Go Back   Team-BHP > Around the Corner > Shifting gears > Gadgets, Computers & Software


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 26th January 2017, 10:40   #25291
Senior - BHPian
 
arunphilip's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Chennai
Posts: 1,726
Thanked: 4,694 Times
Default Re: Android Thread: Phones / Apps / Mods

Quote:
Originally Posted by civic-sense View Post
Are Androids really vulnerable to hacking?
Every bit of software is vulnerable to hacking, and one of the major technical defences against it is continuous security updates.

Android is a major target in the phone ecosystem because it is one of the two major OSes running on smartphones.

What makes Android somewhat more vulnerable than iOS or Windows Mobile is a design decision that Google made - that it will not push out Android updates to phones directly (unlike Apple and Microsoft). Instead, it releases the Android software and subsequent updates to device manufacturers (Samsung, Xiaomi, etc.), who would then pass it on to customers (i.e. us).

Manufacturers are allowed to customize and skin Android (think of Xiaomi phones which have their own MIUI interface), and most of them take advantage of this since it strengthens their brand and differentiates their phones. However, it also means that every update sent by Google should have those customizations applied once again by the manufacturers, retested, and only then issued to users.

Manufacturers don't have much incentive to do this - their profit lies in having customers buy new phones. And one easy - but annoying - way of forcing customers to upgrade is to cut-off Android updates after a particular date (which is usually one major release of Android).

So, that's one reason Android is more vulnerable - the failure of phone manufactures to issue software updates in line with Google.

Another reason offered as a reason for vulnerability is this - apparently, Apple uses technical and human verification of apps in their App Store, which reduces the chances of malicious apps appearing in the store; whereas Google uses only automatic technical verification, increasing the risk of malicious apps.
arunphilip is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26th January 2017, 10:41   #25292
BHPian
 
Pancham's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Kolkata
Posts: 840
Thanked: 127 Times
Default Android Thread: Phones / Apps / Mods

An update with pictures of the redmi note 4. Got to say the quality of the phone is top notch. I haven't managed to use it too much yesterday.

One thing is out of the 3GB RAM 1.5 to 1.8GB RAM is always used up. Also out of the 32GB ROM 10GB is already used up but I am sure you can delete a few apps and free up the space.

There are numerous video reviews on YouTube so there is not much to write. Some pictures for viewing pleasure. Please pardon the quality.
Name:  ImageUploadedByTeamBHP1485407197.067188.jpg
Views: 764
Size:  349.6 KB
Android Thread: Phones / Apps / Mods-imageuploadedbyteambhp1485407256.407266.jpgAndroid Thread: Phones / Apps / Mods-imageuploadedbyteambhp1485407306.419587.jpg
Android Thread: Phones / Apps / Mods-imageuploadedbyteambhp1485407353.505110.jpgAndroid Thread: Phones / Apps / Mods-imageuploadedbyteambhp1485407390.721290.jpg
Android Thread: Phones / Apps / Mods-imageuploadedbyteambhp1485407421.935636.jpgName:  ImageUploadedByTeamBHP1485407451.416663.jpg
Views: 740
Size:  282.3 KB

Last edited by ampere : 27th January 2017 at 01:08. Reason: Formatted image insertions
Pancham is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26th January 2017, 11:13   #25293
BANNED
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Meerut
Posts: 381
Thanked: 220 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by vikramvicky1984 View Post
Please recommend a simple android phone which is size equivalent (4 inch) of Iphone SE.
Go for moto e3 power. Although it's not a 4 inch device but has a great battery and stock Android to boot. Lenovo K6 power is another option. I don't know of any Android phones in the mid or high range with 4 inch screens. E3 power may be more user friendly but am afraid that the size will be similar to the OnePlus x.

Last edited by ampere : 27th January 2017 at 01:09. Reason: Trimmed quoted post
ToyotaFan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26th January 2017, 12:11   #25294
Distinguished - BHPian
 
drmohitg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Delhi
Posts: 4,474
Thanked: 3,586 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by arunphilip View Post

So, that's one reason Android is more vulnerable - the failure of phone manufactures to issue software updates in line with Google.
So does it follow that the Nexus and now Pixel devices are less prone to these threats since here the updates are sent directly to your device by Google itself?
drmohitg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26th January 2017, 17:24   #25295
BHPian
 
Pancham's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Kolkata
Posts: 840
Thanked: 127 Times
Default

Guys any idea how I transfer my contacts from iOS device to Android? Need some help please.
Pancham is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26th January 2017, 18:06   #25296
BHPian
 
kkkkkaran's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Pune
Posts: 173
Thanked: 124 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Pancham View Post
Guys any idea how I transfer my contacts from iOS device to Android? Need some help please.

Use a contacts backup app from the App store, which allows you to export contacts, like:

Contacts Backup - IS Contacts Kit Free by INTSIG Information Co.,Ltd
https://appsto.re/in/618vE.i

Email this file to the android device. And open the file on the Android device. Steps for this may vary depending on manufacturer.


