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Lilbits: A smartphone with a smartwatch on the back, mini PCs, and Linux for phones, PCs, and servers

Over the past few years Unihertz has made a habit of zagging in the smartphone space when the rest of the world is zigging. Looking for a BlackBerry-style phone with a physical keyboard? There’s the Unihertz Titan. Want a small screen? Check out the Jelly, Atom, or Titan Pocket lines. But the upcoming Unihertz TickTock […]

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Purism’s Librem 5 Linux smartphone costs $1199 after the latest price hike

The Purism Librem 5 was one the most powerful smartphone capable of running mainline Linux software when the first units began shipping in limited quantities a few years ago. But it’s also one of the most expensive – and that’s even more true after a price hike that took effect this month. When Purism launched […]

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Purism Librem 5 Linux smartphone is getting another (big) price hike

The Purism Librem 5 is one of only a handful of smartphones designed to run free and open source GNU/Linux distributions like Purism’s custom PureOS software. It’s also one of the most expensive, currently selling for $899. But it’s going to get even more expensive soon. In a move foreshadowed earlier this year, Purism recently announced […]

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News roundup: PinePhone keyboard, mainline Linux kernel, and Waydroid

Development of the PinePhone keyboard has just about wrapped up, and this accessory for the $150 Linux-friendly phone should be available soon for around $50. The hardware has been finalized and sent out to a number of folks for testing, and megi has created open source firmware for the keyboard that will be loaded at […]

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Lilbits: Nothing introduces something, first look at the JingPad A1 Linux tablet

A startup called Nothing has generated way more buzz this year than you’d expect from a company that’s never released a product yet. But Nothing was founded by Carl Pei, co-founder of OnePlus, a company that knows a thing or two about generating press (not always good press, but at least people were talking). Now […]

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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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News roundup: Updates for JingOS and Phosh, notes on PinePhone keyboard hacking

Developers at Purism have released a new version of the Phosh user interface for Linux phones, bringing bug fixes, usability improvements, and several other changes to this phone shell used by multiple smartphone Linux distributions including some versions of postmarketOS (which recently celebrated its fourth birthday, by the way). Meanwhile, the folks at Jingling have […]

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Lilbits: Linux phones and laptops, gaming on the Surface Duo, and is Netflix the Netflix for games?

Every time a company launches a game subscription service that lets you play a library of games for a monthly fee, it invariably gets referred to as a Netflix-for-games model. Now it looks like the real Netflix for games could be… Netflix. The company is reportedly looking to hire an executive to head up a […]

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Lilbits: Clubhouse for Android, Allwinner’s RISC-V chips, and Galaxy Z Fold3 and Z Flip2 leaks

Audio-only social network Clubhouse has been grabbing a lot of headlines over the past few months. But it’s also been an iOS-only app… until now. The developers have begun a limited beta test of Clubhouse for Android, and it’s expected to become more widely available in the coming months. No screenshots of the Android app […]

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Librem 5 smartphone gets a price hike and shipping delay in response to global component shortages

There’s a global chip shortage affecting a wide range of industries including personal computers automobiles, and niche devices like the Precursor, and Pocket P.C. handheld computing devices and the Analogue Pocket handheld game system. The latest fallout? Purism is pausing shipments of its Librem 5 Linux smartphone until this fall, and customers who place new […]