Lilbits: Google Pixel 7, Amazon ruins comixology and the second coming of Google Inbox

Google’s next phone will most likely be the Pixel 6a, a cheaper version of the company’s current flagships. But Google is unsurprisingly already working on the Pixel 7… and now the first details are starting to leak.

So far, all we know is that it’s likely to feature a 2nd generation Google Tensor processor and a new Samsung modem. But 9to5Google also unearthed some likely codenames, which could help sleuths uncover more details in the future.

Google Tensor Processor

Here’s a roundup of recent tech news on the web.

First Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro details arrive: 2nd-gen Tensor, new Samsung modem [9to5Google]

Details on the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro are starting to leak – expect a second-generation Tensor processor (GS201) and a new Samsung modem (g5300b). Google seems to be codenamed Cheetah and Panther for the phones.

The Sensor Watch crowdfunding campaign ends in 3 days [Crowd Supply]

The Sensor Watch is a hackable watch board with an ARM Cortex-M0+ chip designed to fit in a classic Casio F-91 case. It’s not exactly a “smart” watch as there’s no internet connection or wireless capabilities at all. But it’s a smarter watch thanks to support for various programmable sensors and software.

Old Googlers Resurrect Google Inbox Interface as “Shortwave” Email [Ars Technica]

Shortwave is a new email service from former Googlers that replicates the functionality of Google Inbox, which Google killed a few years ago. It’s a front-end for Gmail rather than a standalone service, with a limited free tier and a $9/month paid tier.

Amazon’s Comixology Review Is Here, and It Sucks [Gizmodo]

Eight years after acquiring Comixology, Amazon has begun merging the services by combining user accounts and comic storefronts and launching an updated app and web app… the latest of which is awful. Broken too? Subscriptions for international users.

Qualcomm adds AV1 support, which could be huge for online video [Protocol]

Qualcomm’s next-generation flagship processor (SM8550) could be the company’s first to support hardware-accelerated AV1 video decoding, which could help boost adoption of the open video codec. But the SM8550 should not arrive before 2023.

Google Play Store listings on mobile now show required “Android OS” version [9to5Google]

The Google Play Store now tells you the minimum version of Android required to run an app or game.

System requirements for Android apps on Windows 11 [Microsoft]

Microsoft’s system requirements to run Android apps on Windows 11 include at least 8GB of RAM, an SSD, and an 8th Gen or newer or better Intel Core i3 processor, AMD Ryzen 3000 or newer, or Qualcomm Snapdragon 8c or a superior processor.

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