Its the not-quite-a-clone edition of Lilbits. Ramos introduced two new tablets this week that have the look of HTC One smartphones, but the screen size of an iPad mini. And chip-maker Rockchip is pushing a new class of device that’s sort of like a Chromecast… except different.
In non-clone news, Qualcomm is taking aim at MediaTek and trying to bring sanity to the arms race to build mobile chips with more and more processor cores, and the final version of CyanogenMod 10.1 is approaching.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- Ramos introduces K1, K2 tablets with 7.85 inch screens, Allwinner, MediaTek processors
Chinese device maker Ramos has rolled out two new iPad mini-sized tablets with the looks of a big HTC One smartphone. One has an Allwinner A31 quad-core processor, te other has a MediaTek MT8389 quad-core CPU. [AndroidPC.es]
- CyanogenMod 10.1.3 RC 1 is now rolling out
It may not be as fancy as the newfangled CM10.2, but the latest (and almost final) version of the CyangoenMod team’s Android 4.2.2 software adds some new privacy and security features as well as bug fixes. [CyanogenMod]
- $26 Miracast adapter with Rockchip processor lets you stream content to a TV (sort of like a Chromecast)
It’s not *quite* like a Chromecast, since you’ll need to have a Miracast-capable phone, tablet, or other device to stream content to your TV. But at $26, this device is even cheaper than Google’s $35 media streamer. [CNX Software]
- Microsoft SkyDrive can now recognize text in images uploaded from a Windows Phone device
Snap a picture with your phone, save it to the cloud, and convert images to text. [CNET]
- Digg for Android arrives
Before Reddit kind of trounced the competition, Digg was best known as a social news site. These days it’s a curated news site that makes it easy to find some of the best of the day’s content on the internet, and now it also has a simple (maybe too simple) RSS reader built-in. The new Android app also keeps your data synchronized between the web and mobile. [Google Play]
- Qualcomm: You don’t need 8-core processors. You need *better* processor cores
Qualcomm makes the case that 4 cores can be better than 8 — especially since there aren’t really many mobile apps that use more than 2 cores at a time. [Engadget]