How Microsoft will float Android hardware to save Windows Phone

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Microsoft clamp boss of engineering Darren Laybourn shows off a new HTC One M8 for Windows Phone during an eventuality in New York City in Aug 2014,
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Rival Android could be a cavalry entrance to a rescue of Windows Phone, in Microsoft’s latest scheme to allege a smartphone doing system.

The underlying idea is this: Microsoft wants to make it easier to deliver inclination that use a Windows Phone software. That was a summary delivered this week’s proclamation of a HTC One M8 for Windows Phone.

Specifically, Microsoft has tweaked a Windows Phone 8.1 module so that hardware makers can gaunt on a hardware and anxiety designs they’re already regulating to build inclination for Android-based phones in sequence to build a Windows Phone device.

“We wanted handset makers like HTC to be means to precedence their engineering investment and yield them with a genuine choice,” pronounced Darren Laybourn, clamp boss of engineering for Microsoft in an speak following a launch of a HTC One M8 for Windows. “We feel a module should be a differentiator and not a hardware.”

For 4 years Microsoft’s Windows Phone smartphone doing complement has limped along, perplexing to advantage traction opposite a many some-more renouned Apple iOS and Google Android devices. But Windows Phone handsets sojourn niche products. In fact, they usually garnered about 2.5 percent of a worldwide smartphone marketplace in a second entertain of 2014, according to IDC.

Microsoft has struggled to remonstrate hardware partners to make phones regulating a Windows Phone doing complement in what has incited into a chicken-and-egg scenario. Device makers don’t wish to dedicate resources to building a Windows Phone given there are so few customers. But though a inclination — generally iconic ones that offer slicing corner components and record — a doing complement will never advantage approval among customers.

Management knows that Microsoft’s mobile ambitions are cursed if it can’t mangle that pattern. The resolution depends on anticipating a proceed to get device makers other than Nokia, whose handset operations Microsoft acquired progressing this year for some-more than $7 billion, to build high-end smartphones regulating Windows Phone.

With a release of a latest software, Windows Phone 8.1, and now a launch of a HTC One M8 for Windows, Microsoft has come adult with a new proceed that could indicate a proceed past this dilemma.

“Ideally, I’m certain that Microsoft wants HTC, Samsung and others to furnish disdainful designs for their software,” pronounced Ross Rubin, principal researcher during Reticle Research. “But we consider they commend a marketplace existence now. And they’re peaceful to let dedicated hardware go to get some-more high-end Windows Phone smartphones on a market.”

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Switching strategies

Microsoft’s Laybourn pronounced a association had begun tweaking a Windows Software to adjust to opposite hardware designs even before starting work with HTC. For instance, Windows Phone 8.1, launched in a spring, offers redesigned module keys that frame divided a aged tough buttons on a bottom of a device, replacing them with “soft keys” that cocktail adult during a bottom of screen.

He pronounced there are now 14 inclination in Microsoft’s anxiety pattern module approaching to breeze adult as genuine products in a subsequent 6 months. Some will use Android hardware designs reconfigured somewhat to work with a Windows Phone software.

This plan creates clarity for handset makers. Previous versions of Windows Phone forced them to build hardware from scratch. In further to ancillary dual anxiety designs, that means doing dual apart member supply chains, it also meant building apart selling budgets for any device.

For a association like HTC, that is already struggling to keep adult with a large selling budgets of Apple and Samsung, this is a outrageous barrier. Being means to precedence a existent code approval of a HTC One array of inclination and being means to marketplace both an Android and a Windows Phone chronicle of a latest flagship device in that family can save a association millions in selling dollars.

“HTC has never been means to contest on selling spend,” Rubin said. “So optimizing a eventuality to build on a selling it has already finished with a Android chronicle of a One M8 creates a lot of sense.”

What’s more, a designs and specifications used to build Android inclination are mostly a era forward of what’s used in Windows Phone devices, Rubin added. This allows a association like HTC to build a truly high-end smartphone with a latest specifications.

