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OnePlus Watch 2 is a Wear OS watch with up to 4 days battery life (and an activity tracker with up to 12)

Smartwatches running Google’s Wear OS software aren’t exactly known for stellar battery life, often needing to be recharged every day or two. But the OnePlus Watch 2 promises up to 100 hours (a little over four days) of battery life under normal usage or 48 hours of heavy use. How? By leveraging the Wear OS […]

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Lilbits: Amazon to drop Android (for Fire TVs), Fossil to drop smartwatches, Ubuntu Touch OTA-4 released, Lichee Console 4A reviewed

Seven years after Ubuntu developer Canonical stopped supporting a mobile version of the GNU/Linux distribution designed for smartphones, the folks at UBPorts continue to keep Ubuntu Touch alive and ticking. This week the team rolled out Ubuntu Touch OTA-4 with support for over two dozen smartphones and tablets. In other recent tech news, it looks […]

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Qualcomm and Google are bringing RISC-V to Wear OS smartwatches

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear chips have been some of the most popular solutions for smartwatches running Google’s Wear OS software. And now Qualcomm and Google have announced they’re bringing something new to the ecosystem: RISC-V chips. Up until now all of Qualcomm’s smartwatch chips have been based on ARM architecture, but now the company says it’s […]

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Google is bringing easier file sharing to Android, new features to Gboard and Google Meet, and more

Google is announcing a series of updates coming soon to Android devices that are designed to make it easier to communicate, share files, personalize your devices, and for people with hearing or visual impairments to use their devices. For example, Google’s Nearby Share feature already lets you send files between Android phones or tablets or […]

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Lilbits: Steam Deck supports 4,500+ PC games, Samsung Galaxy Watch5 launched, and Microsoft makes porting x86 apps to Windows on ARM easier

Valve’s Steam Deck is a handheld gaming computer that ships with a Linux-based operating system called Steam OS. But while most PC games are designed to run on Windows, many of them are also playable on the Steam Deck either because developers have ported them to the platform or because Valve’s Proton compatibility software allows […]

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Lilbits: Gaming on RISC-V, and OnePlus to make CPU throttling optional (instead of mandatory)

This week NVIDIA showed that its possible to build a gaming computer featuring an ARM processor and NVIDIA RTX graphics, hinting at the possibility of upcoming Chromebooks or Linux laptops featuring that sort of combination. But ARM may not be the only alternative CPU architecture that can be used for gaming. A developer has added […]

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Lilbits: OnePlus caught cheating at benchmarks, Choetech caught cheating on product reviews

Amazon’s crackdown on pay-to-play reviews (where companies basically bribe customers to leave positive reviews) seems to be continuing. The latest company caught up is Choetech, maker of a range of devices including charging accessories and USB hubs. The company’s Amazon storefront is still accessible, but there are no products available for purchase. Meanwhile, smartphone maker […]

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Google and Samsung merge Wear OS and Tizen into a single platform

Samsung’s first smartwatch ran Google’s Android Wear software. But the following year Samsung switched to using its own software based on the Tizen operating system, which has powered Samsung smartwatches ever since. Now Samsung and Google are combining elements of their wearable operating systems to create what they’re calling a “single, unified platform” that will […]

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Lilbits: More Android 12 details emerge, that 7-screen laptop is even pricier than you thought, and Samsung’s next watch could run Android

Google released the first Android 12 Developer Preview this week but, as usual, the company only really focused on the new features and behavior changes that would affect developers. But the folks at xda-developers, Android Police, 9to5Google, Droid Life, Ars Technica, and other blogs have been poking and prodding Android 12 Developer Preview 1 to […]

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Lilbits: Qualcomm doesn’t want NVIDIA buying ARM, and Xiaomi’s next flagship could have 120X zoom and a second screen in the camera bump

After launching in China late last year, the Xiaomi Mi 11 launched globally this week. But while the phone’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, 108MP camera, and 120 Hz display might seem like premium features, a new Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra has leaked, and it’s got some even more premium characteristics. among other things, there’s a camera […]

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Lilbits: IFTTT goes Pro, and Eero goes WiFi 6, and Bluetooth goes… vulnerable

For the past 10 years, IFTTT (If This, Then That) has been offering a free service that lets you connect cloud services using recipes. For example, I used it to dump my daily Fitbit stats into a Google Spreadsheet for a few years. But now IFTTT is going Pro, which means that after October 7th, […]