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Developer Admin at xda-developers, interested in everything in mobile and security. A developer and engineer, who would re-write everything in C or Assembler if the time was there.

Opinion: Android Is Its Own Worst Enemy for Updates

XDA users are no doubt familiar with the common complaint on Android over the delays on updates reaching their phone. Users are often seen eagerly awaiting the latest security update to protect them from something like Stagefright, or waiting on the next point-revision to fix some AOSP bugs. And, once a year or so, users...

A Demonstration of Stagefright-like Mistakes

Recent weeks have seen huge amounts of media attention on Stagefright, a C++-based component of the Android operating system, responsible for playing various different multimedia files. The Stagefright exploit (itself discussed in more detail in this article) was fundamentally a result of integer buffer overflows and underflows. While our previous article discussed this in a...

Asus, My “Device May Have Junk” – Your Junk

We've previously given a full review of the Asus ZenFone 2 on the XDA portal. If you're interested in a more thorough and objective look at the phone, along with its hardware and software, I suggest you check it out. If, instead, you're here for a rant, and don't want to read a serious review about...

Flagship Furore – Why the Market Changed

Recent headlines have talked much about the future of smartphones. We hear the phrase "flagship" banded around, a moniker typically reserved for a company's "headline" product release, used to lead the company flag forward into battle in the marketplace. Back in 2009, when Android first began to gain a sensible level of traction, a flagship...

Privacy War – Shots Fired by Apple at WWDC

The battle between users and companies over privacy is getting pretty hot. Only a couple of weeks ago, at Google I/O, we were hearing how Android "M" would add optional permissions to Android (one of the most sought-after features on the platform for several years). Indeed, this is something which originated on the iOS platform,...

Devs Beware – Automatic Backup Privacy Risks

One new feature of "Android M" (speculation on potential names welcomed on the back of a postcard) which gained little attention at Google I/O so far was the introduction of a new, automatic backup feature for application data.Obviously, it's still early days yet, though you can download the developer preview (if you're brave!), so we...

Cyngn to Leech User Contacts to Truecaller

Update - Steve Kondik of Cyngn made a reply on Google+ following this article. Unfortunately he fails to in any way address the fact the service he has chosen to integrate uploads other people's data, instead choosing to focus on the consent request process. Their user opt-in process is immaterial, since people whose data is...

On the Risks of Your Data in the Cloud

It's not often I look at a product or service and say "I really hope this isn't real". It's time for a look at something which cropped up on my radar today, namely a service called FileThis. A quick search will find them, and their app on the Play Store and iTunes store.With the spread...

New AOSP Branch Details Potential Build System Upgrades?

While there are frequent unexplained changes and pushes to Google's AOSP repositories, an interesting-looking new branch has been pushed out recently, called "master-soong". Taking a look at the changes made to the manifest repository (which is used to specify the repositories to be downloaded when building Android), it appears there are some new repositories making...

Fingerprint Authentication – Just a Plain Bad Idea

A growing number of smartphones are adding fingerprint reading hardware, to attempt to add a differentiating factor in an increasingly crowded marketplace, and to attempt to offer users more convenient security features. The Motorola Atrix 4G stole the show at CES 2011, as the first modern smartphone to feature a fingerprint reader (there were previous...

CM, Micromax and OnePlus – Sales Ban Lifted

It's less than a week since our recent in-depth analysis of the legal battle over the Indian market, with which Cyanogen Inc, OnePlus and Micromax are embroiled. In light of the holiday season, I shall keep this update short, but the Delhi High Court has today overturned the original sales ban imposed as a result...

Cyngn, OnePlus, Micromax – The Legal Battle

Recently, a battle has been waging in India over the rights to distribute the commercial version of the CyanogenMod operating system. The court order from the recent case (where Micromax wanted to enforce their exclusivity agreement against OnePlus) has been released. The order, written by Justice Manmohan Singh, weighs in at 29 pages, and the...