Mon, Oct

Devices & OS

  • Steve Horowitz, Motorola's head of global software engineering, is an Android pioneer, having led the engineering team to create the mobile operating system for Google almost 10 years ago.

  • More than 99 percent of new mobile threats in the first three months of 2014 targeted the Android ecosystem, a new survey has revealed, with the UK experiencing the most attacks.

  • F-Secure has announced the launch of an anonymised connection, tracking, browsing and malware protection app for iOS and Android.

  • The number of LTE-enabled devices has almost doubled during the past year, with the bulk of products using the 1800MHz band, according to the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA).

  • JT and Progressive Platform have unveiled a smart tracking M2M device that combines GPS tracking, “black box”-style data recording about acceleration and cornering and a SIM card to communicate through the mobile phone network.

    The Channel Islands operator aims to provide the device as part of a managed service to the motor insurance market.

  • Jasper Wireless has launched the world's first commercial end-to-end Global SIM product after signing a technical partnership with Giesecke & Devrient (G&D).

  • Broadcom has unveiled the industry's first Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) system-on-chip (SoC), which it said will help consumers track their health and fitness better by using more accurate fitness trackers on smart watches.

  • Acision has launched a white-label OTT messaging service for operators and a diameter intelligent signalling controller (DISC) as it looks to capitalise on growing demand for 4G LTE.

    Fuze, the US-based vendor's OTT product, is available for both iOS and Android smartphones and can adapted by a network or a brand for its customer base or employees. 

  • Mobile malware infections rose 20 percent last year, with 4G LTE devices most often infected, according to a new report.
    The study, conducted by Alcatel-Lucent’s Kindsight Security Labs, found that Android accounted for 60 percent of the infections, typically in the form of Trojan downloads from third-party app stores, Google Play Store, or by phishing scams. 
  • Google has launched a new update to its Android mobile operating system, including a new platform for secure Near Field Communication (NFC) transactions using Host Card Emulation (HCE) that negates the need for a secure embedded element.

    The new HCE function on Android 4.4 KitKat will allow any Android app to emulate an NFC smart card, so users can tap their smartphones to initiate transactions with the app of their choice.

  • Sofant Technologies has secured institutional funding for its pioneering smart antenna device with the help of Kelvin Capital, Scottish Enterprise and the investment arm of The University of Edinburgh.

    The Scottish tech firm, which unveiled the world’s first smart antenna for mobile devices last year, has enlisted the support of venture capital backer Kelvin Capital as well as Scottish Enterprise and Old College Capital.

  • This month sees the launch of Turkcell’s first high-tech smartphone, the Turkcell T40, which is based on a modified Google Android interface with numerous handpicked features including NFC, Wi-Fi offload and HD sound.

    The device, which was code-named “Gebze” when it was first announced at Mobile World Congress in February, operates on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and includes special signature Turkish visual and sound design touches.

  • Smart Antenna Technologies (SAT) has unveiled new technology that it claims will enable smartphone and tablet device manufacturers to replace several antennae with a single multi-band antenna.

    The single antenna solution uses a novel foil or printable antenna and control chip to produce a compact multi-frequency antenna as well as software re-configurable hardware enabling manufacturers to produce one device for all territories.

  • By Mary-Ann Russon

    Researchers have discovered a new vulnerability in the Google Android mobile operating system that could affect every single Android smartphone that has been released since Android 1.6 “Donut” debuted in 2009, i.e. 900 million Android smartphones.

    The bug allows a hacker to modify the Android APK code without breaking a mobile application’s cryptographic signature (used by Android to determine whether or not apps have been tampered with), meaning that any application can be turned into a Trojan without being noticed by the app store, user or the phone.

  • BlackBerry has taken its mobile sandboxing expertise and decided to embrace rival mobile operating systems with the launch of a new security solution.

    The Secure Work Space for iOS and Android is a new feature that comes with the BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10.

    Designed for enterprises with BYOD concerns, the solution separates work from personal apps and data on the Apple iOS and Google Android operating systems.

  • Nextreaming, a provider of multimedia software for handsets, announced the commercial availability of the latest NexPlayer SDK for Android and iOS, now supporting also adaptive streaming according to the Smooth Streaming standard. The Player SDK includes the latest features as defined by IIS, being compliant with the already available Smooth Streaming services.