After having tested it in a virtual machine and seen the video that published a few hours ago, JingOS is one of the hopes that my PineTab is useful for something. The other is that GloDroid I managed to fix the sound, but that would only help me to have an Android tablet. This new operating system (although they say it is not) is everything I would have liked to have on my Linux tablet, and with JingOS 0.9 an important step forward has been taken.
One of the problems that users encountered when testing JingOS was its interface. More specifically, that it was always square and with a resolution. That is something that has changed in v0.9, since the first change they mention is precisely that it includes an adaptive interface. The bad thing for many users is that still not available for x64 and ARM devices, although the wait, at least for the seconds, will be worth it because, they say, they will directly launch a stable version.
JingOS 0.9 Highlights
- Adaptive layouts: JingOS can now work perfectly on different resolution devices with adaptive layouts. Users can adjust the resolutions in the Settings app.
- Preview of the Sogou input method with virtual keyboard support.
- Wallpaper settings.
- Complex password setting: support mixed password of characters + numbers + symbols.
- Gaussian blur effect of notification center and control panel.
- Status bar and window overlap and merge mode, and the status bar flickering when switching between apps was fixed.
- The Files app adds support for compression and decompression (supports zip, tar, 7zip, AR), it also supports tag, collection, sorting, OTG, etc.
- The loading process will be displayed on the lock screen.
- System pop-up frame to adjust volume and brightness.
- Multiple language support, including Chinese and English.
- More system settings (VPN, time zone, Bluetooth, mouse, keyboard, etc.).
- Improved precision of mouse clicks.
- Added mouse shortcuts:
- Move the mouse to the upper left corner: call / hide the Notification Center.
- When moving the mouse to the upper right corner: call / hide the Control Panel.
- Move the mouse to the lower left hot corner or double click: return to the home screen.
- Move the mouse to the lower right hot corner: call / hide the task manager.
- Bug fixes and more
Be careful, the JingPad has 8GB of RAM
Regarding the operating system, something must be said: everything seems to move quite well, but no one has been able to test it yet on the PineTab because they have not released the ARM version yet. I comment on this because all the tests have been done on devices with a certain power, in a virtual machine or in the JingPad A1, device with powerful hardware such as 8GB of RAM.
With this I just want to say that yes, it seems an option and seems the best if what we want is to use Linux on a tablet, but it is unlikely that it will work well on discrete tablets. When I commented in their Telegram group that the PineTab was exasperating because you couldn't even see YouTube videos decently, they told me that the PineTab was not a "daily driver", that is, a device that can be used on a day-to-day basis, while the JingPad A1 is. What are the differences? Mainly the price and what allows one and not the other. The PineTab had a price that was just over € 100 including VAT (to which customs had to be added in some countries), and the JingPad A1 will exceed € 600, although I think it is worth it.
But the news today is that JingOS 0.9 has been released and can already be tested on 32-bit computers and tablets. More information will be forthcoming soon.