PinePhone Mobian Community Edition already announced

The Pine64 community announced several days ago the introduction of the PinePhone Mobian Community Edition, which comes with the Mobian-based firmware, which develops the mobile version of Debian GNU / Linux.

The environment includes a GNOME-based custom Phosh shell developed by Purism for Librem 5 smartphone. Uses Phoc composite server running on top of Wayland for rendering.

The Mobian Edition complements the other PinePhone smartphone variants previously released that ship with postmarketOS, KDE Plasma Mobile, UBports / Ubuntu Touch, and Manjaro.

Basic applications include Evince Document Viewer, GEdit Text Editor, Eye of Gnome Image Viewer, GNOME Software Installation Manager, GNOME ToDo Notes System, ModemManager GSM / CDMA / UMTS / EVDO / LTE Modem Configuration Interface, GNOME Contacts Address Book, Sound Recorder GNOME, GNOME Control Center Configurator, GNOME Usage Monitor, Geary Email Client, Fractal Messenger (based on the Matrix protocol). To control phone calls, the Calls interface is used, which uses the oFono phone stack.

The applications are compiled with the libhandyy widget library and patches from the Purism project aimed at improving the interface on small screens. Any package can be installed from the Debian repositories.

Happy New Year to all! Let's hope that the difficulties caused by the COVID-19 virus are subsiding and that more aspects of our lives will return to normal soon.

We kicked off this year by announcing the latest community edition of the PinePhone, an update to the Quartz64 single board computers, and with some good news on the production of the PineTab and Pinebook Pro.

You can see a synopsis of this month's Community Update on Youtube (included below), but also on LBRY and Peertube.

Let's remember that the hardware PinePhone is designed to use replaceable components and most of the modules are not soldered, but connected by detachable cables, which allows, for example, to replace the camera offered by default with a better one.

The device is built on a quad-core ARM Allwinner A64 SoC with Mali 400 MP2 GPU, equipped with 2 or 3 GB of RAM, 5,95-inch screen (1440 × 720 IPS), Micro SD (with support for charging from a SD card), 16 or 32 GB eMMC (internal), a USB-C port with USB Host and a combined video output for connecting a monitor, 3,5 mm mini-jack, Wi-Fi 802.11 b / gn, Bluetooth 4.0 (A2DP ), GPS, GPS-A, GLONASS, two cameras (2 and 5 Mpx), removable 3000 mAh battery, hardware switchable components with LTE / GNSS, WiFi, microphone and speakers.

The hardware support is quite comprehensive and while it still needs to be refined in several areas, you will be able to enjoy the full functionality of the phone (including voice calls, SMS, mobile broadband, WiFi, front and rear cameras…) from day one.

However, keep in mind that the software is still in the works and evolves almost daily. Your device will arrive with a multi-month image, so we can only recommend that you update your PinePhone as soon as possible to take advantage of the latest news.

Among the changes related to the PinePhone project, we can also highlight the publication of a trial version of the firmware based on the OpenMandriva Lx 4.2 distribution with a custom KDE Plasma Mobile shell and a new Linux 5.10 kernel.

In addition to OpenMandriva Lx and Mobian, boot images are being developed for PinePhone based on postmarketOS, KDE Plasma Mobile, UBports, Maemo Leste, Manjaro, LuneOS, Nemo Mobile and the partially open platform Sailfish. It is also mentioned that work is being done to prepare versions with NixOS.

Finally, for those who are interested in the new edition of the telephone «Mobian Community Edition«, They should know that this available now and will come in variants for $ 149 (2 GB RAM + 16 GB eMMC) and $ 199 (3 GB RAM + 32 GB eMMC + USB Type-C adapter to connect to a monitor, network, keyboard and mouse (HDMI, 10/100 Ethernet and two USB 2.0 ports )).

They can order the phone from the following link.

If you want to know more about it, you can check the details In the following link.


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  1.   FAMM said

    Hello, a question because I'm a little lost in these linux phones, which is the best?