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Report: Android malware up 3,325% in 2011

29 Feb

Summary: Android malware samples had increased from 400 to 13,302 in six months.

Everything has its own value. In 2011, there was an ‘unprecedented growth’ of mobile malware attacks, with Android up a stratospheric 3.325 percent, according to a report by the Juniper Networks Mobile Threat Center.

The report shares stressing news. Comparing all platforms, mobile malware attacks are up 155 percent, with mobile malware samples increasing from 11,138 in 2010 to 28,472 in 2011. BlackBerry malware grew by 8 percent, and Java ME saw a 49 percent increase. But the platform hit hardest was Android, with malware increasing by an incredible 3,325 percent in a year. During the last six months of 2011, Android malware samples had increased from 400 to 13,302.

Spyware stood top as the most popular Android malware, numbering 63 percent, meanwhile 36 percent were premium rate SMS Trojans. And 30 percent could obtain location information without user acceptance and 14.7 percent of them are capable to make calls behind the users’ back.

The report also notes that malware is becoming more sophisticated, with malware like Droid KungFu using encrypted payloads to avoid detection and Droid Dream disguising itself as a legitimate app.

Security guru Bruce Schneier isn’t surprised. ‘I don’t think this is surprising at all,’ wrote Schneier in a blog post. ‘Mobile is the new platform. Mobile is a very intimate platform. It’s where the attackers are going to go.’

Full report here.

Source: zdnet


Are Android mobile apps too expensive?

29 Feb

Summary: According to the report, the top paid-for Android apps are typically “priced dramatically higher” than those made for iOS — specifically for the iPhone — within the United States.

Depending upon a survey form global market research firm Canalys , if you are an Android smartphone or tablet owner, there are chances for you to pay more for your mobile apps than other iOS counterparts.  For example, top 100 paid-for apps in the Android Market would cost a cumulative $374.37, averaging – an average of $3.74 per app. Compare that to the top 100 paid iPhone apps, which would reportedly retail for $147 all together, or $1.47 on average per app.

That equates to Android apps costing roughly 2.5 times more than iOS smartphone apps.

Canalys senior analyst Tim Shepherd explained in the report how the different qualities and environments in the Apple App Store and the Android Market heavily figure into this:

Electronic Arts, for example, regularly offers discounts across its portfolio of games in the App Store to ensure they remain visible to customers by featuring in the top app lists. Price competitiveness is crucial in Apple’s store, where the vast majority of top paid apps cost just $0.99, in a way that is not the case in the Android Market. This leads to disparities whereby an app such as Monopoly is priced at $4.99 in the Android Market, but is discounted to just $0.99 in the Apple App Store.

Shepherd also added that in-app purchases encouraged more heavily “within the Apple ecosystem than on Android, giving iOS developers an advantage in this regard.”

Canalys added that they found similar results when researching this topic in Germany, India, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.

However, that doesn’t mean that the top 100 paid apps for Android were the exactly  same as that of 100 apps for iPhone. Thus, the types of apps being paid for and downloaded more frequently could factor into this stark difference as well.

Source: zdnet

Android leads iOS in mobile app downloads

25 Oct

Taken all mobile application downloads into consideration(in the third quarter of 2011), 44 percent were Android apps. So, the market share of Android leads over iOS which was 31 percent, according to the report form ABI Research.

The research firm ascribed the large shipment of phones running Google’s Android operating system as the factor for the high market share. According to Google, the total number of Android devices activated globally has now attained 190 million which is an estimated 600,000 per day.

The development in iPhone shipments dropped down for the second straight quarter, from 15 percent in the first quarter of 2011 to 9 percent in the second. At the same time Android’s shipment growth increased from 20 percent in the first quarter to 36 percent in the second quarter. It is also most significantly noticeable that the research firm’s data is that Android’s installed base i.e the number of phones implementing Android, is 2.4 to 1 over devices running iOS. The firm also said that the ratio will reach a stunning 3:1 by 2016.

Number of downloads does not mean that Android is beating Apple. According to ABI, Apple is leading in the number of downloads per person. People download two iOS apps for every one Android app. Apple’s strategy toward monetizing applications is more appealing to innovative developers, as more users on iOS are willing to pay for applications.

Finally, ABI reports that the total number of mobile app downloads ever will touch 29 billion by the end of 2011. Comparatively, people have downloaded nine billion apps worldwide in 2010.

Source: venturebeat

Android Phone + Lumix Camera = Panasonic’s LUMIX Phone 101P For Japan

21 Oct

Following Sharp’s AQUOS PHONE 102SH, Local carrier SoftBank is also distributing the so called LUMIX Phone 101P in November. This Coolest stuff looks like a collaboration of Panasonic camera and Android phone.This thing is going to possess a 13.2MP CMOS Lumix sensor. It’s also going to have a 4- inch QHD LCD screen with 960*540 resolution and a 1 GHz TI OMAP 4430 dual core processor. It’s waterproof. It runs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). This phone is so slim, just 9.8mm with 128g.

Usually the cameras surpass cameras on phones. But if Panasonic gets this right, with its great image sensor and lens, they might just be able to replace your point-and-shoot. This is one more benefit from smart mobile phones, who hate large items in their pockets. And for women, this smart mobile is to be released also in attractive soft pink color.

Source: gizmodo