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Google releases Android 12 source code (coming soon to Pixel phones)

After months of developers previews and beta tests, Google Android 12 is ready to go… sort of. Google is now pushing the source code for Android 12 to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), which means we’ll likely start to see phone makers and custom ROM builders update to Android 12 soon. But if you […]

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Lilbits: Android 12 Beta 5, MediaTek Kompanio 900T and an (expensive) Google Meet dock for smartphones

Android 12 is coming within weeks, and ahead of launch Google has released a fifth and final beta, which is also effectively a release candidate, meaning that unless some major bugs need fixing, it’s basically what will roll out to Google Pixel phones and other supported devices soon. In other recent tech news from around […]

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Lilbits: Playdate dissected, PC shipments continue to rise, and Chromebooks lose support for MS Office Android apps

Chromebooks are basically just laptops that ship with Google’s Chrome OS rather than another operating system. But since Chrome OS was designed to put the web browser front and center, some folks have insisted that it’s not a real operating system – after all, it loses much of its functionality if you lose your internet connection. […]

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You’ll be able to open multiple Chrome browser windows in Android 12

Google’s Chrome browser for Android makes it easy to open multiple web pages at once thanks to support for tabs. But the company has an annoying habit of changing the way tabs are arranged. And if you want to view multiple pages at the same time, you’re out of luck, since you can’t currently run […]

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Android 12 will let you control your phone by making faces at it (accessibility features)

Google’s Android Accessibility Suite is a collection of apps that make it easier for people with disabilities to interact with Android phones and tablets. And starting with Android 12, a new accessibility feature will make use of your phone’s camera to let you control your phone with your face. According to a report from xda-developers, […]

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Lilbits: Android 12 Beta 4, Google Pixel 6 camera, and the Galaxy S Fold 3 S-Pen options, explained

The next version of Android ships this fall, but ahead of that launch, Google has released a series of Android 12 developer previews and betas. The latest is a “platform stability” release, meaning that while there are a few small changes since the previous release, this is a build that developers can safely use to […]

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Android 12 Beta 3 brings scrolling screenshots, faster auto-rotation, gaming improvements and more

Google plans to release Android 12 this fall, when it will begin rolling out to phones from Google and other companies. But the company has been making beta versions available for the past few months to allow developers (and early adopters) to test new features and changes. The latest is Android 12 Beta 3, and […]

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Lilbits: Next-gen iPad mini leaked, next-gen Samsung everything leaked too

Apple’s next iPad mini could have a bigger screen, slimmer bezels, and a much faster processor. Samsung’s next-gen foldable smartphones could debut in August, along with new smartwatches (running Wear OS rather than Tizen), and wireless earbuds. Leak season is upon us. Oh, who am I kidding, every season is leak season. But the sources […]

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Android 12 will bring a major UI refresh, privacy updates, and more

It’s been seven years since Google introduced its Material Design language for Android devices. Now the company is revealing the biggest update yet, a customizable new version that’s designed to let you personalize your devices. The update is called Material You, and it’ll launch first on Google Pixel devices when Android 12 rolls out this […]

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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 […]

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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 […]