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Fossify apps pick up where Simple Mobile Tools left off (free and open source suite of Android apps)

When the lead developer behind Simple Mobile Tools sold the business to ZipApps last year, many long-time users of this suite of simple, free, and open source Android apps were wary. And, as expected, ZipApps soon started inserting ads and locking features that had once been free behind expensive subscriptions. But a developer who had […]

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Volla Tablet will ship with Android, but supports Ubuntu Touch multi-boot (crowdfunding)

Volla makes smartphones that support both Android and Ubuntu Touch operating systems. The company launched a crowdfunding campaign for its first phone in 2019 and began shipping that phone a year later. Since then, the German company has expanded its product lineup and Volla currently offers a few different phones and a bunch of accessories. […]

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The Windows Subsystem for Android has one year to live (Microsoft pulls the plug on March 5, 2025)

The Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) is a Windows 11 feature that lets you install and run Android apps on a Windows computer. Microsoft first previewed the feature in 2021, rolled out a preview to beta testers a few months later, followed by a public beta in early 2022 and a wider launch later that […]

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Windows 11 update bring Copilot plugins, Android-phone-as-webcam, and more

Microsoft plans to roll out a number of updates to Windows 11 over the next few weeks. Some are things we’ve already heard about, like the Generative Erase feature in the Windows Photos app. Others are new, like the ability to use an Android smartphone as a webcam for your PC. But it’s telling that […]

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EmulationStation-DE for Android booted from Amazon Appstore, now available through Patreon

EmulationStation Desktop Edition, or ES-DE, is a popular user interface for organizing, launching and playing video games designed for consoles. It’s not an emulator itself, but it makes it easy to manage emulators for a console-like experience on devices like handheld gaming PCs or computers plugged into a big-screen TV. Earlier this month the developer […]

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EmulationStation-DE is now available for Android

EmulationStation Desktop Edition (ES-DE) is a frontend for viewing, launching, and playing video games designed for classic computers and game consoles thanks to support for emulators for dozens of different game systems. Up until recently, ES-DE was available as a free and open source app for Windows, macOS, and Linux. But now there’s also an […]

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Android 15 Developer Preview brings partial screen sharing, “notification cooldown” and other changes

The first developer preview of Android 15 is now available, giving us a first very early look at what to expect from the next major version of Android, which won’t officially launch until much later this year (probably in the fall). Android 15 Developer Preview 1 can be installed in an emulator or on a Google […]

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LineageOS 21 released (Custom ROM based on Android 14)

The first developer preview build of Android 15 is expected to drop soon, but the next major version of Android isn’t expected to hit stable channels until this fall. Meanwhile, device makers are just starting to ship phones with Android 14, which was released a few months ago. And the independent developers behind LineageOS have […]

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Lilbits: Layoffs at Mozilla, Android 15 Dev Preview coming soon, and Playdate is finally “in stock”

The Playdate handheld gaming device with a 1-bit display and a hang crank on the side is a cute and quirky device that’s very different from some other handhelds. But it’s also been a lot harder to actually get your hands on. Playdate began taking pre-orders in mid-2021 and finally began shipping the handheld almost a year later. […]

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F-Droid now supports automatic background updates (Free and open source Android app store)

F-Droid maintains a repository of free and open source (FOSS) Android apps, and the F-Droid client for Android devices basically functions as an alternative to the default app store on most Android devices: the Google Play Store. But up until recently, F-Droid lacked one of the Play Store’s key features: the ability to automatically install updates […]