All About Android 46
Guest: Myriam Joire
Topic: Malware meets the Bouncer, Google alters support for Verizon Galaxy Nexus, Xooms shipped with personal data, and more.
Recorded: February 6, 2012
Published: February 6, 2012
All About Android 46: Once You Go Nexus, You Never Go Back
- Myriam Joire
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- The new service, code-named "Bouncer," scans apps for known malware, spyware, and Trojans, and looks for suspicious behaviors and compares them against previously analyzed apps, Hiroshi Lockheimer, vice president of engineering on the Android team, said in an interview with CNET this morning.
- Here's how bouncer works (From Google's blogpost)
- once an application is uploaded, the service immediately starts analyzing it for known malware, spyware and trojans.
- It also looks for behaviors that indicate an application might be misbehaving, and compares it against previously analyzed apps to detect possible red flags.
- Google actually runs every application on Google’s cloud infrastructure and simulate how it will run on an Android device to look for hidden, malicious behavior.
- "It won't get uploaded at all if it is an instance of known malware," Lockheimer said.
- Google also is analyzing new developer accounts to "prevent malicious and repeat-offending developers from coming back,"
- AC Explains: The Verizon Galaxy Nexus is still supported by Google
- Google Offers Further Clarification on Why They Removed “Support” for CDMA Devices in AOSP Like the Galaxy Nexus
- Last Friday, the Nexus loving internet lost its ever-loving mind when Google removed the CDMA version of the Galaxy Nexus from its official Android Developer page. The worry was that Google was doing the unthinkable by halting direct support for Verizon's version of the Nexus device which, at its core, is supposed to be supported by Google. Worry not, for this is really not that much of an issue. Certainly not for your stock Galaxy Nexus. And for those of you that develop and install ROMs, though this relates mostly to you, it's not that big of a deal. Let me try to explain:
- The AOSP (Android Open Source Project) in this case is essentially not supporting the CDMA version due to licensing issues with some of the files on the phone. Samsung and Verizon both have potentially licensed files on the GN that Google AND devs can't modify which means they have to be flashed "as is". If you as a developer try to build source for the Verizon GN using the AOSP directions from Google, certain keys for these files won't sign due to these licensing issues. So Google is basically saying "We can't support this because of these licensed, unmodifiable files." And they now put it in the hands of the developers of personal custom builds to work it out."
- Really, All this means is that third party ROM developers will have to do what they usually do if code for a phone isn't accessible through AOSP and figure it out on their own. They are good at that.
- Long story short, if you've rooted and ROM'd your GN, you will still see plenty of ROMs being developed for it.
- And yes: stock Galaxy Nexus' will also still receive its updates directly from Google.
I have a question dealing with notifications. When i listen to audio or video podcasts and receive a text the podcast audio fades out and i miss parts of the audio. this only happens when i get a text/pic message but it never happens on app notifications such as whatsapp those notifications play over top of the audio. Is there any way to fix this i have a thunderbolt love the show!
- Android has always operated this way. No easy way to change the behavior
- Some app devs can code so it doesn't pause.
- If rooted, ROMs like CyanogenMod have options such as ""Notification Focus"" that will allow you attenuate the volume for notification sound.
- Refurbished Motorola Xooms came with private data from previous owners
- The Xooms were part of a deal on flash sale site woot.com last fall, and of the thousands sold, 100 were shipped out to new owners with information the previous owners had left on them, including passwords, account information, photos, and documents. Google TV 3.2 update enhances HLS video streaming support, Plex update takes advantage
- ZTE Optik: 3G Honeycomb 7" Budget Tablet Coming To Sprint For $99 In February Online, March In Stores
- Available Feb 5 (yesterday) through Sprint's online store, March 11 in stores.
- 1.2GHz dual-core processor (we'd expect TI OMAP 4430, but that's a guess - yours is as good as ours)
- 7"" display, WXGA 1280x800 resolution
- 1 GB RAM / 16GB internal storage
- MicroSD card slot
- 5MP rear / 2MP front camera
- Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and 3G connectivity
- 4000mAh battery
- Android 3.2 Honeycomb
- $99 w/ 2 year agreement, $349 off-contract
- 7.6 inches by 4.7 inches by 0.5 inch, 0.9 pound, thicker and heavier than the Galaxy Tab 7 Plus."
Hey guys, on the most recent podcast episode 45: mandroid (Mandroid.com is taken, sad) you talked about the Logitech Revue; you mentioned that for video calling it only worked Revue to Revue, this is not true. You can download a Logitech Vid software to your computer to video call between a Revue and a computer. I got my parents the revue for Christmas so we could video chat even though I don't have a revue, by the way they Direct TV and love the Revue and signed up for Netflix using the Netflix.com/twit to get a month free. Keep up the good work and I hope Ron beats you all in the app arena at the end of this year. lol Just kidding...
PS I feel you guys underplayed the app Glympse. I usually send a Glympse to all my family members when traveling to see them so they know how far away I am from them and don't have to call asking every 10 minutes. It also gives you live updates if you look at it online, meaning it shows the dot moving and the persons speed. In the app you can see when the last time was that any of the people you sent it to looked at it. You can also extend time or expire a Glympse from the app. It is one of my must haves on Android.
- Google Docs for Android Gets Offline Mode, Better Tablet Experience
- Download New Dropbox Beta For Android v2.0.9 With Automatic Uploads, Get Up To 5GB Of Extra Storage For Free
- Foodspotting updated
- Develop an Android app, get a free Blackberry PlayBook
Just wanted to let you guys know that the awesome people at the Humble Bundle have launched an Android Humble Bundle. You pay what you want for 3 awesome indie (independently developed, w/o a large publisher) games, and now they're on Android! If you pay above average you get World of Goo (I have it on my iPod touch and it's highly recommended.) The games are cross platform, and buying them gets it DRM free, unlimited downloads, and your purchase donates to charity. I thought of you guys when I saw Osmos for Android on there.
Thanks so much, love the show, keep up the great work!(,)
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- This week's face-off: grab bag
- Ron - Cocktail Flow (2.99 tablet / FREE phone)
- Eileen - Doubletwist (free) - Air sync (4.99)/Airplay/podcasts (new - 4.99)/save to SD Card (finally! - beta mode though)
- Myriam - Path
- Jason - AndChat (FREE)
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