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April update delivers GPU boost to Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G

Google’s Pixel smartphones come with a guaranteed two years of major Android operating system updates as well as three years of security updates, delivered monthly. But Google often sneaks a little something extra into those “security” updates including bug fixes and performance enhancements. The April update for the Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G […]

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Google brings new features to old Pixel phones (and new ones too)

Google’s latest Pixel Feature Drop brings some new features that debuted with the Pixel 5 to older phones. For example the Hold for Me feature is rolling out to all Google Pixel 3 and newer phones, allowing users to have Google Assistant to “listen” when you’re placed on hold and alert you when a human […]

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Magisk v21.1 adds Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G support

Less than a month after adding support for Android 11, the developer of the popular Android rooting/customization utility Magisk has released a new version with bug fixes, stability improvements, and support for Google’s latest Pixel devices. According to @topjohnwu, Magisk (beta) v21.1 is the first version to officially support the Google Pixel 5 and Google Pixel […]

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Lilbits: Pixel 5 custom ROMs, GPD Win 3 gameplay, and Plasma Mobile updates

Less than a month after the Google Pixel 5 began shipping to customers, developers have created the first custom ROM for the phone. GPD’s next handheld gaming computer probably won’t ship until Q2, 2020, but the company is starting to show off gameplay on a prototype of its new Tiger Lake-powered handheld. And a group […]

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Lilbits: Google’s antitrust woes, new Intel and AMD chips, and MS Edge for Linux (for some reason)

The US Department of Justice has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google, claiming the company abuses its dominance in the search and advertising spaces to… stay on top of the search and advertising spaces. Xda-developers has a pretty good write up of the allegations. The case is likely to play out in years rather than […]

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Lilbits: Goodbye Yahoo Groups, hello Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G, and a PSA

There’s some phone news, a farewell to an old-school internet service, and a reminder that some of the best Prime Day deals are for Amazon’s somewhat-hackable Fire tablets. But first, a public service announcement. If you live in the United States, you have until October 15 to fill out the 2020 Census. That date has […]

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Lilbits: PinePhone unboxing, Purism launches an MVNO, and more Pixel and Chromecast details

The PinePhone is one of the first smartphones designed specifically for open source software enthusiasts. It’s an affordable phone with a starting price of $150 that ships with a GNU/Linux distribution pre-installed, but which can also boot from a microSD card if you want to try a different operating system (or 13) before deciding whether […]

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Google Pixel 5 is up for pre-order for $699, Pixel 4a 5G coming soon for $499

The Google Pixel 5 is up for pre-order starting today for $699, and the Google Pixel 4a 5G is coming soon for $499. It’s launching in Japan on October 15th, but Google says the Pixel 4a 5G will be available in additional markets starting in November. As we already knew from a series of leaks, […]

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Lilbits: Atari VCS is ready to ship, iPhone 12 is coming soon, and more

I know, I’m surprised too. But it looks like three years after it was first announced, two years after its name was changed, and more than a year after it was first supposed to ship, the Atari VCS is actually a real thing that’s about to ship to backers of a crowdfunding campaign. Designed to […]

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Google Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 compared (updated)

Google’s newest smartphones look a lot alike on paper. The upcoming Google Pixel 5 and Google Pixel 4a 5G are both expected to have the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor, the same basic design (with fingerprint readers on the back and hole-punch selfie cameras on the front), and the same cameras. But while the Pixel […]

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Lilbits: Leak season (Pixel 5, Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite)

Amazon is holding a hardware event on September 24, when the company will most likely introduce new Echo smart speakers, new eero mesh WiFi routers, and a new entry-level Amazon Fire TV Stick. WinFuture obtained some marketing documents for the previously unannounced device, and it looks like the new model adds a live TV button, […]