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Google working on a fix for Android SMS-phishing vulnerability

Today we're getting a bit of alarming news, with researchers at NC State University discovering a SMS-phishing flaw in multiple Android platforms. The flaw allows malicious apps to create and "send" fake SMS messages to the user, potentially getting them to hand over personal information. The good news is that Google got to work on a patch for the vulnerability shortly after it became aware of the issue, so at least the big G is acting fast in this case.

Google+ SMS support added in 41 countries

Who loves Google+ and thinks it's the best social network? In case you guys didn't know, you can post updates and respond to comments using SMS just like Facebook and others offer. The only problem here is this feature was limited to the US and parts of India. Today Google has announced this feature is now available in 41 new countries. You can now update your social status no matter where you are with a quick text message.

Virgin Mobile data and text services down in the US

Here we go again. Reports from Virgin Mobile customers all over the United States indicate that both data and SMS (text) services are non-responsive. Virgin is aware of the problem, and while they're working on it, they don't have any solutions or timeframes just yet. It looks like every Virgin Mobile phone in the country is affected, which might mean it's either a small problem that caused the whole system to crash or a big, hulking disaster that will take quite a while to fix.

Google removes 22 SMS Trojans from the Android Market

Microsoft may like playing fun at the growing Android malware problem, but you'd have a hard time convincing most regular users that it's an issue. That's mostly down to admirable vigilance on Google's part in keeping the Market clean of malware and Trojans, as evidenced by their latest sweep, wherein no less than 22 fake apps were removed at once. AndroidGuys reports that all of them came from a single source, labelled as ReFraud, and were disguised as various popular but not overly obvious apps, like wallpapers and simple games.

Google Voice is getting MMS – raise your hand if you care

Well folks, it's Friday, October 14th, and the day that so many have waited so long for has finally arrived. The world waits with breathless anticipation of news concerning their favorite mobile devices. The Google Voice team is implementing MMS into its text messaging services at long last. Reports of college kids rioting in the streets outside the Google campus have not been confirmed.

Share Contacts by SMS on your Android Phone [Business Card]

Most of you can probably agree that you have had to do this at one time or another on your Android phone. Get someone a phone number, send your friend or a co-worker someones number and wished there was an easy and simple way for this to happen. Well now you can with Share Contacts by SMS. Instead of trying to copy/paste it, or write the number down or try to remember it in your head. Now you'll never need to do that again.

SMS Bug Fix for Nexus S Coming Soon

When the SMS bug for many Android devices was discovered, the internet went crazy. Texts were being sent to wrong people, and, if anything, it was a huge annoyance. Now users are getting a bit of a relief with Samsung announcing that the OTA fix will be coming soon.

Verizon Introduces VCAST Messages SMS Application

Let's face it, Verizon's VCAST apps are not usually ground breaking. Only offering up some core services that are attached to Verizon's music and location services, they are usually overlooked. However, this time, Verizon has gone and released their own texting application, and it's pretty decent. On track to compete with Handcent and Chomp the Verizon VCAST Messenger allows users to send text messages, and the software isn't actually terrible. There is an option for sending texts to recent calls so you can easily notify someone about your status if you just missed their call, as well as location based messaging and a group conversation feature. Currently available for the original Droid, Droid 2, Droid X, LG Ally, Eris, Incredible and Fascinate, it may be a nice way to change things up a bit. QR Code: [Download Link] [Via DroidLife]

Possible Android SMS Bug Fix v. Wipe and Block

You'll remember the epic story of the SMS Bug going around for months now, gaining large attention over the past few days - see both [UPDATE] Android SMS Bug Now Has "Critical" Priority and [Rally with Us] to Fix The Android SMS Bug posts for full details. Seems now the bug's been parred down to a separate issue with receiving emails-to-SMS from Bank of America, SMS alerts sent by Linkedin, and SMS alerts sent by T-Mobile. Each of these appear to corrupt Android's SQLite database, making things go wild. All of this is detailed in a separate Issue in the Google Code reporting site, #1233.

[Update] Android SMS Bug Now Has “Critical” Priority

Hooray! Since yesterday when the entire internet (or at least a few hundred - thousand - million people who're on Android) rallied behind making the Android SMS Bug a thing of the past by dropping a gigantic amount of clicks on the 9392 SMS BUG thread in the Google Android code complaint department. In the time between then and now, the thread went from medium priority up to CRITICAL! This is totally rockin since this problem has been on the books since way back in June, 2010.
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