Google is ending support for two of its key Android apps on devices running older versions of Android… sort of. Starting early next year the latest versions of the Google Chrome and Google Calendar apps will require Android 8.0 or newer.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t use Chrome or Google Calendar on phones running Android 7.1 or earlier. It just means you won’t be able to run the latest versions of those apps… which could mean losing out on new features, security updates, and other improvements.

Google Calendar

In other recent tech news from around the web, a PC maker is thinking about putting a chip designed for cheap gaming handhelds into a cheap mini gaming PC, details about Intel’s upcoming Meteor Lake processors (and some of the laptops that will use them) continue to leak, and so far it looks like Google’s upcoming feature that lets you use Pixel phones as webcams for a PC is kind of half-baked (but hopefully that could change by the time the feature is available to the public).

RYZEN Z1 Mini Gaming PC! Phoenix Edge Z1 Hands-On First Look [ETA Prime / YouTube]

The AMD Ryzen Z1 processor with Zen 4 CPU cores and RDNA 3 graphics was developed for handheld gaming PCs, but at least one company has built a mini desktop PC with the chip. Here’s a look at a prototype (with benchmarks).

HP Spectre x360 with 14thgen Intel Core chips leaked [@momomo_us]

Intel hasn’t officially unveiled its 14th-gen “Meteor Lake” processors yet, but details continue to leak… and now HP has accidentally posted the specs for upcoming Spectre X360 14″ convertible laptops with Meteor Lake chips a bit prematurely.

Google Chrome and Calendar are about to drop support for older Android devices [9to5Google]

Early next year Google plans to drop support for older versions of Android for two key apps: Google Calendar and the Chrome web browsers. Starting with Chrome 120, users will need Android 8.0 or later to run the latest version.

The Android 14 webcam feature makes my $1,000 Pixel 8 Pro look like a cheap camera [Android Central]

An update to Android 14 is set to bring support for using supported phones (like Pixel devices) as USB webcams for a laptop or desktop computer. But so far the feature seems a little half-baked, with low-quality imagery compared to 3rd-party software. 

Studio One 6.5 is now available as public beta version for Ubuntu Linux [PreSonus]

Presonus has announced that a public beta of Studio One 6.5 is now available for Linux, marking the first time this digital audio workstation has offered Linux support. It joins Reaper, Tracktion, Bitwig and FOSS solutions like Ardour, and Audacity.

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  1. This conversation on the Dragonbox Pyra forum was quite interesting on the subject of Google ending support:

    “my Steam Client will stop working in 33 days (there’s a countdown on the top…) … so I will not anymore be able to play my Steam games, that always worked on this PC, unless I install Windows 10 (that I never needed before…).

    This will be the third client not anymore working for now… (Indiegala, Ubisoft Connect)

    The cause is actually Google…
    Most of the game store clients today are made with technologies like “Electron”, that can make applications deeply connected to the web/cloud… these technologies are mostly based on Chromium, that has no more support for older Windows OSes.

    So, in just one hit every game client will stop working on my PC.

    Luckily, at least most of the GOG games don’t require clients to run…”

    “Are you running Win7 or 8, I think you can set it to ‘offline’ mode and still play your installed games.
    I was under the impression Linux wasn’t impacted, so if you have an older system running Win7 you might be able to run Linux (dual-boot will cost ~32GB of disk space I think) and continue using Steam that way.”

  2. Well, lack of Chrome updates is probably going to become an issue in the medium term for people since these days with browsers updating automatically on most platforms new features get adopted on the web so fast. Calendar is highly dependent on Google's servers too so if they are not promising any support for the older version it might even break in some ways soon. @liliputing_ @bradlinder

    1. With any luck, these shenanigans – including Manifest 3.0 (for which, see The Linux Experiment’s recent explainer) – will put more people off Chrome and Chromium-based browsers…