When Liliputing started in 2008, it was basically a blog about netbooks. The mobile tech space has changed quite a bit in the last few years with the introduction of mobile tablets, ultrabooks and Chromebooks and the growth of the smartphone space.

A look back at some of the most popular headlines from 2013 underscores the point — and also confirms my believe that many of you share my interest in getting the most out of affordable portable technology, even if that means hacking a device to things the manufacturer may not have intended.

Here are some of the Liliputing articles that grabbed the most attention in the past year.

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Android

Google’s open source operating system for phones and tablets has come a long way in the past few years, and it now dominates the smartphone space. But Android isn’t just for phones these days…

Android/Linux TV boxes

Last year the first manufacturers realized they could take the guts of a cheap smartphone and make an even cheaper box that lets you run Android apps on your TV screen. It didn’t take long for users to realize they could port Ubuntu and other Linux distros to run on these boxes, creating tiny desktop computers that sell for under $100.

HP TouchPad

HP’s first and only webOS tablet was released in the summer of 2011 and canceled less than two months after launch. While webOS didn’t prove to be a runaway success story for the company, the HP TouchPad tablet featured pretty great hardware, including a 9.7 inch display, a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and the ability to run Android — if you hacked the tablet to install it yourself.

Users have been doing that since 2011, and for the past few years some of the most popular Liliputing articles have been related to the TouchPad. In fact, the most read article this year by far was written in 2012 (and updated a few times since). It’s our tutorial for installing Android on the HP TouchPad.

Here are a few more recent articles that also got a lot of page views this year.

Other

Here are a few more of the year’s most popular articles.

  • Asus Transformer Book T100 review: Rebirth of the affordable portable PC
    The Asus Transfromer Book T100 is a 10 inch Windows 8.1 tablet with an Intel Atom Bay Trail processor and a keyboard dock that lets you use the machine like a notebook. It sells for less than $400 and feels like a cross between a modern tablet and an old-school netbook… if old-school netbooks had all-day battery life and acceptable performance for most day-to-day computing tasks. It was probably my favorite device of all the products I reviewed in 2013. It’s also Amazon’s best-selling laptops from the 2013 holiday season, so apparently I’m not the only person who likes it.
  • Google kills support for streaming local videos to Chromecast (kinda… for now)
    Google released a $35 device designed to let you stream internet content to a TV this year. It’s small, cheap and easy to use, and every few months it gets more useful as additional third-party apps add support. It works with Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO Go, Google Play Movies YouTube, and other streaming media services. But shortly after it was released some independent developers figured out how to let users stream content straight from their phones to their TVs using a Chromecast… but they did that using unofficial tools which broke when Google updated the official software developer kit. These days you can achieve something similar using Plex or a few other services… but full support for streaming content straight from your phone or tablet to your TV without going through a third-party web server still isn’t available… at least not yet.

What are some of your most memorable mobile tech moments from 2013?

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7 replies on “Most popular Liliputing articles of 2013”

  1. Yepp, I must agree with previous speakers. Liliputing has become one of the first sites I visit every day. Are there any similar sites to this one?

    Which device do you guys think to buy for XBMC mini PC?

  2. I’ll have to jump on the droid stick led me to liliputing site and visit on a almost daily basis excellent site well written articles in a very simple layout and that is meant as a compliment.

  3. This site has been a regular stop since I discovered it looking for info on Android mini-PCs.
    I always look forward to the next article, and have gotten my share of loot from the deals that get posted.
    A happy, healthy and prosperous new year to the Liliputing staff and readers!
    2014 is going to rock!

    1. I’m pretty sure Android mini-PCs brought me here as well. I got tired of fighting with underpowered Arduino/Pi class devices and needed a more powerful embedded platform. In 2014 I’ll be curious to see the coverage of the new “PC Plus” direction vendors take to help wean desktop users off Windows and toward Android to keep PCs alive in a new form. Who knows? By 2015 we might be able to obtain a generic Android for installation on existing PC hardware if the GPU support issues can be ironed out.

  4. liliputing is one of the few websites i visit on a daily basis. the articles are well written and i like that the commenting system uses disqus.

  5. It was because of that very HP TouchPad article you wrote Brad (which is excellent I must say) that brought me to Liliputing in the first place. This is a great place to be and to find quality, non-biased and informative articles on all kinds of technology related issues. From one “tech geek” to another, Happy New Year Liliputing! May 2014 kick some major ass!

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