In recent weeks and months, the tech community has increasingly referred to the next release of Android as version 5.0, or ‘Key Lime Pie’.
Since version 1.5 (Cupcake), major updates to Android have gained a delicious codename beginning with the next letter in the alphabet, and as it has widely been assumed that the next version would make the leap to 5.0 from the current version, 4.2.2 (the latest Jelly Bean release), a dessert beginning with the letter K has seemed like a reasonable assumption.
Sophos has updated its Android Mobile Security software to version 2.5 with SMS blocking capabilities as malware over text messaging continues to rise.
The smartphone security product guards users against phishing attacks launched through SMS messages by blocking suspicious messages and SMS transmissions from known bad actors. Sophos said the product isolates the messages in a special 'quarantine' folder outside of the user's inbox.
Researchers have discovered a new family of malware that found its way into legitimate apps inside Google's official store thanks to a malicious advertising network.
The malware was detected in 32 apps across four different developer accounts in Google Play and was downloaded up to nine million times, according to Lookout researchers who dubbed the malware BadNews.
In the last months, new research has made it clearer than ever that every computer in the world is a potential target for Chinese government hackers. So perhaps it’s no surprise that smartphones appear to be among those state-sponsored hackers’ targets, too.
In a highly suggestive invitation to an April 4 event sent out on Thursday, Facebook welcomes media to "Come See Our New Home On Android," hinting the social networking monolith will finally reveal a much-rumored purpose-built operating system.
Citing sources familiar with the matter, TechCrunch says the Facebook OS will be a platform built on Android, with deep integration possibly baked into an HTC-manufactured smartphone. Speculation of a true Facebook-developed phone have been floating around for some time, though such a device has yet to appear.