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Samsung pulls own ads after ditching headphone jack - Android Authority
Ads about headphone jacks (and other iPhone flaws) that Samsung pulled after their latest release has the same flaws.
hardware  mobile  via:reddit 
august 2019 by mcherm
In 2019 Everyone on Earth has a Mobile Phone
The number of humans age 15+ and the number of people owning a mobile phone are nearly the same. 4/5 of those are smartphones. Half of the smartphones are iOS the other half are Android.
mobile  datavisualization  via:HackerNews 
may 2019 by mcherm
Considering App vs. Website? It’s 2019: Build a Website.
Really good reasons to start with a web app first (even clearly documents the exceptions).
webdevelopment  mobiledevelopment  mobile  via:HackerNews 
january 2019 by mcherm
How Tutanota replaced Google’s FCM with their own notification system | Hacker News
Explains how they built push notifications for Android without relying on Google.
opensource  mobile  android  programming 
september 2018 by mcherm
Fortnite reaches 15 million Android downloads without Google Play | Ars Technica
One game developer attempts to bypass the 30% cut that Google's app store takes. (Apple's app store can't be bypassed.)
appstore  google  mobile  mobiledevelopment  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica 
september 2018 by mcherm
Phone Finder - search database of cell phone specs & features (Phone Scoop)
A searchable database of mobile phones (no prices, but lots of specific features).
mobile  useful 
december 2017 by mcherm
Phone Finder - search for a phone by feature -
One site that lets you filter and view available phones by feature.
mobile  useful 
december 2017 by mcherm
Android Oreo's Security Improvements Will Have a Lasting Impact | WIRED
The next version of Android continues to make many small security improvements.
security  mobile  android  wired  via:reddit 
september 2017 by mcherm
Android devices can be fatally hacked by malicious Wi-Fi networks | Ars Technica
You know that second CPU for running the radio antenna? It can have vulnerabilities too.
security  mobile  android  ArsTechnica  via:boingboing 
april 2017 by mcherm
T-Mobile shifting entirely to unlimited data in new bid to shake up industry - GeekWire
T-Mobile now offering unlimited data (I like that) for more money (meh... about the same to me), and with exceptions if you're tethering a computer or watching video (those violate net neutrality and I really object).
t-mobile  mobile  netneutrality  via:HackerNews 
august 2016 by mcherm
Why I switched to Android after 7 years of iOS
Apple's walled-garden is really beginning to chafe for this author, who would rather be building powerful web apps. And making them look EXACTLY like a native app.
android  webdevelopment  mobile  ios  appstore  apple  via:HackerNews 
march 2016 by mcherm
MIT App Inventor | Explore MIT App Inventor
A scratch-like tool for building mobile apps.
useful  mobile  teaching 
september 2015 by mcherm
Application Protection Company | Arxan
Will compile some sort of a "whitebox" to protect code running on a malicious box.
security  mobile 
may 2015 by mcherm
How Google Inbox shares 70% of its code across Android, iOS, and the Web | Ars Technica
Google has built (and released as open source) tools so you can write the core (not UI) of your app once and have it run on Android, Web, and iOS.
mobile  mobiledevelopment  google  via:ArsTechnica  ArsTechnica 
february 2015 by mcherm
Why mobile web apps are slow | Sealed Abstract
JavaScript performance on mobile is terrible. A big reason is garbage collection, which performs badly unless you have a factor of 5 of extra memory available.
performance  javascript  mobile  garbagecollection  via:HackerNews 
december 2014 by mcherm
T-Mobile forced to stop hiding slow speeds from throttled customers
A case where T-Mobile is being evil: when they throttle someone's speed, they still run speed tests unthrottled. FCC says "No".
evil  mobile  t-mobile  via:ArsTechnica  ArsTechnica 
november 2014 by mcherm
Nexus 6 Teardown - iFixit
The Nexus 6 requires special tools, but otherwise isn't difficult to disassemble. Once that's done, the battery is easy to replace.
mobile  nexussix  via:ArsTechnica 
november 2014 by mcherm
PSA: CDMA Carriers Probably Won't Activate Your Nexus 6 Unless It Was Purchased From Google Play Or That Carrier (And What You Can Do About It)
The Nexus 6 will work on any wireless network. Verizon and Sprint will block it unless it's a phone that was sold by themself or by Google.
