As the Android Market expands, what is the impact on security?

by Kristen Nicole

Now is a good time to configure your Android settings, detailing how you want your apps to interact with your phone’s data.

With two lawsuits in the works against Apple (AAPL), questions are being raised around data collection methods for mobile devices, reports Forbes. Android has already dealt with this issue to some extent, but more detailed concerns regarding advertising and recommendations methodology is bringing it back into the spotlight.

Such iconic titles as Pandora Radio and Dictionary.com are being sucked into the lawsuit against Apple, as the defendants are naming their developers as involved parties.  The suits allege violations of computer and consumer laws, as well as trespasses on personal property. As these apps are found in the Android Market as well, it’s only a matter of time before Google (GOOG) and Android users will have to face privacy concerns head-on.

The Android Market is already getting a string of updates, though the most recent have little to do with privacy matters.

Tablets and new apps

Consumers will get the ultimate perks at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show next month, with several manufacturers anxious to show off new Android prototypes. Motorola (MOT) is tapping into Android 3.0 and LTE technology to create an attractive tablet offering to compete against the iPad, alongside the Samsung (005930.KS) lineup of mobile devices.

Time Inc. launches first Android app

In other news, Real Simple has launched an Android app today, taking a pragmatic magazine section mobile.  No Time to Cook is a cooking app that combines more than 800 dinner recipes with the tools you need to get food on the table in under 40 min. Features include grocery lists, videos, and kitchen timers per step.  This is the first Time, Inc. magazine to launch an Android app.