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Huawei’s next version of HarmonyOS will drop support for Android apps

A few years ago Chinese phone maker Huawei announced that it would begin shipping smartphones with its own HarmonyOS operating system rather than Google Android. But when the first HarmonyOS phones began shipping it was clear that the operating system was little more than a heavily skinned version of Android… at first. Over the past […]

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Amazon’s Fire OS for Smart TVs and tablets may drop Android for a new Linux-based OS

Amazon Fire TV and Fire tablet devices ship with an operating system called Fire OS. And for more than a decade, that operating system has been a fork of Android. But according to a report from Janko Roettgers, Amazon is looking to change that by developing its own operating system in-house. The new operating system […]

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Onyx BOOX Tab 10C Pro is an E Ink Android tablet with a 10.3 inch Kaleido 3 color display

The Onyx BOOX Tab 10C Pro is a tablet with a 7nm Qualcomm Snapdragon octa-core processor, with speeds up to 2.8 GHz, 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. It ships with an operating system based on Android 12, but since this tablet has a Kaleido 3 E Ink color display rather than an LCD or AMOLED […]

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Lilbits: Lenovo’s Android desktops, Pixel 8a leaked, E Ink Carta 1300 teased, and AYA Neo Kun reviewed

Android is an operating system that was initially designed for smartphones. But we’ve seen it adapted to support tablets, smart TVs, and even laptop and desktop computers from time to time. The latest example? Lenovo has announced a partnership with Esper to offer business customers the option of buying select Lenovo desktops with a managed […]

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Lenovo Tab P12 is now available for $380 (12.7 inch Android 13 tablet with pen support)

The Lenovo Tab P12 is an Android tablet with a 12.7 inch, 2944 x 1840 pixel display, support for a Lenovo Precision pen for pressure-sensitive writing and drawing, and a MediaTek Dimensity 7050 processor. It’s basically a tablet that straddles the line between mid-range and premium (by Android tablet standards), and it’s priced to match. First announced […]

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Google releases Android 14 (and a Pixel Feature Drop with more features for Google phones)

Android 14 is now rolling out to Google Pixel phones, and should be coming soon to phones from other companies. Among other things, the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system brings new customization features to the home screen and lock screen, updated privacy, security, and accessibility features, and automatic framing during video calls. Google […]

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Murena 2 is a de-Googled Android phone with a privacy kill switch that disconnects mic and camera (crowdfunding)

The Murena 2 is a 6.43 inch AMOLED display, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a 4,000 mAh battery, three rear cameras, and a microSD card reader. But there are two features that make this phone unusual. First, it ships with /e/OS, which is an Android-based operating system that’s been stripped of Google apps and services, […]

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Fairphone releases Android 13 for the Fairphone 4

Most modern smartphone makers release several new models every year. Dutch company Fairphone takes a slower, more deliberate approach, releasing one new phone every few years… but offering long-term support for hardware as it ages. So a little over a month after introducing the Fairphone 5, the company has announced an official Android 13 update […]

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AYA Neo Pocket Air handheld Android game console begins shipping (crowdfunding)

The AYA Neo Pocket Air is a handheld game console with a 5.5 inch FHD AMOLED display, a MediaTek Dimensity 1200 processor, and Android 12-based software. It went up for pre-order through an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign that started in early September. Now AYA has announced it’s begun shipping the first units to backers… even though the […]

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Android 14 may let you use your smartphone as a webcam for your PC

Most modern laptops ship with webcams… and most of them aren’t all that good. It’s still common to see PC makers announce new laptops with 720p cameras. Microsoft just introduced one today. So, while you could shop around for a model with a 1080p or higher-resolution camera (there are more than their used to be), many […]

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Onyx BOOX Palma pocket-sized eReader with an E Ink display and Android 11 is now available for $280

The Onyx BOOX Palma is a device that you could easily mistake for a smartphone at first glance. It’s an Android-powered device that’s about the size and shape of a modern phone, and  it even has phone-like specs including a Qualcomm octa-core processor, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a 16MB rear camera. But the […]

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Sony brings PlayStation Remote Play to Chromecast with Google TV 4K and other Android TV platforms

Google may have killed off its Stadia game streaming service, but if you have one of Google’s Chromecast with Google TV (4K) media streamers, you can still use it to stream games from the cloud using NVIDIA’s GeForce Now, Netflix game streaming (beta), and a handful of less well-known services. Now Sony has announced one […]