It's Wednesday. Now what happened since last Wednesday?
A postmarketOS service pack, Phosh 0.13.0, KDE app ads, Jitsi calling on PinePhone and more! Commentary in italics.
- postmarketOS 21.06 Service pack 1 has been released. While the changes sound minor, they contain important quality of life improvements.
- Phosh 0.13.0 brings improved call handling when shell is locked, lockscreen notifications, highcontrast theme support and more. Read the full release notes for all the changes made.
- Siglo is now available a Flathub, which should help InfiniTime users across distributions.
- Mobile NixOS: July 2021 round-up.
- Mobian Blog: To Bullseye and beyond!. I am so glad when Mobian is finally no longer frozen!
- Purism: Librem 5 support in mainline Linux. Nice progress!
- Claudio Cambra: Making Kalendar pretty — Kalendar week 9 (GSoC 2021). Kalender is really shaping up nicely! If you want to, and run an Arch-based distro, you can try it fresh from the AUR - the package name is
PinePhone keyboard news
- xnux.eu: Wrapping up Pinephone keyboard firmware development. Another great report by Megi!
- Linux Smartphones: Linux smartphone news roundup: Waydroid, postmarketOS, Phosh, and MauKit updates.
- Linux Smartphones: News roundup: PinePhone keyboard, mainline Linux kernel, and Waydroid.
- This Week in GNOME: #4 Building.... Make sure to read the parts about Libadwaita and Portfolio - at least!
- TuxPhones: JingPad A1 (DVT) review, part 1 . Great review, going into detail on performance and the non-mainline kernel.
- Gamey: PINEPHONE: 5 more amazing Apps!. A few really nice apps that you might not know yet!
Ideas and Projects
- Simon Sáfár: Emacs OS Mobile. Nice idea. I once saw something similar, and there's been prior art.
- Danct12: How to overclock (or underclock) the PinePhone CPU.
- Marius Welt: Carola – Personal Voice Assistent. Warning: This post is in German, and is about a personal voice assistant that only understands German for now - so get your favourite web translation tool ready.
PinePhone usage report
- Will Webberley: Pinephone update: the first few weeks. Keep it up!
- Janet Blackquill: Asynchronous QtQuick UIs and their implementation: The Toolbox.
- jwestman.net: Finishing GNOME Builder's Mobile Device Support. This is quite cool!
- jwestman.net: Tutorial: Mobile App Development with GNOME Builder.
- Tobias Bernard: Community Power Part 5: First Steps. Remember: If you want your favourite FOSS projects to improve, get involved!
Stuff only I care about because I am struggling with LinuxPhoneApps.org
- Sophie's Blog: An “Apps for GNOME” website. Looks very nice, runs fine, but I did not grok how it works yet.
- Aleix Pol: KDE is All About the Apps, an Akademy 2021 recap.
- Martijn Braam: PinePhone keyboard prototype #3, flashing and demo
PinePhone Software progress
- pink pantsu: Jitsi meet video call with Gstreamer This is this weeks highlight. The code is here, and there's a Reddit post that explains a little more. While the author seems slightly disappointed with the amount of CPU use, compared to previous attempts at getting video chatting working on the PinePhone, this is a massive improvement.
- 蕭博文powen: progress of Odysseyra1n with pinera1n using manjaro. If you want to jailbreak an iPhone...
- KDE: KDE Gear ⚙️ 21.08: An ad for Elisa, KDE's simple and fancy music player. Fun ad!
- LearnLinuxTV: The JingPad A1 - Hands-on Preview!. Nice review!
- TuxPhones: JingPad A1 (Developer Edition) Unboxing .
Ubuntu Touch Corner
- Digital Wandering: Choosing Between Ubuntu Touch and Windows Phone in 2021.
- TeckMonster: Ubuntu Touch 3D Benchmark - Pixel 3a VS Volla Phone VS Nexus 5 VS Nexus 7
Stuff I did
Sadly none this week, just a minor addition to the Phosh App Drawer post.
- LinuxPhoneApps has made some more progress, but not enough to put it online. Given a close family member's recent health emergency I can't set any deadline right now. It's going to be hard enough to keep these updates going.
- I have also played with Waydroid on Arch Mobile a bit, but not really, because I wanted to do so on camera
These apps were added in the past week, pushing the App count to 309:
- Breathing, a very simple application that guides your breathing pattern,
- GNOME Screenshot, a small utility that takes a screenshot of the whole desktop; the currently focused window; or an area of the screen,
- Metronome beats the rhythm for you, you simply need to tell it the required time signature and beats per minutes.