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Lilbits: Amazon to drop Android (for Fire TVs), Fossil to drop smartwatches, Ubuntu Touch OTA-4 released, Lichee Console 4A reviewed

Seven years after Ubuntu developer Canonical stopped supporting a mobile version of the GNU/Linux distribution designed for smartphones, the folks at UBPorts continue to keep Ubuntu Touch alive and ticking. This week the team rolled out Ubuntu Touch OTA-4 with support for over two dozen smartphones and tablets. In other recent tech news, it looks […]

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The Minimal Phone pairs an E Ink screen with a QWERTY keyboard and Android (crowdfunding)

Most modern smartphones have big, colorful touchscreen displays and lack physical keyboards. The Minimal Phone bucks both trends. It takes two very niche features and combines them into a single device: it’s an Android-powered smartphone with a square E Ink display and a QWERTY keyboard. You can’t actually buy this phone yet, but the developer says […]

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Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Hybrid is two computers in one (Windows PC with a detachable Android tablet)

As is often the case, Lenovo seems determined to take home the trophy for weirdest laptop of CES this year. The company has a long track record of using its ThinkBook Plus line of laptops to try out things like putting an E ink display on the lid of a laptop or a second screen […]

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Lenovo’s next ThinkBook Plus laptop’s display could be a detachable Android tablet (leaks)

Lenovo’s ThinkBook Plus line of laptops are… weird. In the past we’ve seen the company release models with E Ink displays on the lid, secondary screens in the keyboard area, and other unusual designs. So what’s next? According to leaked pictures posted to Chinese social media, a 2-in-1 laptop with a detachable display that functions […]

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Lilbits: Firefox for Android gets 450 new extensions, Asus ROG Phone 8 leaked, Plasma Mobile 6 previewed

A few weeks ago Mozilla announced that its Firefox web browser for Android would soon be gaining support for hundreds of additional extensions. Now the day has come. This is actually more of a return to form than a brand new feature. Mozilla first added support for browser extensions to its Android browser way back […]

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Beeper Mini, the iMessage-for-Android app stops working days after launch (Updated)

Beeper has been offering a unified messaging platform for a few years, allowing users to open a single app to communicate with contacts via SMS, Google Chat, Facebook Messenger, Slack, Discord, WhatsApp, and perhaps most significantly, iMessage. Up until this week though, Android users that wanted to use Beeper to send “blue bubble” messages to […]

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Android app maker Simple Mobile Tools acquired by ZipoApps

Simple Mobile Tools is the developer behind a suite of open source Android apps that live up to their name, with simple, ad-free user interfaces and features. Simple Voice Recorder has long been my go to recommendation for anyone looking for a no-nonsense way to record voice memos on an Android phone, and the developer […]

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Firefox for Android is adding support for 400+ add-ons

Desktop web browsers have long supported add-ons and extensions that change the user interface, add features, or otherwise change the behavior of the browser. But it’s more rare to find a mobile browser with support for third-party add-ons. Firefox is one of the exceptions. Firefox for Android first added support for add-ons in 2011, but […]

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Lilbits: Ryzen Z1 mini PC previewed, Meteor Lake laptops leaked, and some Google apps are losing support for older Android versions

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 […]

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Bigme B751 is a 7 inch E Ink tablet with Android 11 and support for pen and speech-to-text input

The Bigme B751 is an E Ink tablet with a 7 inch black and white display featuring 300 pixels per inch, a 2.3 GHz octa-core processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and pen that lets you write notes or draw pictures thanks to 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity. Bigme’s device also has a mic […]

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Sunbird’s iMessage for Android app is on “pause” due to “security concerns”

Last week smartphone maker Nothing made waves by announcing plans to launch Nothing Chats, an app that promised to let users of its Android phones tap into Apple’s iMessage service. The promise was that users could use iMessage features like group chats, live typing indicators, and voice notes… and messages would show up on Apple […]

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TCL Tab 10 Gen 2 budget Android tablet is now available for $170

The TCL Tab 10 Gen 2 is an Android tablet with a 10.36 inch, 2000 x 1200 pixel IPS LCD display, a octa-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. Those specs certainly put the Tab 10 Gen 2 in budget tablet territory, but it’s priced to match. First unveiled in June, the tablet is […]

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Amazon’s Vega OS is already running on some Echo Show devices (goodbye Android?)

Amazon has been using a fork of Android called Fire OS to power its Fire tablets, Fire TV devices, and smart screens for years. But we recently learned that the company is developing its own operating system, code-named Vega, which could eventually replace Android on some or all of those devices. Well, surprise! It turns […]