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Manjaro ARM Beta7 with Phosh for PinePhone

Manjaro developers announced the release of a new version of Manjaro ARM Beta with Phosh for PinePhone. This image is running the 5.11 kernel from Megi 1, which is designed for the PinePhone.

Features:

  • Firefox uses a dedicated configuration and plays videos on Youtube pretty well
  • Camera app with access to back and front camera, including autofocus
  • Auto-Rotate function we had to remove
  • Welcome wizard for easy setup of the device
  • We have now a working Torch in the quick-access-menu
  • Prime phone functions working, including resume from deep-sleep and free speaking
  • Recording of audio works
  • Most applications got added to scale-to-fit
  • Haptic feedback functions are given
  • Optimized keyboard layout for terminal
  • Maps with working GPS
  • Volume buttons working
  • Sensors fully functional
  • Easy access to Bluetooth, Wlan, Rotate and Mobile functions via quick settings
  • Default branch is arm-stable. This can be changed by editing /etc/pacman-mirrors.conf
  • usage of callaudiod for better audio experience with calls
  • This image uses a Crust enabled uboot

Changes since Beta6

  • phosh is now at 0.9 5 series
  • update calls to 0.3.1 2
  • chatty got more fixes
  • more fixes to modemmanager, networkmanager and eg25-manager to stabilize the modem even more
  • pipewire is now at 0.3.23 1
  • fixed Headphone/set jack detection
  • screen fades to black for 5s before it turns it off on proximity. It won’t lock the phone, only on set timeout!
  • firefox is at 89.0.1
  • some fixes for gnome-contacts and gnome-control-center
  • regular upstream updates

A detailed list of package changes can be found here 3.

Currently broken:

  • Mic-Mute function in calls not working
  • GPS may not work as it should

Known issues

  • Megapixels might not show your back camera unless you had switched cameras once
  • it may take longer to wake up from deep-sleep mode when a call is incoming. Most of the time that call will vibrate only.
  • UI becomes unresponsive after a while.
  • Lots of apps are still missing or are not mobile friendly yet.

Download:

DevicePhosh
PinePhoneBeta7 19
PinePhoneNightly

Download the image/xz file from the download location. Verify that the download completed successfully.

After that, install Etcher (sudo pacman -S etcher if on Manjaro) and burn the to an SD card (8 GB or larger).

The PinePhone should recognize the SD card as a bootable device and boot from it.

The premade users are:
User: manjaro
Password: 123456

User: root
password: root

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