mobile  verizon  competition 
november 2014 by mcherm
Nexus 6 review: Google shows it can make a big-screen phone
Review of the nexus 6. Sounds good EXCEPT for two things: curved back won't sit well on a surface, and not-so-great battery life.
personal_net  mobile  via:HackerNews 
november 2014 by mcherm
AT&T’s outdated unlock policies cost it a loyal customer: me | Ars Technica
Policy: we won't unlock your phone to allow you to use it overseas. Because you're under contract with us.
mobile  at&t  personal_net  via:ArsTechnica  ArsTechnica 
november 2014 by mcherm
Mobile Is Eating the World | Andreessen Horowitz
Interesting data supporting the idea that EVERYTHING is mobile apps now.
mobile  future  via:HackerNews 
october 2014 by mcherm
Review: In its second generation, the Moto X becomes a true flagship | Ars Technica
A review of the 2014 flagship phone from Motorola. Actually, sounds pretty good to me.
personal_net  mobile  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica 
september 2014 by mcherm
Smartphone app helps save baby's life : UpliftingNews
A mobile app for people with CPR training that notifies them if there's an emergency near where they are.
mobile  via:reddit 
september 2014 by mcherm
The Gyroscopes in Your Phone Could Let Apps Eavesdrop on Conversations | Threat Level | WIRED
The gyroscope in a cell phone is accurate enough to pick up (really bad quality) audio, and apps don't need permission to use it (unlike the microphone). But the OS vendors could easily fix this (iOS is already better than Android) by limiting the frequency of queries to the gyroscope without requesting a permission.
security  via:HackerNews  mobile 
august 2014 by mcherm
About a month ago, my Galaxy S4 caught on fire. Samsung told me that they would replace it. They have ignored me completely since then. : Android
Guy has problem w/ Samsung phone, can't get Samsung to help but remains classy -- no name calling, just looking for help. HTC writes in: "thanks for keeping it polite, have a free HTC phone so long as you give the Samsung to charity if you ever get it". Awesome! Plus 2 points for HTC.
mobile  android  hardware  customerservice  via:reddit 
july 2014 by mcherm
iOS first – a flawed strategy that startups have used for years – here’s why » Cole Street
Startups usually build for ios first. But it's not actually hard to support a range of screen sizes and devices, there are 2x as many androids in the US (and more elsewhere) and the app store income is catching up.
mobiledevelopment  mobile  android  ios  via:HackerNews 
july 2014 by mcherm
Billions without Buzz
(1) twitter is a way to hear about the latest buzz. That's useful in some ways and deficient in others. (2) B2B mobile apps will be big, soon. And there won't be any buzz.
twitter  EricSink  via:EricSink  mobile 
june 2014 by mcherm
Mobile-First Is Old News. Think Platform-First. | LinkedIn
Some useful suggestions for developing mobile apps. Also mentions that mobile has already won!
android  ios  mobile  via:HackerNews 
january 2014 by mcherm
The second operating system hiding in every mobile phone
There's a low-level OS that runs the radio and it's proprietary and really, really insecure. This is almost certainly how the NSA can "listen in" from any phone. The only defense is to remove your battery.
security  mobile  via:HackerNews  osnews  surveillance 
november 2013 by mcherm
Frosted Glass Effects — Why I switched to Android after all these years › Andreas Goeldi
Remember how windows vista had no improvements but frosted-glass title bars? Well the new IOS has lots of frosted glass, and Android is where all the innovation is.
personal_net  mobile  android  via:HackerNews 
august 2013 by mcherm
Motorola Is Listening - Projects - Beneath the Waves
Motorola added software to their phones to capture stuff like your social account logins and pass that information to Motorola.
mobile  surveillance  via:HackerNews  android  security 
july 2013 by mcherm
2012 KPCB Internet Trends Year-End Update
Some really nice stats on mobile adoption. Wow, this is FAST!
december 2012 by mcherm
After two thousand years of GPS, what next? | OpenSignal Blog
GPS is just the modern version of sea navigation. Also, doing the calculations in the cloud could reduce power demands 1000-fold.
