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Android Leftovers

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Android Leftovers

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  • GPS on Replicant 6

    I use Replicant on my main Samsung S3 mobile phone. Replicant is a fully free Android distribution. One consequence of the “fully free” means that some functionality is not working properly, because the hardware requires non-free software. I am in the process of upgrading my main phone to the latest beta builds of Replicant 6. Getting GPS to work on Replicant/S3 is not that difficult. I have made the decision that I am willing to compromise on freedom a bit for my Geocaching hobby. I have written before how to get GPS to work on Replicant 4.0 and GPS on Replicant 4.2. When I upgraded to Wolfgang’s Replicant 6 build back in September 2016, it took some time to figure out how to get GPS to work. I prepared notes on non-free firmware on Replicant 6 which included a section on getting GPS to work. Unfortunately, that method requires that you build your own image and has access to the build tree. Which is not for everyone. This writeup explains how to get GPS to work on a Replicant 6 without building your own image. Wolfgang already explained how to add all other non-free firmware to Replicant 6 but it did not cover GPS. The reason is that GPS requires non-free software to run on your main CPU. You should understand the consequences of this before proceeding!

  • Google launches stable version of Android Studio 2.3
  • A step-by-step guide on how to delete and recover photos on your Android smartphone
  • MWC 2017 - the best Android 7.0 Nougat phones released this week

Secure Bittium Android Phone Has Split Personality

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As everyone who watches TV and movie thrillers knows, the best way to ensure smartphone security is to tear your phone apart after making an important call and then break it into pieces and toss them into various trashcans and sewer grates. This can get expensive, however, especially if you want a nice model with 4K video and high-end cameras. Hence, the growing market for Android-based ultra-secure phones such as Silent Circle’s Blackphone 2, TRI’s Turing Phone, Sonim’s XP7 Public Safety, and Motorola Solutions LEX L10.

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Android Leftovers

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Android Leftovers

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Power stingy i.MX7 SMARC 2.0 module has Yocto and Android BSPs

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Embedian’s Linux-driven SMARC-FiMX7 is a SMARC 2.0 COM with a single- or dual-core i.MX7, up to 1GB RAM, 4GB eMMC, LVDS, GbE, and an optional starter kit.

The SMARC-FiMX7 is Embedian’s first SMARC 2.0 computer-on-module, and the first SMARC COM we’ve seen that taps NXP’s i.MX7 SoC. The company is no stranger to the 82 x 50mm SMARC (Smart Mobility ARChitecture) form factor, having released several SMARC 1.x COMs including the i.MX6 based SMARC-FiMX6 and TI AM437x driven SMARC-T4378.

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Linux hacker board has WiFi, BT, GbE, 8GB eMMC, and $30 price

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FriendlyElec has launched a $30, open spec “NanoPi M1 Plus” SBC with a quad-A7 SoC, onboard wireless, 8GB eMMC, a 40-pin RPi interface, and a GbE port.

FriendlyELEC (AKA FriendlyARM) has released a more feature-rich version of its community-backed, $15 NanoPi M1 SBC. The $30 NanoPi M1 Plus retains the 1.2GHz quad-core, Cortex-A7 Allwinner H3 SoC and 600MHz Mali-400 MP2 GPU, but adds features that meet or exceed those of the quad -A9 Samsung Exynos based NanoPi M2 ($25) and octa-core -A53 Exynos NanoPi M3 ($35). The NanoPi M1 Plus joins nine other NanoPi boards listed in our most recent Linux hacker board roundup — the most of any other vendor.

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Gemini PDA is like a tiny Android/Linux laptop with premium specs (crowdfunding)

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Are physical keyboards for mobile devices making a comeback? TCL and BlackBery just launched a new phone with a QWERTY keyboard. A keyboard module for the Moto Z smartphone is generating some buzz. And an Indiegogo campaign for a 7 inch, pocket-sized Windows notebook has raised over $1.7 million (so far).

Now the folks at UK-based Planet Computers want to bring back the idea of a small, clamshell computer. And they’ve partnered with the designer of the classic Psion Series 5 to do it.

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Microsoft v GNU/Linux

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