Much is made about information security, particularly for end-users who tend to sign into their accounts on public computers. Google’s giving their users a seemingly genius option for secure login, though. They’ve employed the use of QR codes to make it more safe for those of you who worry about key-loggers or inadequate network security on public networks.
It’s quite simple, actually. Head to this URL on the computer you want to login on. A QR code will be generated. Make sure you’re signed in to your Google account on your phone and scan that code with a QR code scanner on your phone. Google Goggles is a fine choice for those of us on the Android train.
Touch the link that shows up, give Google permission to sign in and voila – onto your emails, RSS items and calendar appointments you go. Sure, it’s a bit more involved than just typing in your username and password but perhaps information security is worth the added time. Give it a whirl just for fun if you want. [via LifeHacker]
We saw the Toshiba Thrive hit the “daily deal” sites last week and it’s making the rounds once again, this time on Woot.com who has the Nerf-like tablet for a more than reasonable 0. Keep in mind this (like the last one) is a refurbished model but it does come with a 90-day warranty from Toshiba. Not too shabby if you’re in the market for a new tab and don’t mind one a little thick around the edges. More to love, I suppose. Hurry onto Woot.com to get yours before they’re all gone. Anyone grabbing one of these?
We feel like we’re having déjà vu. Samsung is once again announcing their white Galaxy Nexus variant for the UK, this time confirming the exact date of the handset’s launch. The GSM/HSPA+ smartphone will go on sale across a number of UK carriers starting February 13th. Other than a new white casing, which either is like the winter’s snow or the phone’s vanilla Ice Cream Sandwich operating system depending on your preferred simile, the hardware remains the same as when the phone initially launched. If we are getting an updated Galaxy Nexus, this white version isn’t it. Hit up the press release below for more details.
SAMSUNG LAUNCHES THE GALAXY NEXUS WHITE
Samsung’s latest Android device coming to UK shores 13th February
6th February 2012, London, UK – Samsung has today confirmed the availability of a white variant of the Galaxy Nexus in the UK. The first smartphone to feature Android™ 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the Galaxy Nexus White can be bought in a range of stores across the country from 13th February.
Simon Stanford, UK & IRE Telecommunications & Networks Division said: “After much speculation, we are pleased to announce the availability of the Galaxy Nexus White which follows the great reception the phone has received since it was launched back in November. One of the things we at Samsung pride ourselves on is the choice we offer customers, and we’ve enjoyed huge success to date by introducing white variants of our most popular models to our product portfolio.”
The Galaxy Nexus™ White offers customers all the features found in the original Galaxy Nexus, from the 4.65” HD Super AMOLED display which boasts a market-leading resolution of 720p (1280×720), to the 5 megapixel camera and super-fast 1.2GHz dual core processor and HSPA+ connectivity so owners can connect to and browse the internet quickly and easily when they’re out and about.
As the first smartphone to run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the Galaxy Nexus White offers customers an entirely new look and feel, including a redesigned user interface with improved multi-tasking, notifications, Wi-Fi hotspot, NFC support and a full web browsing experience. In addition to a rounded slim design, the Galaxy Nexus White also introduces new innovations such as ‘Face Unlock’, which uses facial recognition to unlock the phone. Whilst integration with Google+™ means owners can easily stay in touch with friends and family and talk over Google+ Messenger.
HTC has had its fair share of security problems over the past few months, and the manufacturer is coming clean about yet another potential data leak. Certain HTC phones contain a bug that allows third-party apps with android.permission.ACCESS_WIFI_STATE enabled can gain easy access to a users WiFi network info, including password. The exploit was discovered back in September, but the folks who discovered it haven’t gone public with their info until today. HTC is brushing the issue, which affects handsets from the Desire HD and Droid Incredible to the Sensation and EVO 3D, off as a minor one.
A number of affected handsets have already received a fix for the problem as part of regular software updates over the past several months, but some will need to have a fix manually installed. HTC plans to release more info about how users can accomplish this task next week.
[via The Verge]
It’s been awhile since we’ve had a good T-Mobile leak round these parts, but today may have changed that. Thanks to TMoNews, we now see a few devices that will soon be making their way to the carrier, as revealed in this accessory inventory list.
We now have a more solid confirmation that the HTC Ville be arriving on T-Mobile with the device previously rumored to arrive in the Spring. The Huawei Prism has also made an appearance in the list, after T-Mobile recently registered a domain name with the device’s title. The more mysterious of the 3 devices in the leak is the Samsung “T769” a device that popped up going through the FCC and shares the same model number as the Samsung Exhibit II already released for the carrier. The only Samsung device I can think of off the top of my head that’s been announced, and will soon be arriving for the carrier is the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G, so maybe this has something to do with that.
Those looking for the next quad-core device on T-Mobile will no doubt find themselves disappointed with this leak, but there’s still a possibility more devices will be revealed at MWC in a few more days. Keep your fingers crossed.
Following the launch of third party app Steam for Android, the folks at Valve have released an official application of their own. Their steam for Android focuses on a lot of the same things that the third party app does. You can look at the latest deals, browse community groups and profiles and stay up to date with the latest gaming news. They take it a step further with a built-in chat feature, something that the unofficial app didn’t have due to limited API access. While that app was great it’s never a bad idea giving the official one a whirl. Check it out here and let us know how it stacks up. [Thanks Randy!]
HTC took to Facebook today to confirm that more of their phones would be getting Ice Cream Sandwich. They called it the “North America edition” because all of these devices can be had on the illustrious continent. We’ve got the Rezound, which was already confirmed, alongside the DROID Incredible 2, the HTC Thunderbolt and the HTC Rhyme – it’s pretty much a Verizon affair, here. Above the US borders, Canadians who use Rogers and Bell’s HTC Raider will also be seeing the upgrade to Android 4.0. Unfortunately, we get no release window but at least we know that these devices will be getting them (and I’d bet a pretty penny that they’ll be getting them this year). [HTC Facebook, Thanks Doug!]
[Update]: Looks like it’s a Verizon phone, folks. And considering the back plate design, it isn’t too farfetch’d to to suggest that this could be the DROID Incredible 3. HTC may also introduce an international version at Mobile World Congress like they did with the Incredible S/DROID Incredible 2 last year.
PhoneArena got their hands on a major gallery of a new HTC device that, as of yet, has no name. It’ll reportedly be a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED device and is expected to be the first HTC device to ship with Android 4.0 and, by extension, HTC Sense 4.0. It has an interesting design but other than that it looks to be your ordinary high-end HTC phone.
We’re working with a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel camera, a VGA front camera, 4G LTE and more.
Once upon a time it was easy to point out who might be getting an LTE phone as there was only one carrier with the technology in major markets, but Verizon and AT&T now have operating LTE networks and Sprint is said to be launching its LTE network in the middle of this year.
We, of course, hope to see this phone announced at Mobile World Congress as the devices rumored to be showing up there don’t exactly seem to set the world on fire.
To be fair, neither does this – it fits in that “this phone is pretty much the same as all our other phones” cateory, but perhaps the addition of Android 4.0 and the latest version of Sense will set itself apart. Head to PhoneArena for the full gallery of images.
Music enthusiasts have probably heard of Poweramp before. If not, it is about time you check it out. It is arguably one of the best music players in the Android Market, offering features like full EQ settings, lyrics support and stereo “eXpansion.” But today, this app has just gotten a bit better, with its latest update to version 4.0.5.
This update is quite significant, and should get many of you music lovers quite excited. Here are the newest features to Poweramp:
- build-480: ICS lock screen support
- build-480: Android 3.0+ notification controls
- build-480: Chinese translation (beta, big thanks to i-Free Company)
- build-478: Japanese translation (big thanks to “sunatomo”)
- build-477: fixed issue with installation on Android 3.0
- build-477: Polish translation (thanks to Blazej Jezewski)
- HTC Beats/SRS support
- enabled DSP features are now displayed under equalizer curve
- Poweramp now reshuffles list on repeat
- fixed few ICS-related Poweramp issues
- multichannel FLACs
- option to search for album art based on just title/filename
- Korean translation (big thanks to David Cho)
- few other bug fixes and stability improvements
As one can see, the main features include ICS lock screen support, Android 3.0+ notification controls and HTC Beats support. As well as all the other bug fixes and small alterations.
Go ahead and hit the Android Market to get your update. And if you haven’t tried this music player yet, you should definitely consider it.