All About Android 172
Guest: Eric Ravenscraft
Topic: The future of Tizen and Samsung's Android ambitions, Fake ID vulnerability, a Motorola Nexus phablet, Amazon Fire Phone preview, OnePlus One review, Chrome Beta gets Material Design, and more.
Recorded: July 29 2014
All About Android 172: All About Tizen. No Really.
- The Essential Android Security Features You Should Enable Right Now
- Google Glass Banned at Comic-Con Panels
- Samsung's Tizen smartphone OS: Dead or alive?
- What was to be Samsung's first Tizen smartphone has been delayed indefinitely, according to reports, signalling many to speculate whether Tizen on a smartphone will in fact ever actually happen. Tizen has had a rocky road to market. Last year, Tizen smartphones were supposed to his the market and ultimately never showed. And partners like NTT Docomo started nixing their own plans to launch Tizen phones. And now, yet again, Samsung is pulling Tizen back saying that the device will miss Q3 at the very least. Why is this important on an Android show? Samsungs dominance in Android. Samsung is the top seller of smartphones, with 30.2% of all smartphones sold, according to IDC, largely on the back of Android.
- Steven Vaughan-Nichols of ZDNet poses a very good question: "Why exactly would Samsung want to disrupt the market?" If they dominate as is, why stir the pot? Steven expects Samsung to quietly put Tizen to sleep sometime in the next few months.
- A new Android security threat: BlueBox Security says that Android certain apps can pass verification that allows them access to highly privileged programs in the OS on unlatched versions of Android. It's been dubbed Fake ID, cause it mimics the real world scenario of someone passing a false ID to gain access to a place they aren't allowed. It would allow a malicious app to say it was, for instance, Wallet, when in fact its not, and gain all the access of that app as a result.
- Google has already issued a patch to Android partners and the Android Open Source Project. Google told Android Central that it has ensured that Google Play and Verify Apps (aka bouncer) will catch any apps showing this vulnerability, and that no apps on Google Play show evidence of the exploitation of this vulnerability.
- So stay away from untrusted 3rd party markets and you should be ok. Even then, Verify Apps scans any apes even from those places so, very likely, it will still be detected. Or… just… seriously, stay away from untrusted 3rd party markets. Period.
- Android crypto blunder exposes users to highly privileged malware
- 1 Year in: Google has Sold “Millions” of Chromecasts
- Chromecast is one year old, with millions sold and 400 million casts in the first year according to Google.
- If you own a Chromecast, are in the US, and don't already own a subscription to Play Music All Access, you can get 3 months free as Google's gift. Search for Chromecast Promotional Offers
The issue is not IAP itself - IAP is just a payment method, generally simpler to use and with less friction than paying for something from the Play Store. It can be used to purchase content, as Ron well knows - rather than either having a separate app for each comic, or having to send people out to a website to make a purchase, IAP makes things fast and easy, meaning happier, satisfied users, and more spending.
Something which we all know and understand implicitly, but you might not be explicitly obvious unless you're a developer who has looked at IAPs, is that some are considered 'consumable', some aren't. The difference is very simple - a consumable IAP can be bought more than once, because it gets used up, while a non-consumable IAP is bought once and is permanently 'owned' by the user from that point. A comic? You buy it once. A game unlock? You buy it once. 500 gems for US$25? You can buy it again and again and again and again... A 2 hour game boost? You can buy it again and again and again...
It may be a bit more complicated to explain than the simple ""IAP/no-IAP"" line, but I think the ""consumable/non-consumable"" line is far more important. Non-consumable IAPs have an inherent cap, they can't really get addictive, but they still allow devs to make money. They are not the IAPs that everyone is getting upset about, and it's a pity that it's turned into ""anything with IAP is evil"" when that's just not the case.
- Time to hunt for clues pointing to the next Nexus, or Nexii if there are to be more than one. Sources, including those to the Information, point to a new Motorola Nexus device sporting a 5.9" screen. A Moto Nexus phablet. Can you dig it? Apparently, shortly after Google sold Motorola to Lenovo, Moto and Goog started work on a large screen Nexus device that could utilize Moto's hallmark features: Touchless Control and Active Display. Also, possibly a fingerprint scanner and a November release.
- Also part of the Information's insider information was some background on Android Silver, which was apparently supposed to replace the Nexus program and previously discussed on this show. The Silver effort was led by Google Chief Business Officer Nikesh Arora, who announced his departure from Google earlier this month leaving more questions than answers as to how much firepower Google plans to give the Android Silver program.
- Multiple reports say Google and Motorola are planning a Nexus phablet
- Leaked Photos Of A Motorola Pre-Production Device: This May Be The Moto X+1
- And speaking of Motorola, the follow-up to the Moto X, supposedly dubbed X+1, may have leaked online in a few pics. Supposed specs to be taken with a grain of salt… or maybe even a salt lick:
- 5.1" 1080p screen (up from 4.7")
- Sanpragon 800
- 2GB RAM
- 32GB storage
- no microSD slot
- 2900mAh battery
- 12MP/5MP cameras
Fire Phone preview
OnePlus One review
- 1. LG Won’t Help G Watch Users With Corroding Charging Pins
- 2. Jason's Gear Live charging brick sucks.
- 3. PSA: The Moto 360 Will Be The First Android Wear Device With An Ambient Light Sensor
- Chrome Beta for Android Update, now with Material Design
- Gallery: Chrome Beta for Android gets a Material Design makeover
- Google Maps challenges Foursquare with new Explore feature on Android and iOS
- Maps now has a new feature that allows you to explore nearby. Click the location pin on the map and it will pull up the explore interface showing what's nearby, from restaurants to parks to Zagat listings, to things to see and do.
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