Linked by David Adams on Thu 31st Mar 2011 16:41 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption If you download and use what appears to be a version of the commercial "Walk and Text" Android app from a file sharing site, you're in for a surprise. When you run it, it shows you that it's being "cracked" but it's really gathering information from your device, in preparation for an e-smackdown. It sends a bunch of personal information (name, phone number, IMEI) off to a server, and, just for lulz, text messages everyone on your contact list:
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Go Android
by tuzor on Thu 31st Mar 2011 17:18 UTC
tuzor
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2007-08-07

Edit: my bad there's already an article about it (clearly shouldn't be on the sidebar)

Android is the best platform ever cause it's open.

http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/11_15/b4223041200216.h...

There will be no more willy-nilly tweaks to the software. No more partnerships formed outside of Google's purview. From now on, companies hoping to receive early access to Google's most up-to-date software will need approval of their plans.


Edited 2011-03-31 17:19 UTC

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RE: Go Android
by Praxis on Thu 31st Mar 2011 17:20 in reply to "Go Android"
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2009-09-17

I think you posted in the wrong thread.

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RE: Go Android - "best platform ever"?
by jabbotts on Thu 31st Mar 2011 17:53 in reply to "Go Android"
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2007-09-06

I reserve that kind of adulation for full distro implementations rather than Java stacks that happen to have a Linux kernel under them. I also reserver it for developers who actually produce the next version openly rather than claiming "open source" only after the major version release.

but that's just me..

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RE: Go Android
by JAlexoid on Thu 31st Mar 2011 19:10 in reply to "Go Android"
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2009-05-19

early access

No if it were just "access" instead of "early access", I would agree. The Chinese knock off manufacturers will still get their sources in a few months, but big companies will have to adhere to Google's requirements.
That was supposed to be done from the beginning.
I think ODMs have pushed Google too far by abusing their open right to remove Android openness from the end user.
There are 36% of users with access to market that are still susceptible to rage against the cage type of attack. And it hurts Google and Android, while ODMs just don't care...

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RE[2]: Go Android - "ODMs just don't care"
by jabbotts on Thu 31st Mar 2011 19:16 in reply to "RE: Go Android"
jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

Nonsence.. they care very much.. about selling you a new brick of hardware just to get that update. ;)

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RE[2]: Go Android
by WorknMan on Thu 31st Mar 2011 20:28 in reply to "RE: Go Android"
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2005-11-13

Think you posted to the wrong article.

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