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Android And iOS Updates Arrive

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Both Apple and Google this week officially released updates to their respective operating systems with the former plugging a security vulnerability and the latter improving the appearance of apps on tablet devices.

Apple released iOS 4.3.4 over the weekend with the main reason being to plug a flaw in the software, which was uncovered by researchers attempting to find a way to jailbreak iDevices on iOS 4.3.3. The problem could occur when users open a web page containing an infected PDF file, which could be downloaded without the users' knowledge.

The update is available now by plugging in your iDevice and opening iTunes. As with all iOS updates you will have to download the entire file, an issue which will be fixed in iOS 5. While the flaw could have been used for malicious purposes, it was also used to jailbreak the devices with the web-based JailBreakMe 3.0, which frees users from the tight restrictions Apple places on its iOS software.

iOS 4.3.4

Looking to the world’s number one mobile operating system, Google has updated the tablet-specific version of Android, known as Honeycomb or Android 3.0, with version 3.2. This version had already reportedly rolled out to the Motorola Xoom but now Google has made the update official. The new version is again nothing revolutionary but will help make using Android apps not designed with tablets in mind, a little easier.

As well as being optomised for use on a wider range of tablets (Toshiba Thrive, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Acer Iconia A500), Android 3.2 introduces a new ‘compatibility zoom’ mode that gives users a new way to view fixed-sized apps on larger devices. The new mode provides a pixel-scaled alternative to the standard UI stretching for apps that are not designed to run on larger screen sizes, such as on tablets. The new mode is accessible to users from a menu icon in the system bar, for apps that need compatibility support.

As always with Android, users will have to wait for the manufacturer and/or network to push out this update.

Source: Android Developers

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