When you use enough Android devices, you start to realize something: There are certain apps you just can't live without. The apps that form a foundation of what makes a phone your own. The core essentials you need to get by.
As a guy who writes about and reviews mobile technology, I use a lot of Android devices. And I've noticed a consistent pattern with what apps I load onto a phone first -- whether it's a personal phone I'm planning to use long-term or a review unit I'm moving into for a few weeks.
As the market for smartphones booms globally, there is a developmental focus on well-polished apps. Browsing the Internet is perhaps the biggest allure of a smartphone, and big names on desktop are getting popular on mobile too.
Mozilla’s Firefox might be extremely popular on a computer, though it isn’t as popular on mobile. Sure, the company has the ZTE Open and Firefox OS to deal with, but development for Android is still steaming ahead.
A paper presented at last week's USENIX Security Symposium in Washington described how a group of security researchers at Georgia Tech were able to create a "novel method of attack" that can defeat the mandatory software review and code-signing mechanisms defending apps in the Apple App Store. The title of the paper was Jekyll on iOS.
Google developers have confirmed a cryptographic vulnerability in the Android operating system that researchers say could generate serious security glitches on hundreds of thousands of end user apps, many of them used to make Bitcoin transactions.
Users of Android Bitcoin apps have woken to the unpleasant news that an old pseudo random number generation bug has been exploited to steal balances from users' wallets.
The Bitcoin Foundation's announcement, here, merely states that an unspecified component of Android “responsible for generating secure random numbers contains critical weaknesses, that render all Android wallets generated to date vulnerable to theft.”