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Android in the news this week (Android activations / Motorola Plans / Mega Samsung / Popular tablets / Air hack)

Android in the news this week (Android activations / Motorola Plans / Mega Samsung / Popular tablets / Air hack)
1.5 Million Android Activations Per Day
Eric Schmidt revealed during AllThingsD’s Dive Into Mobile conference that Google is seeing more than 10 million new devices per week. “We’ll cross 1 billion Android devices in six to nine months,” said Schmidt. (There are about 750 million Android devices out there at the moment.) source
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Android was originally designed as smart-camera system
Back when Microsoft and Symbian ruled the smartphone market, before iOS or the iPhone even existed, Android was an operating system for cameras. Android co-founder Andy Rubin said today that the operating system, now a dominant force in the smartphone market, was actually built for digital cameras. When smartphones took off, the Android team switched gears and tweaked the system accordingly. source
Motorola Plans Stock Android Phones
Jim Wicks, Motorola’s design chief, said the company’s first round of products designed after Google’s purchase of the company will follow a philosophy of “better is better” rather than “bigger is better,” and that’s music to my ears. The original mobile phone maker’s fate under Google’s thumb has been under question since Google completed its acquisition of Motorola last May. source
Samsung previews Mega phone with 6.3-inch screen
The Korean company has previewed the Galaxy Mega, which will come in 5.8-inch and 6.3-inch versions. The 199g Mega measures 167.6 x 88 x 8mm. Other tech specs across both models include support for 4G/LTE, a 720p HD display, Android 4.2 (aka Jellybean), 8GB or 16GB internal storage, an 8 megapixel rear camera/1 megapixel front, wi-fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, 1.5GB of RAM and a dualcore 1.75-inch Snapdragon processor. source
7-inch tablets are the most popular Android tablets
According to Animoca, an app publisher for entertainment products for Android devices, the top tablets that use its services are 7-inch tablets. Animoca listed the top 12 tablets that use its products, and according to the list, 5 out of the top 7 devices are 7-inchers. Animoca sampled a total of 978,000 monthly users to come up with its data, and to determine the market share, it took its sample data and based it on a figurative 75 million Android tablets being used worldwide. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7 takes the top spot, with 11.8% of the market share, followed by the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 with 8.3% of the market share. source

Airplane Takeover Demonstrated Via Android App
Using an Android application he developed, Hugo Teso, a researcher at security consultancy N.Runs in Germany, dubbed PlaneSploit, Teso employed a Samsung Galaxy smartphone to demonstrate how he could adjust the heading, altitude and speed of a virtual airplane by sending it false navigation data. “You can use this system to modify approximately everything related to the navigation of the plane,” Teso told Forbes. “That includes a lot of nasty things.” But Teso added that even if a plane did receive and act on spoofed navigation data, a pilot would be able to override the automated controls and take direct control of the aircraft. source

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