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 […]

Huawei’s new phones cost up to $2300, ship without Google Play

Huawei’s latest smartphones feature impressive hardware, design, and software. But one thing they don’t feature? Google Mobile Services. While Google’s Android operating system is open source, the company’s Google Mobile Services which includes Search, Gmail, Google Maps, YouTube, and the Google Play Store are not. And due to US trade restrictions, Huawei wasn’t able to […]

US tariffs on Chinese goods could drive up laptop, phone, tablet, and TV prices

US President Donald Trump announced it would be enacting 25 percent tariffs on $50 billion worth of goods that China ships to the United States. The full list of products covered by the tariffs is over a thousand items long, and while it doesn’t include smartphones, laptops, tablets, or TVs, it does cover some of […]