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LineageOS 21 released (Custom ROM based on Android 14)

The first developer preview build of Android 15 is expected to drop soon, but the next major version of Android isn’t expected to hit stable channels until this fall. Meanwhile, device makers are just starting to ship phones with Android 14, which was released a few months ago. And the independent developers behind LineageOS have […]

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Lilbits: A “breadboard phone,” Wine 9.0 released, and the future of Amazon’s Alexa

Generative AI is more conversational and responsive than the software that powered early voice assistant software like Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant. But it’s also a lot more expensive to run, due to the amount of processing power required by the servers that make things tick. Meanwhile Amazon, which was one of the companies that […]

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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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Google releases Android 14 (and a Pixel Feature Drop with more features for Google phones)

Android 14 is now rolling out to Google Pixel phones, and should be coming soon to phones from other companies. Among other things, the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system brings new customization features to the home screen and lock screen, updated privacy, security, and accessibility features, and automatic framing during video calls. Google […]

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Android 14 may let you use your smartphone as a webcam for your PC

Most modern laptops ship with webcams… and most of them aren’t all that good. It’s still common to see PC makers announce new laptops with 720p cameras. Microsoft just introduced one today. So, while you could shop around for a model with a 1080p or higher-resolution camera (there are more than their used to be), many […]

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Lilbits: Windows Updates for outdated versions of the OS, Android 14 Beta 4, and MediaTek Dimensity 6100+

One of the least fun things about installing Windows using the original installation media is waiting for the operating system to download and install all the updates that were released after the installation media was created. It’s even more frustrating if you’re trying to install a version of Windows that’s no longer support by Microsoft. […]

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Lilbits: Android 14 DP2 is here, Ubuntu adds support for another RISC-V board

Less than a month after releasing the first developer preview build of Android 14, Google is back with Android 14 DP2. The official announcement is aimed at developers and largely focuses on behind-the-scenes stuff the users may not even notice. But independent experts have begun digging into the the developer preview to find new user-facing […]

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Android 14 could let you use two copies of the same app (enabling two accounts on the same device)

The next version of Google’s Android operating system might let you install multiple instances of the same app thanks to a new “app cloning” feature. First spotted by Mishaal Rahman, the feature is baked into Android 14 Developer Preview 1, which was released this week. In a nutshell, this feature lets you install an Android […]

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Android 14 DP1 brings accessibility, tablet, and security features (and blocks installation of apps designed for Android 5 and earlier)

Google plans to release Android 14 this fall, but the first developer preview is already available for testing. You can download builds for the the Pixel 4a 5G and newer phones or set up the Android Emulator to support Android 14 Developer Preview 1. Among other things, Android 14 is designed to better support tablets […]

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Lilbits: AMD’s new server chips, Android 14 details, and the Leica Leitz Phone 2 (it’s all about the camera and display)

Last year camera maker Leica launched the first Leica-branded smartphone. The Leica Leitz Phone was basically a rebranded version of an existing phone from Sharp, but it featured a 20MP Leica camera system with a1 inch image sensor, a 6.6 inch Sharp IGZO display with 120 Hz refresh rate, and other premium specs. Now it’s […]

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Lilbits: Android 14 “UpsideDownCake,” AYA Neo OLED, and tiny SD cards for MacBooks

When the first MacBook Pro laptops with Apple Silicon launched last year, they brought along a feature that Apple had omitted from the line in recent years: an SD card reader. Standard SD cards jut out from the reader, but Transcend’s new JetDrive Lite is designed to sit flush with the side of a MacBook Pro. […]