Jason Mackenzie, boss of HTC Americas, pronounced during a display of a new device on Tuesday that a HTC One M8 for Windows noted “the initial time a smartphone manufacturer has launched an iconic device on mixed doing systems though creation any compromises.”

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HTC President of Americas Jason Mackenzie introduces a HTC One M8 for Windows in New York City in Aug 2014.
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In an interview, McKenzie concurred that it was formidable to build a flagship phone around a prior versions of Windows Phone. And he pronounced that when it came to a altogether Windows Phone line-up, he saw a gap.

“When we demeanour during all of a accessible Windows Phones, there isn’t a genuine reward smartphone that matches what’s offering on Android,” he said. “When we’re announcing a flagship device, it’s on Android.”

But he pronounced that HTC feels it’s critical to give consumers some-more choices. And even yet Microsoft’s Windows Phone marketplace share is usually that tiny, 2.5 percent sliver, Mackenzie pronounced that it’s correct to keep it as an choice to Google Android.

Still, in annoy of a attribute with Microsoft that dates behind to a aged PocketPC and a strange Windows Mobile smartphones, HTC had not introduced a new Windows Phone given a tumble of 2012. Part of a reason for a loiter was Microsoft’s attribute with Finnish device-maker Nokia, Mackenzie said. A year ago, Microsoft announced a skeleton to buy Nokia for €5.44 billion, or $7.2 billion.

“We were watchful to see how a attribute would take shape,” he said. “Then there was a merger and a regime change during Microsoft. We weren’t certain what their plan was going to be.”

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer left his post in Feb and was transposed by Satya Nadella. After months of conjecture about Microsoft’s intent, Nadella’s skeleton for a former Nokia section and for Windows Phone some-more generally are entrance into focus. Last month, a company announced it will be laying off 18,000 employees, many from Nokia. The preference suggests that Microsoft won’t rest on usually Nokia hardware to expostulate a mobile strategy. The association still needs partners, like HTC.

“Microsoft needs someone else to build a hardware other than relying on a in-house Nokia,” pronounced Roger Entner, lead researcher during Recon Analytics.

Maribel Lopez, conduct of Lopez Research, agrees. She pronounced that Nokia creates pleasing phones though it will take many some-more to enlarge “ecosystem support” for Windows Phone.

“And that’s what Microsoft needs to make Windows Phone a success,” she said. “It needs to get a advantage of scale with tools and processors to reduce a cost to make these phones.”

The theatre is set

Microsoft and HTC executives met in Jan during a Consumer Electronics Show to plead a dual companies’ relationship. It fast became transparent that a dual sides could work together to move a new Windows Phone 8.1 to existent Android hardware being used on HTC’s flagship device.

Laybourn pronounced that Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s executive clamp boss of doing systems, met with HTC CEO Peter Chou. But a discourse fast enclosed a rest of a care teams from both companies — including executives from Verizon Wireless. Laybourn pronounced that Microsoft didn’t see a opening per se during a high finish of a Windows Phone market. But it was also transparent that Microsoft indispensable to attract some-more handset makers and make it easier for them to muster a doing system.

Meanwhile, Verizon saw a same opening in hardware that HTC saw.

“We satisfied during a finish of 2013 that when we were selecting inclination for a 2014 lineup that there were gaps in a marketplace for Windows Phone, quite during a high end,” Jeff, Dietel, clamp boss of selling operations during Verizon Wireless pronounced in an interview.

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Jeff Dietel, a Verizon executive, during HTC’s eventuality in Aug 2014 to launch a HTC One M8 for Windows.
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Verizon now sells a Nokia Lumia Icon and a Nokia Lumia 928. Dietel concurred these are good devices, though he pronounced a HTC One authorization is in a opposite difficulty among Verizon subscribers.

