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Carriers, Manufacturers Called Out for Failing to Update Android Phones

Carriers, Manufacturers Called Out for Failing to Update Android Phones

Carriers, Manufacturers Called Out for Failing to Update Android Phones
News from eWeek:

Security firm Bit9 on Nov. 21 released its “Dirty Dozen” list of insecure smartphones. The list focused on Android smartphones because approximately 56 percent of Android phones in the marketplace are running out-of-date and insecure versions of the mobile operating system, Harry Svedlove, CTO of Bit9, told eWEEK.

Smartphone manufacturers Samsung, HTC, Motorola and LG are slow to upgrade these phones to the latest and most secure version of Android, Bit9 said in its report. The manufacturers are focused on pushing out the latest new models every few months, but users are generally locked into two-year contracts, Svedlove said. Wireless carriers and manufacturers don’t bother to support users on older handsets because it’s in their financial interest to have users keep buying new handsets, he said.

Wireless service carriers and smartphone manufacturers have thus far failed to effectively handle the software update process, causing unbeliev…………… continues on eWeek

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Motorola Releases Slightly Thicker Droid Razr-like Phone for China
News from PCWorld:

Motorola is bringing the concept for its Droid Razr smartphone to China’s largest mobile carrier in a new handset, but has done so with a thicker casing in order to contain a more powerful camera and higher resolution screen.

On Friday, Motorola announced details to its MT917 smartphone, a device meant to operate on the network of China Mobile, which has more than 600 million customers.

The MT917 is based on the design of Motorola’s Droid Razr, which the company has marketed as “impossibly thin” at 7.1 millimeters thick. The MT917 is 8.5 millimeters thick.

But while the phone is slightly thicker, its 1280 by 720-pixel screen is larger, at 4.5 inches, than the Droid Razr’s 4.3-inch screen. The MT917 has a 13-Megapixel camera, while the Droid Razr has an 8-Megapixel c…………… continues on PCWorld

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