Android’s Attrition Process: Is Google Serious About Android Apps Development?

With the launch of hundreds of different smart phone models and the growing no. of tablets running on Android application framework, Google continues to face the fragmentation challenge. Android’s enormous and open app market allows users to download and try free apps. Android application development took place for various devices with different nature and sizes; it was likely that a few Android apps won’t run on all the devices.

Rather than going through the whole process of loading your device with apps and returning them, Google opted for a better option. Some changes reflect on the tidy web-based Android market. The Droid market would show the app compatibility along with its features. Although, there is no formal announcement about this feature, we took it for a spin. Google will show if any or all of your Android devices will support the app.

Android’s App Attrition

We are aware of Android’s huge market app; however, do you know that the huge market has actually cut down. Yes, recently received update on Android market attrition is making it difficult for masses to make decision. Roughly, 95,000 of the 300,000 mobile applications have disappeared from the Android marketplace. In comparison, 80,000 of the 500,000 apps created for iOS have disappeared.

Why does attrition matter to smart phone users? The foremost reason is that attrition rate is the factor in calculating store sizes. Larger the size of the store, larger is the smart phone attraction. Also, the attrition rate speaks about the company’s reputation for itself. As far as Droid is concerned, Droid application developers look more on the experimental side rather than in business. Why not to hire an Android application developer over an iOS or why is Droid developer casual or experimental? Read more!

Droid’s open culture

It hasn’t been long when Android was exposed to malicious apps. The most reputed Android application development went through the malware test and found its software vulnerable. The word open speaks directly with the hackers. Open source software is made to share and freely distribute among users. Android mobile application development gives liberty to developers to explore and upload their creativity at their convenience, which is the main reason why they get an opportunity to experiment and test waters.

On the other side, iOS charges $ 100 for each developer to gain a one year membership as an iPhone developer. A stringent pre-approval process consumes time but keeps iOS malware-free and iOS ecosystem, clean.

The removal of apps from Droid is sign of crumbled open system, which ballooned the Droid marketplace almost instantly in a year. While Apple has a healthy count of 400,000 apps in its store, attrition goes high in Droid store and left it with mere 200,000 apps. This counts as a major fall of Droid and the cause is Droid’s friction-free app-submission process. No verification and pre-approval process brought in high no. of developers and led to high Android Apps development; however, fell back on reliability.

With more and more issues entering Google’s zone. Google’s open Philosophy becomes difficult to defend. We’ll keep you updated on more!

Your Android Smartphone May Be Leaking Personal Data

Smartphones had changed the way we communicate, get information, and entertain ourselves. With smartphones increasingly becoming low-priced and within the range of the average person, therefore, it is no surprise about the source of their widespread success around the globe is their low- price and computing capabilities. With Apple’s iPhone a bit on the pricey side, Google’s Android based Smart-phones are the choice of smart-phones loving frugal folks. Moreover, with multiple manufacturers of Android based smart-phones such as HTC, Samsung, Sony, Huawei, Motorola and LG, the choices of Android based smart-phones are endless. Consequently, such variety and affordability has propelled Google’s android based operating system as the iPhone’s impossible-to-knock-out adversary. Therefore, it’s a given fact that Android operating systems for smart-phones are the entire buzz these days.

Yet, recently, Android has once again made negative headlines, this time on the subject of personal data. Security researchers at Leibniz University in Hanover, Germany found that some perfectly legitimate android applications available for download on Google ‘Play’ may leak your data to hackers. Even so, the team didn’t come across any reported incidents that reported any hackers have taken advantage of this loop-hole.

To be more specific on how confidential data can be leaked with these applications, researchers have found that almost all android applications used SSL and TLS security protocols to transmit your private data. Shockingly, what the research found was that these security protocols weren’t designed properly in these apps – they were faulty. Therefore, if you have recently downloaded apps from Google Play, chances are your username, passwords, credit card number and addresses could be leaked. To test our data leak vulnerabilities, a tool known as ‘MalloDriod’ was used, which can detect Man-in-the-middle attacks.

What researchers determined was that 8% of the applications were defenseless against MITM attacks. The way it works, is that a third-party – hacker, connects between two devices, seemingly acting as a communication device using advanced hacking application. Researchers determined that any application that sends out a certificate is open to attack. What shocked researchers the most, was that 41 out of 100 applications contained this security loophole.

It’s estimated that anywhere from 40 to 185 million users may have downloaded such apps. Researchers say that better security measures and regulations installed within Android operating system is the key to keeping data safe. The majority of the applications available on the ‘Play’ store are not mandated to have strict security protocols, implementing foolproof security measures in Android compatible applications should be the responsibility of the developer of that specific application. It’s up to Google to enforce compliance to protect its user’s identity.

On a different note, smart phones are not the only culprit that can leak personal data. The widespread use of portable-data-storage-devices such as thumb drives and portable hard-drives can also contribute to data theft. If you end up losing one of these devices, and by mistake you happen to have your intimate data stored on them, such as e-statements, tax return or copies of private identification, then there’s potential for some trouble. Experts recommend that when transporting sensitive data on transportable drives, it’s highly recommended that you secure USB movable drives and hard-drives with portable data security software. Identity theft is hot business for criminals, as it is considered an easy way to steal information without ever getting caught. What’s really worrisome is that, by the time you come to know that your data has been stolen, it may be too late. It’s likely that the criminals may have already charged up your account, and you may only find out about this charge once you receive your credit card bill.

As Android’s Applications Base Grows So Does Ubuntu’s

Android is Google’s mobile and tablet operating system. Many of these are touch screen applications. In the next year or two there is predicted to be an explosion of Android based devices on the mobile phone and tablet platforms. Without having to have approval for applications like on the iPhone, it’s expected that there will be quite a few applications available.

For Ubuntu users this is good news. While Ubuntu is not Android by any means only sharing the Linux kernel as a base, there is work being done right now to make sure that Android applications will run on the Ubuntu distribution. Eventually this might be able to work on a number of distributions.

Why this is good is that there is quite a bit of commercial development being made for Android. Some of these are paid applications but many are free. What this means for the Ubuntu user is that there will be a wide variety of new applications that could be used on the system. Some of these specifically made for the phone platform might not be too useful, but those made for tablets can be used on the desktop environment since they are made for larger screens.

Another benefit to this is that if there are great applications made on the Android platform, other developers on distributions that might not be able to run Android software might develop open source versions of the most popular software giving everyone quite a few more beneficial applications to work from whether you use Ubuntu or not.