Consumers fear 'wave and pay' apps will leave them open to hackers

Consumers fear phone hackers will crack mobile wallets, according to the findings of a new study.

The research, by Intersperience, revealed that while just 17% of Britons are ready to use their phones to make purchases, the fear that use of 'wave and pay' apps will leave them open to increasingly sophisticated hackers.

Of the people polled, nearly half said that 'security concerns' were their number one fear while 24% said using a mobile for payment "feels less secure but I don't know why", and a...

By Verity Gough, 18 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Hacking, Security.

Samsung ChatOn app launches on Android

Samsung's free ChatOn Android app is now available in the Android Market however users are already complaining they are unable to get verification codes.

The new app, which supports both one-on-one and group chatting, is Samsung's rival to RIM's Blackberry Messenger and Apple's iMessage. Samsung promises the app will eventually be compatible with all mobile phones and computers that are using a web client and is currently available in 120 countries and comes in 62 different languages.

However new users are...

By Verity Gough, 17 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Samsung.

Google VoIP is pulled from iPhone App Store

Google’s VoIP app has been removed from the iPhone App Store after reports of crashing within the new version of Apple's mobile operating system, iOS 5.

According to reports, the reason for the crashes, as well as which smartphones and operating systems are more prone to problems, is still unclear.

In an interview with Engadget, senior product manager for Google Voice, Vincent Paquet added: "Our last update of this week had a bug that caused the app to crash at sign in. We removed it so it did not...

By Verity Gough, 17 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, App Stores, Devices, iOS.

Google Android's 190 million devices turn to ice cream

Google’s Android now has 190 million activated devices around the world.

The next version of Android OS, code-named Ice Cream Sandwich, is designed to join smartphones and tablets together. The system may be out by the end of the year.

Larry Page, CEO of Google, said: “I’m super excited about the soon to be released new version of Android called Ice Cream Sandwich. That’s right, Ice Cream Sandwich. You don’t believe what we’ve managed to get done in this...

By Dani Millward, 14 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Monetisation.

iPhone 4S or wait for Android Ice Cream Sandwich?

With eighteen month contract-driven upgrades the norm now in the UK, it’s always a challenge to decide whether it’s the right time to pull the trigger on buying a new phone — or to wait for the next big thing.

With Apple’s anticlimactic introduction of the iPhone 4S on Friday, the big question for many phone owners is whether to grab one when it ships on Friday or wait for the expected Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) phones from Google’s partners.

In favour of the...

By 3Squared, 12 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, Devices, iOS.

Amazon Fire will Restrict In-App Purchasing

Developers of Android apps for the upcoming Kindle Fire will have to live within Amazon’s more closed idea of the Google mobile operating system.

Early indications are that Amazon will be carefully reviewing the apps that make it onto the Kindle Fire and will also ensure that it gets a piece from any revenue streams that come through the apps. While Fire will be running the Android OS, the Amazon interface will restrict users to apps within the company’s own apps store.

Late last week Amazon...

By 3Squared, 10 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Development Tools, Devices, Monetisation.

iPad app instrument is featured in Bjork's new album

Bjork may be known for her 'out there' musicality as well as her unusual fashion sense but the Icelandic singer has gone a step further with her latest release which features an iPad app being played as an instrument.‘Biophillia', is available to download on the NPR website and the artist is inviting listeners to play the app on their own iPads.Bjork is also allowing all 10 tracks to be listened to on the website for free. Fans can then buy the whole album or opt to purchase specific tracks.While her music is often referred...

By Verity Gough, 10 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Devices, iPad, Monetisation.

The number of mobiles will exceed human beings by 2012

The machines are taking over: expert predicts that by the end of 2012 there will be more mobile devices in use globally than people.

The current global population is currently around 7 billion, but according to Dr Mike Short, the uptake of mobile devices will pass that mark during the course of next year. He also predicts that China and India will each have more than 1 billion mobile subscriptions during the first half of 2012.

The new president of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) -...

By Verity Gough, 07 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry.

Windows Phone 7 developers get a taste of mango

Microsoft has granted developers an advanced look at the new Mango version of its Windows Phone operating system ahead of a wider public release.

Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that registered developers in 23 countries were offered the chance to update their handsets to a beta version of the system.

Those wishing to develop apps for the Mango build 7661 will first have to update their software development kit (SDK) to Windows Phone SDK 7.1 Beta 2.

Developers...

By Matt Henkes, 01 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Microsoft.

Developer programme and SDK for sense from HTC

HTC has thrown its hat into the ring of handset manufacturers looking to tempt developers into creating apps specifically for its devices, announcing its plans for a developer programme to be launched alongside as SDK for its Sense user interface.

The firm says that www.HTCdev.com will launch this summer, featuring access to an extensive extensive resource library of tutorials, best practices, documentation and support.

A user feedback channel will also be included, said HTC, “for ongoing investments and...

By Matt Henkes, 08 June 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, HTC.