Angry Birds Space, Instagram, Google Maps, Endomondo and Dropbox For Android Receive Updates!

Rovio has released an update for Angry Birds Space that adds 10 new delectable levels filled with “popcorn, cookies, and candy apples”. In these 10 new levels, the birds can bounce off jelly trampolines, and “pop corn to create delicious mayhem”.

Apart from Angry Birds Space, Instagram for Android has also received an update. The new update improves the search functionality of the app and contains some bug fixes as well. Below is the full change-log of the update -:

  • Improved search functionality
  • Support for location data taken from Gallery images when geotag is selected
  • Fix for HTC Sensation 4G freezing using tilt shift
  • Improved support and bugfixes for devices using the Instagram advanced camera
  • Addresses tilt shift issues on lower resolution images

Dropbox for Android also got an update that adds custom-tailored video streaming for Ice Cream Sandwich users, and support for Korean language.

Endomono for Android also received an update today that adds some new features and enhances certain aspects of the UI. Below is the change-log of the update -:

  • Interval training has had some beautification
  • Add a profile picture from the phone using e.g. the camera
  • An about screen added in the settings that shows the app’s version number and what’s new
  • Numerous bugfixes (incl. GPS sleep bug)

Last but not the least, Google has also rolled out a minor update for Google Maps that fixes some of the Latitude related bugs with the app.

Android Users, Beware of Fake Infected Versions of Angry Birds Space

Angry Birds Space, the latest version of the popular Angry Birds game was released and made available for download on March 22. Just three days after its launch, the latest addition of the game was downloaded over 10 million time worldwide.

With such an overwhelming response from Angry Birds fans, hackers decided to take advantage of it by releasing a fake version of the Angry Birds Space infected with a Trojan horse virus in it. The new virus identified as Andr/KongFu-L is masking itself as the popular Angry Birds Space game for Android.

The virus was first identified by security researchers, Sophos and Graham Cluley, security expert and researcher at Sophos, noted Android users about it in a blog post stating that they had discovered fake versions of the game on unofficial app stores.

SophosLabs recently encountered malware-infected editions of the “Angry Birds Space” game which have been placed in unofficial Android app stores.

Fake Angry Birds Space

The fake version of the game consists of a Trojan horse virus in a file called Andr/KongFu-L, which appears to be a fully-functional version of the popular smartphone game, but uses the GingerBreak exploit to gain root access to the device, and install malicious code.

It has the following aliases –

  • HEUR:Backdoor.AndroidOS.KungFu.a

Once the fake application is installed, hackers can easily go on to send instructions to the device to visit some URLs from the default browser of the device and go on to take advantage of this.  That is, the Trojan is designed to communicate with a remote website in an attempt to download and install further malware onto the compromised Android smartphone.

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At this point, there is no fix available to infected users. However, all Android users are asked to be careful while downloading games and application to their devices. Angry Birds Space is available for download at Google Play, Google’s Android app store. Rovio also warned Android users about this fake version of the game in a blog post, and insisted them to download the new game from their official store.

Rovio CEO: Angry Birds Space Coming To Windows Phone

According to a statement issued by Rovio CEO Mikael Hed during an interview with Reuters, Angry Birds Space is headed to Windows Phone after all. This directly conflicts with a statement previously issued by Rovio CMO Peter Vesterbacka, in which he originally stated that there were no plans to bring Angry Birds Space to Windows Phone when speaking to Bloomberg.

Here are their two statements:

CMO: “We’re the No. 1 app in the Windows Phone app store, but it’s a big undertaking to support it, and you have to completely rewrite the application […] If you look at activations, Apple’s iOS and Android are clearly bigger than any other platform,” he said. “We want to be on all screens, but we have to consider the cost of supplying the smaller platforms. With Windows Phone it’s a lot of work to technically support it.”

CEO: “We are working towards getting Angry Birds Space to WP7 […] We are working closely together with Nokia to bring our games to their platforms,” Hed said. “Our mutual goal is to bring the best possible experience to our fans, including all fans using Windows Phone devices.”

Internal miscommunication? A split-second decision change? Whatever the case, it’s embarrasing. But, if word from the Rovio CEO stands true, then it seems that Windows Phone users will be able to enjoy Angry Birds Space after all. Definitely a good thing for the platform: The last thing that Windows Phone needs is the unavailability of a high-profile, popular app. Windows Phone needs as many of those as it can get.