Archive for the 'Android' Category

Android Security Perfect Storm Pending?

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Last January I reflected on my Android-only strategy and commented that a worrying area is Android security. The severity and number of vulnerabilities has since grown. For example, only today, the FakeId bug was publicised that affects all versions of Android from 2.1 to 4.4. Allied to this is poor security in top used apps. […]

Has Your Android App Been Repackaged as Malware?

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Trend Micro have an interesting recent article on repackaged Android apps. That is, apps that have been downloaded, reverse engineered, modified and re-uploaded to app stores to look like the original app. Modifications often include malware to capture private data and/or generate income from advertisements. Trend Micro found that nearly 80% of the top 50 […]

IDC Tablet Shipments Q2 2014

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

IDC has the latest Q2 2014 tablets shipments. The market declined a little by 1.5% with Apple and Acer seeing the larger market share losses. Lenovo saw the largest market share percentage gain. However, a large percentage gain of not a lot (2.4%) is still not a lot (3.3%).
 
IDC say the market is being impacted […]

Assessing App Store Revenue

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Benedict Evans has an insightful post comparing Google and Apple app store revenue. Only very recently have Google publicly stated Play Store revenue, I guess because only recently has it become large enough to compare to Apple App Store. The main conclusion is that while Google has about double the number of devices, it pays […]

New Android 4.3 Quad Core Single Board Computer (SBC)

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

A Kickstarter project came to fruition recently with the availability of the UDOO quad core 1GHz single board computer that can run Android 4.3. The board measures only 11cm x 8.5cm and has 76 fully available GPIOs, HDMI, WiFi, Ethernet, USB, Mini USB and type A USB.
 
 
This board is great for experimentation and might even […]

Developer Economics Q3 2014

Monday, July 21st, 2014

VisionMobile has a new free Developer Economics report for Q3 2014. As expected iOS and Android continue to hold the greatest mindshare. The only surprise for me is that Windows Phone has been steadily gaining mindshare and is now at 28% of developers. Two out of three developers still target consumers even though enterprise apps offers […]

Facebook Mobile SDK Vulnerability

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Last week I came across a post by MetaIntell regarding a Facebook SDK vulnerability under iOS and Android "affecting billions of installations". I have used the Facebook SDK in multiple Android apps so dug deeper.
There’s more information on the MetaIntell blog. On iOS, the Facebook SDK is storing access tokens in the app’s .plist and […]

A New Database For Mobile

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Realm has just been announced, a new database for mobile. Realm is the first database that has been built specifically for mobile. It claims to use few resources, be easy to use and fast.
Realm also usefully provides migration functionality (from one version of db to the next), an area where some ORM solutions start to […]