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PinePhone: KDE community edition

Tuesday, 1 December 2020 | Plasma Mobile team

PinePhone KDE Community edition pre-orders start from today, and we are continuously working on polishing the software that will be shipped with it.

Plasma Mobile is a user interface for phones and tablets, just like Plasma Desktop is for notebooks and desktop PCs.

There are various distributions that package Plasma Mobile,

Although there is some overlap between the Plasma Mobile and the KDE Neon team, Plasma Mobile is not tied to KDE Neon.

The Manjaro team has experience with the PinePhone hardware from building their images for the PinePhone shipping with Phosh. To provide the best Plasma Mobile experience, we decided to build on top of their work.

The KDE Community PinePhone will come with Plasma Mobile running on a customized installation of Manjaro ARM, giving you access to mobile applications from other environments already packaged in Manjaro, and the proven hardware support known from other Manjaro images.

If you would like to see a preview of what will be shipped with PinePhone KDE Community edition. You can download unstable nightly image from their website

We also aim to work with the KDE Neon and postmarketOS teams in the future to improve the support for Plasma Mobile in their distributions. This will ensure that you will be able to use Plasma Mobile in your favorite distribution.