gps  mobile  invention  via:HackerNews 
december 2012 by mcherm
Your App Needs To Sync - Informal Protocol
He is completely right: ALL apps need sync built in. It's the new cost-of-entry.
mobile  programming  via:HackerNews  apple 
november 2012 by mcherm
Nokia patent may be keeping multiple accounts off of Android 4.2 phones | Ars Technica
It's quite possible that Google is offering multiple user support on tablets but not on phones because there's a patent on doing it on phones. If so,I personally believe that's an example of an abusive patent.
law  ip-law  patent  mobile  mobilewars  google  patentabuse  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica 
october 2012 by mcherm
Android users outraged over Motorola's broken promise | Mobile - CNET News
Motorola promised os upgrades for its Android phones for 18 months. This drove sales. Then they reniged on this promise.
mobile  google  motorola  evil  android 
october 2012 by mcherm
Mobile Apps: HTML5 vs Native
Excellent insights on thin vs thick clients and how that never-ending war has now moved to mobile phones.
EricSink  via:EricSink  mobile  html5  architecture  programming  webdevelopment 
august 2012 by mcherm
Five years after the iPhone, carriers are the biggest threat to innovation | The Verge
The wireless carrier oligopoly (in the US) is preventing innovations in mobile devices.
via:reddit  TheVerge  mobilewars  mobile  verizon  at&t 
july 2012 by mcherm
The Samsung Galaxy S III: The First Smartphone Designed Entirely By Lawyers
Theory: everything about the design of this phone was intended to make sure it was NOT legally vulnerable to being accused of mimicking Apple's trade dress.
law  ip-law  apple  mobile  iphone  trademark  via:reddit 
may 2012 by mcherm
HTCdev - Unlock Bootloader
HTC has followed through on their promise to allow unlocking of bootloaders on their phones. This is a good thing for consumer rights!
security  mobile  htc  privacy  operatingsystem  android  firstsale  via:HackerNews 
december 2011 by mcherm
Andrew Munn - Google+ - Follow up to “Android graphics true facts”, or The Reason…
Why is iOS "smooth" while Android's UI is "laggy"? Because in iOS the rendering is done in a dedicated real-time priority thread, while in Android it is done in a normal-priority user thread. A few other things too.
via:reddit  threading  programming  performance  mobile  android 
december 2011 by mcherm
AirDroid Lets Your Desktop Control Your Android Phone Over WiFi Using A Simple, Gorgeous Interface
An app that lets you remotely control some basic features of a phone. Only moderately useful.
mobile  apps  via:reddit  personal_net 
november 2011 by mcherm
Android phones don't get updates
This chart shows how Android phones are way behind the current version and aren't even getting security patches LONG before the phones become obsolete and stop being used. The exception is the Nexus from Google and some HTC phones (Droid Incredible, Evo 4G). Good reason to buy from Google.
mobile  google  via:HackerNews 
october 2011 by mcherm
Scrutinizing mobile apps: privacy violations, bloat, and poor security – Boing Boing
Apps on the iPhone do sneaky, privacy-destroying things. The lesson here, says Cory (and I agree), is that having apps reviewed by the folks at Apple doesn't REALLY provide us with protection from bad (or just slightly disreputable) actors.
mobile  CoryDoctorow  via:boingboing  appstore  privacy 
october 2011 by mcherm
Platform Versions - Pie Chart
A pie chart showing how prevalent each version of Android is.
android  refs  mobile 
october 2011 by mcherm
Owning the stack: The legal war to control the smartphone platform
Really extensive article explaining the state of the mobile wars, including how big players in one layer try to control the other layer. And explaining how all of this is being fought out in the courts instead of in technological solutions or the marketplace.
via:ArsTechnica  ArsTechnica  mobile  mobilewars  law  ip-law  patent  copyright  DMCA 
september 2011 by mcherm
Ruling Allows Cell Phone Unlocking, but Telco Sues Anyway
A DMCA exception was made for unlocking phones. But Tracfone continued to sue people for unlocking them and they were successful (no one takes it to trial).
