Time and again, there are instances when Google’s Play Store ends up being the host of malicious apps and one such incident has been surfaced by SophosLabs. A new report by the security software company has suggested that the app makers are using “persistence tricks” to influx smartphones with adware.As per the report, 15 apps — that have been downloaded on more than 1.3 million devices worldwide — have been generating frequent, large, intrusive ads. Not only that, these apps hide their app icons in the launcher so smartphone users are unable to find them. This is done by disguising the apps in the phone’s App settings page, says the report.Explaining how this works, SophosLabs takes an example of one such app — Flash On Calls & Messages – aka Free Calls & Messages. When this app is launched, the report claims that, the app displays a message that says “This app is incompatible with your device!” This may lead to … [Read more...] about Why you need to be careful with these apps on Android phones
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Google’s new version of its tablet and smartphone operating system “Lollipop” is the fifth version of Android, introducing new features and tweaks that collectively give the user the feeling that quite a lot has been improved. Unveiled as “L” at Google’s developer conference I/O in June to replace Android 4.4 “KitKat, Android 5 Lollipop was revealed alongside Google’s new design ethos called “Material”. Material Design is a new consistent look for Google’s apps, products and services, which stretches beyond Android to Google’s Chrome browser and Chrome OS software for low-cost laptops. The basic premise is a bolder, more colourful and flat look to icons, notifications and other interface elements. This review is based on a very near final version of Lollipop released by Google for testing. Small things may change before release. Smooth sliding For Lollipop that means the use of much brighter, fuller colours than … [Read more...] about Google Android 5 Lollipop review – faster, prettier and better battery life
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Advertisement The latest web traffic statistics show that 78% of all web surfers using a tablet after the holiday season were on an iPad. Though its dominance is slowly dwindling, Apple’s device remains on the throne.You may wonder – why? Is the iPad all that, or have better Android devices been ignored because of Apple’s famously effective marketing? That’s a difficult and controversial question, but not impossible to answer.Why Does The iPad Dominate?Before looking at rivals we should first clarify why Apple’s iPad has done so well. Some fanatics from the Android camp cling to the belief that Apple’s products sell to brainwashed yuppies that don’t know any better. That’s simply not the case. There are several reasons for the iPad’s dominance.Display QualityThe iPad offered much higher display quality than most competitors even before Retina was revealed. After Retina, competitors have struggled to provide higher pixel density. … [Read more...] about Are Any Android Tablets as Good as the iPad?
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