Articles about Android

$10bn Oracle v Google copyright jury verdict: Google wins, Java APIs in Android are Fair Use

Google has won the latest round in its long-running battle with Oracle over the use of Java class library APIs in Android. A San Francisco jury today found that Google's reuse of Java's core software interfaces in its own mobile operating system should be considered Fair Use – meaning Google can avoid paying royalties to …
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The Schmidt's hit by the fan: Alphabet investor sues Google bigwigs over EU antitrust ruckus

An Alphabet shareholder is suing company executives – including exec chairman Eric Schmidt, CEO Larry Page, and president Sergey Brin – for their roles in Google's EU antitrust case. Robert Jessup has filed suit [PDF] in a California state court against more than three dozen people, including the Google cofounders and long- …
Shaun Nichols, 26 May 2016

​The hybrid cloud wants your data

Promo A coding competition is coming soon, brought to you by The Register in partnership with IBM. For now all we can tell you is that IBM's Cloudant platform will play a part in the proceedings. So let's get the ball rolling with this call to developers, data science professionals and IT analytic architects to sign up now for a …
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WinPhone? No PayPal, pal

PayPal's app will be discontinued on all Amazon Fire, Windows Phone and BlackBerry devices in June after the release of a new version, 6.0. PayPal will only be supporting Android and iOS devices following declining sales on other platforms. PayPal customers on those platforms have been advised to use its mobile web service …
Katyanna Quach, 26 May 2016
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Android might be on the way to the Raspberry Pi

Android might just be coming to the Raspberry Pi. Evidence for the development can be found here in the recently-created android/device/pifoundation/rpi3 directory at android.googlesource.com. It's an empty tree and has been since its creation on April 19th, 2016 by someone called Thomas Joseph Avila who has a google.com …
Simon Sharwood, 26 May 2016
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RIP Nexus Player – the truth

Google has told El Reg that its smart TV gizmo Nexus Player is not quite dead, despite rumors to the contrary, after it was removed from the Google Store. "Nexus Player is still available on some retail sites," a spokesperson said. "Android TV continues to be a living room favorite as one of the best smart TV experiences. We …
Iain Thomson, 26 May 2016
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Android security 'shame list'

Google may name and shame makers of Android phones, slabs and gizmos that do not push out security patches fast enough to people, it's reported. The ad giant is a bit cheesed-off that some manufacturers are being rather tardy in signing off and distributing patches for the lowest levels of its mobile operating system Its …
Chris Williams, 26 May 2016

Hooves in spaaace: Goat Simulator goes galactic

Swedish games outfit Coffee Stain Studios has announced it's releasing a galactic expansion to its popular 2014 ram-'em-up Goat Simulator, which finally offered goat wannabes the chance to fulfil their caprine fantasies. Entitled Waste of Space, the expansion's premise is that players "get to beat or trick people into …
Lester Haines, 25 May 2016

Google to kill passwords on Android, replace 'em with 'trust scores'

Google is planning to use “trust scores” to kill off traditional passwords on Android. The internet giant wants to get rid of password logins, at least for Android apps, by 2017. Google outlined its plans at its I/O conference last week. Google's Trust API technology would use a variety of metrics to create a trust score. …
John Leyden, 24 May 2016
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Atlassian cuts Bamboo from the cloud, lays pipelines into Bitbucket

Atlassian has further cut off developers’ hopes of some peace and quiet by announcing full mobile apps that will plug them into its key platforms. The announcement came as it kicked off its Atlassian Camp even in Barcelona, where it also announced it was adding pipelining to its cloud-based Bitbucket code repository product, …
Joe Fay, 24 May 2016
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90 days of Android sales almost beat 9 months' worth for all flavours of Win 10

Microsoft has trumpeted the fact that 300 million devices now run Windows 10, but the scale of its failure to extend its operating system dominance into mobile can be seen in the fact that of the 349 million smartphones sold in 2016's first quarter, 293.7m ran Android. And just 2.4m ran Windows Phone. Those numbers come from …
Simon Sharwood, 24 May 2016

Goracle case goes to jury

The copyright battle between Oracle and Google is now in the hands of the jury. Both sides delivered closing arguments Monday and deliberations in the case formally began. Oracle is accusing Google of stealing code Oracle acquired in the Sun deal, and using it to build the Android mobile platform. Google claims its use of the …
Shaun Nichols, 23 May 2016
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Google releases v4 Safe Browsing API

