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Universal Android Debloater disables unwanted system apps, no root required

Most Android devices come with at least a few basic apps pre-installed. Some come with a lot of apps that you may not want or need. And while this isn’t something that’s unique to Android device, the bloatware that often comes with Windows PCs can usually be uninstalled. Android bloatware is a tougher nut to […]

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AYN Odin is a handheld Android game console priced at $199 and up (crowdfunding)

The AYN Odin is a handheld game console that resembles like a Nintendo Switch Lite, with a 6 inch, 1080p IPS LCD display surrounded by game controllers and has a starting price under $200. But under the hood, the Odin has the guts of a flagship Android phone from a few years ago, including support […]

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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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Emergency SOS for Pixel phones can record videos, call emergency services and alert your contacts

Google’s Personal Safety app, which is pre-installed on Pixel phones, allows users to enter emergency contacts, medical information, and other details that can be displayed during an emergency.

Now Google is rolling out an update that brings an “Emergency SOS” feature that lets you record video, call emergency services, and share information with emergency contacts by pressing the power button quickly 5 times.

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Leaked Android 12.1 build points to new features for foldables (and a bit more)

Google hasn’t released Android 12 yet, but it’s coming very soon. So what’s next? According to a report from xda-developers, Android 12.1. As the name suggests, this likely won’t be a major update, and Google probably won’t wait a full year to release it. Instead, it seems to be a smaller update with a number […]

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Lilbits: Steam Deck, GPD Pocket 3, Stadia Phone Link and a Nokia Tablet

Valve is sending out Steam Deck dev kits to game makers for testing in order to ensure that as many PC games as possible can run on the handheld, Linux-powered gaming PC when it begins shipping to customers in December. Some of those game makers have started sharing images and short videos showing the console […]

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Lilbits: Amazon’s Echo plans leaked, SiFive HiFive RISC-V dev board benchmarked, and more

Amazon is holding an event on September 28, 2021 when the company is expected to announce new hardware including updates to its Echo line of smart speakers and displays. According to a new report from Bloomberg, some of those devices could be a 15 inch smart display designed to be mounted to a wall and/or […]

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Waydroid could bring Android apps to Windows before Microsoft does

Waydroid is an open source tool that installs an Android image in a container on Linux devices in order to let you run Android apps on Linux phones or PCs. But you know what else runs Linux these days? Windows PCs, thanks to Microsoft’s Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). So Waydroid developer Erfan Abdi took […]

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Lilbits: Ubuntu Touch OTA-19, LineageOS for the Pixel 5a, and VLC for Android

The UBPorts team has released their 19th build of Ubuntu Touch, a mobile port of the popular desktop Linux distribution. Builds are officially available for dozens of phones including older devices from Google, OnePlus, Samsung, and Sony and newer devices from Fairphone, Volla, and others. Not ready to make the move to Linux on your […]

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Lilbits: 35W Alder Lake-T leaked, iOS 15 released, Android 12.1 is coming for foldables

Intel’s 12th-gen Core processors, code-named “Alder Lake” will combine high-performance CPU cores and high-efficiency cores in order to balance performance and power consumption. Details have a way of leaking though, and FanlessTech has posted a list of Alder Lake-T processors, which are expected to be 35-watt chips for low-power desktops. In other tech news from […]

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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 […]