Honeycomb Browser to Support SVG

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Given Google’s desire to push for better and better web apps, it was surprising that the Android browser didn’t support Scalable Vector Graphics. This set of XML markups added to graphics allows them to be searched, indexed, and compressed as needed. Nearly all desktop browsers support SVG, as well as the iPhone’s browser, Opera Mini, and the Firefox mobile beta browser. However, the Android browser has not had native support for SVG. Thankfully, it has been discovered that the browser built into Honeycomb WILL have support for this technology, so developers can make use of it in the apps they build for Android 3.0.

[via Google System Blog]

Google’s Honeycomb Event Kicks Off Today, Watch It Live!

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As we mentioned a few days ago, our inbox was graced with an invite from Google to attend their headquarters in Mountain View for an “in depth” look at Honeycomb.  And though we’ve seen a bit of the new OS at CES, we’re looking forward to grabbing a bigger tidbit from the event.  Well, that day is here and we’re all underway.  If you’re not able to attend the event in person, Google will be streaming the event live at 1pm eastern on the search giant’s YouTube page.  There’s also a big chance that we’ll hear more on the new online Android Market and music services.  Enjoy!

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Tutorial: Properly convert videos for your Samsung Galaxy Tab

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab is great for watching videos. With its 7″ high-resolution display, it makes anywhere you might be a mobile cinema. Just one problem: you want to get the most out of your videos on your Tab, but you just don’t know how to properly convert and encode videos so you get the best quality picture possible. Well, thanks to a tutorial over at xda-developers, you can put your mind at ease. According to xda member TheGrammarFreak:

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Leaked Images of Gingerbread Running on Droid X

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Obviously, here at TalkAndroid, we love our Android phones, and we always want the latest and greatest. Gingerbread started making an appearance on the Nexus line of phones a couple of months ago, and of course we’re eager to see it rolled out to the rest of the Android line. To that end, when we discovered some leaked shots of Gingerbread running on the Droid X, we considered it a promising development. And naturally, we wanted to share. Mydroidworld has some exclusive leaked pictures of the Droid X running Android 2.3, but they will not reveal how they came to run Gingerbread. Regardless, it could be a sign of good things ahead!

[via MyDroidWorld by way of Android Central]

LG Weather Widget from Optimus 2X Extracted, Available for Download

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The weather widget in the new LG Optimus 2X is pretty slick. It has gotten a lot of attention, but sadly was tied specifically into that one phone, and LG never made it available for public consumption. However, XDA-Developers member Sony_Ericsson_X10 has found a way to pull the correct .apk file out of the Optimus 2X system dump files to make it work on any Android phone. The only caveat, as he mentions, is that default behavior is to take up the entire homescreen, so it’ll take a custom launcher like LauncherPro to resize the widget to take up only half — as seen in the picture above. If you’re looking for a new (pretty!) weather widget, head over to XDA and give it a try. Let us know your thoughts!

[via XDA]

Android 2.3 Shows Security Bug, Can Gain Access To Content On microSD Cards

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It looks like a bugs life can be pretty busy now a days, especially when they continue to infestate the Android OS.  In addition to still bearing some SMS issues, it looks like 2.3 Gingerbread has found a new gaping whole in the software.  According to Xuxian Jiang, a security researcher at North Carolina State University, the Android 2.3 firmware has revealed a new bug, one that could possibly allow malicious sites and attackers alike to gain access to the content of your microSD card.  Jiang is also an assistant professor with the school and has stated in an advisory that pertinent and vital content like banking info, photos and voicemails could be extracted and routed to a remote server of choice.  In an email sent to eWeek, Jiange also adds that his findings were not particularly difficult to implement and only requires basic knowledge of JavaScript and Android. » Read the rest

Samsung to Reveal Galaxy S 2 and Galaxy Tab 2 at Mobile World Congress?

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Samsung has been teasing us with talk of big things to be revealed at the Mobile World Congress meeting in Barcelona for quite a while now.  Well, the meeting is just a couple of weeks away, and our suspicions look to be confirmed: the “something big” appears to be none other than the second generation of Galaxy S phones and Galaxy Tab devices. A leak from Samsung’s PR department detailing their schedule shows both the Galaxy S 2 and the Galaxy Tab 2 appearing in the lineup.

We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for the news, and bring it to you the minute we find anything, so stay tuned!

[via AC]

Update to Nook Color Firmware, Brings Version 1.1.0

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The Nook Color has been selling like crazy, and for good reason — it’s a great e-reader, and also functions as a very capable Android Tablet. Because of this, we’re glad to see Barnes and Noble giving it the support they need, and they’ve released an update that includes a ton of bug fixes — though no Froyo yet. The update includes:

  • Improved performance of Wi-Fi connectivity, Home and Shop.
  • Ability to pinch and zoom in browser.
  • Enhanced reading experience for magazines and children’s books.
  • Access helpful NOOKcolor related information and support tips on the new
    default browser home page.
  • Reduce mistyped passwords with “show password” option during registration
    and Wi-Fi set up.
  • Easily identify NOOK kids Read To Me™ books with a new text banner next to
    the titles in Shop.
  • General bug fixes and performance improvements.

This is a big update, and brings lots of great stuff to the table, so head over to Barnes and Noble’s site to pick it up!

[via Android Central]