Developers using Google's Safe Browsing API: get ready for an upgrade. The Chocolate Factory's announced v4 of the API, and is deprecating prior versions. Announced here, the update pays more attention to mobile users. As Googlers Emily Schechter and Alex Wozniak write, that means the API had to be optimised to reduce power …

Modular phone Ara to finally launch

A modular phone that will let you snap on and pull off different components as you wish will finally launch this fall, Google has announced. The Ara project was originally announced in October 2013 and was part of the acquired Motorola Mobility business. Since then it has become part of Google's Advanced Technology and …
Kieren McCarthy, 20 May 2016
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Symphony enters messaging app market

Entering an already crowded market, Symphony has announced it will produce an iOS app for its cloud-based messaging service. The Google-backed company's service is used largely by financial institutions due to its high-level security, but is currently only available through a browser. The iPhone app will be released next week …
Kieren McCarthy, 20 May 2016
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Being an IT trainer is like performing the bullet-catching trick

Something for the Weekend, Sir? I’m on stage with a gun pointing at my heart. There is the sound of nervous shuffling as those sitting in the stalls squirm in their seats. Then silence: the audience quickly falls still and holds it breath. The man armed with the musket is raising the muzzle to take better aim before slowly squeezing the trigger… He pauses. “ …
Alistair Dabbs, 20 May 2016

The Sons of Kahn and the Witch of Wookey

Stob Editor's Note: Verity Stob's Chronicles of Delphi [King James ed.] began in 1996. The most recent translations can be found here: The Sons of Kahn and the assembly language of the internet, here: The Sons of Kahn and the Pascal spring and here: Sons of Kahn: The Apocrypha. Now it came to pass the Sons of Kahn, who did dwell …
Verity Stob, 20 May 2016

60 per cent of Androids exposed by new attack on mediaserver

Duo Security researcher Kyle Lady says attackers can compromise more than half of enterprise Android phones by chaining two operating system and chip vulnerabilities. The flaws affect scores of phones on the market from the most popular Lollipop version 5 Android system, second-placed KitKat version 4.4, and the barely-used …
Darren Pauli, 20 May 2016
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Chrome OS to get Android apps via the magic of containers

Google I/O 2016 Google has pulled the move the software market has been waiting ages for, and built a system to run Android apps on its desktop operating system. The system works by setting up a Linux container in the Chrome operating system that runs a complete version of Android in a locked-down environment to minimize security issues. It's …
Iain Thomson, 19 May 2016
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Forget high-powered PCs, mobile is the future of VR, says Google

Google I/O 2016 Google has been outlining plans for kickstarting its virtual reality portfolio this year, including new hardware, software tools, and developer support. Unlike Facebook's Oculus platform, which requires a high-end PC to crunch the code, Google thinks that you can get a perfectly decent VR experience just using a smartphone, …
Iain Thomson, 19 May 2016
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Android Pay may, er, pay... providing it gets over security hurdle

Android Pay's UK launch is promising but could be held back by malware concerns, security and payment experts warn. The Google-backed technology launched in the UK on Wednesday, adding to the options smartphone users can employ when paying for goods and services using their mobile rather than a card. Smartphone payment systems …
John Leyden, 19 May 2016
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Cars to run ... on Android

Qualcomm Technologies has announced that it is partnering with Google to bring the Android operating system to cars. The plan is to create "powerful infotainment systems" using the Android platform and Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820A and Snapdragon 602A processors. At Google I/O, developers demoed a 15-inch, 4K touchscreen with a …
Katyanna Quach, 19 May 2016
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World goes SIM-free, leaving Sony and HTC trailing behind

One-third of phones worldwide are now sold SIM-free, Gartner reports today in its latest quarterly smartphone market numbers. The move to SIM-free online sales has benefited Chinese upstarts and left former favourites like Sony and HTC in the dust, analyst Anshul Gupta told us. “They haven’t changed at all, while the market …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 May 2016
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Mads Torgersen and Dustin Campbell on the future of C#

Exclusive interview At Xamarin's Evolve conference in Orlando, at the end of April 2016, I had a rare opportunity to sit down with Mads Torgersen and Dustin Campbell to discuss the future of the C# programming language. Torgersen is the Program Manager for the C# Language. He maintains the language specification and runs the language design …
Tim Anderson, 19 May 2016
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Android Lollipop sucks at security, says researcher

Skycure security researcher Yair Amit has revealed a chained Android attack path that will greatly enhance attackers' ability to compromise 1.34 billion devices, or 95 percent of those in use. The Accessibility Clickjacking attack exploits flaws in protections for Android's accessibility and draw-over-apps features to allow …
Darren Pauli, 19 May 2016
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Google asks the public to name the forthcoming Android N operating system

