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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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Unofficial ROM brings Android 13 to the Surface Duo

Microsoft’s Surface Duo is an Android-powered dual-screen mobile device that began shipping before Google had really done much to bring native support for dual-screen hardware to Android. So Microsoft built in a bunch of custom features that not only brought support for Microsoft’s apps and services, but also for phones with two screens. But while […]

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LineageOS 20 is an Android 13-based open source operating system with a new camera app (and much more)

LineageOS is one of the best known custom ROMs for Android phones (and other devices), allowing you to replace the software that came with your device with a customizable, open source alternative. Now the developers have released LineageOS 20 and the latest build brings a number of significant improvements. First up, it’s based on Android 13. […]

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Lilbits: iPhone 14 announcement imminent, UE Wonderboom 3 has a micro USB port, don’t count out Netflix games just yet, and Linux phone news

Rumor has it that Apple could introduce the iPhone 14 family on September 7th and make the phones available in stores the following week. Meanwhile in Linux phone land, there have been some exciting developments recently… but also some friction between one of the companies that helped spur development of Linux for phones in recent […]

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AYN Odin software updates bring support for custom ROMs, phone calls to the handheld game console

The AYN Odin line of Android handheld game consoles made a splash when it launched last year through an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign thanks to a mix of strong design, decent hardware, and affordable pricing: an entry-level Odin Lite sells for less than $200. Now the makers of the Odin have announced that over 10 thousand […]

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LineageOS 19 now available for dozens of phones (Android 12-based custom ROM)

LineageOS is an Android-based operating system designed to be installed as a replacement for the software that ships on many supported smartphones, tablets, and other devices. It’s an open source operating system based on Android Open Source Project code that, among other things, can bring new features and the latest security updates to old devices. […]

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Turn Amazon’s First TV Stick into an unofficial Android TV device with LineageOS 18.1

Amazon’s Fire TV devices run a custom version of Google’s Android software called Fire OS that feature Amazon’s app store, Amazon Prime Video, and other Amazon apps and services instead of Google’s. But hackers have found a way to replace Fire OS on Amazon’s 2020 Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Stick Lite with an […]

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Now you can run Android 12 on the decade-old Samsung Galaxy S III (but you probably shouldn’t)

The Samsung Galaxy S III is a smartphone that was released nearly 10 years ago, and while it initially shipped with Android 4.0 software, Samsung eventually offered Android 4.1 and then Android 4.3 updates. And that… was about it for official updates. But when it comes to unofficial updates, the Galaxy S III is a phone […]

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New software for old phones: Pixel 2 gets Ubuntu Touch and unofficial Android 12 ports

The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones were released in 2017 and they were pretty great phones with good performance and excellent cameras. But Google rolled out the last official update for the phones at the end of 2020, which means there’s no official Android 12 build for the Pixel 2 series and […]

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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 […]