“HTC has been some-more synonymous with element fit and finish, as good as usually unequivocally good design,” he said. “Nokia offers superb hardware, though HTC is usually some-more determined in a US in terms of momentum.”

He total that Verizon business unequivocally wanted some-more choices when it came to smartphones. Not usually did they wish some-more hardware choices among Android devices, though he pronounced business wish some-more module choices, too.

While HTC and Verizon have harped on this idea that consumers are clamoring for some-more choices, one could disagree that they are indeed being served good adequate by Google Android and Apple iOS, that total comment for 96.4 percent of a market, according to IDC. What is some-more approaching is that handset makers and a carriers themselves like carrying some-more choices.

“Windows Phone has a niche audience,” Reticle Research’s Rubin said. “But what it comes down to is that handset makers like carrying a hedge. They are worried being gratified to Google or Apple. They wish to keep their options open.”

With this latest bid and interjection to efforts by Qualcomm, that has also worked closely with Microsoft to make certain a processors can run on both Windows phone and Android handsets, it could be easier and some-more cost effective to build inclination for any height regulating a same hardware.

“There’s been a lot of speak via a years of formulating a dual-boot phone, that is radically a singular device that can run Android or Windows,” Laybourn said. “So it’s not like we had an epiphany about all this. But we did see an opportunity, and we did a work to make it possible.”

Asked if he approaching some-more high-end inclination to come out that use a same hardware as Android phones, Laybourn chuckled.

“I certain wish so,” he said.

Android Wear choice no. 4? Asus teases smartwatch launch subsequent month


September is moulding adult to launch not one, though dual Android Wear smartwatches. We already know that Motorola is holding a press eventuality on Sep 4 where a rarely expected Moto 360 is expected and now it appears Asus will have a possess Android Wear entrance one day prior. The association tweeted out a revelation picture on Tuesday, suggesting a possess smartwatch will entrance during Berlin’s IFA eventuality on Sep 3.

Something #Incredible is going to occur during #IFA2014, see we there! http://t.co/1Dr2zAo06I
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There’s small to be schooled from a image, save for what appears to be a square-shaped device. Asus was one of a strange Android Wear hardware partners when Google introduced a height for wearable inclination so it’s rarely expected this Asus watch will use a same program found on a other 3 Android Wear inclination announced or already available: The Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch went on sale progressing this summer.

In a comparatively brief camber of time then, we’re going from no Google Android Wear smartwatches to during slightest 4 to select from. And there are still during slightest dual some-more Android Wear partners that haven’t nonetheless announced a product — HTC and Fossil — so it’s probable that consumers will have a half-dozen choices earlier rather than later.

What Asus and others who will follow have to do afterwards is find ways to compute their Android Wear products, that isn’t easy as Google controls a software; a association won’t even concede hardware partners to emanate “skins” or choice app launchers on a watches.

My theory is that Asus will try to contest on cost and keep a cost of a Android Wear watch underneath $199, or during slightest $30 reduction than LG’s wearable device. I’m not certain Asus has a economies of scale that Samsung does — that has repurposed and tweaked several watch designs given Oct — in sequence to undercut a $199 Gear Live, however.

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Android’s fragmentation is deliberate a platform’s Achilles’ heel. Apple executives ridicule it with rule while Google and a supporters downplay a significance.

A new news from OpenSignal sum how Android’s fragmentation is some-more nuanced than a tongue shouted by possibly side. 

The series of opposite inclination regulating Android now stands during roughly 19,000—up from 11,000 one year ago. Yet a smaller commission are regulating a ancient Gingerbread 2.3, down from 34 percent final year to a small 11 percent in this survey. Previously, it was a second most-popular version.

OpenSignal tracked a information by anyone who downloaded a Android app, collecting information about Android versions, shade sizes, and location.

brand fragmentationOpenSignal

The OpenSignal news sum a opposite models offering by Android handset makers.

About 21 percent of a inclination are regulating a latest version, Android 4.4. They tend to be clustered in precocious markets, however, with a infancy in a United States and Western Europe.

