Google Android 7.0 is the first version of Google’s mobile operating system to feature native multi-window support. That means you can view more than one app at a time thanks to a split-screen mode that’s enabled by default.
But Android 7.0 also includes support for a freeform window mode that lets you view more than tow apps at a time in resizable windows that can be positioned anywhere on the screen. Basically freeform mode makes Android act a bit more like Windows, macOS, or other desktop operating systems.
The Asus Vivobook line of laptops doesn’t grab headlines as often as the company’s flashier ZenBook thin-and-light notebooks. But these lower-priced machines can offer a lot of bang-for-the-buck, especially when they’re on sale at discount prices.
Case in point: right now Adorama is selling a 3.3 pound, 13.3 inch convertible VivoBook Flip with a full HD touchscreen display, a Core i5 Skylake processor, 6GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage for $580.
Here are some of the day’s best deals.
There are a lot of things you can do with a Chromebook. While Google’s Chrome OS is an operating system based on a web browser, there are plenty of web-based games, office suites, email services, and other apps. And now that Google is bringing support for Android apps, there are more than a million app that you can download and install on a Chromebook.
Now you can also run some Windows programs and games on a Chromebook.
EOMA68 modular laptop/desktop raises more than $150 thousand through crowdfunding, here’s what’s next
The EOMA68 project is an effort to design a system of modular computing devices that use interchangeable PC cards. The processor, memory, storage, and operating system are all on a card that you can pop out of a laptop or desktop and replace with a different card.
Theoretically any type of processor and operating system can run from an EOMA68 card, but the project is also designed to support free and open source software, which restricts some of the hardware that can be used… so the when founder Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton took to Crowd Supply to raise money to begin production of the first PC cards and laptop and desktop shells, the focus is on first-gen cards with low-power Allwinner A20 processors, 2GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage.
Maru OS is a software project that lets you plug an Android phone into an external display to run desktop Linux software. First unveiled earlier this year, the software is very much a work-in-progress. Initially it only supported one phone: the Google Nexus 5.
But things could get a lot more interesting soon, because the developer behind Maru OS has finished open sourcing the project and a group of developers are planning to start porting the software to run on additional devices.
Asus unveiled several new 2-in-1 Windows tablets in May, including the high-end Transformer 3 Pro and the budget Transformer Mini. Now it looks like the company is ready to start selling some of those tablets in select markets.
The Transformer 3 Pro recently launched in India. Now it’s getting a Japanese launch along with the Transformer Mini, which is also coming soon to Europe.
Asus Transformer Mini T1002HA
This entry-level tablet features a 10.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel glossy touchscreen display, a detachable keyboard cover, and an Intel Atom x5-Z8350 Cherry Trail processor.
The Linux kernel is at the heart of the software that powers most of the world’s smartphones and most of the servers that hold the internet together. But when founder Linus Torvalds first announced the Linux project on August 25th, 1991, it was just one person’s attempt to create free and open source alternative to Unix (or more precisely, MINIX).
A lot has changed in the past 25 years.
The Year of the Linux Desktop may have never really arrived, but today millions of people use GNU/Linux-based operating systems on notebook and desktop PCs.
Intel’s 7th-gen Core processors are already shipping to laptop makers, and Intel says we can expect to start seeing notebooks that use the chips this fall. So far Intel hasn’t shared a lot of details about its Kaby Lake chips, other than the fact that they’re based on a 14nm design.
It’s likely that we’ll hear a lot more about Kaby Lake soon. The IFA consumer electronics show takes takes place at the end of August/beginning of September, and we’ll probably see a whole bunch of new laptops, tablets, and 2-in-1s announced that feature Kaby Lake chips (as well as models with cheaper, lower-power Intel “Apollo Lake” processors).
Want a cheap Chromebook that can run Android apps, but don’t care whether it has a touchscreen or not? Right now there aren’t any non-touch Chromebooks capable of running Android apps, but later this year Google plans to roll out support to dozens of Chrome OS devices… including the Asus C201 Chromebook.
And right now you can pick one up from Amazon for $159.
For the past few months I’ve been using a sample Chromebook Flip that Asus loaned me, and I’ve been pretty impressed with its performance.
Evan Blass may have “retired” from leaking details about upcoming phones and other gadgets two years ago, but he’s still got great sources, and he still keeps sharing information about products before they’re officially launched.
Two of the latest? The LG V20 and the Sony Xperia X Compact. One will be the first phone to ship with Android 7.0 software and the other is a smaller version of Sony’s latest flagship phones.
