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LineageOS 16 released, brings Android 9 Pie to over two dozen phones and tablets

Custom ROMs for Android phones and tablets can bring features that might not be available in the software that ships with your device. But they can also be a way to keep older devices up to date long after the manufacturer stops offering software updates. Case in point: the team behind LineageOS (which grew out […]

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Chrome OS 72 Dev Channel brings Android 9 to Chromebooks (plus USB support for Linux apps)

Three months after Google released Android 9 Pie, so few smartphones are running the operating system that Google still hasn’t bothered adding Pie to its Android platform distribution page (about 22 percent of phones are running Android 8.x Oreo, while the rest are running Android 7.x Nougat or earlier — even Android 2.3 Gingerbread has […]

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Lilbits 342: Facebook’s next device might be for your TV

Facebook’s probably on your phone. You might use it on your computer from time to time. And the company recently introduced a smart speaker/display/video calling gadget called Facebook Portal that puts Facebook in your living room, kitchen, or anywhere else in your house. So what’s next? According to a report from Cheddar, Facebook wants to […]

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Lilbits 335: Next-gen Surface Pro coming October 2nd?

Google isn’t the only company set to launch new hardware in October. A few months after introducing the new entry-level Surface Go tablet, Microsoft has scheduled an event in New York City for October 2nd. The company will most likely update its premium Surface Pro lineup with new models sporting 8th-gen Intel Core processors and […]

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Custom ROMs bring Android Pie to older phones (Google Nexus 6, OnePlus One, and more)

Android 9.0 Pie started rolling out to a handful of phones the day Google released the latest version of its mobile operating system. And by a handful, I mean the Google Pixel and Pixel 2 line of devices and the Essential PH-1. It should also roll out soon to recent phones from Xiaomi, HMD, OnePlus, […]

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Android 9 gesture navigation is optional now, will be mandatory on the Pixel 3

One of the most notable changes in Google Android 9 is the new gesture-based navigation system. You can swipe up from the home button to bring up a new overview screen showing recent apps or to bring up the app drawer and Google search bar from any screen. There’s no more dedicated recents app. And […]