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Google focuses more on steering the Android ship than righting it

Blog  Google has been a frequent target of criticism over security and privacy issues and how Android security updates filter out to users, butthe scale of its products has led Google to focus more on steering the ship rather than righting it. Consider Android: an ecosystem of 2.5 billion active devices ...

Last updated: May 9, 2019   8:23 PM GMT  |  Blog: Security Bytes
Android Ecosystem Security Transparency Report is a wary first step

Blog  Reading through Google's first quarterly Android Ecosystem Security Transparency Report feels like a mix of missed opportunities and dj vu all over again. Much of what is in the new Android ecosystem security report is data that has been part of Google's annual Android Security Year in Review r...

Last updated: Nov 12, 2018   6:19 PM GMT  |  Blog: Security Bytes   |      Android, Android security, Google
Google drops 'Android for Work' name

Blog  Android for Work is no more -- in name only. When Google debuted its secure containerization APIs in 2015, the "Android for Work" name identified which devices shipped with these capabilities and which did not. But now that most Android devices come with these features, Google has eliminated the "A...

Last updated: Dec 12, 2016   6:27 PM GMT  |  Blog: Modern Mobility   |      Android, Enterprise mobility, Google
Google Could Sabotage Android Success with Motorola Mobility Buy

Blog  Google announced this morning that it was buying Motorola Mobility, an Android partner for a staggering $12.5 billion. With this move, Google has firmly inserted itself as a competitor in the Android marketplace in a move that could undermine all of the work it has done to build an Android ecosystem...

Last updated: Aug 15, 2011   12:36 AM GMT  |  Blog: View From Above
Malicious Apps Sneak Into Android Market Again

Blog  A new collection of malicious Android apps was available over the Memorial Day weekend from the official Android Market app store. As many as 120,000 Android devices were compromised from the roughly 25 malicious apps before Google identified and pulled them. Because of the more open nature of Andr...

Last updated: May 31, 2011   9:08 PM GMT  |  Blog: The Security Detail
Project Treble is another attempt at faster Android updates

Blog  Google has historically had a problem with getting mobile device manufacturers to push out Android updates, which has left hundreds of millions in the Android ecosystem at risk. Google hopes that will change with the introduction of Project Treble in Android 8.0 Oreo, but it's unclear if this latest...

Last updated: Aug 23, 2017   6:47 PM GMT  |  Blog: Security Bytes   |      Android, Google
Google I/O 2011: in, out, shake it all about

Blog   Google labels its annual developer conference Google I/O, as you probably know. Before penning (keying) this blog I asked Google's PR people twice to clarify what the I/O stands for these days as I have read three different definitions. Input/Output "Innovation in the Open" Binary code...

Last updated: May 11, 2011   8:47 AM GMT  |  Blog: Open Source Insider   |      Uncategorized
Is It Time to Become an Android Developer?

Blog  Android phones may have overtaken Apple's iPhones in the marketplace. Then again, maybe they haven't. And to you, as a developer, what may matter most is which smart phone OS is going to be the biggest player a year or two from now, and fellow IT Knowledge Exchange writer Ron Miller (no relation) th...

Last updated: Aug 15, 2011   3:52 PM GMT  |  Blog: Climbing the IT Career Ladder
Where's my Android?

Blog  Hi folks! Great news from Google!Google nows has an app called Android Device Manager so you can find your lost Android smartphone, remote lock it, or wipe it! It's about time this came by and I am happy to finally see it.Other programs have long existed for Android that do this, but it's nice to se...

Last updated: Dec 31, 2013   10:11 PM GMT  |  Blog: The musings of an IT Consultant
Ok Google: What's New in Android Oreo?

Blog  Google announces Android Oreo with refined notifications, better battery life, updated emojis and the biggest change to the foundations of Android to date. Google has opened the packet on version 8.0 of its Android operating system for mobile devices. Oreo succeeds Nougat and Marshmallow, and...

