The last couple of months have been abuzz with talk about a critical vulnerability found in Google’s Android OS. Since then Google has developed two patches to fix the problem. If you own a recent Google Nexus device, it is likely that you have received an update to patch up this vulnerability. Similarly, if you own a brand-name Android phone, you may also be protected. So what is the state of play now regarding Stagefright? Let’s start from the beginning…
Wearable technology is becoming more commonplace today. Products like Nike+ FuelBand, Samsung’s Galaxy Gear and Google Glass are examples of technology integrating further into our everyday lives.
Google recently announced Android Wear, a version of their Android OS designed for the humble watch. While Samsung beat Google to the punch with their Galaxy Gear product, it only works with Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones and tablets, and is limited to running software written by Samsung.
The difference with Android Wear is that Google have partnered with multiple manufacturers (including, but not limited to companies like Motorola, LG and HTC), various chip makers and fashion brands. In addition to this, Android Wear opens up the market to all Android developers, so they can write new software, or tailor existing software to work with the new watches.