HMD promises 3 years of software updates for its new mid-range phones (and 2 years for budget models)

Android phone makers have a reputation for offering limited software support for their devices – buy a new phone today and maybe if you’re lucky it’ll receive one major Android operating system update and a few security updates. But that’s starting to change. Google Pixel phones come with three years of guaranteed updates. Samsung flagships […]

Lilbits: Intel’s 10nm Ice Lake Xeon server chips, Google’s wearables/hearables, and Lenovo’s next weird phone

Intel’s had a hard time ramping up production of 10nm chips, but after delivering two generations of laptop processors manufactured using a 10nm process, the company is finally introducing its first 10nm server chips. The new 3rd-gen Xeon Scalable processors feature Sunny Cove CPU cores based on the same technology as the 10th-gen “Ice Lake” […]

Lilbits: Remembering LG’s innovative phones, another smartphone Linux distro, and high-performance single-board computers

LG is getting out of the smartphone business and that’s probably a smart move for a company that’s been losing money in that space for the past six years. But it’s still sad to see the exit of a company that had been pushing the boundaries of smartphone weirdness with models like the dual-screen LG […]

Nokia 1.4 is a €99 Android Go phone with a 6.5 inch screen and a 4,000 mAh battery

HMD’s newest budget smartphone sports a 6.51 inch, 1600 x 720 pixel IPS LCD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 215 processor, and a starting price of €99 (about $120 US). The Nokia 1.4 is available in select markets starting today and it’ll ship with Android 10 Go Edition software, but HMD says it’ll receive an updated to Android […]

Lilbits: Google acquires company that lets you turn Windows PCs into Chromebooks (and other recent tech news)

A company called Neverware has been offering software called CloudReady that lets you turn old computers into pseudo Chromebooks since 2015. But in order to do that, the company has been using software based on Chromium OS, the open source version of Chrome OS. Now Google has acquired the company and, among other things, that […]

Lilbits: Samsung and LG leaks, Chrome OS Phone Hub, and Raspberry Pi HiFi

Google makes the Android operating system that powers most of the world’s smartphones. And Google makes the Chrome OS operating system that powers a growing number of laptops. So you’d think that the company would want to make sure the two play nicely with one another… and you’d be right. It’s just taking a bit […]

Nokia 8.3 5G coming to North America this fall (Snapdragon 765G and quad cameras)

HMD’s first 5G smartphone is coming this summer, and true to the company’s history, it’ll be much more affordable than most modern flagships. The Nokia 8.3 5G packs a 6.81 inch display, quad cameras with Zeiss optics, and support for global 5G wireless networks. But with a starting price of 599 Euros (about $640), it’ll be […]

Nokia 5310 is a $42 phone with stereo speakers and all-day battery life

HMD has been keeping the Nokia name alive for the past few years with a line of Android smartphones. But the company has also been digging into Nokia’s deep history with candybar-style phones for inspiration as well. And that’s how the new Nokia 5310 emerged. This 39 Euro (~$42) phone takes its design cues from […]