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Lilbits: Raspberry Pi’s new specs for add-ons, update on the MNT Pocket Reform, and GPU improvements for Google Pixel devices

The MNT Pocket Reform is the latest in a lien of open hardware products from MNT, the team that brought MNT Reform into the world a few years ago. As the name suggests, the new model is much smaller, but it still keeps the ethos of open source software and hardware and a modular, customizable […]

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Lilbits: Mobian’s first stable release (Debian for phones), Pixel Feature Drop, and cheap Intel chips for gaming

Mobian is a mobile GNU/Linux distribution that starts with Debian as its base, but adds support for mobile-friendly user interfaces such as Phosh, Plasma Mobile, and sxmo and support for smartphone hardware including cellular radios. It’s been under development for a few years, but now the team behind Mobian have announced that the first “stable […]

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March 2023 Pixel Feature Drop brings Direct my Call, Magic Eraser, and speedier Night Sight to more phones

Google typically rolls out new features for its Pixel phones and other devices a few times each year via quarterly Pixel Feature Drops. But the March 2023 Pixel Feature Drop doesn’t really introduce any brand new features. Instead it brings some features that had only been available on the company’s latest devices to more Pixel […]

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Google brings more features to Pixel Phones (including VPN and AI-enhanced calls for the Pixel 7)

Google is rolling out updates for Pixel phones that bring both the latest security patches, but also a bunch of new features… although some of the most useful new features are limited to the latest Pixel phones. For example, the latest Google Pixel Feature Drop allows Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro owners to use […]

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Lilbits: iOS 16 unveiled, Google Pixel’s latest feature drop, and an open source handheld messenger

Apple is bringing widgets (and more) to iPhone lock screens with iOS 16. A public beta is set to launch in July and the software should roll out this fall for most iPhones released in the past five years. Google, meanwhile, has just released its latest Pixel feature drop, which brings a few new features […]

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Lilbits: Google is taking Android tablets seriously (again), Elementary OS troubles, and more about Apple’s M1 Ultra

It’s been more than a decade since Google released Android 3.0 Honeycomb, the first version of the company’s mobile operating system specifically designed for tablets. The next release, Android 4.0, basically merged the smartphone and tablet operating systems into one… and Google hasn’t really paid much attention to tablets or tablet apps since then, leaving […]

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Google brings astrovideography to Pixel phones, plus Locked Folder for Google Photos and more

The latest Google Pixel Feature Drop is rolling out, and it brings a few new features to recent Google Pixel smartphones. One lets you save pictures to a password-protected Google Photos “Locked Folder.” Another lets you answer or reject a phone call using Google Assistant without touching your phone. And a third lets you use […]

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Google Pixel Drop brings new smart compose, photography, voice recorder features

Google releases major Android updates about once per year and security updates once per month. But if you have a Google Pixel phone, you also get Pixel Drop feature updates about four times a year, and the first drop of 2021 is now rolling out to users. Among other things, it brings the official launch […]

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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 […]