Last updated: Aug 22, 2017   1:05 PM GMT  |  Blog: Inspect-a-Gadget   |      Android, Google, smartphone
Overheard: The Android has no clothes

Blog   "Google's announcement of the new, "Android" smartphone platform had less substance than a fashion show at a nudist colony." Mitch Wagner, Google's Android: The Greatest Vaporware Smartphone Ever

Last updated: Nov 8, 2007   4:00 AM GMT  |  Blog: Word of the Day: Tech Definitions from
Google I/O's security and privacy focus missing on day one

Blog  It's fairly easy to find stories sparking security and privacy concerns regarding a Google product or service Search, Chrome, Android, AdSense and more but if you watched or attended Google I/O, you might be convinced everything is fine. On the first day of Google I/O, there were effectivel...

Last updated: May 9, 2018   3:43 PM GMT  |  Blog: Security Bytes
Acer chooses Google Andriod over Windows 7

Blog  Over the weekend it has become known that Acer has chosen Goolge Android over Windows 7. Now I don't know what Google Android looks like on a Netbook, but I know that Windows 7 didn't run too well on mine. On the defense of Windows 7, my lil Acer One isn't exactly a power house. I guess that is why...

Last updated: Jun 9, 2009   2:11 AM GMT  |  Blog: The Real (and Virtual) Adventures of Nathan the IT Guy
Google I/O Dev Conference Starts Soon

Blog  June 27th is when Google I/O opens its doors to developers from across the world! Maybe this is where they will announce the new Google Tablet! Get a head start by downloading the app. The full feature list is below. View detailed session, code lab, and speaker information, including speaker bios...

Last updated: Jun 20, 2012   1:50 PM GMT  |  Blog: The Real (and Virtual) Adventures of Nathan the IT Guy
Google Android - The best mobile OS?

Blog  Google Android Google is trying to take over the world. It seemed strange that a search engine would want to create a mobile operating system, especially an open source one that will work on numerous devices, but Google has shown that it's groundbreaking and daring all in one huge juggernaut. So, ...

Last updated: Oct 22, 2010   8:17 AM GMT  |  Blog: Inspect-a-Gadget   |      Android, Google
Google arms "remote kill" to blast malicious Android apps

Blog   News has been circulating this month of steps being taken by Google to remove malicious applications from the Android Market webstore. Reports have suggested that "dozens" of malicious rootkit-bearing apps were circulating until Google removed them "within minutes" of becoming aware of the problem....

Last updated: Mar 16, 2011   7:45 AM GMT  |  Blog: Open Source Insider   |      Uncategorized
Google plays a strong hand with new Android security features

Blog  Google last week announced Android security features that continue to heighten the company's enterprise mobility game. Enterprise security features from the big mobile operating systems, Google Android and Apple iOS, have been a hot topic for years. Now, with BlackBerry down for the count and cyber...

Last updated: May 22, 2017   4:41 PM GMT  |  Blog: Modern Mobility   |      Android, Apple, Apple iOS
Overheard: A La Mobile introduces first Andoid prototype

Blog   A La Mobile, based in San Ramon, Calif., a start-up dedicated to Linux-based "open" systems for mobile devices, says [today's] demonstration proves that Android can deliver on its promise of making it easier for consumers to get access to all sorts of applications. Leslie Cauley, Introducing th...

Last updated: Jan 14, 2008   4:57 PM GMT  |  Blog: Word of the Day: Tech Definitions from
(We Don't Need This) Android Fragmentation Groove Thang

Blog  Nearly 140 European app developers from 20 countries across Europe have written an open letter to the European Commission. The programmers (they list their names at want the commission to consider whether its investigation of the Android operating system could be harmful....

Last updated: Nov 26, 2015   7:33 AM GMT  |  Blog: Open Source Insider   |      Uncategorized
Adobe Flash Player Requires Android OS 2.2

Blog  There's good news and bad news about the Adobe Flash Player for Google's Android OS. The good news is thatthe betadebuted on schedule. In fact, it's available now. The bad news is that it only runs on smartphones with Android OS 2.2. This means that just about everyone who wants this feature is...

Last updated: May 29, 2010   1:21 PM GMT  |  Blog: Brighthand Bytes
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