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.
Google Maps for Android has been updated to 5.1 today. What’s the big news for this update? Check-ins, my friends. Yes, Google has (some would say “finally”) adopted the one major feature that makes other apps like Foursquare and Gowalla so popular.
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!
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:
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!
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!
The HTC EVO Shift 4G now has a permanent root solution and is available now at the source link below. As with any root, you’ll want to make sure to take care so as not to “brick” your EVO. 6 steps to follow on the instructions list, and just in case you were wondering, Recovery is coming soon as well.
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!
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!