Lilbits (5-24-2013): Gmail app redesign, Galaxy S4 bootloader bypass, Pinguy 13.04

The developers of Pinguy Linux have released version 13.04, which is based on Ubuntu 13.04. But it includes a number of features that you don’t get from a standard Ubuntu installation.

Meanwhile, a hacker has figured out a way to bypass the bootloader and install custom firmware on the AT&T and Verizon models of the Samsung Galaxy S4, and E Ink is now offering ePaper screens for DIY projects. And Google has started showing off a new user interface for the company’s Gmail app for Android.

New Gmail UI

Here’s a roundup of tech news stories from around the web.

  • Google teases revamped Gmail app for Android
    Google has been updating its core Android apps lately with a new user interface featuring a navigation panel that slides out from the slide. While the company’s not ready to release a new Gmail app with the updated UI just yet, it turns out the company did provide an early peak during the recent Google I/O developer conference. [Android Police]
  • Pinguy OS 13.04 beta released
    Pinguy is a Linux-based operating system built on top of Ubuntu. The latest version features GNOME Shell 3.8, built-in support for Netflix, and more. [Web Upd8]
  • E Ink screens for the DIY set
    E Ink isn’t just for eReaders anymore. The company that makes digital paper displays is now offering screens for hobbyists, artists, and others interested in building their own devices. [The Digital Reader]
  • OpenMobile shows Tizen Linux smartphone running Android apps
    Like most new operating systems, Tizen isn’t going to have nearly as many third party apps available as Android, iOS, or other platforms when it launches. But OpenMobile is showing that it might be possible to overcome that limitation by loading Android apps on devices running the Linux-based OS. [Tizen Experts]
  • Loki tool bypasses bootloader on AT&T, Verizon Samsung Galaxy S4
    There’s a new tool that will make it possible to load custom recovery, custom ROMs on the Samsung Galaxy S4 despite the locked bootloader on the AT&T and Verizon models. It’s aimed at developers, so this is good news… it’s just not news you can probably use just yet. [Android Police]
  • Visual Land 7 inch tablet with 8GB hits the FCC
    Visual Land makes inexpensive Android tablets. This one’s called the Prestige 7G, and despite the name, I expect it to be a low-cost, low-spec tablet. But at least it has 8GB of storage… which is more than 4GB, I guess. [FCC]
  • Mozilla shows that web apps can be nearly as fast as native apps
    Mozilla says that web apps can be nearly as fast as native apps — which is one of the reasons the company thinks it’s time for a truly browser-based smartphone operating system like Firefox OS. [Ars Technica]

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