Android users have the last laugh about large screen phones

In today's Android roundup: Massive iPhone 6 sales prove Android users right about large screen phones. Plus: Android's session hijacking security vulnerability, and Android Police reviews the Moto 360 smartwatch

Android users have known for years that larger screen phones work better for most people, and now they've been proven right by massive sales of Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. ExtremeTech explores why Apple's customers are snapping up the iPhone 6 at an astounding rate.

According to ExtremeTech:

Apple has announced that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have broken all sorts of sales records, selling a combined 4 million units in their first 24 hours of pre-order availability. Both phones are now out of stock, with a re-stock time of up to a month, and it isn’t clear if the supply chain will have more units ready for September 19, when the insanity really starts. This easily beats out any previous pre-order records set by the iPhone 5 (2 million), 5S, 5C, or Galaxy S5.

For those of us who have been using Android or Windows Phone for the last few years, we know from first-hand experience that larger screens are simply superior to the puny screens of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5.

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Android users right about large screen phones
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I couldn't agree more with the sentiment that Apple's customers are buying the iPhone 6 so rabidly because of its larger screen sizes. One of the dumbest things Apple ever did was cling to smaller screens for so long. It completely ceded the larger screen phone market to Samsung and numerous other Android manufacturers.

Many Apple fans argued strenuously in online discussions that larger screens weren't needed, and that one-handed use was far more important. Oops! I wonder how many of those same people have already ordered the iPhone Plus with its 5.5 inch screen? I bet few of them would admit their previous comments about the best size for a smartphone.

Oh well, at least Android users can savor the fact that they were proven right about larger screens. But just don't expect many Apple fans to admit they were wrong. The most you'll probably get is a hiss and a dirty look or two before they go back to tapping away on their giant iPhablets.

Android session hijacking security vulnerability

Computerworld reports that some devices running Android versions older than 4.4 are vulnerable to a browser security problem.

According to Computerworld:

The default browser in Android versions older than 4.4 has a vulnerability that allows malicious websites to bypass a critical security mechanism and take control of a user's authenticated sessions on other sites.

The issue is a universal cross-site scripting flaw that stems from how the browser handles javascript: strings preceded by a null byte character. When encountering such a string, the browser fails to enforce the same-origin policy, a security control that prevents scripts running in the context of one site from interacting with the content of other websites.

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The article suggests using one of the following browsers instead of the default Android browser:

Google Chrome

Mozilla Firefox

Dolphin Browser


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