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Plasma Mobile gains shell and home screen improvements, app updates and new apps

The developers behind the KDE Plasma Mobile user interface for Linux phones have announced a series of updates including improvements to the audio controls, home screen, search applet, and application drawer. Updates to KDE’s “Plasma Mobile Gear” applications including the default web browser, phone dialer, and calendar and contacts app are also now updated on […]

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Future PinePhones will ship with Manjaro and Plasma Mobile (and other updates on the keyboard, modem firmware, and more)

After shipping five different PinePhone Community Edition models, each with a different operating system and/or user interface pre-installed, Pine64 ended the Community Edition program this month. So what’s next? A few things: Pine64 has announced that future PinePhones will ship with Manjaro Linux and the KDE Plasma Mobile user interface pre-installed. If you already have […]

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Lilbits: Ubuntu, Plasma Mobile, Snapdragon 888 dev kit, and VLC’s birthday

The first smartphones powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 processor are starting to arrive. And so are developer kits like the Lantronix Snapdragon 888 Mobile HDK. Meanwhile details about the next gaming smartphone from Asus continue to leak, the creators of the popular VLC media player app celebrate the 20th anniversary of VideoLAN, and we’ve got […]

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JingOS is an Ubuntu-based Linux distro designed for tablets (and maybe phones)

There are a plenty of Linux-based operating systems that can run on desktop computers or servers. And there’s a growing number that run on phones (although most are pretty rough around the edges at this point). But JingOS is one of the first Linux distributions that’s designed specifically for tablets. It has a touch-friendly user […]

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Plasma Mobile picks up performance, theme, and app improvements

Plasma Mobile is one of the prettiest user interfaces available for Linux phones, but when I’ve tested it in the past it hasn’t exactly been super speedy. So it’s good to know that the developers behind Plasma Mobile are working on making the software faster while also reducing memory usage, at least when it comes […]

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Lilbits: Pixel 5 custom ROMs, GPD Win 3 gameplay, and Plasma Mobile updates

Less than a month after the Google Pixel 5 began shipping to customers, developers have created the first custom ROM for the phone. GPD’s next handheld gaming computer probably won’t ship until Q2, 2020, but the company is starting to show off gameplay on a prototype of its new Tiger Lake-powered handheld. And a group […]

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First look at the PinePhone dev kit running KDE Plasma Mobile & PostmarketOS

The folks at Pine64 are working on a Linux-powered smartphone that could sell for as little as $149. It’s called the PinePhone, and the team unveiled the project and launched a development kit earlier this year. Now that developers are starting to work with that pre-release hardware, we’re getting our first look at what the […]

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Necuno Mobile: an open source smartphone with KDE Plasma Mobile

Most modern smartphones come with one of two operating systems: Android or iOS. But open source enthusiasts who are unhappy with those choices have been dreaming of a truly open, GNU/Linux-based phone. Purism is building one, but it’s not ready to ship yet. Pine64 may have one on the way soon as well. And now […]

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fail0verflow turns a Nintendo Switch into a full-fledged Linux PC

Less than two weeks after demonstrating an exploit that allows Linux to be loaded unto a Nintendo Switch game console, fail0verflow is back with a new video showing what appears to be a full-fledged GNU/Linux-based operating system running on Nintendo’s tablet. The video shows a Switch running the KDE Plasma desktop environment, complete with support […]