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Lilbits: Steam Deck, Apple’s AR headset, a Linux-friendly video capture card and more

Valve has confirmed that its Steam Deck handheld gaming PC is on track to begin shipping in February, following a short delay. And Apple may be looking at a somewhat longer setback for the virtual reality/augmented reality glasses it’s reportedly been developing since 2015: originally expected to ship this year, they may not be ready […]

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BlackBerry’s Android apps will reach end of life this summer

BlackBerry recently announced it was shutting down the legacy services that allowed phones running BlackBerry OS to make calls, send and receive text messages, and more. But that shutdown would only affect older phones running BlackBerry’s operating systems and not newer BlackBerry-branded phones running Android. But the company has been slowly pulling the plug on […]

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Lilbits: More Intel NUC systems coming in 2022… and a new BlackBerry phone too?

This week the world mourned the death of classic BlackBerry phones… after first realizing that they weren’t already (entirely) dead. BlackBerry stopped making phones running BlackBerry OS software years ago, and has been phasing out support for the devices ever since. But the company announced it was pulling the plug on legacy services used by […]

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Some Android 13 features leaked nearly a year ahead of launch

Android 12 is so new the paint is still drying, and Android 12L is still in beta. But details about the next major version of Android are starting to leak. While Android 13 most likely won’t be released until fall of 2022, the folks at xda-developers have received a series of screenshots that highlight some changes […]

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Amazon Appstore now works with Android 12 (better later than never?)

Google released Android 12 nearly two months ago, bringing major changes to the user interface of its mobile operating system, updated privacy features, and new accessibility features. But big updates have a habit of breaking compatibility with third-party apps from developers who haven’t updated their software to ensure compatibility. And for most of the past […]

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Android 12 Go Edition will bring a speed boost to budget phones in 2022

Google’s Android 12 software brought big changes to the look and feel of Google’s operating system for smartphones and tablets including flagships like the Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. But Android isn’t just for flagship devices, and now Google is outlining some of the new features coming to budget phones running Android 12 […]

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Microsoft Teams app for Android won’t interfere with 911 calls anymore

In November a reddit user shared a disturbing story about how they tried to place a 911 call from a Google Pixel 3 smartphone running Android 11, but not only did the call not go through, but the phone froze. It turns out the problem was caused by an interaction between Android and the Microsoft […]

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Android 12L is built for tablets and foldables, but now you can run the beta on Pixel phones

It’s only been a few months since Google released Android 12, but now you can beta test the next version of Google’s operating system for smartphones and tablets. Android 12L is expected to launch in early 2022 with numerous optimizations for large-screen devices including tablets and foldables. Google released a developer preview for the Lenovo […]

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AetherSX2 beta released: PS2 emulator for Android

AetherSX2 is a PlayStation 2 emulator that runs on Android devices and which early testers have indicated offers strong performance on recent phones with flagship-class chips from Qualcomm Snapdragon or MediaTek. Now you can try it out for yourself. AestherSX2 Beta is now available for free from the Google Play Store. Note that this is […]

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Lilbits: New Android and Windows 11 features, Pocket PC handheld, and the Honor 60 smartphone

It can be easy to forget that you granted an app permission to track your location or access your local storage if it’s an app you use infrequently. So Google introduced a feature with Android 12 that will automatically revoke permissions for apps you haven’t launched in a while. You can always grant permissions again […]

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Nokia 9 PureView won’t be getting Android 11, HMD offers discounts on new phones instead

HMD Global, the company that’s been producing Nokia-branded smartphones over the past few years, had earned a reputation for offering decent bang for the buck, a near-stock Android experience, and several years of guaranteed software updates. And then came the Nokia 9 PureView. When the company launched the phone in 2019, it shipped with Android […]