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More Android Opinion

  • Opinion: Symantec Shouldn't Backpedal on Android 'Malware'

    Symantec stirred up controversy last week when it announced the discovery of apps in the Android Market that it deemed malicious. Symantec has now stepped back from calling the apps "malware", but it still maintains that the apps in question do unwanted things that legitimate apps shouldn't do...so what's the difference, exactly?

  • Opinion: Smartphone Tracking Services Also Available on Android, Blackberry Handsets

    Apple hasn't cornered the market on a feature that allows you to find your smartphone if it's been lost or stolen -- Android and Blackberry handsets, as well as some other devices, can pull off the trick, too.

  • Opinion: iPad Loses Ground to Android Tablets? I Don't Think So

    Android fans are grinning wide today over news Android's global tablet share jumped to 39 percent in 2011, cutting into Apple's iPad market share lead. Should Apple start biting its nails? Hardly!

  • Opinion: Jailbreaking Waivers Set to Expire in 2012

    If you plan on jailbreaking your iPhone 4S using the new greenpois0n Absinthe software, you better hurry because there's a chance jailbreaking smartphones could become illegal again in the United States. Two exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that allow you to jailbreak and unlock your phone are set to expire in 2012. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights group, is hoping to have both exemptions renewed. This time around, the foundation is also hoping to legalize jailbreaking for tablets and video game consoles such as the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. If the jailbreaking exemptions are not renewed, the foundation says, jailbreaking could carry some stiff penalties including hefty fines.

  • Opinion: Intel's New Android Processors Show Off Mind-Blowing Speed

    Intel's booth at CES is always a great place to get a peek into the future of personal computing. At this year's CES, Intel had the several Android prototypes that were running on 32mm Intel Atom processors. These are the first Android phones that we've seen to be running on intel's architecture, and the tech giant was using the prototypes to demonstrate the benefits of Atom over other mobile processors.

  • Opinion: Up Close And Personal With The LG Viper And Sprint Galaxy Nexus

    Sprint held a special event for journalists and analysts alike at the TAO nightclub in the Venetian Hotel Tuesday night. The main event? The carrier's brand new LTE Android smartphones. I managed to get my hands on both the LG Viper 4G and Sprint Galaxy Nexus at the event; while this is by no means a full review, I liked what I saw from Sprint's newest offerings.

  • Opinion: Pioneer's AppRadio 2 for Cars Now Runs on Android

    Pioneer's second-generation AppRadio, the AppRadio 2, will be compatible with both iOS and Android devices, the company announced Monday at a press conference.

  • Opinion: Pantech Element: Hands On With an LTE Waterproof Tablet

    Though it was leaked a few days ago, it was still exciting to see Pantech's first tablet, the Element, up close and personal. After it was announced at this morning's AT&T Developer Summit, Pantech showed off its waterproof Honeycomb tablet to a select group of press.

  • Opinion: CES 2012: LG Wows with 55-inch OLED TV, 4G Android Phone, and Smart(er) TVs

    LG announced at the Consumer Electronics Show 2012 in Las Vegas a new 4G smartphone running on Verizon's network, as well as a sleeve of thin smart TVs, with 3D compatibility and Google TV on board.

  • Opinion: Huawei Announces Two Razor-Thin Android 4.0 Smartphones

    Huawei on Monday announced two new smartphones running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, one of which the company claims is the "world's slimmest smartphone." "Every millimeter counts," the chairman of Huawei Device, Richard Yu, said when introducing the Ascend P1 S and the thicker Ascend P1. Yu noted that the Huawei brand already has cachet in the Japanese and Chinese markets, but this is the first "hero" or flagship product from Huawei to land in the U.S.

  • Opinion: 6 Tech Bargains for 2012

    Procrastination is not often a virtue but when it comes to electronics, it often is.

  • Opinion: CES 2012: 5 Trends To Watch

    The Consumer Electronics Show kicks off in Las Vegas next Tuesday, and gadget makers are getting ready to show off their latest tech products for the coming year.

  • Opinion: Windows 8 'Clover Trail' Tablets Expected After Mid-2012

    Two more names were added Monday to the growing list of Windows 8 tablet makers: Acer and Lenovo.

  • Opinion: Samsung Galaxy S III May Debut in February

    Samsung is preparing the successor of the Galaxy S II, one of the most popular Android handsets and iPhone rivals to date. The Samsung Galaxy S III is expected to debut in February at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, while the first photo taken with the phone's camera has been purportedly leaked.

  • Opinion: Five Cool, Free Business Apps for Your New Smartphone

    Did Santa (a.k.a. the boss) bring you a new smartphone this year? Or maybe you decided to make the move from your trusty but aging BlackBerry to an Android phone or iPhone? Whatever the case, it's time to add extra "smart" by stocking your handset with some productivity-boosting business apps.

  • Opinion: Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab Might Get Ice Cream Sandwich After All

    Last week, Samsung released its list of devices that would be getting Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Curiously, the Galaxy S and 7-inch Galaxy Tab were missing from the roster, to which Samsung made a separate statement that the two devices did not have enough memory to run the new OS and Samsung's custom TouchWiz UI.

  • Opinion: Kindle Fire Hack Installs Ice Cream Sandwich

    Amazon's Kindle Fire is not only a great way to access Amazon content, soon it may also be a cheap way to get your hands on a tablet running Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest version of Android. JackpotClavin, a hacker on the xda developer forum, has released what is being dubbed as a pre-alpha build of Ice Cream Sandwich for the Kindle Fire. But as the term "pre-alpha" suggests this release is still a little buggy and is really targeted for developers who want to help improve how Google's operating system works on the Kindle Fire.

  • Opinion: Google: Android Activations Top 700,000 a Day

    Every day more than 700,000 people sign up for a new Android device, Google's Android chief, Andy Rubin, said late Tuesday via Twitter and Google+. That works out to nearly 5 million new Android users every week, which is about the equivalent of an iPhone 4S opening weekend every seven days. Rubin also clarified that Google's 700,000 activations per day includes new devices only and not resold ones. "We count each device only once," Rubin said in a follow-up post on Google+. "Activations means you go into a store, buy a device, [and] put it on the network by subscribing to a wireless service."

  • Opinion: Flash Player 11.1 Arrives for Android Ice Cream Sandwich

    The first owners of the Galaxy Nexus smartphone can finally enjoy Flash-based websites and videos across the Web. Adobe updated the Flash Player in the Android Market to version 11.1, which supports Google's latest mobile OS, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS).

  • Opinion: Carrier IQ Poses a Threat Despite Good Intentions

    Carrier IQ isn't the bad guy. The mobile device and network diagnostic firm issued a detailed report earlier this week explaining what its software does and how the data is used. However, benign intent doesn't change the fact that the Carrier IQ software infringes on privacy and exposes personal data to unnecessary risk.



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