Samsung still dominates Android, yet a 43 percent of a marketplace is down somewhat from 47 percent. Competitors LG, Motorola, Sony, and Lenovo have large chunks to themselves and have expelled some renouned devices. More are on a approach this tumble during a IFA discussion and a Motorola eventuality in September. 

The OpenSignal news has a series of interactive graphics that make it value exploring for anyone meddlesome in a extended viewpoint of a Android platform. It serve sum device forms by segment and specifies fragmentation by sensor types.

While usually 20 percent of inclination regulating latest chronicle of Android might sound dire, in use it is distant reduction problematic. Google has unbundled Google Play Services and a core applications from a handling system, giving it a energy to pull updates directly instead of watchful on carriers and hardware makers. About 75 percent of inclination are regulating during slightest 4.1 Jelly Bean, and should have entrance to a latest in Play Services. So even if one is not on KitKat, they might still be means to run Google and third-party apps with minimal issues.

Android’s fragmentation has worked out agreeably in one respect: it has authorised an impossibly different series of manufacturers to offer devices. This, among other factors, has helped Google’s mobile handling system transcend iOS in web traffic for a initial time.

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Android fragmentation appears to be on a decrease as a pain for app developers, though that doesn’t meant that there isn’t a duds of opposite inclination regulating Android out there. In fact, a series of opposite Android inclination continues to grow, according to a new news from OpenSignal, that collected information from nearly 19,000 opposite Android devices, a jump of roughly 7,000 some-more inclination than final year.

Compared with final year’s report, that are a lot fewer people regulating Android 2.3 Gingerbread, that was a second most common Android several final year. The suit of inclination regulating Gingerbread forsaken from 34.1 percent to 13.6 percent, that is many expected a outcome of comparison inclination removing replaced, rather than receiving updates. Out of 682,000 inclination surveyed globally, scarcely 21 percent are regulating Android 4.4 KitKat, that is now a many modernized chronicle of Android accessible to consumers.

OpenSignal draft describing a relapse of OS versions, 2014

But a news takes pains to indicate out that comparison versions of Android are most some-more common in poorer countries, as totalled by per capita GDP. Included on a OpenSignal site is a really nifty interactive draft that creates clear KitKat has most reduction invasion in countries in regions like Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America than in regions like Western Europe.

This is another reason because Google’s Android One module is so important: Android competence be open to any device manufacturer, though it is in Google’s seductiveness to make certain those inclination are regulating an present handling complement with full entrance to Google services, even if those phones are significantly reduction costly than models sole in Western Europe or a United States.

OpenSignal collected a information from a Android app, that marks a opening of several networks around a universe as good as operative as indicating users to a nearest conduit dungeon tower. You competence remember OpenSignal’s news on Android fragmentation from final year, that enclosed a striking on Android shade resolutions that went viral. Below is a updated chronicle for this year.

OpenSignal draft displaying celebrated Android shade resolutions, 2014

It’s critical to remember that Android fragmentation is much reduction of a problem than it used to be, thanks to Google’s efforts to pierce core Android elements out of a handling complement and into Google Play Services, that updates automatically and works even with comparison versions, such as Gingerbread. The shade distance problem, as shown by a striking above, isn’t even that bad: Designers now know how to use high-resolution graphics and adjust for teenager differences in breadth and tallness according to Google’s best design practices.

Still, a news is useful as a another sign of Android’s prevalence as a tip global mobile handling system. IDC points to Android carrying an 85 percent tellurian marketplace share, and a approach that Android got there is by a constant number of opposite inclination being used around a universe — 18,786, according to OpenSignal’s data. Bet on that series rising nonetheless again subsequent year.

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Android Fragmentation Continues to Grow With 18,786 Different Devices Seen This Year

The series of opposite Android inclination on a marketplace rose by 7,000 in a final 12 months, with 43% of them entrance from Samsung.

