Firefox 4 Finally Hits Android Market

I never thought I’d actually see the day that Mozilla would launch the the final version of Firefox for Android, but there comes a time for everything I suppose. Announced just today, Firefox 4 for Android is available on the Android Market.

This latest version includes Firefox Sync, which allows you to share your browsing history, current tabs, bookmarks and passwords between desktop versions of Firefox and your Android device. The company claims that Firefox 4 is to be up to 3 times faster than the stock Android browser. That’s pretty impressive, so why not check it out for yourself? Demo video above.


[VIA] Mozilla

Beware: Android Market Security Tool Gets Malicious Impersonators!

Earlier this week, we posted an article regarding Google launching a new security tool which would help protect your Android device against intrusive malware of sorts. Although it wasn’t absolutely necessary for anyone to actually go out and download this app, since Google was set to use the same tool themselves, to do an automatic security check. Despite that fact, it still made many people feel more secure about their devices.

With that said, it’s now being suggested that it’s better to just not even download the Security Tool from the Market, because there’s alternate versions of the app which actually contain new malware and viruses. When does it end?! If you haven’t been affected, or are worried as to what to do to prevent yourself from getting any kind of malware on your device. DO NOTHING! If you’re not having problems, then it’s best you don’t try and take any further measures to protect yourself because: Google will do that for you!


[VIA] Phandroid

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Google Launches Security App in Android Market; Fixing Malware Issues

With all the ruckus over malware on Android last week, we figured it was only a matter of time before Google stepped in and did something about it. The issue only affects those running Android versions under 2.2.2, but that still leaves a good portion of the Android community at risk. The company released a statement indicating exactly what measures they are taking to fix the issue, and to help make sure this kind of problem doesn’t happen again.

  1. We removed the malicious applications from Android Market, suspended the associated developer accounts, and contacted law enforcement about the attack.
  2. We are remotely removing the malicious applications from affected devices. This remote application removal feature is one of many security controls the Android team can use to help protect users from malicious applications.
  3. We are pushing an Android Market security update to all affected devices that undoes the exploits to prevent the attacker(s) from accessing any more information from affected devices. If your device has been affected, you will receive an email from [EMAIL=android-market-support@google.com]android-market-support@google.com[/EMAIL] over the next 72 hours. You will also receive a notification on your device that “Android Market Security Tool March 2011” has been installed. You may also receive notification(s) on your device that an application has been removed. You are not required to take any action from there; the update will automatically undo the exploit. Within 24 hours of the exploit being undone, you will receive a second email.
  4. We are adding a number of measures to help prevent additional malicious applications using similar exploits from being distributed through Android Market and are working with our partners to provide the fix for the underlying security issues.

If it makes you feel any safer, Google launched a tool in the Android Market you can grab that helps remove the no-goods from your device, so be sure to check that out. We have to get used to these kinds of things in the open world of Android!


[VIA] DroidLife

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Google Maps Gets Updated to Version 5.2; Latitude Enhancements and amp; More

Google has updated Google Maps for Android devices on the Android Market, bringing some enhancements to Latitude, which will now enable you to ping your any of your contacts to get them to check in at a hotspot. You can also search for a place to check-in from Latitude if it’s not in the suggest list, and explore nearby locations from the Places menu. Some pretty sweet updates this time around, so be sure to jump on the Android Market and check it out!

[VIA] IntoMobile

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NVIDIA Launches Tegra Zone on Android Market

With more and more dual-core Android devices starting to emerge from various handset manufacturers, the need for more graphically demanding games is on the rise. Luckily NVIDIA has our backs on this one. The company has just released their own app on the Android Market called “NVIDIA Tegra Zone.” In this exclusive app, you can view and download all of the top demanding games straight from NVIDIA. The Tegra Zone is really just like the Android Market, with the exception of you having to sort though hundreds of games to find which one’s work best for your device. The NVIDIA Tegra Zone features popular titles such as:

  • Fruit Ninja THD
  • Monster Madness
  • Dungeon Defenders
  • Samurai II
  • Backbreaker THD
  • Hardwood Solitaire

Upcoming Titles:

  • Vendetta Online
  • Hardwood Spades
  • Galaxy on Fire 2

Even if you’re not sporting a Tegra 2 chip, go on and check it out, the app is free so you really have nothing to lose.