via:ArsTechnica  wired  mobile  DMCA  law  ip-law 
september 2011 by mcherm
Chart showing who is suing who in the mobile patent wars
As of August 2011, everyone is suing everyone else over mobile phone patents. Here is a diagram.
via:HackerNews  mobile  patent  ip-law  law  patentabuse  android 
august 2011 by mcherm
Why mobile apps suck when you're mobile (TCP over 3G)
3g offers its own attempt at guaranteed delivery, and it clashes badly with TCP’s congestion control. The result is really bad delays on mobile connections.
internet  networking  mobile  via:HackerNews 
june 2011 by mcherm
Martin Fowler agrees with the conclusion I already reached (through difficult learnings at my employer). Cross-platform mobile app libraries are quite poor today and should be avoided; write separate native apps for each platform or make web apps instead.
programming  mobile  mobiledevelopment  martinfowler  via:MartinFowler  softwaredevelopment 
may 2011 by mcherm
Dropbox Mobile: Less Secure Than Dropbox Desktop | Mike Cardwell, Online
Apparently dropbox doesn't use encryption on the metadata for your files when synching to mobile apps.
dropbox  security  mobile 
march 2011 by mcherm
A Smartphone-Enabled Device that Detects Cancer in Under an Hour | Singularity Hub
A smartphone app that detects cancer? Really, the smartphone piece here is NOT the important bit.
via:slashdot  mobile  medicine 
march 2011 by mcherm
The Official Lookout Blog | Presenting Lookout Labs and Plan B
An app you install AFTER losing your phone in order to find it.
useful  security  mobile  via:reddit 
february 2011 by mcherm
Report: Belarusian mobile operators gave police list of demonstrators - Boing Boing
Political protest march in totalitarian country. Government then goes to the mobile phone company and demands a list of everyone who was in the area that day. Very Dangerous!
via:boingboing  security  mobile 
january 2011 by mcherm
Your battery gauge is lying to you (and it's not such a bad thing) - xda-developers
About batteries and 100% charged. Li-ion batteries should be plugged in frequently. It will keep them at 90% (not 100% - the charge indicator lies to you) which is best for battery life.
mobile  batteries  android  electronics  via:reddit 
december 2010 by mcherm
Firm finds security holes in mobile bank apps | InSecurity Complex - CNET News
Security firm goes public (MUCH too soon) with security flaws in several banks' mobile banking apps. Fortunately, not ours.
via:HackerNews  security  banking  mobile  mobiledevelopment  personal_net 
november 2010 by mcherm
Newest Google Android Cell Phone Contains Unexpected ‘Feature’ -- A Malicious Root Kit. |
T-Mobile has hardware in their latest phone to re-install their OS version if you try jailbreaking. That's a bad thing, in case you didn't know.
via:boingboing  mobile  security  android  evil  t-mobile 
october 2010 by mcherm
Why Net Neutrality Needs to Be Extended to Mobile Platforms
T-mobile is charging companies that send large numbers of texts... except for Facebook, Twitter and others that they like. This is what net neutrality is intended to prevent.
netneutrality  internet  mobile  t-mobile  via:reddit 
september 2010 by mcherm
Major signal degradation when Nexus One is picked up - Android Help
Holding the phone so your palm doesn't touch the back may improve signal reception.
via:HackerNews  mobile  nexusone  antenna 
june 2010 by mcherm
Apple iPhone 4 Antennas... - AntennaSys Blog - AntennaSys, Inc. - antenna design, integration and consulting.
The antenna on the iPhone. Some interesting engineering, and a story about how regulation has unintended side effects.
mobile  hardware  via:HackerNews  engineering  iphone  apple  design 
june 2010 by mcherm
Communities Dominate Brands: Full Analysis of iPhone Economics - it is bad news. And then it gets worse
Excellent business analysis of the profit opportunity in building AppStore apps. Answer? You're not going to make money.
mobile  softwaredevelopment  appstore  via:reddit 
june 2010 by mcherm
Stopping Development for Windows Mobile «
Firefox is now ceasing to develop for Windows Mobile phone OS because Microsoft has said they won't allow native applications (other than their own) on the platform.
firefox  via:slashdot  mobile  microsoft  appstore 
march 2010 by mcherm
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