This has been an interesting year in the mobile tech space. AMD launched its first truly competitive desktop processors in years, and recently the company introduced its first Ryzen Mobile chips, although there aren’t many laptops powered by them just yet. Next year things could get even more interesting as we start to see Windows 10 PCs with Qualcomm Snapdragon processors.

But some of Liliputing’s most popular articles of the year weren’t about Big News items like that. They were about… smaller things. That’s hardly surprising. Our primary focus is on Lilliputian computers, after all.

As the year draws to a close, I took a look at our traffic stats and rounded up some of the most viewed articles of the year. So let’s take a trip down memory lane.

  • Making Amazon’s 2017 Fire tablets more Googley

    With prices starting at $50 (or less during sales that run a few times a year), the Amazon Fire tablets offer a lot of bang for the buck. But the Amazon Appstore has a limited selection of apps. The good news is it’s often easy to install the Google Play Store. You don’t even need root access on the latest Fire and Fire HD tablets.

  • Plugin brings Netflix to Kodi Media Center

    Kodi turns just about any PC and into a media center. But while there are plugins for a lot of third-party apps and services, Netflix doesn’t officially offer one. Unofficially though…

  • How to get Android apps without using the Play Store

    Have a smartphone, tablet, or other Android device that doesn’t have the Play Store installed, and don’t want to go through the trouble of figuring out whether you can install it (see above) on your own? No problem. There are a bunch of great places to find Android apps that aren’t the Play Store. Some even have apps that aren’t in Google’s store. Proceed with caution though, since there’s often a potential security risk involved in installing apps from unknown sources.

  • I’m starting to wish Google’s Project Fi supported more phones

    This rant was written shortly before Google did start offering its first Project Fi phone that wasn’t a Nexus or Pixel device. The gist is that now that Google has discontinued the Nexus program and the company’s Pixel phones are all premium devices, there was a serious need for a mid-range option. Now we have it, in the form of the Moto X4… although if you can find a 1st-gen Pixel on sale, that might still be a better option for a similar price.

  • $20 Android phones may be the cheapest iPod touch alternatives available

    Now that smartphones are everywhere there’s not as much demand for iPod touch style devices that offer all the capabilities of a smartphone except the cellular and voice capabilities anymore. But as I discovered this spring, if you do need a versatile mobile device and you don’t need voice or cellular support your best option might just be to find a dirt cheap phone and then never activate it.

  • Anbox lets you run Android apps natively in Ubuntu, other GNU/Linux distros

    Instead of running Android apps in an emulator, as most Android-on-PC utilities do, Anbox allows Android apps to run natively.

  • GPD Pocket will be a 7 inch touchscreen laptop with Windows & Ubuntu support

    This was the first of two handheld, laptop-style computers to be announced this year, and the first to ship. It comes from the same company responsible for last year’s GPD Win handheld gaming PC, and it shows that there’s still at least *some* demand for devices we would have called UMPCs (Ultra Mobile PCs) a decade ago.

  • Asus Tinker Board is a Raspberry Pi-like mini PC with a RK3288 processor

    This tiny single board computer looks like a Raspberry Pi but it has a Rockchip RK3288 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and supports 4K video, features Gigabit Ethernet, and 192kHz/24-bit audio.

  • Gemini PDA is like a tiny Android/Linux laptop with premium specs (crowdfunding)

    This was the second such handheld PC to be unveiled this year. It’s not available yet, but the little device is expected to ship with support for Android and Linux and its claim to fame is a keyboard system designed by the same person that designed the popular (in niche circles) Psion Series 5 keyboard.

  • GPD Win 2 prototype breaks cover (pocket-sized gaming PC)

    Speaking of the GPD Win, there’s a new model on the way. This was the first article we published providing an idea of what it will look like. Since then we’ve gotten a whole bunch of additional details about the specs, design, and price. It should go up for pre-order on Indiegogo in January for $599 and ship in April.

  • AMD Ryzen octa-core processor benchmarks leaked

    Before AMD’s first Ryzen chips hit the streets, reports of early benchmarks suggested that after years of playing second fiddle to Intel and competing more on price than performance, AMD was about to launch new chips that were within striking distance of their Intel counterparts in terms of performance. Those reports later turned out to be correct.

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7 replies on “Most popular Liliputing stories of 2017”

  1. Thanks for the articles. Liliputing is the ONLY site I have white listed in my ad blocking ad on for one+two reasons

    – Simple and to the point articles

    – Ads that don’t give you a headache and a site layout that works. It’s not fancy, it doesn’t have neon lights, animations, beautiful videos and happy songs playing automatically, it just works. Google took over the planet with the simplest interface someone could possibly imagine, and the whole net forgot that. Today sites are a mess and the only way to make them functional is to aggressively cut parts of their pages with ad blocking software. Not just ad banners. Well, Liliputing is different. You have to do nothing. Just white list it and read the articles.

    Happy new year.

    1. bradlinder – Brad Linder is editor of the mobile tech blog Liliputing, an independent journalist and podcast producer and editor based in Philadelphia.
      Brad Linder says:

      Thanks! I’m hoping Google’s decision to auto block ads that don’t meet the Better Ads Standards helps clean up the web a bit. When I first looked at those standards, I realized the only things they don’t allow are… All the things I’ve never allowed on liliputing including auto playing audio, pop ups, and interstitials. Of course, advertisers will probably find some other “innovative” way to grab your attention in the future. I certainly couldn’t do this as my day job without ads on the site, and my expenses are pretty low compared with most bigger sites and news organizations.

      1. bradlinder – Brad Linder is editor of the mobile tech blog Liliputing, an independent journalist and podcast producer and editor based in Philadelphia.
        Brad Linder says:

        They are plentful!

  2. Interesting set of articles. True to it’s name (liliputing), most of the popular articles focused on smaller devices and generated fairly good discussion.

    It was also interesting to note that comments capped off to around 40 or so. I seem to recall other articles, perhaps more controversial ones, generating many more comments.

    In any case, people seem to love small and cheap OR small and innovative. Happy to see both the work and interest in clamshell devices!

  3. 2017 was a very good year for liliputing articles. Thank you for your hard work Brad. Looking forward to 2018.

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