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06 Dec 2012
by David Jannetta
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Mobile App Viewing Starting to Challenge Television

Flurry, the SF-based mobile analytics firm, says that the usage of mobile apps has overtaken browsing on the desktop web, and is now challenging time spent watching television.

Flurry CEO Simon Khalaf said “We ultimately expect apps on tablets and smartphones to challenge broadcast television as the dominant channel for media consumption.” He noted that US consumers are spending 127 minutes a day in mobile apps, up from 94 minutes a day during the same time last year. Desktop web browsing has declined from 72 minutes to 70 minutes during the same period.

Flurry estimates the average consumer watches 168 minutes of TV per day, the same as the previous year. […]

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27 Nov 2012
by Sarah Peters
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Android now 73% of Global Smartphone Market

Gartner’s 2012 Q3 phone sales report is out and according to their figures, Android phones now make up 73% of smartphones world wide. Samsung had the highest Android sales with over 97,000 units shipped in Q3.

“After two consecutive quarter of decline in mobile phone sales, demand has improved in both mature and emerging markets as sales increased sequentially,” said Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner. [..] In mature markets, we finally saw replacement sales pick up with the launch of new devices in the quarter.”

The increase in the number of Android devices is something brand owners should be concerned about.   […]

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27 Nov 2012
by Sarah Peters
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07 Nov 2012
by David Jannetta
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100,000 Android apps may pose security risks

Bit9, a global leader in mobile research, announced last week that more than 100,000 Android apps may pose security risks.
Bit9 found that 26 percent of the apps analyzed can access users’ personal data, including contacts and emails.

“A significant percentage of Google Play Store apps have access to potentially sensitive and confidential information,” said Harry Sverdlove, chief technology officer for Bit9.

Bit9 analyzed more than 400,000 apps within the Google Play marketplace, focusing on the permissions requested by these applications and the threat each vulnerability poses. Their report, “Pausing Google Play: More Than 100,000 Android Apps May Pose Security Risks” shows that:

  • 72 percent of all Android apps (more than 290,000) access at least one high-risk permission. […]

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02 Nov 2012
by David Jannetta
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Google Matches Apple With 700,000 Android Apps

Google says it has hit the new milestone for applications available for Android. By comparison, Microsoft has 120,000.  Bloomberg first reported Google’s milestone, saying that means Google has matched Apple in the number of games, productivity tools and other programs that are usable on handheld electronics, including tablets and smartphones. Apple said last week that its App Store has more than 700,000 apps.

By comparison, The Windows Store now has 120,000 apps, according to Windows Phone Program Manager Joe Belfiore, who officially launched the Windows Phone 8 last month in San Francisco. Out of the 50 top smartphone apps, 46 are now on the Windows Phone, he added. […]

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16 Oct 2012
by David Jannetta
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FBI Releases Android Warning

The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) released a warning this week concerning malware attacks on Android. In previous posts we’ve discussed how dangerous it can be when users blindly accept Terms and Conditions when installing an app. From the warning:

“Loozfon is an information-stealing piece of malware,” P.E.D. reports. “Criminals use different variants to lure the victims. One version is a work-at-home opportunity that promises a profitable payday just for sending out email. A link within these advertisements leads to a website that is designed to push Loozfon on the user’s device. The malicious application steals contact details from the user’s address book and the infected device’s phone number.”

This app is not the first of its kind on Google Play Market. […]

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05 Oct 2012
by David Jannetta
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60% of Android Malware Uses Unlicensed IP

The App Economy is growing, and so is the number of knock-off Apps. As App platforms grow, they will continue to attract fraudulent App developers. The game of cat and mouse was described by McAfee in a resent blog post:

“Malware authors appear to make lots of money with this type of fraud, so they are determined to continue improving their infrastructure, code, and techniques to try to avoid antivirus software. It’s an ongoing struggle, but we are constantly working to keep up with their advances.”

McAfee’s post estimates that over 60% of Android Apps are fake installers. […]

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21 Feb 2012
by David Jannetta
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Fake Pokémon Yellow rises to No. 3 position on iTunes app charts

A counterfeit version of Nintendo’s popular Pokemon Yellow managed to climb to #3 on the paid app charts, according to Arstechnica.com.

“Apple doesn’t appear to perform any sort of legal check before putting an app on the store… Instead Apple relies on copyright holders to file a complaint once they notice the app is already on the store”, writes Kyle Orland.

IP Lasso believes that until brand owners start taking proactive measures against infringement on the App marketplaces, stories like this will become more prevelent.

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