Pulser_G2 is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. 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.

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Pulser_G2 · Feb 1, 2015 at 11:30 am · 2 comments

ITaaS – Identity Theft as a Service with FileThis

It's not often I look at a product or service and say "I really really hope this isn't real, and it's an elaborate fake". Alas, this day has come. It's time for a look at something which cropped up on my radar today, namely a service called FileThis. I won't do them the search-engine-ranking honor of providing a direct link to their site, but a quick search will find them, and their app on the Play Store and iTunes store....

Pulser_G2 · Jan 31, 2015 at 02:08 pm · 1 comment

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 an appearance. Of note here are new prebuilt repositories for Go, and Ninja. Go is a programming language, created by Google, which compiles to produce...

Pulser_G2 · Jan 12, 2015 at 10:17 am · 10 comments

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 generation Windows Mobile devices with fingerprint readers but these were never general consumer products). Since then, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha 4G, iPhone 5s, HTC One...

Pulser_G2 · Dec 24, 2014 at 05:00 pm · 2 comments

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 of Micromax's legal petition, in an apparently early Christmas gift to OnePlus. The original court order against OnePlus, preventing it from selling its mobile phones,...

Pulser_G2 · Dec 18, 2014 at 09:16 am · 51 comments

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 contents prove rather interesting. Let's take a look through it. The documents are available for reference from this link. In a break with convention, I...

Pulser_G2 · Nov 20, 2014 at 10:15 am · 15 comments

SuperSU BETA: Root Android Lollipop on Stock Kernel

Up until now, if you wanted to get root on Android 5.0, you needed to flash a modified kernel onto your device to work around some SELinux restrictions. XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire recently released the previously-necessary CF-Auto-Root package, which made the necessary kernel ramdisk modifications to remove SELinux restriction from the install-recovery.sh script on AOSP. This morning, however, Chainfire brought smiles to many faces, as he announced on Twitter that this would no longer be necessary going forward. (more…)

Pulser_G2 · Nov 11, 2014 at 09:30 am · 12 comments

GNOME Foundation Seeks Support to Fight Groupon Trademark Attempt

While XDA normally focuses on mobile technology and development, on this occasion we bring you news from the wider Linux and free-software community. The GNOME project (which has existed for around 17 years or thereabouts) is a long term project, providing an open source Desktop Environment for Linux and Unix-like operating systems for some time. It's all open source, and it's all free to use and share. Despite being a major open source project, the GNOME Foundation are concerned by recent...

Pulser_G2 · Nov 6, 2014 at 01:00 pm · 17 comments

Google’s AOSP QA Team MIA for Android Lollipop?

As the launch of Android Lollipop continues to dominate headlines, and developers settle down to take a look at the sources for Lollipop, I took a critical first look, from my own compiled AOSP sources, and came to the worrying conclusion that Google simply doesn't care about AOSP any more. Either that, or their own internal QA team has gotten lost somewhere in the Googleplex, unable to send a distress message out. Either way, the quality of the Android 5.0...

Pulser_G2 · Sep 25, 2014 at 07:00 am · 3 comments

Attention all xda:devcon’ers – Devcon is landing shortly

It's now approaching the weekend of xda:devcon '14, XDA's second annual developer conference. This year the event is taking place in Manchester, United Kingdom. The venue is ready, the speakers are primed, and everyone here at XDA looks forward to welcoming you to the event. The team organising xda:devcon will be tweeting from the event using the dedicated devcon Twitter account.We suggest you follow it - word on the street is that this account will let you know of some...

Pulser_G2 · Sep 8, 2014 at 01:00 pm · 3 comments

The XDA Pebble Developer Challenge Voting Has Begun!

Back in mid-late July (gosh, that seems a long time ago now!), we announced that we had paired up with Pebble to offer developers the opportunity to #MakeAwesomeHappen, and be in with the chance of winning a trip to Mountain View, CA, to meet up with Pebble at their Annual Developer Retreat. XDA and Pebble went through every single one of the proposals sent in by developers - we had a tough time selecting the finalists - but in the...

Pulser_G2 · Aug 12, 2014 at 11:00 am · 21 comments

Our Trial of a Xiaomi Forum

XDA was originally a forum for the discussion of one particular model of HTC smartphone, more commonly known as the O2 XDA. Over time, more and more HTC devices were added, until XDA was the go-to place for Windows Mobile devices of all kinds. Eventually, a handful of non-HTC Windows Mobile devices were added. The turning point was the introduction of Android, and the plethora of devices which followed, and bring us to the XDA we know today. Part of the...

Pulser_G2 · Jun 25, 2014 at 05:30 pm · 14 comments

A Closer Look at the User Interface Changes in Android L

With the curtain raised on Android L at Google I/O, we thought it was a good time to take a look at what we know about Android L, given the significant user interface changes we are all expecting and have seen. Without further ado, let's take a look at what changes in Android L that we have uncovered by digging in the updated Android design documentation. (more…)

Pulser_G2 · Jun 25, 2014 at 04:30 pm · 14 comments

Exclusive: Android L to Add Granular Permissions Prompts

With the announcement of Android L now finished at Google I/O, there are still a number of unanswered questions as to what's actually likely to be coming in Android L. We mentioned some of the changes we know are coming earlier, as well as a bit more about the new design philosophy on the way, but there wasn't much detail given over some of the new changes. We've been taking a look to see what we could find, and XDA...

Pulser_G2 · Jun 12, 2014 at 07:00 am · 7 comments

SwiftKey and Google Keyboard: Ever Heard of User Privacy?

A few days ago, I wrote an article here discussing some changes in Google Play Store permissions handling, and how these changes may have adverse privacy risks for users. The comments on that article indicated an overwhelming amount of concern from readers as to the permissions being used by applications, with many looking to use App Ops or XPrivacy to protect themselves. Today, I'm going to take a slight detour and look at the permissions needed by two popular apps: Google's first party keyboard, and...

Pulser_G2 · Jun 11, 2014 at 07:00 am · 5 comments

Protecting Your Privacy: App Ops, Privacy Guard, and XPrivacy

After yesterday's article about Google's recent changes to the Play Store that post a number of privacy concerns for users, today we are going to look at the three most popular options for users to protect their own privacy on their Android devices. First though, let's take a look at how they work, and what they are for. Why Should I Care? Since the start, Android has had a permissions system, to allow users to control what apps are able to do on...