According to a latest total from OpenSignal, a association specialising in wireless coverage mapping, says that there are 18,786 opposite Android inclination in use around a world. While this provides headaches for app developers perplexing to formula program for a outrageous accumulation of hardware, it also means that Android smartphones and tablets are accessible during cost points that are not being catered for by other manufacturers – quite Apple.

“Fragmentation is both a strength and debility of a Android ecosystem, a headache for developers that also provides a basement for Android’s tellurian reach. Android inclination come in all shapes and sizes, with vastly opposite opening levels and shade sizes,” a news says.

According to OpenSignalMaps, that published a latest news on Friday, a app was downloaded by 18,786 graphic inclination over a final integrate of months, adult from 11,868 inclination in 2013 and 3,997 in 2012. The information is formed on a representation of 682,000 inclination surveyed, that is matching to a representation from prior dual years.

Samsung dominates

Samsung is a widespread force in a Android market, with a 43% share of a marketplace according to these figures. The association also done 12 of a 13 many renouned inclination on a market.

However, only as a hold of a altogether smartphone marketplace has slipped, a share of a Android marketplace has also forsaken with a South Korean hulk recording a 47.5% share in 2013.

Highlighting only how distant forward of a foe Samsung is, a second many renouned Android manufacturer is Sony with only 4.8% marketplace share.

Software fragmentation

As good as carrying over 18,000 inclination to formula for, developers are also carrying to understanding with many opposite versions of a program being in use, with OpenSignal’s 2014 news final that “the Android handling complement is a many fragmented it has ever been”.

The news says that Android has capitalised on a decrease of Nokia’s Symbian height quite in “less economically grown countries”.

The news also highlights a that chronicle of Android is being used in a sold countries directly correlates to a mercantile growth of that country:

“Building an app for an economically grown marketplace is a lot easier, with many some-more inclination on a many new Android versions, with around 35% of inclination in some-more economically grown countries on Android Kitkat, compared to around 12% for reduction economically grown countries.”

The fragmented inlet of Android program is best illustrated by comparison to iOS, with a cake charts next display only how reduction fragmented Apple’s height is.

Despite a outrageous proliferation of inclination and versions of a program itself, fragmentation of Android has not shop-worn a ability to constraint an augmenting commission of a smartphone market.

According to a latest total from investigate organisation IDC, in a second entertain of 2014 Android had roughly 85% of a market, adult from 79% during a same duration of 2013.

Research reveals there are roughly 19,000 opposite kinds of Android inclination in use


No consternation we might be carrying difficulty buying the right Android smartphone and/or inscription for you, as there are simply so many inclination to select from. OpenSignal has expelled a “Android Fragmentation Visualized” news for Aug 2014, divulgence there are 18,796 graphic Android inclination this year, a poignant boost from final August, when 11,868 inclination were registered.

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The association says that of all those devices, 43% are done by Samsung. What’s more, only 20.9% of stream Android users are on KitKat – something Google suggested in a possess news for early August.

“Fragmentation” is substantially one of a many hated difference in a Android ecosystem, right subsequent to “Apple” and “malware.” However, no matter what word we use for it, a Android universe is still done of thousands of inclination using several central and unaccepted OS versions, and that’s a good or bad thing depending on how we demeanour during it.

“This [image above] is a best approach of visualizing a perfect accumulation of Android inclination that have downloaded a OpenSignal app over a past integrate of months,” a association wrote. “This graph shows a plea that faces Android developers; over 18,000 graphic inclination can immediately use their app, creation optimization a genuine challenge. Compared to final year, fragmentation has risen by around 60%, with 11,868 inclination seen final year compared to 18,796 this year. Compared to a initial report, in 2012, device fragmentation has some-more than quadrupled – with a initial news display that there were ‘only’ 3,997 graphic Android devices.”

