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HTC Sense Home heading to non-HTC devices?

Many of the top Android smartphone makers load their handsets with customized versions of Google’s operating system. While some phones ship with the same basic Android user interface you’d find on a Google Nexus phone, most big companies like to distinguish their devices with custom software. Samsung has its TouchWiz user interface. LG has its […]

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Lilbits (11-20-2014): Encryption, Lollipop, and fart apps for TV

Shortly after Google released Android 5.0 Lollipop, folks started finding ways to gain root access on devices like the Google Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. Yes, it’s generally pretty easy to unlock the bootloader on Nexus devices, but Google has stepped up security in Android 5.0 so rooting has been a bit tricky and up […]

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HTC BlinkFeed, Zoe apps coming to non-HTC devices

The HTC One line of smartphones include several apps which help set them apart from the competition — but soon HTC will let users of other phones and tablets download and install a few of those apps. HTC plans to offer its BlinkFeed and Zoe apps through the Google Play Store soon. BlinkFeed is a […]

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Lilbits (10-24-2013): if convertible wants to be your phone, tablet, laptop

Tired of carrying a smartphone, tablet, and notebook around? While Asus is trying to simplify things with products like the Asus Padfone that let your phone act as the brains of a tablet, a group called idealfuture has another idea. They’re trying to raise $100,000 through crowdfunding site Indiegogo to build a device called the […]

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MoDaCo.SWITCH for HTC One hits beta: Dual boot HTC Sense, Google Edition ROMs

The HTC One is available with two different software experiences. Most models of the smartphone ship with HTC’s version of Android which features a custom skin called Sense. Or you can buy a model from the Google Play Store which comes without Sense, and instead offers a pretty much stock Android user experience. If you […]

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Custom ROM turns HTC First “Facebook Phone” into an HTC Sense device

The HTC First is a mid-range smartphone that ships with the Facebook Home user experience. That means the home screen and lock screen feature images and status updates from your Facebook contacts, and you can use the “chat heads” feature to respond to messages from your contacts from any screen. But under Facebook coating, the […]

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Lilbits (5-17-2013): Linux Mint 15, Ubuntu on Glass, end of the Kindle Keyboard?

Linux Mint is an easy-to-use operating system that’s based on Ubuntu Linux. It comes pre-loaded with support for Flash, Java, and a range of media codecs that you’d have to install yourself with Ubuntu. While Linux Mint supports a range of desktop environments, the default user interface also looks a lot more like the classic […]

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HTC offers up source code for the HTC Flyer tablet

HTC has released the kernel source code for a number of Android devices including several of the company’s most recent smartphones and the HTC Flyer 7 inch Android tablet. The Google Android operating system is based on an open source Linux kernel, but not every bit of software that runs on top of that kernel […]