Lilbits: What the FLoC?

Google plans to end support for third-party tracking cookies in the Chrome browser, which is ostensibly a response to users’ growing demands for privacy. But Google is first and foremost a company that makes its money by advertising… and these days that’s primarily targeted advertising. So the company plans to keep doing that. Instead of cookies […]

LG promises Android updates for existing flagships through 2022 despite shutting down its phone business

LG may be getting out of the smartphone business, but when announcing that move the company said it would continue to offer support and service for existing phones for some period of time. Now the company is clarifying that it will continue delivering major android updates for recent flagship phones apparently at least until Android […]

April update delivers GPU boost to Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G

Google’s Pixel smartphones come with a guaranteed two years of major Android operating system updates as well as three years of security updates, delivered monthly. But Google often sneaks a little something extra into those “security” updates including bug fixes and performance enhancements. The April update for the Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G […]

Lilbits: More chip shortage fallout, elementary OS turns 10, and the end of LG smartphones?

Another upcoming product has been delayed due to the ongoing chip shortage. This time it’s the Analogue Pocket, a handheld gaming device designed for retro gaming — it even uses cartridges from classic game consoles. Originally scheduled to ship in 2020, that date was pushed back to May 2021 due to global supply chain issues… […]

Android 11-based LineageOS 18.1 released with support for dozens of devices

LineageOS, the Android-based operating system that’s probably the most well-known custom ROM these days, is now based on Android 11. The developers have announced the release of LineageOS 18.1, which includes new features, behavior changes, and security patches. There are also updates to some LineageOS-specific apps and features. For example: All LineageOS apps now support […]

Lilbits: Chip shortage, Pebble smartwatch afterlife, and mining Bitcoin with a Game Boy

The global chip shortage is leading to product delays and price increases for a wide range of products including automobiles, game consoles, and single board computers. And it could continue through much of 2021, and possibly into next year or beyond. There are a number of factors contributing to the shortage – rising demand for […]

Lilbits: Android 12 Developer Preview 2 brings new goodies

Just under a month after releasing the first Android 12 Developer Preview, Google is back for round two. According to Google’s release announcement, new features include the ability to resize and manage picture-in-picture windows and new tools for developers to ensure their apps play on phones with displays featuring rounded corners. But Android bloggers have […]

Lilbits: New tricks for old gadgets (Twitter for PalmOS, videos for Game Boys)

Mobile devices have come a long way in the past two decades. There are billions of smartphones in the world that people use to keep in touch, watch cat videos, and argue on social media. They’re basically pocket-sized computers. And while we had pocket-sized computers twenty years ago, they were much slower and much more […]

Lilbits: Leaks (GPD Win Max 2, MS Surface Laptop 4, Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Lite?)

Every GPD Win handheld gaming PC to date has been powered by an Intel processor. The company started with low-power Intel Atom chips, but last year’s GPD Win Max shipped with a 25 watt Intel Core i5-1035G7 Ice Lake processor and this year’s GPD Win 3 is supports up to an Intel Core i7-1165G7 chip […]