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Hacker adds a working fingerprint sensor to the PinePhone

The PinePhone isn’t just the most affordable smartphone designed to run GNU/Linux-based operating systems. It’s also designed to be a modular device – most internal components are user replaceable, and there are six pogo pins that allow extra hardware to be added to the device. So far Pine64 has announced plans for three optional accessories […]

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PinePhone KDE Community Edition up for preorder in December

The PinePhone is an inexpensive smartphone capable of running a variety of different Linux-based operating systems. But the folks at Pine64 have been partnering with developers to ship a series of Community Edition phones with a specific OS pre-installed, and a custom logo on the back of the phone. Pine64 had previously offered PinePhone UBports […]

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Video: KDE Neon with Plasma Mobile on the PinePhone

One of the things that makes Linux smartphones different from Android or iOS devices is the same thing that makes desktop Linux different from Windows or macOS – support for completely switching the user interface by changing the desktop environment or user interface. So far there are at least three major user interfaces for Linux […]

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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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Purism upgrades the Librem 5 Linux phone battery to 4,500 mAh ahead of shipping

Mass production of Purism’s Librem 5 Linux smartphone is underway and the company expects to begin shipping phones to customers later this month or in early December. While Purism had already shipped a small quantity of pre-production units to early backers, the phones about to head out the door are part of the company’s “Evergreen” […]

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Manjaro ARM Beta2 Phosh for PinePhone brings better performance, HDMI output

Less than a month after releasing the first public beta of Manjaro ARM Phosh for the PinePhone, the developers of this mobile version of Manjaro have released beta 2. Among other things, the latest release brings support for 60 fps graphics on the phone, and HDMI output for when you want to use an external […]

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JumpDrive OS flashing tool now supports PineTab and 3GB PinePhone

One of the nice thing about Pine64‘s Linux smartphones and tablets is that they’re configured to automatically boot from a properly prepared microSD card. So whether you buy a PinePhone with postmarketOS, Manjaro, or Ubuntu Touch pre-installed, you can try out alternate operating systems by loading them on a removable storage card. But there’s a […]

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Librem 5 Linux phone mass production begins, shipments start mid-November

Purism’s Librem 5 Linux smartphone is set to begin shipping in mid-November. The company has announced that mass production is underway, and the first customers could start receiving phones by the end of the month. The Librem 5 has been under development for several years. It was one of the first modern Linux smartphones to […]

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PinePhone 3GB/32GB upgrades are now available for purchase

The PinePhone is an inexpensive smartphone designed to run Linux-based operating systems. It’s also a modular phone, where most major components are replaceable… and now some are upgradeable as well. If you bought a PinePhone with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, you can upgrade to a 3GB/32GB version by purchasing a new mainboard […]