Android Overload: Dell Streak Gets Official Gingerbread Update, More Android Vulnerabilities Found and More


Greetings, Phandroids! I’m sure by now, most of you know the drill but I’ll go ahead and explain it for the noobies. You have wandered into the Android Overload. This is the place where we stash all of the top news stories from throughout our day in hopes that you guys — our loyal readers — will have a little extra to read up on. That is, if our front page wasn’t fulfilling your cravings for Android/mobile news. So have a look around and if you find something interesting, leave us your thoughts. See y’all tomorrow. Goodnight.

  • Motorola Spice hits Chile with budget good looks. [Motorola]
  • Avast! Mobile Security updated in the Android Market. [Market Link]
  • New Android malware bypasses permissions and takes control over your device. [MSNBC]
  • Apple App Store generates 4 times as much revenue as the Android Market. [PCMag]
  • Yes, Google employees use Macs. Post tools used for administrative tasks. [Electronista]
  • Google’s facial recognition given the green light from Germany. [Electronista]
  • Acer Iconia A500 update rolling out now. Improved Market and UI speeds. [AndroidCentral]
  • Official Dell Streak update hits the device in a final blaze of glory. [XDA]
Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. can i…. DISLIKE this? at least the “new android malware bypasses permissions and takes control over your device” ? i mean come on… i’m sure if RESEARCHERS tried to write a virus for wp7 or iphone they would be able to too. its no fair that all the artillery is pointed towards Android and every time they land a blow they say how somehow that’s detrimental…

    1. The point of the article is that it isn’t easy/possible to write the same kind of app for iOS or WM7 simply because they’re not as user configurable.  It’s the openness of Android (and linux) with regard to user power that makes it vulnerable.  iOS and WM7 lock up the guns.  Android tells you to be careful and if you shoot your eye out it’s your own dang fault.

      That kind of power is something we Androiders like, but it does come with a price.  

      1. With great power comes great responsibility!?

        … I couldn’t help myself… :-

  2. “This is yet another blow to Google’s massively popular but vulnerable smartphone operating system which has been hit with a multitude of malware attacks in the past few months.”

    Vulnerable? Sure, everything is vulnerable. Look at Charlie Miller, he got booted from Apple’s developer program for exposing a real vulnerability in iOS. And I’m sure if anyone was using a Windows phone, anyone at all, that hackers would consider looking for exploits. As for a “multitude of malware attacks” – come on. Malware attacks? Are they referring to the handful of malicious apps that made it on to the market and were downloaded by barely anyone? All based on a scary quote from a guy whose business (Kaspersky) is selling “protection” from these rampant viruses….

    They should have titled the article “Oh no, run away from scary Android or the monsters will get you!”

    1. Don’t downplay the ringing of the panic bell.  Better to raise a panic and get the exploits fixed than have the manufacturer tell the consumers, in a soothing voice, “It’s OK.  You’re safe.  We’d never let anything harm you.  Take a Soma and relax.  As for YOU!  Troublemaker!  You’re BANNED!”

      1. Oh, I agree with making it very public (though Apple seems to hate it when people point out their flaws), but I object to the way they imply this is a huge problem. It strikes me as fear mongering. Perhaps the writer has a future in politics.

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