Lilbits: GPD Win 3, PinePhone, and will Huawei exit the phone business?

US trade restrictions have put Huawei in a difficult position over the past few years, with the Chinese electronics company prohibited from sourcing goods from US companies. That’s even led the company to pause manufacturing its own Kirin processors, since Huawei relies on software from US companies to design its chips. So the company spun […]

Lilbits: Color E Ink, Huawei’s new laptops, more trouble for Huawei, and Linux phones

The upcoming Astro Slide 5G from Planet Computers is a smartphone with a 6.5 inch touchscreen display and a slide-out keyboard that lets you use it like a little laptop. First announced last year, the phone has been available for pre-order through crowdfunding and we learned last week that it’s now expected to ship in June. […]

Lilbits: Linux phones and laptops, S-Pen for more phones, and an RK3566 single-board computer

Pine64, the company behind a line of geeky, inexpensive, and hackable smartphones, laptops, and single-board computers designed to run open source software tend to only publish one blog post each month. But it’s always a doozy, and the January update is no exception. Among other things, Pine64 unveiled that The next PinePhone Community Edition smartphone […]

Lilbits: Intellivision Amico, Rock Pi X, and PinePhone KDE Community Edition

The Intellivision Amico is a new game console with an old name. First announced in 2018, the new console is scheduled to ship in April and gets its name from a classic game system that was first released in 1979. Rather than focus on bleeding edge graphics, the Amico is designed for casual and party […]

Lilbits: Snapdragon 888 is almost here, a 4K video editor that fits on a 1.44 MB floppy, and Linux phones are real PCs

Qualcomm introduced the Snapdragon 888 processor earlier this month, promising big boost in CPU and graphics performance and energy efficiency. Last week the company shared some initial benchmarks that help make the case, (but which also show that Qualcomm’s next-gen chip is only somewhat competitive with Apple’s previous-gen processor). But when will you actually be […]

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 […]

Lilbits: ARM computers, Linux phones, and the Pixel 2 rides off into the sunset

After rocking a Google Pixel 2 as my primary smartphone for the past three years, I took advantage of a Google Fi Black Friday promotion and traded in my phone for a brand new Pixel 4a 5G for $298 after trade-in. There were two reasons I decided the time was right to upgrade. First, my […]