Posts Tagged ‘Google’
Android Gingerbread Ships for Desire Z on Vodafone
The latest update for the HTC Desire Z is now available, for Vodafone customers at least. This update installs Android 2.3 (Also known as Android Gingerbread).
I have downloaded and installed it on my HTC Desire Z this evening.
Check for Android Gingerbread
You can check to see if your Provider has released Android 2.3 by going to:
Menu > Settings > About Phone and then selecting Software Updates and pressing the Check Now button.
You will be notified if the update is available for your phone.
The download and update process took about 10 minutes in total, from beginning to end.
You end up with Android 2.3.3 and HTC Sense 2.1
I was hoping that the email client would be updated to support HTML mail on Exchange 2003, but Google still don’t want to fix this problem, so it remains Text only email for SBS 2003 and Exchange 2003 Customers. Exchange 2007 and above seems to to have HTML email support on the HTC.
The phone feels bit faster, but its very early days yet to know if the battery life is going to be any better.
Overall it doesn’t seem to be a major update, but I am sure that I will find out more about Android Gingerbread over the next few days as I spend more time with it.
1 week on with Android Gingerbread
Well I have had Android 2.3 on my HTC Desire Z for a week now and in general I have been very pleased with the update.
- Battery life seems to have improved slightly
- The phone is generally more responsive
- Wireless seems to hold weak signals better
Critical Android Vulnerability
Yesterday, researchers from Germany’s University of Ulm reported that some Android applications transmit sensitive authentication data without properly securing it, making people vulnerable to having their private data (e.g. Calendar Contacts, Pictures) accessed by an attacker.
When a vulnerable device transmits its authentication data, an attacker can eavesdrop and view transmitted data if you are connected to a public WiFi network or are using a hostile internet connection. Sending data unencrypted (e.g. via HTTP rather than HTTPS) is analogous to sending your sensitive data in clear envelope so that everyone can see its contents rather than in an opaque envelope. The specific Android vulnerability is found in applications that use Google’s ClientLogin authentication service over HTTP, rather than HTTPS, such as Google Calendar and Contacts.
Read More on this Android Vulnerability
You can read the rest of the article on the Lookout Blog
Lookout for Android Security Vulnerability
Lookout recently patched a security vulnerability in their Android app. The vulnerability, which was first reported by Tavis Ormandy of the Google Security Team, is not known to have compromised any devices or user data. Lookout worked with Google to fix the problem and release an update through the Android Market and other distribution points.
How do I get the Lookout for Android Security Patch?
The issue is patched in Lookout for Android versions 5.1.1 and above.
To check which version of Lookout for Android you are running, open the Lookout app on your phone, click the menu button, click About and the version number is at the bottom of the screen.
If you are running version 5.1.1 or higher, no action is required. If not, you should upgrade via the Android Market or by downloading the app directly. If you set Lookout for Android to Auto-update, in the Android Market, you will always have the latest version and updates installed.
Google offer Free website tools which help you find out how to optimise your website to improve visitor traffic. If you have a website you should be measuring the number of visitors that your site receives, how they found your website and also how long visitors stay on your site. Knowing something about your site visitors and their activity allows you to work out the best ways of improving your site.
Free Website Tools from Google
Google provide Free Website Tools which enable you to monitor the site visitors and also tell you if there are problems with the site. These tools are:-
- Google Analytics
- Google Webmaster Tools
You can sign up for a Free Google Analytics account, so you can see how many people visit your website and how they found out about your site at https://www.google.com/analytics/reporting/
It also provides information on how people found your website, if they came direct to your site, if they came via a Search Engine and if so which search phrases they used.
Using the Free Website Tools from Google you can see the trends of when people visit your site and how long they stay on the site. You also get information on the entry and exit pages and what route they take to navigate your website. All of this information helps you to work out if your website is properly designed and whether it makes it easy for people to do business with you over the Internet.
Don’t forget to regularly check on your website statistics so that you can see what needs to be done to improve things on your site.
Free Website Tools from Google
Google Analytics is a great tool for looking at the traffic your site generates. It provides detailed insight into the visitors and their use of your website.
Even if your website is a WordPress site, and you are using the Free WordPress.com stats facility the more in depth analytics provided by Google is well worth the investment in time.
The information gained from using the free website tools from Google can help you to improve your website, gain more visitors and turn them into customers..