It’s been a busy week for PinePhone hardware and software developers. If you’ve been following LinuxSmartphone on Twitter you may have noticed that developers have made progress in making several different Linux distributions more usable, while other developers have been working to bring open source firmware to the PinePhone’s modem.

The PinePhone KDE Community Edition has also begun shipping recently, the Mobian Community Edition model is up for pre-order. And the official keyboard add-on is coming along nicely, as is the semi-official fingerprint reader accessory.

Left: 2nd-gen fingerprint reader prototype / Right: 1st-gen via /u/zschroeder6212

Here’s a roundup of recent developments in the PinePhone world:

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9 replies on “PinePhone news roundup (1-24-2021)”

  1. Do you have any availability information for Pinephone? Everything on their store is sold out. On ebay they’re going for 2x the list price.

    Is this a temp shortage, or is the phone discontinued, etc.

    1. They’ve sold out of their Community Edition series. The next batch will be an official PinePhone build with Manjaro Linux and the KDE Plasma Mobile user interface. I don’t know for certain when they’ll be available for order, but Pine64 has hinted at April.

  2. Nice news. Developers are working hardly on distros which is also nice. But we open source users need some more quality, competing sotware to leave those billions dollars “eco-systems”self alone. Also I think there must be some collective work on “design languages” to “unify” linux experience between platforms. Obviously we also need some more new “production” and “consumption” methods to support open source development more. Some low commission or collectively owned donating platforms like appstores, instant tipping systems without middle-man etc…

    1. I have, but I haven’t written anything about it yet because I’m waiting to see if more info comes out about it and/or a download is available. Right now all we’ve got is a demo video and somebody’s claim that it’s Linux based (which doesn’t mean much… Android has a Linux kernel too)

  3. I have not tried the image Scardracs uploaded to Mega, but after extraction the sha256sum of both files are identical, suggesting that it’s just a shorter download thanks to the wonders of compression.

  4. Nice round-up, thanks for featuring my content!

    Minor nitpick: ScardracS tweet is not the original source for OpenMandriva. Their sourceforge ( is – that’s where future images are likely to be published. It’s in its early stages and has some issues, but I like how they took Plasma Mobile and replaced (the patched downstream version) of ofono with Modem Manager (which is also used with Phosh).

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