Lilbits: New software for very old phones, more native apps for Macs with M1 chips

Google and Qualcomm could have partnered on an initiative that can make it simpler for Android telephone makers to launch software program and safety updates for as much as 4 years, nevertheless it’s nonetheless as much as particular person firms to resolve whether or not to comply with by way of.

In the meantime, impartial builders proceed to assist many telephones lengthy after they’ve been deserted by their producers by releasing customized ROMs which can be usually primarily based on Android Open Supply Venture code… and generally primarily based on GNU/Linux.

The most recent circumstances in level? A developer has unofficially ported LineageOS 18.1 to run on the Samsung Galaxy S II, which suggests a smartphone that was launched in 2011 can now run the newest model of Google’s Android working system. In the meantime, PostmarketOS reviews its Linux-for-phones software program can now at the least boot on the Acer CloudMobile S500, a smartphone from 2012 when Acer was really making telephones.

Right here’s a roundup of latest tech information from across the internet.

  • Now in Beta: Premiere Professional, Premiere Rush, and Audition for Apple M1 Programs [Adobe]
    Adobe has launched betas of Premiere Professional, Premiere Rush, and Audition for Macs with Apple M1 chips. Photoshop beta is already accessible. There are nonetheless some lacking options, however now you’ll be able to run a lot of Adobe’s Inventive Suite natively on Apple Silicon.
  • COVID reduction invoice offers $7 billion for broadband entry [Axios]
    The US COVID reduction invoice contains $7 billion for broadband web entry, which is sensible when you think about that the pandemic has led to a rise in individuals working and studying from dwelling, however web entry isn’t accessible/reasonably priced to all.
  • Replace: GPD Win 3 will promote for $799 and up throughout crowdfunding [Liliputing]
    Two days after saying that its upcoming handheld gaming PC would promote for $829 and up throughout crowdfunding: GPD has lowered the crowdfunding worth for the upcoming GPD Win 3 handheld gaming PC. Costs now begin at $799 for a mannequin with an Intel Core i5 Tiger Lake chip, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD or $899 for a Core i7 mannequin (down from $969).
  • PostmarketOS now boots on Acer CloudMobile S500… [posmarketOS]
    … a telephone from 2012 takes its first step towards operating this contemporary GNU/Linux distribution for smartphones.
  • Developer ports Android 11-based LineageOS 18.1 to the Samsung Galaxy S II… [xda-developers]
    … and this telephone from 2011 will get an unofficial replace to the newest model of Android.
  • Samsung Galaxy Chromebook2: First Photographs [Evan Blass/Voice]
    First photos of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 leaked. It’s one other convertible touchscreen mannequin, however with modest tweaks (involving colours and port placement). No phrase on the specs but, however v1 featured high-end (for Chromebook) {hardware}.

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