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Cutie Shell is a mobile phone UI inspired by Sailfish OS

There are a growing number of user interfaces or shells for mobile Linux distributions. Some of the most popular include Phosh (developed by Purism), Plasma Mobile (from the folks who make KDE), and Lomiri (from the UBPorts/Ubuntu Touch team). But there’s also Sxmo, Hildon, Glacier, and others. Now you can add one more to the […]

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Maui 2 released (open source, cross-platform app UI framework)

The Maui Project has announced the release of Maui 2, a major update to the open source, cross-platform user interface framework for applications that can run on phones, tablets and desktops. Maui 2 includes an updated MauiKit framework with new common widgets and utilities, as well as new and updated Maui Apps including a file […]

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Sxmo 1.5.0 released with networking, screen lock, and UI improvements

The latest version of Sxmo adds a few new features including support for configuring a WiFi hotspot from your phone’s Network Menu and support for a proximity lock that automatically locks or unlocks the display based on proximity (so the screen doesn’t come on when your phone is in your pocket, for example). Sxmo 1.5.0 […]

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OnePlus is merging OxygenOS and ColorOS, promises up to 4 years of security updates

Chinese phone makers OnePlus and Oppo share a parent company and there have always been similarities between the hardware produced by the two companies. Soon there will be more similarities between the software as well. Last month the companies announced that they’d be integrating more of their operations with one another. Now we know at […]

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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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Plasma Mobile picks up new apps, app updates, and the beginnings of multiple home screens

The Plasma Mobile team has announced a number of updates to their user interface and suite of applications for mobile Linux devices. Among other things, there are updates to chat, music, and  video apps, new features for the default web browser, and new applications for email, music streaming, and more. Developers are also working to […]

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Pangolin Mobile is a new open source user interface for smartphones

Most Linux distributions designed to run on smartphones use the Phosh, Plasma Mobile, or Lomiri user interfaces, although there are a few other options… and now there’s one more. Pangolin Mobile is an open source mobile shell designed for dahliaOS, a dual-kernel operating that’s intended to combine “the best of GNU/Linux and Fuchsia OS,” with […]

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Plasma Mobile updates make the user interface more customizable (and a bit more Android-like)

There are several different user interfaces available for Linux smartphones, but the one that will probably feel the most familiar to Android users is KDE’s Plasma Mobile. Like Android, it has a home screen, an app drawer, navigation buttons on the bottom, status notifications at the top, and a quick settings panel that appears when […]

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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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Google moves Chrome for Android navigation to the bottom (Dev Channel)

Smartphone screens seem to be getting bigger and bigger. Your hands probably aren’t. So if developers want you to be able to interact with their apps using a single hand, they’re going to need to adjust. And that’s what Google is doing: the latest Chrome Dev browser for Android has moved the navigation from the […]