Category: Fragmandroid

“A bug in the way Samsung’s TouchWiz UI interacts with USSD codes on Android smartphones may allow an attacker to perform a factory reset on susceptible devices, simply by embedding a link on a website or sending an SMS,” Matt Brian reports for TNW.

“An attacker could load the code in a website, SMS, an NFC Android Beam connection or via a QR code, have the user either visit the link or click it on their smartphone and it is possible to completely wipe the device without warning or giving the user the chance to stop it,” Brian reports.

Brian reports, “So far the following devices have been reportedly been confirmed to be affected: Galaxy S Advance; Galaxy S II (video); Galaxy S III; Galaxy Ace; Galaxy Beam.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: “Open.”

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “David G.” for the heads up.]

“This week, I decided I finally had enough. After almost three years as an Android smartphone user, I ordered an out of contract, full-retail Verizon iPhone 5, just like my ZDNet colleague Matt Miller, in order to preserve my unlimited data plan,” Jason Perlow writes for ZDNet.

“Why did I do it? Well, in all honesty, I probably would have done it a year earlier had the iPhone 4S had LTE capability,” Perlow writes. “But 4G was a highly important consideration for me, so at the time I traded in my original Motorola Droid for a Droid Bionic. I liked the Bionic, for a time. Indeed, it heated up real good when LTE was running and it chewed up a battery charge like a Bugatti Veyron depletes its gas tank, but after several months of using the product I came to the sad realization that Motorola was effectively lying to me.”

“The promised Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade? Wasn’t going to happen anytime soon. It’s now the end of the 3rd quarter of 2012, one year after I purchased that phone, and it still hasn’t been updated,” Perlow writes. “And now the Android world has already moved onto version 4.1, Jelly Bean. So when the Bionic does get its software update, it will already be outdated.”

Perlow writes, “Contrast this with the yearly hardware refresh and software refreshes from Apple, where everyone with an iOS device within two generations of the current product release can achieve (mostly) software parity at exactly the same time, regardless of what carrier their device operates on… it’s a known quantity, it operates reliably, it provides access to the most popular applications created on the most preferred developer platform, it frees me from the software upgrade and compatability angst, and gives me an alternative outlet to my carrier in the form of actual Apple retail stores with real human beings I can talk to that can deal with problems should they arise.”

Much more in the full article here.

Steve Kovach reports for The Business Insider, “100 million people upgraded their iPhones and iPads to iOS 6, the new mobile operating system that launched less than a week ago.”

“According to Google’s own stats, 57% of Android users are still running a version called Gingerbread, which is approaching two years old. It was released in December 2010,” Kovach reports. “Next to that, 21% of Android devices are running Ice Cream Sandwich, which was released in November 2011. A pitiful 1.2% of Android devices are running Jelly Bean, Google’s latest version of Android that was released in July… Apple is able to deliver its latest and greatest operating systems to all users on day one. Android users don’t get that advantage.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Edward W.,” “Al,” and “Jdoc” for the heads up.]

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