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Lilbits: Rabbit R1 handheld AI device runs Android (but its head is in the cloud), LastPass is an independent company again, and other tech news

The Rabbit R1 is the second major gadget to launch this year as basically a portable device for interacting with cloud-based AI features. Unlike the Humane Ai Pin, the Rabbit R1 has a display that provides visual information. And with a $200 price tag, it’s a lot easier for forgive its shortcomings than the $699 […]

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Huawei’s next version of HarmonyOS will drop support for Android apps

A few years ago Chinese phone maker Huawei announced that it would begin shipping smartphones with its own HarmonyOS operating system rather than Google Android. But when the first HarmonyOS phones began shipping it was clear that the operating system was little more than a heavily skinned version of Android… at first. Over the past […]

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Lilbits: Huawei’s paper-like tablet, Google’s Project Jacquard may be unraveling, and Qualcomm open sources aptX

Chinese electronics company Huawei plans to launch a new model of its MatePad 11 Android tablet that the company says has a paper-like display that reflects less glare than a typical LCD or OLED screen, while offering a better writing experience. Detailed specs, pricing, or availability information haven’t been revealed yet, but the company has […]

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Lilbits: RISC-V could become a first-class citizen for Android, Pixel 7a hands-on video leaked, and GeForce Now adds a RTX 4080 tier

RISC-V is an open, royalty-free chip architecture positioned as an alternative to the ARM and x86 chips that dominate the PC, mobile, server, and embedded spaces. And it’s been picking up steam in recent years. But a chip is only as good as the software that can run on it. So it’s interesting to see […]

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Google Pixel Tablet may be the first 64-bit only Android device (32-bit apps won’t be supported)

Google plans to ship a Pixel Tablet in 2023. First announced earlier this year, the upcoming tablet is expected to ship with Android 13 and a number of tablet-optimized apps from Google. One thing Google didn’t tell us though? It looks like the Google Pixel Tablet could be the first Android device to ship with […]

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Android 12 custom ROMs are here

Google released the source code for Android 12 this week, but the company doesn’t plan to begin rolling it out for its own Pixel phones for at least a few more weeks, which means that if you want to run Android 12 on Pixel or third-party devices right now you have two choices: use an […]

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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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F(x)tec Pro1-X smartphone runs Ubuntu Touch or LineageOS, has a physical keyboard (crowdfunding)

The F(x)tec Pro1 is an unusual smartphone by contemporary standards. It has a large screen that covers most of the front of the device. But there’s also a physical keyboard that slides out from behind the screen when you need it, allowing you to use the phone like a tiny laptop. First launched in 2019, […]

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Lilbits: AMD, Apple schedule announcements

Apple is holding an event next week, when the company is expected to introduce its next-gen iPad and Apple Watch. We’ll probably have to wait another month for iPhone news. That’s the same month we expect to learn more about Google’s Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 (or maybe Pixel 5s), although they most likely […]