Lilbits: Android 12, Pixel 5a 5G, Microsoft Cloud PC, and the controversial Eve V

Google confirmed this month that it has a Pixel 5a coming later this year, although it may only be available in select markets. But the company hasn’t provided any real details about the phone. Now that the company has released Android 12 Developer Preview 3 though, some folks have been busy digging through the software […]

Lilbits: Remembering the Eee PC, meeting the Fitbit Luxe, and saying goodbye to FTP in Firefox

The year was 2007. Asus had already released the first Eee PC mini-laptop with a 7 inch display and a custom Linux distribution in Taiwan, and now it was available for purchase in the United States. Living in New York City at the time, I was able to run down to the (now defunct) J&R […]

You can install Android 12 on a Microsoft Lumia 950 XL (but you probably don’t want to… yet)

The Microsoft Lumia 950 XL was released in 2015 as one of Microsoft’s last smartphones to ship with Windows 10 Mobile software. These days Microsoft is focusing its mobile efforts on Android (by releasing apps for Android phones as well as its own Android-powered phone). Meanwhile, hackers have been focusing on how to load other […]

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: Facebook’s wristband, next-gen iPads, and Live Caption comes to Chrome

Facebook is working on a new wrist-worn device that uses sensors to detect the electrical motor nerve signals running from your brain to your fingers, allowing it to notice when you move your finger as little as one millimeter. And that could open the door for new ways to interact with virtual reality or augmented […]

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: Privacy wars, app stores, and advances in color E Ink

Much of the web, including this website, is primarily funded via advertising. And in recent years advertisers have chosen largely to focus on targeted advertising, which tracks user behavior as folks move from website to website to choose ads that are most likely to appeal to specific individuals. Plenty of folks don’t like being tracked to […]

Lilbits: More Android 12 details emerge, that 7-screen laptop is even pricier than you thought, and Samsung’s next watch could run Android

Google released the first Android 12 Developer Preview this week but, as usual, the company only really focused on the new features and behavior changes that would affect developers. But the folks at xda-developers, Android Police, 9to5Google, Droid Life, Ars Technica, and other blogs have been poking and prodding Android 12 Developer Preview 1 to […]