What Is a Phablet?

What is a phablet?
If you find yourself wanting a bigger screen on your phone, you are probably getting into the phablet world. Never heard of a phablet? No worries we’ll tell you all about this new craze.

What is a phablet?
It is a PHone-tABLET hybrid that combines the functionalities of a smartphone with the big screen experience of a tablet. Normally the screen sizes ranges between 5 and 6 inches, just look at the iPhone 6 Plus and the new Nexus 6 for good examples.

Phablet’s Great Battery Life
Since the physical size of the phone is bigger it means there is more room for battery. This is the single largest improvement you’ll notice with a phablet, longer battery life.

Taking the Most of the Display

If you enjoy watching videos, playing video games, reading e-books or editing documents; the Phablet’s large screen will make your old smartphone fall short. Just look at the Nexus 6, it will feel big at first but once you get used to it very few go back.

When looking at the iPhone 6 you’ll notice it has a 4.7 inch 1334×750 display, however this pales in comparison to the iPhone 6 Plus’s display of 5.5 inches at 1920×1080. While the iPhone 6 Plus offers a great looking screen even that pales in comparison to some of the Android competitors, for example the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 a 5.7 inches and the Google Nexus 6 at 5.96 inches both offering an even more amazing 2560×1440 resolution.

What about the Phablet Camera?

While it’s true that the camera found in most phablets is the same as that found in regular sized smart phones, the one advantage most don’t think about is the view finder. You’ll find it easier and faster to take great looking pictures when you have a large high-resolution screen as your viewfinder. The days of looking through a little hole to see what you’re shooting are gone.

Take Multitasking to a New Level

Large screen size also means that you can take multitasking to a new level. Samsung takes advantage of the added screen space on the Galaxy Note 4 with its Multi Window technology, which means you can open up multiple windows on a single screen and run two apps simultaneously side by side. So, you can watch a video while writing an email or messaging your friend at the same time. Convenience offered only on a phablet.

Why Google is wrong and why mobile antivirus is needed

Android malware

“Mobile anti-virus is not needed”, says Google’s head of Android security. Speaking to journalists at the company’s Mountain View headquarters in California, Adrian Ludwig states that there’s no reason to install something in addition to the security that Google provides.

Nevertheless, fragmentation among the different manufacturers remains one of Androids security problems that Google is trying to tackle in the new versions of Android. Google claims that Android antivirus apps are pointless and just scams.

With the upcoming release of the Mobile Cloud Labs new Android Security Suite we couldn’t disagree more. Not all Android antivirus applications are equal though. Through both internal testing conducted at Mobile Cloud Labs and independent tests, we have shown just the opposite of what Google states.

In fact, we agree that Android is most definitely a secure system as it is built on top of Linux with several design features that add layers of protection. Google is right from the standpoint that a true “antivirus” may not be needed.

Viruses by definition are self-replicating and typically inject themselves into files and other executable applications, which without a rooted Android phone is extremely difficult to do on an Android device.

However, Antivirus companies label their products as “antivirus” because that is what people have learned to look for coming out of the Windows era. What is definitely possible with Android that most good “antivirus” apps protect against, are classifications of malware such as “Spyware”, “Ransomware”, “Trojans”, and “Scareware”. These types of applications can steal your information, cause unexpected behavior and slow down your mobile device.

Android malware is typically built into simple unsuspecting apps such as flashlight apps, battery apps etc. If you download a flashlight app for your Android device and it requires any special privileges (presented to you before download), this is the first sign of bad intention by the distributor and possible malware.

The team behind Mobile Cloud Labs knows this because they have written proof of concept applications internally in order to know what to look for and what to protect against in our upcoming Android Security Suite.

Google is correct in the fact that mobile antivirus is not needed. Where they stand corrected is that the majority of mobile antivirus apps on the market are actually protecting against other forms of malware not necessarily viruses. These apps are marketed that way because face it, when was the last time you searched for “anti malware”?