New Android malware infects 620,000 Chinese users

NQ Mobile, a mobile security provider, has revealed a new form of Android malware, called ‘Bill Shocker’, which has infected 620,000 Chinese Droid users.

The threat carried by the malware was SMS spamming from victims’ phones, remote control of devices and collecting personal information, and in various cases subverting users’ text contract quotas, leading to further charges.

The malware was found using NQ Mobile’s RiskRanker cloud scanning engine. NQ Mobile has issued an alert...

By James Bourne, 31 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Security.

RIM changes name to BlackBerry as BB10 unveiled worldwide

It was first announced back in 2011, was expected to be launched in 2012, but its various setbacks meant that 2013 was the earliest time a rollout of BlackBerry 10 could be expected.

And the BB10 launch today, simultaneously in Dubai, Johannesburg, London, New York, Paris and Toronto, threw up a few surprises as well as some expected features.

The key pieces of news following the BlackBerry 10 launch were:

  • Research in Motion changes its company name to BlackBerry, in order to promote a single brand theme
  • Two smartphones are unveiled: the Q10, with the BlackBerry trademark...

By James Bourne, 30 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, Devices, Platforms.

Preview Firefox OS smartphones released to developers

Mozilla has announced that its long-awaited Firefox OS smartphones are available as a preview to developers, ramping up the open source evangelist’s mobile push.

As reported by DeveloperTech in July, the Firefox OS replaced the ‘Boot 2 Gecko’ project and utilises HTML5, and is being developed by Geeksphone in partnership with Telefonica.

Mozilla outlines three reasons why developers should build apps on its nascent OS:

  • Keeping the web open – particularly on mobile
  • Simplicity –...

By James Bourne, 23 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Devices, Platforms.

Enterprise: Why MAM is more than simply an MDM add-on

About a week ago, I felt compelled to comment on a Channel Partners article authored by Hyoun Park, Making Sense of Mobile Life Cycle Management.

It was an informative piece, and its emphasis on developing an app management strategy was spot on. The aspect of Hyoun’s article I took issue with was, in my opinion, an incomplete explanation of Mobile Application Management. While he provided welcome detail on many of its advantages, in the context of the...

By Jim Casey, 17 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Enterprise.

BB10 dev alpha handsets appear on eBay

Can’t wait a full four weeks for BlackBerry 10 to arrive? Have somewhere in the region of $1000 (£613) to spend? Well fear not, as eBay may have the answer.

As reported initially by CrackBerry, the online auction site has a few BB10 dev alpha devices on show, rarer than hen’s teeth and something of a second prize with actual BB10 phones not available and the official launch date set for January 30.

Of course it’s worth stressing that selling something with a big ‘not for...

By James Bourne, 02 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, Devices.

Smartphone sales - a three year comparison [infographic]

Smartphone device sales tell us about the popularity of these devices.

Forget the fact whether it’s Apple ruling the roost, or Android, or whether BlackBerry is able to make a dent, what needs to be celebrated is the sheer number of devices sold. But, figures do matter as no company is in this business for charity. They want to make a killing at the gates and they need to go one up over their competitors if they want their brand to survive.

This is why we have come up with an infographic that takes...

By Albert Vang, 02 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, BlackBerry, Devices.

Mobile trends 2013: Wallets, coupons and mobile shopping research

As we zoom towards 2013, we thought we’d ask mobile experts the world over what surprised them about the past year, what they expected in the coming year and what they think needs a bit more attention. Today’s interview is with David Wachs of ePrize.

What surprised you about the mobile advertising industry in the past year?

I think the number one surprise in the mobile marketing industry this year was the number of QR codes that led to non-mobile friendly sites. While we expect these numbers to decrease in...

By InMobi, 20 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Devices.

TV apps: The developer dilemma reloded

By Stefan Bielau, co-founder, Zapstreak

The growth in popularity of SMART TV and the connected home presents a chance for mobile app developers to gain a competitive advantage over their competition. However, this opportunity also brings with it a number of obstacles with it:

  • Lack of cross platform SDK taking mobile apps to the TV screen (iOS, Android, WP)
  • Connectivity - huge fragmentation due to proliferation of SMART TV models
  • Money - do this cost and time effectively 

After having conquered the various mobile...

By Stefan Bielau, 03 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Platforms.

Zapstreak: Your new favourite media streaming SDK?

Polish firm Zapstreak has unleashed its mobile SDK for live media streaming upon the world of Android app development.

With a lengthy 6 months beta phase now at its end, the SDK offers developers Airplay-like functionality between Android devices and a range of other wifi enabled media gadgetry.

Zapstreak’s use of Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA), now widely used among TV manufacturers, allows easy sharing of digital content between mobiles and...

By Matt Henkes, 30 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Devices.