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Google Yanks 21 Malicious Apps From Android Market, Phones

Openness, one of Android's big advantages, can also be the Achilles' heel of the platform. Google has pulled the kill switch on 21 free malware apps from the Android Market and from around 50,000 devices, according to reports. The...

Android Market's instant app download a security threat, Sophos says

Android Market's instant-download feature for applications that customers buy has a flaw: It could open up Android devices to malicious downloads from attackers, according to security firm Sophos.

Google Spills the Details on Tablet OS, Honeycomb

The great tease is over: Today, here at its headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., Google showed off Android 3.0, a tablet-friendly operating system also known as Honeycomb. The new tablet-optimized OS emphasizes a slick interface,...

Google promises big changes to spur Android app sales

To spur Android app purchases and help application developers, Google will introduce a range of new features around its online Android Market, including an in-app payment option and expanded carrier billing.

Smackdown: Android Market vs. iPhone App Store

The Android Market has made steady improvements since its introduction. But has it overtaken Apple's App Store? Let's find out.

Google defends Android Market license server, despite reported hack

Android Market license server still a "significant step forward" against software piracy, Google maintains

Android and Apps

Mark Gibbs loves the Android operating system and isn't ashamed to say so.

Android and Apps

The more I use the HTC Incredible, the more I like it. And the thing that really makes the Incredible, er, incredible is its operating system, Android. Android, as I'm sure you must know by now, was developed by Google, and is open...

The Alex: Android meets an e-book reader and more

Mark Gibbs reviews a clever Android-based e-book reader that does a whole lot more.

The Alex: Android meets an e-book reader and more

What would you get if you crossed Google's Android operating system with Wi-Fi, an e-ink display and a touch-sensitive color display? You'd get something called Alex, an e-book reader with an unusual configuration manufactured by...

Apple would rather remove app than leave open-source license

Games, both free and paid, are perennial favorites in mobile app stores. So it was no surprise that GNU Go — the free, GNU-based version of the ancient and popular game of Go — was available as a free download in the Apple iTunes...

Emergency Internet: Smartphone tethering

While Mark Gibbs was without DSL he got online from his PC by tethering it to a Motorola Droid. Way cool.

Emergency Internet: Smartphone tethering

In this column I recently recounted the problems I had getting DSL installed in my new house. But there was one part of the experience that actually proved instructive. In the period between moving in and getting back online I relied...

Android in 2013: Applications

The “Android in 2013” blog post series has looked at Android proper to date: on smartphones, on other devices, and the OS itself. Today, let's prognosticate on what may well happen in the world of Android applications.Trying to...

Flipping Back in Time

As has been covered extensively online, AT&T's edition of the Motorola Backflip has disabled the ability to install third-party applications except via the Android Market. Presumably, the rationale is to make it more difficult to...

Raising a Market

Some people have taken issue with my calls for developers to employ alternative markets in addition to — or possibly instead of — the Android Market. The prevailing sentiment seems to be “too much work, not enough results”. That is a...

Ask Not What Google Can Do For Developers...

Many people have lots of ideas of things that Google should do with Android. These range from code changes to Market changes to license changes to support changes. Heck, I've had and written about a few of them myself.However, by and...

Android Needs Google For Now

Android is a free and open platform. Device manufacturers can take the platform and put it on their own devices. Software developers can write applications for Android without concern about being blocked from publishing as they can...

The Ever-Evolving Android

Android 2.0 is a big win for Android users. Google Maps Navigation, better contact management, more camera features, Exchange integration, and the like are all boons for those owning Android 2.0 devices.  Developers get the long-lost...

The Other Android Market

Marco Arment (of Tumblr and Instapaper fame) wrote a piece for his blog back on October 9th, profiling the two sides to the iPhone App Store. While his analysis was aimed at the iPhone, I believe it holds fairly true for Android as...

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