OpenSignal has copiousness of other engaging graphics that report code fragmentation, Android OS fragmentation, shade and sensor fragmentation, as good as fragmentation vs GDP/capita, all accessible during a source couple below.

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Sneak Attack: Android Apps Can Ambush Each Other


Modern handling systems “sandbox” apps so that they can’t impact any other — in theory. Yet 3 researchers have shown that, during slightest in Android, one app can “spy” on another and then, during usually a right moment, meddle with a targeted app’s user arrangement in sequence to take passwords, credit-card numbers or even supportive photos.

In this way, a researchers were means to take login certification from a Gmail app, a Social Security array from a HR Block app, a credit-card array from a NewEgg app and a bank-check picture from a Chase app. Only a Amazon app valid resistant, yet not immune.

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While a experiments were carried out on Android phones, a researchers trust iOS and even desktop handling systems such as Mac OS X and Windows would be exposed to identical attacks.

“The arrogance has always been that these apps can’t meddle with any other easily,” researcher Zhiyun Qian of NEC Laboratories America told Phys.org. “One app can in fact significantly impact another and outcome in damaging consequences for a user.”

The 3 researchers — Qian and Qi Alfred Chen and Z. Morley Mao of a University of Michigan — devise to benefaction their commentary during a USENIX Security Symposium in San Diego tomorrow (Aug. 22), and have already common their commentary in a investigate paper entitled “Peeking into Your App Without Actually Seeing It: UI State Inference and Novel Android Attacks.”

To forestall infection, don’t share memory

The problem arises because, due to singular resources, regulating applications contingency share some memory with other regulating applications so that they can all work efficiently. Truly supportive information is compartmentalized, though paltry tasks are mostly carried out in common memory — and there’s no charge some-more paltry than regulating a nuts and bolts of a device’s graphical user interface (GUI).

However, any change an app creates to a GUI requires a specific volume of memory, an volume that mostly directly and now affects a sum volume of common memory used on a given device. As a app’s GUI changes, a shared-memory allocation rises and falls — in a approach that can let other regulating apps know accurately what a aim app is doing and so lift out an indirect, or “side-channel,” attack.

By delicately correlating GUI changes with memory-allocation changes, a 3 researchers were means to determine, usually by monitoring common memory, that a given app was bringing adult a login screen, holding a sketch or transmitting credit-card information.

Chen, Mao and Qian afterwards designed a antagonistic app that henceforth ran in a certification of a targeted device, as would a wallpaper app. It had no special permissions other than full network entrance — though that was adequate to promote information to a attacker’s possess phone.

The antagonistic app lies in wait, monitoring a common memory for signs that a aim app is about to start a supportive process. At accurately a right moment, a antagonistic app interferes with a aim app and hijacks a user knowledge to a possess ends.

To take typed information, a antagonistic app “seizes focus” and displays a artificial submit shade designed to demeanour accurately like a analogous genuine submit screen. After a user forms in his login credentials, credit-card array or Social Security number, a antagonistic app displays a artificial blunder presentation and earnings a user to a genuine app’s submit screen.

To take an image, a antagonistic app exploits a phone’s preview function, grabbing any support of a video picture displayed to a user before a print is even taken.

Let’s go to a videotape

In a array of videos a researchers posted to YouTube, dual Samsung Galaxy S3 phones regulating Android 4.1 Jelly Bean are shown side by side.

As a user forms information into a HR Block and NewEgg apps on one phone, a login certification and Social Security and credit-card numbers seem on a other. As a user of one snaps a print of a bank check regulating a Chase app, a picture appears on a other phone, displaying a user’s name, address, bank-account array and signature.

Among a 7 a researchers tested — Amazon, Chase, Gmail, HR Block, Hotels.com, NewEgg and WebMD — usually Amazon was resistant to their side-channel attack. The Amazon app’s interface was so formidable that a researchers had a tough time last what it was doing during any given time.