[VIA] Phandroid

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Mapquest Hits Android Market Bringing Voice Search, Live Traffic and amp; More

I really don’t go out of my way to use any other applications for navigation besides the basic Google Maps. Why? Well, let’s face it… there’s really no need to. It’s got everything I need to get from point A to point B. However, Mapquest is finally getting their feet wet in the Android Market, long after being veterans in the Apple App Store. I have to give Mapquest some credit since they’ve been around ever since I can remember trying to get directions to places I’ve never been, but it seemed liked it became less and less reliable, and then better navigation processes became available.

So, onto Mapquest for Android. With this version you’ll get turn by turn navigation with voice guided directions, voice search, attraction/destination guide to find POI’s, walking and driving directions and even live traffic. So it’s pretty similar to Google Maps, but a couple extra bells and whistles to kick it up a notch. Oh- and did I mention it’s FREE? Go ahead and give a try, and let us know how you like it compared to your usual methods of navigation.

[VIA] Phandroid

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Androidify: Turn yourself into an Android!


There’s a fun new app out on the Android Market that lets you take your Android devotion to the next level...Androidify yourself! Google has always wanted you to know that their platform is completely open and customizable, so why would their Android mascot be any different? Download the app for free in the market and turn the little green guy into a full on replica of yourself! Okay, so it’s not the most useful app out on the market, but who doesn’t want their own Android Avatar? (Droidatar?)

Get ready to make Android your own.Androidify yourself by customizing the little green Android as yourself, your family, your friends, anyone! Stretch it , shrink it, add a hoody, style its hair, throw on some shades, or even give it a parrot and a pirate hat. Arrrgh!
Once you’ve personalized your Android, share it with your friends, set it as a photo in your contact book, or use it in some inventive way we haven’t thought of yet. Have fun, and we can’t wait to see what you come up with!


Yours truly, in Android form.

[VIA]Androidify

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Words With Friends now on Android!


Back before I was rockin’ my Android, I had…an iPhone. While I can’t say I miss the phone, I can say I missed certain applications like my favorite game Words with Friends. I was hopelessly and madly addicted to this crossword style social game and when I couldn’t find it on the Android Market, I was devastated!
Now I’m thrilled to report that Words with Friends has finally debuted in the Android Market! Download it free and see for yourself why it’s so addicting. Since it’s a new release, it’s still a little buggy (such as crappy push notifications!), but I’m confident that will be fixed in the near future. The best part is that it’s compatible for playing with your iPhone friends so you can show them that people with Androids are better with words!;)

[VIA]Words With Friends

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Android News Weekly Wrap Up 12-31-2010

This weeks news brings a lot of new things leading up to the new year and a lot of news saved for the first week of January at the International CES. This week we do know that the new Sony xperia device will run Android 2.3, a bestbuy leak of the evo shift, dell streak with t-mobile branding, gameloft to add 10 new HD games, and the android market has hit 200,000 apps!

http://droidnerds.com/content/new-sony-ericsson-xperia-device-running-android-2-3-adreno-205-gpu-877/
http://droidnerds.com/content/10-new-hd-games-android-launched-gameloft-com-868/
http://droidnerds.com/content/new-images-htc-thunderbolt-emerge-876/
http://droidnerds.com/content/motorola-s-new-honeycomb-tablet-teaser-video-emerges-ces-2011-867/
http://droidnerds.com/content/t-mobile-branding-shows-up-dell-streak-7-tablet-t-soon-follow-866/
http://droidnerds.com/content/android-market-hits-200-000-apps-874/
http://droidnerds.com/content/htc-evo-shift-4g-shown-best-buy-s-database-871/

New and quot;Gemini and quot; Trojan Appears to Infect Androids

Heads up folks, there’s a new trojan in town, and it’s out to infect Android devices specifically. The bug has been named “Gemini” and it seems to snag onto existing applications in the Android Market like Baseball Superstars 2010, City Defense, President vs. Aliens, Sex Positions and Monkey Jump 2. The company Lookout which develops the mobile security app for Android, “Lookout Mobile Security” stated this about the trojan:

“The specific information it collects includes location coordinates and unique identifiers for the device (IMEI) and SIM card (IMSI). At five-minute intervals, Geinimi attempts to connect to a remote server using one of ten embedded domain names. A subset of the domain names includes www.widifu.com, www.udaore.com, www.frijd.com, www.islpast.com and www.piajesj.com. If it connects, Geinimi transmits collected device information to the remote server.”

Although you can’t actually obtain the infection directly through the Android Market, it would still be a good idea to download the Lookout Mobile Security application to play it safe, especially if you’ve download any of the above named apps. Lookout has updated their app to support protection against this specific trojan, so you can rest easy knowing that your device is safe and sound.

[VIA] TalkAndroid

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