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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.

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...

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,...

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...

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...

Play Store Permissions Change Opens Door to Rogue Apps

XDA is normally about the latest and greatest. Whether we're talking about the latest firmware revision or device, most people in the Android tech community favor being on the bleeding edge. Sometimes, however, the latest isn't necessarily the greatest or the best way forward. As we recently covered here on the XDA Portal, Google released a new version...

Snapchat: A Lesson in How NOT to do Security

Here at XDA, we focus on bringing you news about what developers are up to on the forums or significant changes in the mobile industry. Today though, I bring an analysis of some recent news about goings-on in the security world in relation to a particular mobile application you may or not have heard of:...

Android 4.4 KitKat Security Enhancements

In addition to the many user-facing improvements in the latest incarnation of Android announced yesterday, there are a number of interesting security improvements, which seem to indicate that Google have not totally neglected platform security in this new release. This article will run through what's new, and what it means for you.SELinux in Enforce ModeIn...

Google Taking Aim at Device Modders in Android 4.4 KitKat

Android 4.4 introduces a number of changes intended to reduce the risks of rootkits on the platform. In addition to SELinux, the dm-verity kernel feature is also used on boot. The dm-verity feature is used to verify the filesystem storage, and detect modifications to the device at block level (rather than file level). In essence, dm-verity aims...

From the BBQ: OmniROM

For those of you not able to attend the Big Android BBQ, you may not have heard that a number of developers including XDA Elite Recognized Developers Xplodwild, Chainfire, Dees_Troy announced a new direction in the world of custom ROMs.Omni is what custom ROMs used to be about: innovation, new features, transparency, community, and freedom. While...

XDA and “Adware Apps”

Yesterday on the Portal, an app slipped through our usually rigorous processes of checking out anything that we feature. We try hard to ensure that nothing in any way unethical is featured, but on this occasion, one app managed to slip the net. The article, which was previously posted earlier, includes a form of an overly...

Securing Your App: The Web Side

For anyone with a passing interest in developing apps or who has made an app that makes use of a remote web service, listen up. Much as it can be dull to talk security, particularly when it comes to Android applications, it's still necessary. Today though, I'm going to go through some suggestions for securing...

Heml.is – This Just Isn’t Security

In light of all the recent panic over surveillance and Internet monitoring, there are a plethora of "secure" communication programs being announced and launched. These tend to make bold promises of being secure, protecting users from surveillance, and being better than equivalent services.Yesterday, 3 notable personalities in the web-o-sphere lost much credibility in my (and...