That insurgency offers clues on how to lessen serve attacks, a contingent say. Memory final for specific processes could be dull adult to preset values, treacherous an assailant about that routine was holding place. Applications regulating in a certification could also be prevented from seizing concentration from other apps.

However, Chen, Mao and Qian explained, a problem underlies many complicated handling systems, and might need a switch to a opposite approach of handling graphical user interfaces.

“We pattern a technique to be generalizable to all GUI systems with a same window manager pattern as that in Android, such as a GUI systems in Mac OS X, iOS, Windows, etc.,” a 3 wrote in their investigate paper.

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Android L to Reach Nexus 5 and Other Nexus Devices Starting Oct 2014

Google’s Android L, that was showcased during a company’s IO Developers Conference progressing this year, has turn a speak of a city even before a central recover by trait of new functionality sets that a latest handling height is speculated to move along.

One critical functionality aspect that users can demeanour brazen to is a ‘Material Design‘ user-interface that promises a totally new and rested UI.

Another engaging aspect of Android L that has led to increasing expectation is, a fact about how Android L will expostulate renouned Google smartphones such as a Nexus series, that are slated to accept a latest OS refurbish many before other devices.

Now, a new rumour has flush that indicates that a Android L will strech a sequence of Google Nexus inclination progressing than expected.

According to a rumour, users of renouned Nexus smartphones such as a Google Nexus 5, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 can pattern Android L to start seeding as early as late October.

This means that Android L should be launched along with a rarely approaching Google Nexus 6 smartphone (which is approaching to be granted by Motorola) in Oct this year.

Also, with Google famous to launch a many critical offerings (both hardware and software) during a fall, it should come as no warn if we get to declare a Nexus 6 and Android L being done central together.

Rumour mills had progressing hinted during a Google Nexus 6 featuring Android L true out of a box.

Along with a Nexus 6, dual other Nexus devices, tentatively termed Nexus 8 ‘Volantis’ and Nexus 9, are approaching to be launched this year. These inclination are also pronounced to run on a Android L handling platform.

As for a new underline set that users can look-out for within Google’s rarely approaching OS, there is of march a Material pattern UI aspect, along with this, Android L also incorporates larger than 5,000 focus programming interfaces (API) that should naturally lead to an encouragement in a series of applications for a platform.

Also, Android L, once central is also slated to underline support for mixed users, a fact clear by a new post in Google’s Android Developer Preview’ developer forum.

In a developer forum, a Google plan group member clearly gives adequate indications per a ‘multiple user-multiple account’ judgment in smartphones, and also clearly states that this aspect has already been implemented by Google’s growth team, within a subsequent Android open build release.

However, a biggest among all a above functionality aspects should be a ‘Material pattern UI,’ that should make Nexus inclination some-more personalised and intuitive.

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Google has recently published a Android placement numbers for early August in that it revealed that KitKat has reached roughly 21% marketplace share of all Android phones now in use. While that’s an critical miracle for Google, the highway was rather prolonged and tedious, as program updates still count on OEMs and carriers. The same thing will expected occur with Android L adoption as good and Android fans looking to buy a new Android handset should check out Ars Technica’s large beam on a state of a Android ecosystem and Android updates in a U.S. that reveals “who’s fast, who’s slow, and why.”

When it comes to unbarred flagship devices, a fastest handset to accept a latest KitKat builds was a Nexus 4 at 0.5 months, followed by a Moto X during a surprisingly quick 0.6 months. Other 2013 flagships took their time to get KitKat, nonetheless final year’s HTC One got it in about a month. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4 perceived KitKat in 2.4 months and 3.7 months, respectively, while a LG G2 usually got it after roughly 5 months, as we can see in a following graph.

Things change when looking during subsidized devices, as carriers turn concerned in a refurbish recover schedule. Of a 4 U.S. carriers, Ars Technica found that T-Mobile, ATT and Sprint expelled KitKat for flagships it 3.3 months to 3.4 months after a release, with Verizon wanting an additional month (image below). Comparatively, unbarred flagships perceived KitKat in about 2.4 months after release, as carriers were not a partial of it.

