As 2016 draws to a close, so do some of the more ambitious mobile tech projects of recent years. Cyanogen OS is dead. Pebble is dying a slow death and wearables aren’t necessarily the hot commodity some had hoped.
This was also the year that I launched the LPX podcast, featuring interviews with people like:
- Jim Hall: founder of freeDOS
- Brooke Binkowski: managing editor of Snopes
- Michael Mrozek: developer of the DragonBox Pyra handheld computer
Note that this list is compiled from Liliputing’s Google Analytics stats. In order to make the cut, these stories had to be published in 2016 and had to be one of the top articles in terms of traffic… but not necessarily in terms of comments or other metrics. It’s not necessarily the best way to evaluate a year in tech, but it’s one of the simplest.
A bunch of our top posts this year were related to Jide’s Remix OS. This Android-based operating system is designed to make Google’s software feel more like Windows or other desktop operating systems.
Initially released as firmware that tablet and laptop makers could preload on their devices, this year Jide released a version of Remix OS that you can run on nearly any PC.
Here are some of the most popular Remix OS-related posts published on Liliputing:
- Running Remix OS on a PC
- Remix OS for PC: How to install the Google Play Store (largely obsolete now that Remix OS includes a link to install the Play Store)
- Remix OS for PC beta: How to dual-boot Windows and the Android-as-a-desktop OS
- How to run Remix OS on a Mac (Written by my friend Lory Gil, before she got scooped up by iMore).
- Playing with Fire: Hacking Amazon’s $50 Fire tablet
- Turn an $11 microSD card reader into a WiFi router
The only Laptop story to hit the top 50
Seriously, I looked at the 50 articles that got the most views in 2016 (some were written in previous years), and this is the only one about a laptop:
Other software-related articles
- Phoenix OS is (another) Android-as-adesktop OS
- Now you can install Android TV on a PC (unofficially)
- Turn a $35 Raspberry Pi into a Chromebox with Chromium OS for SBC
- Coming soon: Android TV for your Raspberry Pi 3
Mini PC articles
- Intel Compute Stick Review (Atom x5, Windows 10 model)
- Gole1 mini PC review: Blurring the lines between tablets and desktop PCs
- $40 ODROID-C2 is faster, has more memory than a Raspberry Pi 3
- 70+ Raspberry Pi alternatives in one convenient list (we didn’t write the list, but our article about it generated a lot of traffice and discussion)
So what have we learned? While Liliputing began as a website about netbooks and morphed into one that also covers smartphones, tablets, portable notebooks and other mobile devices, some of the most popular articles this past year were about cheap, tiny desktop computers, software, and a perennial favorite: how to get more out of cheap devices that you’ve spent money on.
What are you looking forward to in 2017?