Sonic the Hedgehog and Super Monkey Ball franchises, along with a few others. But they're not anywhere near finished yet: Pocket Gamer reports that Sega's online RPG franchise Phantasy Star Online will be heading to Android in late April as a closed beta. Phantasy Star Online 2 will be released for Windows, PlayStation Vita and iOS as well. The good news is that the game will be free (with in-app purchases). The bad news? It's only confirmed for Japan so far.

Panasonic ELUGA headed to Japan March 29th, Europe soon after

Panasonic's most exciting mobile product in years is the ELUGA (and its big brother the ELUGA Power) spotted at Mobile World Congress, by the sheer novelty that it'll actually be available outside of Panasonic's home country of Japan. It'll stop off there first, though: NTT DoCoMo has announced that it'll make the phone available on March 29th as the NEXT series P-04D. (See, it's not just US carriers that give phones new names for no reason.) After that, it'll head for Europe in April, where the ELUGA Power is already stocked for pre-order. If you're a European who's miffed at the prospect of getting the phone later, take comfort in the fact that your phone won't be colored purple like NTT DoCoMo's.

Sony Tablet S and Tablet P ICS updates coming in April for Japan

Trying out your shiny new Tablet P on AT&T, only to wish it had an operating system that wasn't nearing a year out of date? Then you're in luck: Sony has announced that it'll be pushing out the Ice Cream Sandwich update to both the Tablet S and Tablet P in April, making good on its earlier promise. The bad news is that it's only confirmed for Japan at the moment; those with WiFi-only Tablet S machines in the US and elsewhere will have to wait an indeterminate amount of time to get their hands on the update.

Sharp RW-T110 tablet has Gingerbread and lots of cheek

What's more annoying than a brand-new Android device that's running an OS version behind? One that's running two versions behind, with no clear reason for doing so. Sharp's just unveiled their RW-T110 tablet for the Japanese business market, and as the title suggests, it's running Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box. For the sake of completeness, I'll note that Gingerbread was released in December of 2010, and Ice Cream Sandwich's open source code was published just over four months ago by Google. Nice try, Sharp, we'll see if you can product a tablet and tablet OS combination next year.
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