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Mycroft, an open source voice assistant works with Linux smartphones like the PinePhone

Apple’s smartphones have Siri. Most Android phones have Google Assistant. And Samsung phones have Bixby. Voice assistant software has become an increasingly common feature for modern smartphones. But what about Linux phones? While none of the GNU/Linux distributions available for smartphones like the PinePhone or Librem 5 have a voice assistant baked in, these are […]

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Lilbits: OnePlus caught cheating at benchmarks, Choetech caught cheating on product reviews

Amazon’s crackdown on pay-to-play reviews (where companies basically bribe customers to leave positive reviews) seems to be continuing. The latest company caught up is Choetech, maker of a range of devices including charging accessories and USB hubs. The company’s Amazon storefront is still accessible, but there are no products available for purchase. Meanwhile, smartphone maker […]

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Hardware accelerated video playback now possible on the PinePhone

You’ve been able to watch videos on a PinePhone for a while, but up until recently most of the video players available for the phone have relied on software to render videos. That means they hammer the phone’s limited CPU resources, causing video to occasionally look choppy and often limiting playback to low resolutions. Recently […]

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Volla Phone X rugged phone is available for pre-order with Ubuntu Touch or Android

The folks behind the Volla Phone are now taking pre-orders for a second phone that will also be available with a choice of Android or Ubuntu Touch operating systems pre-installed. As expected, the new Volla Phone X is a rugged smartphone with similar specs to the company’s first phone, but a more durable body. It also […]

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Lilbits: Windows 11 on the Raspberry Pi 4 and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G leaks (again)

Samsung hasn’t officially introduced its 2021 foldable phone lineup yet. But details about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G and Galaxy Z Flip3 5G have been leaking for months, and last week Evan Blass posted a set of images that gave us a closer look at the upcoming phones. Now he’s back with a […]

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News Roundup: Hardware-accelerated video on the PinePhone, themes on the Librem 5

It’s been a busy few weeks in the Linux phone space (and a busy few weeks outside of it, which is why I haven’t had time to write much – but follow @linuxsmartphone on Twitter for more timely updates). Here’s a roundup of some recent news. Phosh 0.12.0 released [Purism] Updates to this open source, […]

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Lilbits: More Windows 11 details leaked and Amazon’s war on fraudulent product reviews

A day after folks started digging into a leaked build of Windows 11, more details about the next version of Windows are starting to emerge. First of all, despite some significant changes to the taskbar, start menu, and other UI elements, the operating system is largely the same as Windows 10 under the hood. Second, […]

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Purism shows off new features coming to PureOS for the Librem 5 smartphone (camera software, wireless toggles, screen rotation and more)

The next major release of the PureOS operating system that ships with the Librem 5 smartphone will bring a number of new features and improvements. Code-named Byzantium, the new version of PureOS will bring a handful of new applications plus user interface tweaks that let you do things like enable automatic screen rotation, toggle WiFi, […]

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The PinePhone keyboard case will support hardware add-ons for wireless charging, LoRa, and more

The upcoming PinePhone keyboard accessory will let you turn Pine64’s Linux smartphone into a tiny Linux laptop. But thanks to a recent change to the design it’ll let you do more than that. In order to connect the keyboard to a PinePhone, you’ll remove the back cover of the phone and replace it with the […]

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News Roundup: Hacking the PinePhone keyboard accessory, Phoc updates, and a new convergent web browser

Pine64 is making a keyboard accessory for the PinePhone. When it goes on sale later this year, it will let you basically turn a PinePhone into a tiny Linux laptop. But first, developers need to create software that lets the two devices talk to one another. The company has started sending prototypes to developers, and […]

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Lilbits: Stadia comes to Chromecast and Android TV, OnePlus teases a $250 5G phone, and more

When Google’s Stadia game streaming service first launched, the only way to stream games to a TV was to use a Chromecast Ultra 4K media streamer. Then Google discontinued that device and introduced the cheaper and generally more versatile $50 Chromecast with Google TV. But one thing you couldn’t do with the newer model? Stream […]

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Test 15 different PinePhone operating systems with Megi’s latest multi-distro demo image

Trying out different operating systems on the PinePhone is as simple as flashing a bootable disk image to a microSD card, inserting it in the phone, and powering it on and the instructions for installing an OS to built-in storage are almost as simple. Not sure which operating system you want to install though? That’s […]