It’s been a long time since the last one, so we are now especially proud and happy to publish our sixth Beta Release of the Manjaro Plasma-Mobile edition for the PinePhone:
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- Kernel 5.13.12 optimized for the Pinephone, which recently had some great improvements in regards of battery life,
- Frameworks 5.85
- Plasma 5.22.4
- Plasma-Mobile apps, which are now bundled as Plamo Gear 21.07
- Maui Apps 2.0 and
- Camera app Megapixels 1.2.0 with great improvements in responsiveness,
- Pipewire 0.3.33,
- Appimagelauncher 2.2.0 and
- our Pico-Wizard for easy initial setup at first launch
Since our last Beta, Plasma-Mobile made a lot of remarkable progress in regards of graphical appearance with smooth transitions and auto-rotate. Apps are now launching faster, too.
The drop-down menu provides Settings, Flashlight, a Screenshot function and more.
With Plamo Gear and the Maui Apps you have applications for all typical everyday needs.
- keyboard in pico-wizard closes frequently and needs to be re-opened by tapping input fields again
- modem stability is still not very good. This should be improved significantly in the near future by transitioning to support of modemmanager
- text prediction is currently only available for English.
- many translations are still missing.
About the device:
Perhaps you’re in a line of work where security is a must, or a hard-core Linux enthusiast, or perhaps you’ve just got enough of Android and iOS and you’re ready for something else – the PinePhone may be the next Phone for you. Powered by the same Quad-Core ARM Cortex A53 64-Bit SOC used in our popular PINE A64 Single Board Computer, the PinePhone runs mainline Linux as well as anything else you’ll get it to run.
The purpose of the PinePhone isn’t only to deliver a functioning Linux phone to end-users, but also to actively create a market for such a device, as well as to support existing and well established Linux-on-Phone projects. All major Linux Phone-oriented projects, as well as other FOSS OS’, are represented on the PinePhone and developers work together on our platform to bring support this this community driven device.
Pinephones Beta Edition are still on stock. Visit the Pine64 Store
How to install:
Download the image/xz file from the download location. Verify that the download completed successfully.
After that, install Etcher (
sudo pacman -S etcher if on Manjaro) and burn the to an SD card (8 GB or larger).
The PinePhone should recognize the SD card as a bootable device and boot from it.