Sony Xperia X Compact
Sony has yet to actually acknowledge the existence of the Xperia X Compact, which makes this leak kind of exciting.
Sometimes you want a laptop or tablet with wide viewing angles so that it’s easy to see the screen no matter where you’re sitting or how you’re holding the device. Want the person sitting next to you to be able to see a video without the image looking like a photo negative? Then you’ll want an IPS display or a screen that uses similar technology.
But sometimes you don’t want the person sitting next to you or behind you to see what’s on your screen.
Xiaomi’s latest smartphone features a 10-core processor, a 4,100 mAh battery, and a 5.5 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display. But it’s still part of the company’s Redmi line of budget devices.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 will be available in China this week for ¥899 ($135) and up.
The entry-level price is for a model with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. But if you want a bit more bang for a bit more buck, there’s also a 3GB/64GB model priced at ¥1,199 ($180)
Both versions feature fingerprint sensors on the back, 13MP rear cameras with phase-detection autofocus, a 5MP front camera, metal unibody designs, and hybrid SIM card trays that allow you to either use dual SIM cards or one SIM card and a microSD card.
It’s been over a year since the NVIDIA Shield game console/media streamer went on sale. While it’s not clear if NVIDIA plans to launch a new version of the game console this year, it looks like the company might at least have some new hardware on the way.
A new version of the NVIDIA Shield game controller showed up at the FCC website this week.
While there aren’t a lot of details in the FCC listing, the label drawing shows that the shape is a little different than that for the first-gen Shield TV game controller.
For years, CodeWeavers has been selling CrossOver software that lets you run some native Windows programs on Linux and Mac computers.
Now the company is getting ready to bring CrossOver to Android, making it possible to run Windows software (including games) on Android phones or tablets, as well as Chromebooks like the Acer Chromebook R11.
A tech preview of CrossOver Android will be available to a group of testers starting August 25th, 2016.
Google Android 7.0 has updated notification and quick settings features, support for viewing multiple apps at the same time, and many other new features. But one change Google didn’t announce? The ability to customize the navigation bar on the bottom of your screen — you know, the space where the home, back, and recents buttons show up.
But a tipster sent Android Police a series of pictures showing that there’s a navigation bar customizer hidden in Android 7.0.
Google’s Project Fi is a cellular network that blurs the lines between WiFi and mobile data. If you’re at home or another place where you can connect to a WiFi hotspot, the service will route your phone calls over WiFi. But the call will automatically be handed off to a mobile network if you walk out of range of that hotspot.
In order to take advantage of WiFi as often as possible, Project Fi customers can use a feature called Wi-Fi Assistant to automatically connect to open networks whenever they’re detected.
Dell’s XPS 13 line of thin and light laptops tend to have reasonably affordable starting prices of around $800. But if you want a model with a high-resolution touchscreen display, the cheapest option Dell typically offers costs twice as much.
Or you could just buy last year’s model: Adorama is selling an XPS 13 notebook with a 3200 x 1800 pixel display, a Core i5 Broadwell processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage for just $800.
With the IFA trade show in Berlin just days away, we can probably expect to see plenty of new laptops, tablets, smartphones and other gadgets. And odds are that one of them will look something like the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus 10.
WinFuture dug up some information about Lenovo’s unannounced Android tablet with a high-resolution 10 inch display.
The new tablet borrows some design cues from last year’s Yoga Tab 3 and Yoga Tab 3 Pro models.
Google may not be releasing Android 7.0 for older Nexus phones and tablets, but that hasn’t stopped independent developers from doing it. Xda-developers forum member Santhosh M has released an early build of Android 7.0 Nougat for the Google Nexus 5, one of the phones Google is leaving behind.
I suspect this is just the first of many unofficial builds of Android N for hardware that doesn’t officially support the operating system. That’s what happens when you combine an open source operating system, devices with unlockable bootloaders, and a tech savvy community of users.
E Fun’s latest low-cost tablet is a 2-in-1 model with a detachable keyboard, an Intel Atom x5-Z8300 Cherry Trail processor and Windows 10 software.
The E Fun Nextbook 10.1 is now available from Target for $180.
The tablet’s specs aren’t all that impressive, and it’s not unusual to find low-cost Windows tablets these days. But it’s nice to see that even cheap models from budget device makers like E Fun seem to offer at least a somewhat respectable set of features, given the low price tag.