Another option is to sync your contacts with gmail on both devices. This has not been very reliable with the iphone for some reason.
kkkkkaran is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 26th January 2017, 18:19   #25297
BHPian
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Mumbai/Jamshedp
Posts: 319
Thanked: 145 Times
Default Re: Android Thread: Phones / Apps / Mods

Quote:
Originally Posted by ToyotaFan View Post
Go for moto e3 power. Although it's not a 4 inch device but has a great battery and stock Android to boot. Lenovo K6 power is another option. I don't know of any Android phones in the mid or high range with 4 inch screens. E3 power may be more user friendly but am afraid that the size will be similar to the OnePlus x.
Thanks toyotaFan,
My priority is compact size and reliability. OneplusX feels too big, iphone 6s too.

Battery isn't an issue as hardly use anything other than whatsapp and make just couple of calls a day.
vikramvicky1984 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26th January 2017, 18:33   #25298
Senior - BHPian
 
arunphilip's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Chennai
Posts: 1,726
Thanked: 4,694 Times
Default Re: Android Thread: Phones / Apps / Mods

Quote:
Originally Posted by drmohitg View Post
So does it follow that the Nexus and now Pixel devices are less prone to these threats since here the updates are sent directly to your device by Google itself?
Good point. Yes, since those run stock Android ROMs, they are safeguarded from this specific avenue of attack (namely, vulnerabilities in the Android OS itself), for the period that Google issues those updates for those devices (e.g. the Nexus 5 has not been updated beyond Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow). So issues like the Heartbleed vulnerability will have been patched on Nexus devices once Google issued the relevant software updates.

However, running a stock Android ROM does not safeguard the phone from the other avenue of attack - that is malicious apps that claim to perform one function, but end up doing something else malicious (e.g. stealing data).
arunphilip is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27th January 2017, 00:34   #25299
BHPian
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Chennai/ Trichy
Posts: 365
Thanked: 181 Times
Default

Nougat updates are out for the Samsung galaxy S 7 edge and S7. It's a huge 1.2Gb download.
sunsetorange is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 27th January 2017, 08:43   #25300
Distinguished - BHPian
 
Sheel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Purnea(Bihar)
Posts: 5,189
Thanked: 4,778 Times
Default Re: Android Thread: Phones / Apps / Mods

Quote:
Originally Posted by sunsetorange View Post
Nougat updates are out for the Samsung galaxy S 7 edge and S7. It's a huge 1.2Gb download.
Yup, seeing your post, I checked and it is being downloaded as I type.

Thanks for the heads-up
Sheel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27th January 2017, 09:06   #25301
Senior - BHPian
 
dkaile's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Meerut, India
Posts: 2,973
Thanked: 3,992 Times
Default

Yes, downloading A7 for the S7E 😊🍻. It will be coming with Samsung Pay for India.
Attached Thumbnails
Android Thread: Phones / Apps / Mods-1485488129151.jpg  


Last edited by dkaile : 27th January 2017 at 09:10.
dkaile is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 27th January 2017, 10:04   #25302
BHPian
 
abhjain's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: New Delhi
Posts: 203
Thanked: 59 Times
Default

Me too downloading, will update the experience soon!
abhjain is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27th January 2017, 13:41   #25303
BHPian
 
djpeesh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 605
Thanked: 735 Times
Default

My S7 has suddenly seen a huge dip in the battery life. How's the latest update in terms of battery life on the latest update? Running the UK Nougat edition and wondering if it's worth switching to the India Nougat update.
djpeesh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27th January 2017, 14:22   #25304
Senior - BHPian
 
dkaile's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Meerut, India
Posts: 2,973
Thanked: 3,992 Times
Default Re: Android Thread: Phones / Apps / Mods

Quote:
Originally Posted by djpeesh View Post
My S7 has suddenly seen a huge dip in the battery life. How's the latest update in terms of battery life on the latest update? Running the UK Nougat edition and wondering if it's worth switching to the India Nougat update.
Phone is much more snappy. It is to early to comment on the battery performance but it seems to have improved seeing from the first few hours of use.
dkaile is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 27th January 2017, 14:48   #25305
Senior - BHPian
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 1,019
Thanked: 526 Times
Default Re: Android Thread: Phones / Apps / Mods

Got it..!! Lot of simplification...whether it is the notifications or the UI design. Color saturation is less. If you are used to AMOLED bling, you may get a little disappointed. Overall I am not greatly impressed.
poloman is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
The Quintessential Tablet PC Thread (Android, Apple, BB et al) vcash Gadgets, Computers & Software 1660 7th August 2017 16:25
BMW iDrive, Connected Drive & BMW Apps - Review & FAQ Thread! karan561 In-Car Entertainment 27 11th May 2017 00:39


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 02:13.

Copyright 2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks