Hottest Google Android news & rumors for the week ending Sept. 14

By Network World staff, Network World |  Mobile & Wireless, Android, Google

Several sources assert that official confirmation of the One X+ may come as early as next Wednesday, as HTC is already scheduled to hold a major press event. I won't be able to be there, but I hope someone can ask them when they're going to get better at naming things. ("Ooh, is that the HTC Evo 4G One X+?" "No, you jerk, it's the Evo Amaze Incredible Marvel! Geez, get a clue!")

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Intel announced that it has finished porting Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) over to its new Medfield line of smartphone chips at the Intel Developers Forum this week.

In light of this, it's possible that Jelly Bean will show up on the Intel-powered version of Motorola's new Droid RAZR M, which is rumored to be launching in the U.K. on Tuesday. However, there's no confirmation of that, and the U.S. versions - powered by the usual Snapdragon - were rolled out with Ice Cream Sandwich.

A widely publicized benchmark that could be the mysterious Motorola device shows a max CPU frequency of 2.0GHz. For a smartphone, that's eye-popping performance.

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"More than half" of all Android devices have at least one unpatched security hole that could permit a complete takeover by a malicious outsider, according to a blog post from Duo Security.

The company - which sells a mobile security product - based this number on the results of 20,000 scans of Android devices using its X-Ray app. According to Duo, the root of the problem is that carriers are very slow to issue patches for new Android versions, to say nothing of hot-fixes for security issues.

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Verizon Galaxy Nexus Jelly Bean Watch - I'm sorry for getting your hopes up in past columns, but it looks like there is still no roll-out date set for Android 4.1 on the Verizon GNex, though the carrier is still said to be working feverishly to complete final testing.

The Nexus line is supposed to constantly be updated with the latest version of Android, and Verizon is the biggest carrier in the U.S. - which means this continues to be an embarrassment for Google, Samsung and Verizon alike. Does it officially count as a farce if my Sprint Nexus S 4G gets the update first?

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