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Ubuntu Touch could breathe new life into the troubled JingPad A1 Linux tablet

The JingPad A1 is a tablet with premium specs and software that’s both unusual, and unfinished. Launched last year by a Chinese startup called Jingling, the JingPad A1 was designed to run a tablet-friendly Linux distribution called JingOS. But the company that makes the tablet (and its operating system) has fallen on hard times, putting the […]

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Lilbits: Surface with Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 leaked, Indiegogo tries to build confidence, and Precursor could ship soon

Qualcomm introduced its Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 processor in December, promising an enormous 85% performance boost over the company’s previous-gen chip for Windows laptops and tablets. So far no devices with the processor have officially launched. But leaked benchmarks for an unannounced Lenovo device suggested that the chip really might deliver on that promise, at […]

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Lilbits: More Intel NUC systems coming in 2022… and a new BlackBerry phone too?

This week the world mourned the death of classic BlackBerry phones… after first realizing that they weren’t already (entirely) dead. BlackBerry stopped making phones running BlackBerry OS software years ago, and has been phasing out support for the devices ever since. But the company announced it was pulling the plug on legacy services used by […]

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Lilbits: RISC-V chips, foldable phones, troubleshooting OxygenOS, and more

Oppo may be the next company to introduce a foldable phone, and it looks… kind of familiar. Meanwhile, folks who installed the new Android 12 update on the OnePlus 9 may be experiencing issues and there’s a fix… it’s just not an attractive one. And the RISC-V Summit has drawn to a close, but this […]

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Lilbits: Apple’s walled garden, VoLTE for Ubuntu Touch, and an upcoming Apple display with an A13 chip?

It’s unclear whether it’ll actually come to market, but 9to5Mac reports that Apple is working on a new display with a built-in Apple A13 Bionic processor. Why does a display need the same processor that powers the iPhone 11? One possibility is that it will be a smart display that blends the capabilities of an […]

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UBPorts plans to bring VoLTE and Voice over WiFi support to Ubuntu Touch

Most smartphones have the hardware necessary to make Voice over LTE (VoLTE) calls, delivering lower latency and better audio quality than phone calls that don’t use the technology. If you’re using an Android or iOS phone, then all you need to take advantage of VoLTE is a mobile network that supports the feature. But if […]

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Ubuntu Touch OTA 18 brings improved performance for older devices, among other updates

The developers of Ubuntu Touch have released their 18th stable update to the GNU/Linux distribution for smartphones and tablets. One of the key changes in Ubuntu Touch OTA-18? The folks at UBPorts say it “almost always feels feaster” than the previous release on the same device. That’s especially important for older hardware with aging specs. […]

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Ubuntu Touch OTA-17 brings initial support for NFC and other improvements (coming May 12, available for testing now)

The UBPorts team is set to roll out the next update to Ubuntu Touch on May 12th. While Ubuntu Touch OTA-17 won’t have as many user-facing changes as some previous builds of the operating system, there are still some goodies baked in, particularly for folks with a couple of specific devices. For example, Ubuntu Touch […]

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Ubuntu Touch for the PinePhone is moving to a new kernel for better hardware support

Ubuntu Touch can run on dozens of smartphones that originally shipped with Android thanks to the Halium tool that allows the Linux distribution to communicate with the hardware in those phones using Android drivers. But if you’re running Ubuntu Touch on a PinePhone, you don’t need Halium since the phone supports mainline Linux kernels or […]

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Lilbits: Chip shortage, Pebble smartwatch afterlife, and mining Bitcoin with a Game Boy

The global chip shortage is leading to product delays and price increases for a wide range of products including automobiles, game consoles, and single board computers. And it could continue through much of 2021, and possibly into next year or beyond. There are a number of factors contributing to the shortage – rising demand for […]