Google I/O 2016 Google has been using its developers conference to show off forthcoming improvements in Android N and is taking the unusual move of asking the public to name it. Traditionally Android builds have been named after foodstuffs, like Jellybean or KitKat – the later picked not for marketing dollars but as an attempt to show how " …
Iain Thomson, 18 May 2016
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Google slaps Siri with Assistant and Amazon with Home device

Google I/O 2016 Google is getting into the digital helper game with the launch of Assistant, a Siri-style online helper, and promised Google Home – an Echo-like listening station that can be used to house the helper. CEO Sundar Pichai explained that Assistant was the result of ten years of language processing by the Chocolate Factory. Over …
Iain Thomson, 18 May 2016
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How Nokia is (and isn't) back in the phone business today

Analysis We have a new phone company today, and it’s European. And the badge says Nokia. So is Nokia back in the phone biz? Yes and no. It won’t spend a penny on either making or marketing phones - even at arm’s length. All that is going to be the job of a new entity, HMD Global Oy, run by present and past Nokians. From HMD we can …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 May 2016

Smartmobes in spaaace: NASA deploys Android nanosats

NASA has deployed a couple of CubeSats using off-the-shelf smartphone tech which it hopes will "test out the potential for using a network of small, low-cost satellites to perform complex science missions". The "Nodes" nanosatellites were ejected from the International Space Station on 16 May, along with a further three …
Lester Haines, 18 May 2016
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Catz: Google's Android hurt Oracle's Java business

Google’s free distribution of Android damaged Oracle’s business – according to Oracle. The database giant reportedly told a US federal court that giving Android to handset makers for free destroyed the revenue it could have made on licensing Java. Oracle's co-chief executive Safra Catz reportedly told a San Francisco jury …
Gavin Clarke, 18 May 2016
All IDEs based on JetBrains' IntelliJ IDEA are affected

Patch now: Google and JetBrains warn developers of buggy IDE

Google has emailed Android developers advising them to update Android Studio, the official Android IDE, to fix security bugs. Other versions of the JetBrains IntelliJ IDE, on which Android Studio is based, are also affected. The bugs are related to the built-in web server in the IDE. A cross-site request forgery (CSRF) flaw …
Tim Anderson, 18 May 2016
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Android Pay debuts in UK

Google has launched its contactless payment service, Android Pay, in the UK. The service, which uses NFC chips to enable transactions and integrates "everywhere contactless payments are accepted", comes to the UK directly from the US. It arrives with standard industry security measures for contactless payments. More …

Kids these days can't even write a decent virus

The crusty headless Conficker worm is the web's most prolific web threat, says security Check Point. The net menace was the one-time world's biggest bot worming its way since 2008 through millions of machines across every country in the world, smashing through social networks including Facebook, Skype, and popular email …
Darren Pauli, 18 May 2016
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Malicious Android apps slip into Google Play, top third party charts

Malicious Android applications have bypassed Google's Play store security checks to enslave infected devices into distributed denial of service attack, advertising fraud, and spam botnets. The apps are legitimate games that in some stores outside of Google Play have made it to highly-contested top free games charts. …
Darren Pauli, 17 May 2016

Smut apps infecting Androids with long-gestation nasties

Dell security researcher Alex Dubrovsky says malware writers have started a campaign that will soon see financially-motivated and/or data-stealing attacks plunder older Android devices through infected porn apps. Android allows users to install apps that replace the lock screen and imbue it with different functionality. It's …
Team Register, 16 May 2016
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Work begins on Russian rival to Android

A Russian company called Open Mobile Platform (Открытая Мобильная Платформа) is developing its own mobile operating system to rival Android. Communications Minister Nikolai Nikiforov tweeted a link to job ads seeking developers, infrastructure architects, testers and security types. Российский центр разработки новой мобильной …
Darren Pauli, 16 May 2016

Kobayashi Maru gets real: VR and AR in meatspace today

Three years ago few people other than hardcore gamers and those working in specialist industrial fields were still talking about VR. It was a gimmicky technology cursed by the “P” word (“potential”) and huge, ungainly headsets that generated a flurry of interest in the late 1990s that quickly evaporated. Today, it’s big news …
Alistair Dabbs, 13 May 2016
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Google crushes five bad bugs with patch run and $20k in bounties