In serve to comparing averages per carrier, a announcement has also looked during a flagship handsets mentioned above and their particular conduit updates opposite carriers and found that, generally, Verizon is a latest one to recover an refurbish to Google’s latest Android version.

Because not all smartphone buyers go for flagship devices, a announcement also looked during on-contract non-flagship handsets and revealed that Motorola’s phones were by distant a fastest ones to accept KitKat, removing it about 2.4 months after a release. Comparatively, a HTC One Max on Verizon got a KitKat build after a 5.3-month wait, ATT’s Optimus G Pro perceived it 6.7 months later, while a Galaxy S4 Mini on Verizon and Sprint got it 7.6 months later. Other non-flagships got it earlier, though.

Wait times serve boost for those handset owners that have even comparison flagship handsets, with a KitKat refurbish carrying arrived to such inclination some 6 months to 8 months after being strictly released.

The full, endless explanation of Android updates in a U.S. is accessible during a source couple next finish with minute explanations and accessible graphics to assistance Android fans ready for a Android L refurbish – Google will recover it this fall, but, as we can see, some of we will usually get it during some indicate 2015 unless we confirm to squeeze a smartphone that ships with Android L preloaded.

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68 percent of tip giveaway Android apps exposed to cyberattack, researchers claim

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The infancy of Android’s many renouned apps are receptive to SSL vulnerabilities, according to new research.

Google’s Android handling complement is an open-source, giveaway horizon that appeals to developers due to this unrestrictive nature. However, with such an open and giveaway system, there is always a intensity for abuse, a miss of patching and confidence consistency, and a resources of Android-based handling systems and apps that many enclose opposite vulnerabilities that can be exploited.

After examining a 1,000 most-downloaded giveaway Android applications in a Google Play store, a FireEye Mobile Security Team found that a poignant apportionment of them are receptive to Man-In-The-Middle (MITM) attacks. According to a blog post published Thursday, a researchers found that as of Jul 17, 2014, 674 out of 1,000 contained during slightest one of 3 SSL vulnerabilities studied.

In other words, 68 percent of a many renouned apps could turn a pathway for cybercriminals to lift supportive data.

Man-In-The-Middle (MITM) attacks start when an assailant is means to prevent information exchanged between a device and a remote server. Once intercepted, information can be carried openly — that could embody usernames and passwords, emails, device ID, location, photos and video. In addition, a disadvantage explored allows criminals to inject antagonistic files into exposed applications, launch DDoS attacks, or reason user information for ransom.

The confidence group says that many of these vulnerabilities were traced behind to configurations within promotion libraries used by app developers, that allows advertisements to be displayed but a app creator carrying to rise a library themselves.

While a HTTPS custom is mostly used to make it harder to prevent data, a improper use of a Android platform’s SSL libraries can turn a diseased couple that allows MITM attacks.

FireEye looked during 3 sold SSL vulnerabilities within a investigate — a use of trust managers that do not check certificates, regulating hostname verifiers that do zero and SSL errors in Webkit being ignored. Out of a 1,000 most-downloaded giveaway apps in Google Play, out of 614 applications that use SSL/TLS to promulgate with a remote server, 73 percent did not check certificates, and 8 percent used their possess hostname verifiers that do not check hostnames. Out of 285 apps that used Webkit, 77 percent abandoned SSL errors generated.

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The developers of exposed apps detected were told by a FireEye team, and were subsequently concurred with a guarantee of addressing a vulnerabilities in successive versions of their applications.

In further to this sample, a group also roughly 10,000 Google Play apps, and guess that approximately 40 percent use trust managers that do not check server certificates, exposing any information they sell with their servers to intensity theft. Furthermore, around 7 percent use hostname verifiers that do not check anything, and 13 percent do not check SSL errors when Webkit is used.

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