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NOOKcolor Android 2.2 Froyo hack revealed [Video]

Having been rooted at the tail end of November, the Barnes & Noble NOOKcolor is now getting Android 2.2 Froyo, though only unofficially. Several people have managed to get the updated OS onto the 7-inch touchscreen tablet, with jacememes sharing a video of it in action (that you can see below), but if it's instructions you're after then Jesse Vincent has the details. Be warned, however, this isn't the simple matter of downloading a ROM and reflashing your ereader. Instead you'll have to compile the OS yourself, and then do potentially dangerous things like shut off the battery heat monitor that could potentially see your NOOKcolor cook itself. Meanwhile WiFi, Bluetooth and many other things will be missing. Still, we're guessing a public-ready release is already in the works by the usual suspects. [youtube uviopU8Ve-Y]

Android exploit opens SD card to data theft [Video]

An Android security flaw has been identified which, if exploited, could allow unauthorized access to data saved on a user's memory card and, in some cases, on the device's own storage. Spotted by Thomas Cannon, there are certain limitations to the exploit - hackers must know the name of the files they wish to steal, not terribly difficult if you're dealing with system-named files like photos - but already the Android security team are cooking up a fix.
  • The Android browser doesn’t prompt the user when downloading a file, for example "payload.html", it automatically downloads to /sdcard/download/payload.html
  • It is possible, using JavaScript, to get this payload to automatically open, causing the browser to render the local file.
  • When opening an HTML file within this local context, the Android browser will run JavaScript without prompting the user.
  • While in this local context, the JavaScript is able to read the contents of files (and other data).
The flaw has been independently verified by Heise.de, and Google says it will be rolling a fix into Android 2.3 Gingerbread. That could be released as soon as December 6 2010. Until then, be wary of unexpected downloads or HTML code in emails from users you don't know. [vimeo]http://vimeo.com/17030639[/vimeo] [via rigelt]

Eric Schmidt Nexus S video now online

Eric Schmidt bringing along the Samsung Nexus S to Web 2.0 was only a semi-surprise, but it's still the first official outing for the Android handset. If you want to relive the moment, O'Reilly Media has thrown the footage up on their YouTube event page. It's actually the full 45 minute sit-down with Schmidt, and is worth a watch if you're curious about the Google CEO's attitudes to mobile and open-source. Alternatively, the Nexus S shows up in the first few minutes of the clip. [youtube AKOWK2dR4Dg] [Thanks Paul!]

PC World yank Toshiba’s Folio 100 over poor buyer feedback?

Toshiba's Folio 100 Android tablet has supposedly been pulled from the shelves of retailer PC World, after high return rates from disappointed buyers. Engadget found an overpriced demo unit at their local store - the £999.99 figure is apparently meant to deter the stores from putting out stock and demo units, as some sort of internal shorthand, though it obviously didn't work this time - and had a play with what's described as "a letdown" of a tablet. Low pixel density, poor screen viewing angles and cheap plastics don't help, and that's before you get to the missing Android Market and bugs in pinch-zooming and other aspects. All things we put down to pre-production status in the Folio 100 we tried back at IFA 2010, but it seems Toshiba hasn't ironed out those bugs. We're waiting to hear back from all involved with the official word.

Android for iPad and iPhone 4 on horizon with OpeniBoot update [Video]

The prospect of a dual-booting Apple iPad, iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS capable of loading iOS or Android is one step closer, with a new version of OpeniBoot that can apparently run on the newer Apple devices. Arch modder Hexxeh has been demonstrating the updated tool, which allows booting of unsigned code such as Linux kernels on devices. Until now, OpeniBoot has been limited to the first-gen iPhone, iPhone 3G and first-gen iPod touch. We're not quite at stable dual-booting stage yet, but if you've always liked the look of Apple hardware but miss your Android fix, this could be one way of achieving it. [youtube UIixUYaLufo]

Samsung Galaxy Tab gets shot, Gorilla Glass proves its worth

We don't actually advocate shooting your Galaxy Tab, even if it is with a CO2-powered pistol rather than a "true" firearm, but it's a good way of demonstrating your confidence in the Gorilla Glass front panel. YouTuber metafonic braved his Samsung slate with three metal pellets from around a meter away. At the risk of spoiling the surprise, the Galaxy Tab survives unharmed and unscratched, and the touchscreen still works perfectly. Incidentally, in the second video you can see what a pellet from the gun does to regular glass. [youtube 0Kt7ckZ9Xho] [youtube QWNoFOmYe9k] [via MP4Nation]

Opera Mobile 10.1 beta for Android released [Video]

Opera has released its latest browser, Opera Mobile 10.1 beta for Android, offering faster rendering, tabbed browsing and - optionally - the company's data-reducing Opera Turbo compression. A free download, Opera Mobile 10.1 beta also gets pinch-zoom, wireless bookmark sync and a password manager. You can download the new browser by visiting http://www.opera.com/mobile/ on your Android phone. [youtube VbJPAPoOZho] [youtube oYZgR9N8kDs] [youtube i9zZD2BtobY] [youtube ii5weSxTOJk] [youtube RlKlpP6M3RQ] [youtube bVRa2pg3tq4] Press Release:
Turbo charge your Android Opera Mobile 10.1 beta for Android available Oslo, Norway — 9 November 2010 Android users now have a new choice when it comes to browsers. Today, Opera Software announced that Opera Mobile 10.1 beta is available in the Android Market for free, providing the many millions of Android users better browser performance and an improved user experience. Android users are known to appreciate speed and functionality. They are also known for their demands for new and improved software for their handsets, as well as an almost emotional relationship to their phones. Now, they have the opportunity to run Opera Mobile, made by a company that shares their passion for a better browser. “Android users now have a better choice when it comes to using a browser on their mobile devices,” said Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software. “With Opera’s new browser for Android, we give users the opportunity to access the Web, using the best tools available.” Opera Mobile boasts faster page loading than other browsers and a highly fluid panning, scrolling and smooth zooming experience. Speed Dial, another Opera innovation, gives quick and easy access to the user’s favorite websites while the password manager saves the user from cumbersome mobile-phone typing. Additionally, users will experience better browsing on slow or congested networks with Opera Turbo, which provides up to 80 percent data compression. Opera Mobile 10.1 Beta for Android also features: Easy tab management with visual tabs Opera Presto rendering engine Sync your bookmarks across devices with Opera Link Ability to be set as the default browser Geolocation support SVG support Download Download Opera Mobile directly to the Android phone for free from the Android Market or at m.opera.com/next. For more information, visit http://www.opera.com/mobile/. Opera Mobile is available for Android users in the following 18 versions: Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish.

LG Optimus One hands-on [Video]

LG officially announced their Optimus One smartphone back in September, but the entry-level Froyo handset is only now making its sales debut.  We caught up with LG in London for the Optimus One launch event, and grabbed some hands-on time with the phone.

Archos Froyo update for 28/32/43/70/101 tablets gets video preview

Archos has been quietly seeding testers with betas of its upcoming Android 2.2 Froyo ROM for the recently-announced Gen8 tablet range.  ARMDevices has been testing it out, and put together a demo video showing some of the changes along the way. No word on when the new firmware will be released for the 28/32/43/70/101 range - apparently there's still a little work to be done on optimizing the build and ironing out the last few bugs - but it's all looking promising. [youtube kS9Y4Zv5avU]
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