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CES heightens Android excitement for 2011

by Kristen Nicole

Image from DroidLife.comThe Consumer Electronics Show is just around the corner, and we’re excited to see what new Android devices will be demonstrated at the annual extravaganza. Buzz around new Android tablets and smartphones is flying, with manufacturers like HTC (2498.TW) anxious to show what they’ve been working on. The rumored HTC Thunderbolt is expected to make a splash as Verizon’s (VZ) latest showpiece. While nothing can be confirmed until CES, the Thunderbolt will likely be a 4G device running Android 2.2, with some nifty mobile TV features, notes PCMag.

Gemini takes over Android phones

The explosive success of Google’s (GOOG) Android has also made it a target for attacks, which smartphone users know all too well (only this week an iPhone user brought a lawsuit against Apple (AAPL) for third party apps selling consumer data). Lookout Mobile Security alerts Android users of an emerging Trojan dubbed Gemini, which can “compromise a significant amount of personal data on a user’s phone and send it to remote servers.”

This is the second major security breach of this nature to threaten Android users, though it’s the first known Android malware in the wild that displays botnet-like capabilities. Once installed on a user’s phone, Gemini can potentially receive commands from a remote server that will take control of the Android device. Scary stuff, but Lookout has already released an update to Android users to protect against Gemini.

Park & party, worry-free

Despite the latest threat, Android apps are still growing in popularity. A top app this morning is Parkdroid, a GPS locater to help you find your car. The free app will also help you find open parking lots, and includes a parking meter alarm. If you plan on trekking to a major city for New Year’s Eve, this may be a good app to help you find your way back to the car after partying the night away.