Lilbits (7-03-2014): Meet Automotive Grade Linux

Android’s headed to the dashboards of cars thanks to the new Android Auto initiative. So’s iOS, thanks to CarPlay. But these two smart vehicle systems aren’t the only game in town. The Linux Foundation is sponsoring a new operating system called Automotive Grade Linux which is a Tizen-based OS aimed at vehicles. It has a […]

TransMaker is a tablet dock for the Samsung Galaxy S3 or S4 (crowdfunding)

Samsung sells some of the most popular Android phones and tablets on the market… but if you don’t feel like spending your money on both a Samsung Galaxy phone and tablet, there may be another option. Chinese company Shenzhen Migoal has developed a tablet dock called the TransMaker for Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4 phones. The […]

BungBungame Project S: A $299 top-tier smartphone (if it gets funded)

Phones with top-tier specs usually have top-tier prices. While you can pick up the latest Samsung, HTC, LG, or Apple smartphone for a few hundreds bucks or less with a contract, they typically sell for well over $500 when you buy them unlocked. But there’s a recent trend of companies including Xiaomi and Google pushing […]

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 […]

PengPod1040 hits Indiegogo (iPad-sized tablet dual boots Android, Linux)

The folks who brought us the PengPod line of 7 and 10 inch tablets which can run Android, Ubuntu, or other Linux-based operating systems are back, and this time they want to offer an iPad-sized tablet with a high-resolution display and a quad-core processor. While there’s already a working prototype, the PengPod1040 will only go […]

Lilbits (8-19-2013): Ubuntu Edge on the edge of failure

Canonical’s goal to build a smartphone that could act like a desktop PC when you connected a mouse, keyboard, and monitor always seemed like a bit of a longshot. The company wanted to raise $32 million through crowd-funding site Indiegogo. That’s more than anyone’s ever raised for a crowd-funded project to date, and it’s for […]

Babuino wants to turn your smartphone into a mouse, game controller etc for $25 and up

A group of developers have come up with a USB flash drive-sized device that lets you connect your smartphone to a computer or other device and use it as wireless mouse, keyboard, game controller, or camera. It’s called the Babuino, and it also works the other way around — letting you use your computer’s keyboard […]

Root 101 aims for a low-cost 10-inch Android tablet with open firmware

There are already plenty of Android tablets that you can buy for around $170, but very few have 10-inch displays. A new IndieGoGo project called Root 101 is looking to change that. Tronity, the company behind the tablet, wants to deliver “the most open source and affordable tablet available today.” The Root 101, and it’s a 10.1-inch […]

CoolShip $89 PC-in-a-keyboard is an upgradeable Android computer

Computers come in all sorts of shapes and sizes these days. And we’re not just talking about desktop, notebook, and tablet. That smartphone in your pocket is basically a mini-PC with a processor, storage, memory, and a few other goodies like a touchscreen. So it’s not surprising that we’ve seen many companies take the guts […]