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Alexa’s Calling and Messaging Features Now Available on Tablets

By Radu Iorga

Alexa is not just your one stop place for vocal commands, reminders, recipes and so forth. It also has a voice and video calling functionality, which was recently unlocked on tablets. It was already available on the Echo and now it reached slates.

Amazon announced over the past 24 hours that it’s activating the support for calling and messaging features on iPads, Android tablets and Fire OS tablets. On Amazon Fire HD 10 for example, Alexa calling and voice messaging works via hands free, so you basically just ask Alexa to take some action. Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 or older generation slates will let you press the Home button to place a call or send a message.

It’s that easy, it seems. They also support Drop In, which is a feature that lets you use Alexa devices as intercoms. Basically you can connect with other devices around the home or in friends and families homes, if you enable that dedicated feature. In order to use the calling and messaging features, you need the latest version of the Alexa app and also to verify the phone number, then import contacts.

The expanded support for voice calls and messaging shows that Alexa is more than just a regular virtual assistant and hub for smart home features. Voice integration has been promised since January, so in the future you’ll speak to Alexa in a dedicated app, not just through Alexa devices. We see this as a way to matter more in the world of mobiles, where Amazon already failed with Fire Phone.

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Lenovo Gets 30% Android Tablet Market Share in India, According to IDC

By Radu Iorga

Lenovo has been doing fine in the Indian tablet segment for a while now, but it seems they’re evolving to new heights. For example we learn from IDC that the company grabbed over 30% of the Android tablet market in India for the last 3 months of 2017.

They actually have 30.8% of the market share and kept the top spot for the third consecutive quarter, in India. International Data Corporation (IDC) is reporting those figures, also showing that Samsung and iBall had 19.9% and 17.7% market share (Android) in Q3 2017-2018. The growth shows the support from customers and increasing market potential.

The aim right now for Lenovo India is to keep the steady growth and also keep the top spot on the market, at least according to Rahul Agarwal, managing director and CEO Lenovo India. I should mention that Lenovo had a share of 28.4% in the Android tablet market in India in Q3 2017 and in Q2 they were at 24.2%. The government and education segments were the ones boosting the company’s increase, together with commercial deals with large enterprises.

The Lenovo Tab 4 and Tab 7 were some of the best selling units on the market. IDC reported for Q3 2017 that Lenovo was first, followed by Acer second with 18.6% market share, but things have shifted since then, with Samsung growing. Expect new slates to be announced at MWC 2018, maybe some Lenovo Tab 5 models for further boosts.

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Wine Compatibility Layer for Windows Hits Android

By Radu Iorga

I’m sure there are many of you who wanted to run full Windows apps on Android devices. We’ve been doing the reverse for a long while now, with Android apps on Windows and now it’s time for the Wine compatibility layer for Windows to hit Android.

Wine is a compatibility layer for Unix-style environments and it has been updated to version 3.0, which lets it be installed on Android devices. Wine 3.0 comes with full graphics and audio drivers for Android and it can be built as an APK package, which acts like a typical Android app, or so say the release notes. It comes with OpenGL support, but it’s limited to the OpenGL ES API available on Android.

It doesn’t run the standard Windows apps on any Android device, since it doesn’t emulate. It needs an x86 Android tablet, or smartphone or Chromebook even. Not many such devices exist, so the list is rather limited. Luckily there’s also Wine for ARM, but it supports only Windows apps that have been ported to Windows RT, the ill fated 32 bit OS for ARM architectures.

The future will bring us QEMU support on Wine, an open source hypervisor that will virtualize CPUs via dynamic binary translation and emulate x86 on ARM. There’s still a lot of work to do for that to happen. If you’re still interested, you can find the the APK here, in both x86 and ARM form. Be advised that there are some bugs, like the fact that the graphics driver only supports full screen desktop mode.

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In just 24 hours, 5,000 Android devices are conscripted into mining botnet

By Dan Goodin

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A fast-moving botnet that appeared over the weekend has already infected thousands of Android devices with potentially destructive malware that mines digital coins on behalf of the unknown attackers, researchers said.

The previously unseen malware driving the botnet has worm-like capabilities that allow it to spread with little or no user interaction required, researchers with Chinese security firm Netlab wrote in a blog post published Sunday. Once infected, Android phones and TV boxes scan networks for other devices that have Internet port 5555 open. Port 5555 is normally closed, but a developer tool known as the Android Debug Bridge opens the port to perform a series of diagnostic tests. Netlab’s laboratory was scanned by infected devices from 2,750 unique IPs in the first 24 hours the botnet became active, a figure that led researchers to conclude that the malware is extremely fast moving.

“Overall, we think there is a new and active worm targeting Android systems’ ADB debug interface spreading, and this worm has probably infected more than 5,000 devices in just 24 hours,” Netlab researchers wrote. “Those infected devices are actively trying to spread malicious code.”

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GPD XD+ Portable Android Console Now Up for Preorder, Priced at $210

By Radu Iorga

The GPD XD+, which was leaked in a nifty hands on video last month has finally gone on preorder. This device feels like a combo of an NVIDIA Shield and a Nintendo DS and can be described as a portable Android console, but it’s also sort of a tablet. It’s priced at around $210-$230 on both GeekBuying and Gearbest.com.

Running on a MediaTek MT8176 processor, the handheld is based on Android 7.0 Nougat software and it also brings 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage and a 5 inch HD display. It adopts a clamshell design and having played with its predecessor, the GPD XD, I have to say it’s more comfy than it looks. Unlike the DS, this device only has a singular display and it also brings a generous set of gaming controls, including a D Pad, action buttons, two analog sticks and more.

The amount of RAM has doubled from the GPD XD and aside from running Android and getting the apps from the Play Store, there are also console emulators on board, courtesy of RetroArch. The device is promoted with 64 GB of storage on some retailers, so there’s quite a bit of room for games here. It weighs a hefty 310 grams and also has a micro HDMI port and microSD.

There’s Bluetooth 4.1 as well, plus WiFi dual band. Emulation applies to PlayStation 1 games, plus NES and GameBoy titles.

 

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