US to remove Xiaomi from blacklist, allowing cash to continue flowing

Days before the end of the Trump administration, the US Department of Defense put Chinese electronics company Xiaomi on a list of “Communist Chinese military companies.” The move could have had major financial implications for Xiaomi if it had taken full effect. But now the Biden Administration Defense Department says it will remove Xiaomi from […]

Lilbits Leaks: Walmart’s Android TV stick, Qualcomm’s next-mid-range laptop CPU, Samsung’s Galaxy A phones

Walmart’s working on a media streamer powered by Google’s Android TV software. The company hasn’t actually announced the new product yet, but an FCC listing spilled the beans. Meanwhile Evan Blass has spilled the beans on Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy A72 smartphone, Windows Future has spilled a few beans about Qualcomm’s next-gen Snapdragon processor for mid-range […]

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. […]

US labels Xiaomi a Communist Chinese military company, pushing US investors to divest

The United States Department of Defense has updated a list of companies it considers “Communist Chinese military companies,” and one of the most notable additions is Xiaomi, the world’s third-largest phone maker in terms of shipments. Thanks to an executive order signed by president Donald Trump in November, that means US investors to sell or […]

Lilbits: Chromebook explosion, Huawei’s respite, and PinePhone KDE Community Edition

The global pandemic has been hard on everyone… except maybe for PC makers. With more people working and schooling from home, a lot of people have been looking for laptops, tablets, and other devices capable of handling your daily Zoom quota. That’s been enough to reverse a trend in recent years that’s seen PC shipments […]

Huawei to ship smartphones with Harmony OS in 2021 (goodbye Android)

Huawei is one of the world’s top smartphone makers, but trade restrictions imposed by the US government over the past year are putting serious pressure on the company’s business model. Soon the company will no longer be able to buy chips from most major semiconductor companies, or even build its own chips using technology developed […]

Lilbits: Use a Sony camera as a webcam, buy a monster Linux laptop, and more

Linux PC maker System76 has released its most powerful laptop to date: the new System76 Bonobo WS is a mobile workstation with support for desktop-class chips including a 125-watt Intel Core i9-10900K processor and NVIDIA RTX 2080 SUPER graphics. At 8.4 pounds, it’s not the sort of laptop we’d normally cover on Liliputing, but hey, […]

Google can’t release updates for older Huawei phones due to US trade restrictions

The US government imposed trade restrictions in May, 2019 that blocked US-based companies from doing business with Chinese electronics giant Huawei. Among other things, that means any Huawei smartphones that have launched since then have shipped without access to the Google Play Store and other Google services. But until recently, Google has still been able […]

TSMC to cease business with Huawei following US order

Chinese electronics company Huawei’s future looks bleaker than ever. The company is a major player in the telecommunications industry and has risen to prominence in the consumer space recently thanks to a series of well-regarded smartphones. But a series of actions from the US government in recent years have lefts countries around the world wary […]