Mobian PinePhone -- Librem 5 Phone Ships, Pine64 Pinephone Coming, Linux and BSD Phones

Zenaan Harkness zen at
Sun Oct 4 22:26:33 PDT 2020

What's the best Mobian will dominate like Debian does?
      - Allwinner A64 Quad Core SoC with Mali 400 MP2 GPU
      - 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM
      - 5.95″ LCD 1440×720, 18:9 aspect ratio (hardened glass)
      - Bootable Micro SD
      - 16GB eMMC
      - HD Digital Video Out
      - USB Type C (Power, Data and Video Out)
      - Quectel EG-25G with worldwide bands
      - WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n, single-band, hotspot capable
      - Bluetooth: 4.0, A2DP
      - Vibrator
      - RGB status LED
      - Selfie and Main camera (2/5Mpx respectively)
      - Main Camera: Single OV6540, 5MP, 1/4″, LED Flash
      - Selfie Camera: Single GC2035, 2MP, f/2.8, 1/5″
      - Sensors: accelerator, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, ambient light
      - 3 External Switches: up down and power
      - HW switches: LTE/GNSS, WiFi, Microphone, Speaker, Cameras
      - Samsung J7 form-factor 3000mAh battery
      - Case is matte black finished plastic
      - Headphone Jack

   Mobian Linux is now available for the PineTab (as well as the PinePhone)
   Mobian is a project that transforms the Debian GNU/Linux distribution into a mobile-friendly operating system by bundling Debian with a phone-friendly user interface and a selection of mobile apps.
   First launched this summer as an image that can be installed on the PinePhone, the developers of Mobian have announced that the operating system is now available for the PineTab as well. You can find the latest nightly installation images at the Mobian website.
   Mobian uses Purism’s phosh phone shell which has been optimized for small, touchscreen displays. It uses a Wayland compositor and GNOME technologies including GTK and GSettings.
   Available applications including Chromium, Epiphany, and Firefox (web browsers), Evolution (email, calendar and contacts), Maps, Telegram, Weather, and terminal applications. There’s also support for using web apps like native apps.
   While Mobian is still a work in progress, it already supports key features including hardware-accelerated video playback, WiFi, Bluetooth, and audio. There’s also a pretty lengthy troubleshooting page on the Mobian Wiki
   Originally released exclusively for Pine64’s $150 PinePhone, Mobian is also now available for the $100 PineTab tablet. The two devices share some key hardware: both have Allwinner A64 processors, eMMC storage, and 2GB of RAM, for example.
   But with a 10 inch, 720p display and 64GB of storage, the PineTab is a bigger device with more storage and a lower price tag. It also has support for an optional detachable keyboard… but you can’t use it to make phone calls and there’s no support for mobile data.
   You can find instructions for installing Mobian on the PinePhone or PineTab at the Mobian Wiki.

   p-boot is a tiny, crazy fast PinePhone bootloader with multi-boot support
   There’s a new bootloader available for the PinePhone, and it’s small, speedy, and has a graphical user interface that allows you to choose between different operating systems when you start up the phone. The new p-boot utility takes up less than 32KB of space and boots in less than 60 milliseconds...

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