Although it may seem like it when you see the header image that Lucasz Erecinski has shared, this is not bad news. And is that PINE64 announced which PinePhone CE will no longer be released, that is, the Community Edition or community editions, among which we found those that used the UBports (Ubuntu Touch), PostmarketOS, Manjaro, Mobian and KDE (Plasma Mobile) systems. The first impression that we can get when reading the above is that they have given up, but they have not.
Today February 2, 2021, PINE64 announces that they will no longer sell phones of this type (CE). The intention was that many of us could acquire and test everything a Linux phone can offer right out of the box, and it seems that a year has been more than enough time to do it. For this, the company sold the community editions with different operating systems installed by default, which were also accompanied by changes in the design such as the logos of each project.
PINE64 prepares for the next steps with the PinePhone
Taking into account that it is something that I have always commented, that everything looks very good if they do not abandon development, and as a holder of a PineTab where I do some tests, I had to read the article published by PINE64 well so as not to miss any detail. And yet, I have my doubts about what the future holds, in part because they give so little detail. They do mention that PinePhone it will become a platform in which the hardware will also be part, like the keyboard.
In the future they will provide more information, such as the operating system they will use by default the next PinePhone. If I had to bet, seeing what I've seen, I think I would not bet because they chose Ubuntu Touch because of its limitations, and I am not a big fan of Arch Linux or Mobian, at least in their editions with Phosh. I can say what I would like, and that is for them to choose Manjaro with Lomiri or Plasma Mobile. We'll probably know more in four weeks, but PinePhone is here to stay.