Google has slung patches at vulnerabilities in its Chrome browser for Windows, Mac, and Linux. The patches repair five known security holes found and reported by external researchers. Google paid US$20,337 (£17,875, A$27,789) in bug bounties to researchers who reported the bugs. Software quality assurance engineer Krishna …
Darren Pauli, 13 May 2016
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Microsoft kills Sunrise

Just one year after it bought the application, Microsoft has announced it is killing off the popular Sunrise calendar software. Microsoft bought the app for an undisclosed sum in February last year stating that "a reinvention in the way people use calendars on mobile devices is long overdue." At the time, Sunrise's founders …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 May 2016

Italians rattle little tin for smartmobe mini lenses

An Italian "microscopy, consumer electronics and micro-optics" outfit is offering smartphone and tablet owners the chance to get up-close and personal with the world via "an ultra portable and very affordable set of 2 mini lenses which turns your smartphone or tablet into a digital microscope". Working with the Istituto …
Lester Haines, 11 May 2016
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Facebook debuts WhatsApp desktop apps as Slack adds SSO

Brace yourself for a new round of panic about consumer IT providing new ways to leak stuff to the outside world, because Facebook has released Mac OS and Windows versions of messaging application WhatsApp. Facebook slurped WhatsApp back in 2014 for the startling sum of US$16 billion. The service has done just fine since then, …
Simon Sharwood, 11 May 2016
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This is what a root debug backdoor in a Linux kernel looks like

A root backdoor for debugging ARM-powered Android gadgets managed to end up in shipped firmware – and we're surprised this sort of colossal blunder doesn't happen more often. The howler is the work of Chinese ARM SoC-maker Allwinner, which wrote its own kernel code underneath a custom Android build for its devices. Its Linux …
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Adjust your Facebook, Twitter privacy settings, judge tells jurors in Oracle-Google Java trial

The judge in the long-running Oracle-Google copyright lawsuit has advised jurors to adjust the privacy settings on their social media outlets – noting, "I can't control the press," and warning that story-seeking journalists would look them up. Judge Alsup addressed the juror pool this morning in San Francisco as lawyers from …
Kieren McCarthy, 09 May 2016
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Android's security patch quagmire probed by US watchdogs

Mobile carriers and gadget makers will be investigated over how slow they push important software security patches to people. The probe will be carried out by US trade watchdog the FTC and America's internet mall cop the FCC. The two agencies will work together to scrutinize manufacturers of phones, tablets and other gear, …
Shaun Nichols, 09 May 2016
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Oracle vs Google restarts

Oracle's and Google's armies of lawyerbots are about to boot up, suit up, line up, and restart the tech giants' Bleak House-like lawsuit about copyright over APIs. The latest episode in the world's worst soap opera became inevitable during April, when a mediation meeting between Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Oracle CEO Safra …

Apple needs silver bullet to slay App Store's escaped undead – study

Online software bazaars – such as Apple's App Store and Google Play – need to claim responsibility for "dead applications" and notify people when their programs have been revoked or removed, a study by security firm Appthority recommends. “Dead apps” are those that have been removed from an app store, but remain on devices – …
John Leyden, 06 May 2016

Android One's not dead

Google has confirmed it has repositioned its “Google One” platform aimed at taking control of the anarchic first-time-smartphone-buyer market in emerging economies. Volume shipments in markets such as Bangladesh are Android, they’re just not Google’s Android, and feature OEM or rogue app stores. That means a lot of personal …
Andrew Orlowski, 06 May 2016
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Android hijack bug in detail

Infosec biz FireEye has drilled into a security bug in Qualcomm's netd code that puts millions of Android devices at risk of hijacking by malicious apps. On May 2, Google pushed out a bunch of patches for its mobile operating system. As we reported, one of those fixes addresses a flaw labelled CVE-2016-2060, which can be …
Chris Williams, 05 May 2016

Miscreants tripled output of proof of concept exploits in 2015

Hackers collectively tripled the production of Proof-of-Concept exploits last year, according to a new study out on Thursday. Researchers and black hats develop proof-of-concept (PoC) exploits for research or demonstration purposes. These PoCs are developed for a various reasons – to demonstrate that software is vulnerable, …
John Leyden, 05 May 2016

How to evade the NSA: OpSec guide for journalists also used by terrorists

Privacy guides meant for journalists are being re-purposed by terrorist groups, Trend Micro researchers say. The guides are designed to help hacks avoid surveillance by nation-states and well-resourced adversaries focusing on encryption, operational security, recommended and untrusted platforms. It is one finding of dozens …
Darren Pauli, 04 May 2016