Android Will Save Us from the Evil Siri

People have been hailing Siri as pretty much the best thing ever to happen to mobile phones. What would happen, though, if Siri went evil?

The folks at RoosterTeeth have it all figured out. It’s not a pretty sight! It should give you some great laughs, and make you feel more secure with your choice of an Android phone. Unless you’ve installed

By Leah Goodman, 28 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple.

Developers prefer iOS to Android for app projects

App developers still choose to work with iOS rather than Android, despite reports that Android’s marketshare has increased significantly during 2011.

New research by Flurry Analytics has found that three quarters of new developer projects were started on iOS rather than Android across the second half of this year.  This increased from 63% of new mobile app projects from earlier in the year.

Android only saw 37% of developers favouring the platform for projects. It has also seen a decline in...

By Dani Millward, 19 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Android, Development Tools, iOS.

Android team takes developers to school with Android Training program

Dust off your Trapper Keeper and strap on those brand new sneakers, because Android school is now in session.

Yesterday, the Android Developers team announced the launch of Android Training — a set of online classes designed to help users create better apps.

The tutorials, available for free, provide aspiring devs with step-by-step instructions and tips on how to implement effective navigation tools, optimize battery life and solve other “common Android development problems.”

At the moment,...

By 3Squared, 16 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools.

Malicious apps hit Android Market with hidden charges

Google has removed fraudulent apps from the Android Market, after hitting unexpected users with hidden charges.

The users who downloaded one of 22 apps were being charged for downloading apparently innocent services, including horoscopes and games. The apps were downloaded more than 10,000 times before removal.

The apps lured consumers to choose options within the apps that resulted in paying premium rates linked with SMS use. Those apps were presented as bogus apps based on popular games and movies, including Angry Birds, Twilight and Cut The Rope.

This brings up the discussion about 

By Dani Millward, 13 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Development Tools, Hacking, Security.

Android passes 10 billion app milestone

Android users have now downloaded more than 10 billion apps, Google said on Tuesday.

The milestone was reached over the past weekend, the company said in a blog post, adding that it now had a growth rate of a billion app downloads per month.

By 3Squared, 07 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Android, App Stores.

Yahoo Vs Google Plus

Google is the unanimously accoladed king of search, but now there are plans to take it's audience even higher with initial thoughts about acquiring Yahoo.

The ailing company Yahoo, still has a large presence on the net what with the likes of Yahoo answers being an often turned to source of information, however other parts of Yahoo are definitely ailing with Yahoo mail from Bt for example being increasingly hard to use compared to other services like gmail.

Google on the other hand is on the up and up, as you...

By Duwain Marnitz, 05 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Industry, Platforms.

Adobe promises Flash for Android Ice Cream Sandwich

The mobile version of Flash will get one last outing on the Android platform before it is discontinued, Adobe has said.

The company said Android 4.0, or Ice Cream Sandwich, would get a version of Flash by the end of the year, according to a Pocket-lint report on Monday. That will be the last time Adobe releases any iteration of Flash for mobile, although it has promised to release critical bug fixes and security updates.

“Adobe will release one more version of the Flash Player for mobile browsing, which...

By 3Squared, 28 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools.

Do we need a new 'web app' icon?

With some of the key players like Google, Apple and Adobe piling resources into the development of HTML5, the proliferation of web apps is hotly tipped to be one of the app development stories of 2012.

There are a number of arguments for and against this point of view. We’re still not yet in a world were a web app will generally perform with the same level of deeply integrated usability that a native app can offer users.

Though with rapid adoption of faster 4G LTE mobile networks just on the doorstep,...

By Matt Henkes, 25 November 2011, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Apple, App Stores, HTML5.

Key players flirt with NFC mobile wallet

The number of key players flirting with NFC mobile wallet technology is approching critical mass, after a respected analyst predicted Apple would throw its hat into the ring next year, and RIM this week announced that it will partner with Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica to trial NFC mobile wallet technology in Europe.

While the technology is already widely used in Asia, adoption of NFC payments has been sluggish in the West while the industry struggled to unravel the competing interests of the many...

By Matt Henkes, 24 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, BlackBerry, iOS, NFC.