To me, applications like this one are really important for school students. I bought my first significant Android the same year I began my Physics degree at my university, and immediately I realised how tremendously helpful it was. From accurate graphing applications to TI emulators (don't judge me, the real thing costs crazy amounts here!), passing through giants like Wolfram and MATLAB Mobile, there were a lot of tools for one to excel with. In fact, I'd say that without Android I wouldn't have chosen...
ZTE Blade Call Home?
While the ZTE Blade is not a device that has a home in xda-devs, we thought this might be an interesting point of discussion for devs. XDA moderator pulser_g2 points us to something that should be of concern to people porting roms across platforms. As it turns out, the Blade has a very good Chinese rom on it, which is being used as a base to port Froyo to several devices that lack it. However, according to some people the roms are acting funny. It looks like the device’s rom tries to collect data from your device and send it via SMS to some number in China. But that’s not all, if the device fails to do this, it will block the radio chip in the device. According to the chat logs in IRC among developers, the apk causing this seemed to grant the following permissions:
<uses-permission android:name=”android.permission.RECEIVE_BOOT_COMPLETED” />
<uses-permission android:name=”android.permission.READ_CONTACTS” />
<uses-permission android:name=”android.permission.SEND_SMS” />
<uses-permission android:name=”android.permission.WRITE_SETTINGS” />
<uses-permission android:name=”android.permission.READ_PHONE_STATE” />
Again, there is no active development for this device on XDA, but this is a good point to raise awareness regarding what apps can do on your device when rooted. Remember that it is very easy for someone to come up with malicious code to steal your personal data without you even noticing. So, make sure that whatever you install in your device comes from a trusted source, and if you have the know how, take a few minutes and analyze the packages before you install them.
You can read the full chat log.
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