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In Firefox or Chrome on Android it's possible to view source by prefixing the URL in the address bar with "view-source:", i.e. "view-source:http://google.com".


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The right answer is to just go to http://m.xkcd.com. There is a link on there to show or hide the alt text.


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After installing Opera, when you open a link from somewhere in the system, you should see a popup asking you to choose between the browsers available. That popup should have a checkbox for saving the browser you choose as the default browser. If you have already set a default browser, you must go to Settings > Applications > Manage applications, find the ...


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Javascript Console is this thing: For some reason, the "Show JavaScript console" bar will only show up in android.com website. Not sure whether the Syntax Error triggers the console or if there is another reason why it shows in android.com and none of the other sites I've been checking.


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Look for an app called View Web Source in the market and install it. Then when browsing, open your menu and tap "share", in the list that pops up choose View Web Source.


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In order to view local files on the sdcard with the default Android browser just enter file://sdcard/ and then the path to the file you want to view. For example if you have an xml file named "person" in a folder named "xmlfiles" it would look like file://sdcard/xmlfiles/person.xml in your address bar. You can create bookmarks for the file you are viewing ...


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You are correct. The built-in browser is only updated when a full new ROM is installed. If there is an exploit, the only thing to do is wait for a new version of the OS to be released. Alternatively, you can use a third-party browser such as Opera or Google Chrome. Those are installed as apps and can receive updates independently. As far as I know, there ...


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The default browser is, as far as I can make out, simply called 'Browser', and is based on the WebKit rendering engine. Android 2.2 and above use the V8 javascript engine. The combination of WebKit and V8 make the browser very similar to desktop Chrome. There's a similar question here: Which is the Android's default browser?.


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In chrome for mobile, you can save the opened web page as a PDF. To do that, you have to install the Google Cloud Print application to do this. Once you have installed it, first open a desired web page in the chrome. Then click on the menu icon and select on Print option. There you can select the Save As PDF option. Select the location and click on ...


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Good question. I don't see an obvious way to do that to solve your problem on all websites. However, there just so happens to be a few xkcd viewer apps. I use this one which has a menu > hover text option. EDIT: This seems like a reasonable thing to try for link hover text, but it does not work for me on the default HTC Incredible browser: Tap any ...


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Create it as a bookmark in the Android browser. Then, long-press your home screen and choose the "Bookmark" option. Select the bookmark you made and VoilĂ !


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For Galaxy devices, you can simply enter about:useragent into your browser's URL bar. I don't think this "sticks" across reboots, but it's relatively painless to do and doesn't require extra software/hacks/etc. I don't own a Galaxy so I'm not keen on some of the specifics. If about:useragent doesn't work, then other phones can typically to this instead: ...


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Certainly! Go in your Settings, Manage Applications. Click the All tab, and then select Browser. You must then click the Clear Defaults button. Now next time that an application requires a browser (say, you click a link in your Twitter app) the Complete action using dialog will pop up and you can select Opera and tick the Use by default for this action box. ...


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Addresses are cached for 600 seconds (10 minutes) by default. Failed lookups are cached for 10 seconds. From everything I've seen, there's nothing built in to flush the cache. This is apparently a reported bug in Android because of the way it stores DNS cache. Clearing the browser cache doesn't touch the DNS, the "hard reset" clears it because it simply ...


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Closing the browser has no benefit. The android subsystem manages the memory on the device really well and will free up memory from background applications if it needs it. As I understand it, it does this by saving the application state in a database on disk. If you run the application again, it can then rebuild its state from the info in the database. If ...


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Using only your Android: Kaspersky's Parental Control software does exactly as the title says. Mind you, it's still in beta, but I did install it and tried it out, and it seems to do it's job of blocking websites as well as applications. By the way, Kaspersky's not the only app out on the store that you can use, but I chose it due to its reputation. It's ...


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Solution 1. Use Tampermonkey. Tampermonkey is more popular as an extension for Chrome, but it is also available as a standalone Android app. It functions as a lightweight browser, and allows you to manage and automatically run user scripts. Unfortunately it doesn't have many of the features found on other popular browsers, but it does support the ...


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Be an activist and upvote the defect here! Though that's a longer term answer. :)


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The about:debug menu on the HTC Desire HD has an option under Menu > More > Settings called "Enable GEP Zoom". This turns off HTC's Text reflow feature and uses the default Google zoom.


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On a typical Linux system the cache is cleared by running /etc/init.d/nscd restart, but at least my ROM doesn't use nscd to cache DNS. You can check if yours does, but I doubt it. I've seen suggestions that clearing the brower cache would clear DNS cache too, but one sure way is to do a hard reboot (shutdown, remove battery for 30s, reattach battery and ...


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It does not, and Flash is also not supported as of now. Information Week reports (and I can personally corroborate): Web apps and extensions, including Adobe Flash Player, are not supported in the initial release of Chrome for Android Beta. Trying to visit the extensions Web Store page on my Xoom results in a page which simply says the following: ...


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UAString will change the User Agent String that Browser sends when requesting page. User Agent String is a short string (text) that the Browser sends to identify itself to the server. Many websites tries to detect the browser that is connecting to the website, and will serve different pages that is optimized for the browser. One of the most common method for ...


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Single Column Rendering causes Browser to use a different layouting algorithm. I'm not exactly sure what the algorithm's logic is, but it seems to be an attempt to force a website that were not designed for mobile to render in a single column for easier viewing on small screens. Not sure if that's the case though, since enabling single-column view breaks ...


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You can save as PDF on Firefox too. Just go to menu -> page -> Save as PDF


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One great way to send links from your PC to your phone (when using Chrome) is the Google Chrome to Phone Extension. Once you're on the page you want, you click the Chrome to Phone link in Chrome and a link to the page appears in the notification bar on your phone (and you must be signed in to google). I find it very useful.


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Personally I usually just click the link of the file and it downloads. As for the image: try long pressing but instead of choosing "Save As" look for "Copy link URL" or "Open in New Window" or something similar to those two menu options. "Copy link URL" should copy the URL of the file to your clipboard, then you can paste that link in the address bar and ...


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The Android browser by default can only download files that the Android system "recognizes" (i.e., there has to be a program registered to handle that file type). It's a stupid restriction in my opinion, but you can install Download Crutch to overcome this limitation (it registers itself for every filetype). If you're referring to images that link to ...



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