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Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Consumer Electronics, Smart Devices, Telecom, Wireless |

Android Application Permission Control Feature – AppOps

Android Application Permission Control Feature – AppOps

Android has the application permission system available when new application is installed. User has to accept all the permissions that app requests and then installation proceeds.   There are chances that application might be using all the permissions OR may not be using OR user may not want that app to use some specific permissions. With the new versions of Android, Google is increasing the security aspects of Android. In Android version 4.3 and 4.4, Google introduced AppOps application permission manager functionality, service which enables lot of application permission options during run time. AppOps functionality allow user to configure the control over data access, locations, call log, Send/Receive SMS and MMS, read/Write contacts, camera etc. But Google removed AppOps from android 4.4.2 because Google claims that AppOps was not for end user but for development. There could be many more reasons behind from business point of view also. The AppOps manager is a hidden service which gets enabled with root access. This service has multiple options to configure for applications....

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Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 in Consumer Electronics, Smart Devices, Wireless |

Google’s Strategy on AOSP Apps – Embrace, Extend, Extinguish?

Google’s Strategy on AOSP Apps – Embrace, Extend, Extinguish?

Seven years ago, in November 2007, the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) was announced with a key objective of creating an open platform ecosystem for global reach. Since then Android has steadily increased its dominance via its ever expanding ecosystem and attaining maturity through OS upgrades over the years. In line with OS revisions, Android apps too have grown in number and features. In fact they have attained maturity levels at which OEMs now prefer default apps over their customized ones. However one deterrent to experience newest version of apps is that app upgrades are bundled with OS upgrades which in turn are controlled by OEMs & carriers. More recently in 2013, key strategy changes were introduced and one among them was making AOSP apps available in Google Play Store (as stock apps). Off late, Google is moving several Android apps to Play Store with the objective of decoupling them from OS upgrades and release newer versions independently. End users too are a happy bunch and enjoying the latest...

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Posted by on Feb 27, 2014 in Consumer Electronics, Semiconductor, Smart Devices, Wireless |

The Advent of Wearable Technology

The Advent of Wearable Technology

Seen someone wearing a watch that says a lot beyond just showing time? Seen someone with a pair of glass, but not for reading?  With technology advancements, these won’t be an unusual sight. Welcome to the world of Wearable Technology. Wearable technology is category of devices or accessories incorporating advanced electronic technologies that can be worn by a consumer. Its objective is to provide essential, customized information with much more ease as compared to a Smartphone. Many of these devices are purpose-built products and so the kind of information they give is customized. Nike Fuel Band is an activity tracker that gives fitness information like calories burnt, daily goal progress, etc. A smartwatch (Sony’s SmartWatch, Samsung Galaxy Gear) can give you text messages, social media updates, etc. There are devices with built-in GPS (Trailblazer, No Place Like Home – shoes) that aid in navigation. However there are devices like Google Glass that serve multiple purposes. The underlying software system again varies with each device ranging from Android (Google Glass,...

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Posted by on Dec 16, 2013 in Consumer Electronics, Enterprise Mobility, Networks, Smart Devices, Wireless | 0 comments

Android and Security

Android and Security

The basic nature of mobile devices which are small, portable, remote, multi-purposed, wirelessly connected, makes their exposure to security threats significantly higher than those of desktops and laptops.  Mobile security is extremely multi-faceted and includes: Mobile Application Management, High level of data-privacy protection and Strong Authentication. There is a need to strike the right balance between securing the device and data without impinging the usability. Enterprises are sensitive to the cost of administering and managing security platforms and their interworking with legacy IT platforms. The wide adoption of Android as an operating system, its virtue of being an open source standard has tremendous implication for providing ‘security features’ that minimize its vulnerability from external attacks. Android provides following intrinsic security features: Kernel-level sandboxing and isolation (Applications are isolated from each-other which reduces vulnerability to malicious attacks or exploitation from vulnerable applications) Individual Dalvik Virtual Machine for Each Application (which ensures further isolation) Managed Code Model Protection against kernel call exploits Explicit resource access permissioning Platform signing for application access...

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Posted by on Dec 13, 2013 in Consumer Electronics, Semiconductor, Smart Devices, Wireless |

Five unique features of Firefox OS you must know

Five unique features of Firefox OS you must know

Firefox OS is the new buzzword in the mobile industry with two smartphones, Alcatel OneTouch Fire and ZTE Open, already released in Europe and more recently in Latin America. It has caught the combined attention of both smartphone enthusiasts and free-software advocates by introducing novel concepts to the existing mobile ecosystem. Launched by Mozilla foundation as the world’s first “open Web Devices”, Firefox OS based smartphones aim to provide feature phone users with an affordable yet powerful option for their first smartphone. So what are these unique features of Firefox OS all smartphone users, developers and notably OEMs simply must know? All three layers of Firefox OS are completely open source. Gaia, the user interface is written entirely in HTML5 standard along with JS and CSS. Gecko is an open-source runtime engine which implements the open Web APIs from Gaia. Gonk, the lowest layer is made up of a simplified Linux kernel and the HAL with open source libraries. In essence, there are no proprietary components in the entire...

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