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Android 4.2 pushing security hard: possible new features explored

0. phoneArena 18 Oct 2012, 03:10 posted on

Android 4.2 Alpha already gave us clues that Google is stepping up security, but digging deeper into the Alpha reveals just how serious the company gets about safety…

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posted on 18 Oct 2012, 03:13 20

1. Luuthian (Posts: 217; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


The more and more Android becomes like a desktop OS the less and less I'd be surprised if we see PC's vanish in the future. Eventually all you'll need is a monitor connected to a cellphone dock, and a wireless mouse and keyboard. Voila. Full PC. Seeing devices like the Padfone 2 only make this eventuality more likely.

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 06:31 2

10. dickwyn (Posts: 595; Member since: 07 May 2012)


but you still won't see android replacing the PC in the too distant future

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 07:05 4

11. p0rkguy (Posts: 684; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)


I think it will start becoming "mainstream" in 5 years.
Gaming is really the only thing keeping PC alive.

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 10:35 5

15. cj100570 (Posts: 204; Member since: 12 May 2009)


And video editing. And photo manipulation. And any serious work that you need to get done!

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 13:41 1

17. buccob (Posts: 1475; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


I agree... But there is a great number of people... that just uses a PC or laptop for web browsing and basic office editing...

And that is really close to be replaced by a tablet or a phone such as the PadFone 2 for that matter...

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 17:19

19. Luuthian (Posts: 217; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Yeah for now... But all of that will be replaced once you can run those programs on your phone. As I said, you'll simply attach your phone to a dock, which is connected to a monitor, and it will automatically change modes and become a full PC.

I agree that this'll take about five or so years to become mainstream... but I think it's inevitable that it will happen at some point. That includes gaming... Apples new A6 chip is potentially more powerful than anything a 360 can produce. I think that's telling of the future.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 15:45

21. tr00don (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Oct 2012)


Exactly. And software development. One should not mistake the consumption device for the development & production system. Obviously, Amazon and Apple want you to believe the contrary. Remember when Steve Jobs infamously said that tablets smaller than the iPad are useless because of the size of people's thumbs? Well, now they make one. The "truth" is whatever the marketing strategy of a handful of large corporations.

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 03:17 8

2. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 364; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


so soon i will boot 2 operating systems on my desktop(Windows 8 & Android 4.2).Android getting better and better.

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 03:21 16

3. someones4 (Posts: 619; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


Ahhh.. Google never disappoints. See that Apple? You can brag about having a secure os anymore. Google will topple you sooner or later... Android is truly revolutionary.

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 16:01 2

18. metalpoet (unregistered)


my iphone 4s isnt secure at all, it receives spam ad texts all the time. But my android doesnt receive those spam texts haha!

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 03:33 5

4. AmitMajumder (Posts: 80; Member since: 21 May 2012)


Android is the ruler...

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 03:37 1

5. gothicheart (Posts: 82; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


"and shows how quickly the mobile OS is advancing and approaching desktop-like level."

wow, how biased can you be, android is way to slow in implementing SOMETHING THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE FROM THE START...and saying "but is not yet made available to users", only shows that android now is not secure. oh man, goodluck with that. Just take note of the date that this article was posted and when it will be implemented

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 03:47 12

7. bloodline (Posts: 692; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


ios fanboy is butthurt that android is a more advanced ecosystem than child like ios.

Deal with it

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 04:04 3

8. nagabiru003 (Posts: 11; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)


heh, you just don't understand that sentence do you? you know, the one that ends with "......but is not yet made available to users."

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 12:23 2

16. Jobes (Posts: 364; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


Coming from someone named "Gothicheart" Its hard to take you serious.

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 03:45 4

6. bloodline (Posts: 692; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


will always support android/google. Great company, looking after the consumer

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 05:23

9. TylerGrunter (Posts: 980; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


"and shows how quickly the mobile OS is advancing and approaching desktop-like level."
I can't agree with that, in more than one sense mobile OS (not only Android) are more secure than the desktop ones. Examples of security that is built in mobile OS and not in a desktop one:
1) Applicaitons need to pass trought the OS to call other applications, so they can be blocked or allowed by the user.
2) Applicaitons can't access the data or files of other apps, they are blackboxed that are only allowed to talk to the kernel. By default in a desktop OS the programs have access to all the files.
3) When installing you can check the rights the application will ask for (Have windows or linux ever told you that when installing a program?)

So in general the mobile OS are built in to be more secure than desktop ones. The reason behind is that you normally have loads of sensible data in your phone, that you may or may not have in your computer: your friends phones and addresses being just one example.

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 07:40 1

12. shuaibhere (Posts: 1524; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Android will soon adopt it as corporate os too.....bye BB!!!!

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 08:10 1

13. Lawliet (Posts: 160; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)


I just hope they will keep allowing sideloading apps

Meh, just root

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 08:59 2

14. tokuzumi (Posts: 289; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


Android seems to be on a roll lately. The versions up to Gingerbread were more evolutionary. It always got better, but wasn't a huge departure from the previous version. Since Duarte came over from Palm, Android has seem some major changes, in both UI, and functionality. Having greater OS security is always a good thing.

Android is on top right now, and they are not resting on their laurels. This is good news.

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 01:34

20. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4069; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Shooting down one misconception at a time. You're on a roll, Google.

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