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Welcome to another edition of FOSSphones news - and in this roundup, we have quite a bit to discuss, especially since it has been a bit since I have been able to update the site with a news roundup.
We're going to cover a few exciting updates this time around, including the GNOME Team looking into an official smartphone shell for GNOME, a brand new release of LineageOS bringing Android 12 to a lot of supported devices, some news from our friends at UBports, and more. Let's get right into it.
Over the last few months, I have been following the work ongoing by the LineageOS dev team to port Android 12, resulting in the new version of LineageOS, version 19.
The update landed on two of my devices, which are an Essential Phone and a Moto z3 Play. So far, I have been loving the new update, and it is loaded with some new and exciting features for your device. Here are some of the biggest changes to make their way to your Lineage phone with this update:
If you have a supported LineageOS device, you can grab your update from the LineageOS downloads page.
You can also read the rest of the changelog for this new version of LineageOS right here.
Interested in LineageOS but don't have it yet for your Android device? Check if your smartphone is supported at the device list found here.
Wait, you're probably wondering, isn't there already a mobile version of GNOME? Sort of. The mobile shell you might be thinking of, and the one that we know and love here at FOSSphones, is the Phosh Shell, developed by Purism.
However, a new shell has been in the works officially from our friends at the GNOME Team, and while it is largely conceptual so far, the concept is looking great. GNOME 40 already has a good deal of components needed to make it run nicely on phones, and as they mention in their new update, many pieces of what it would take to run GNOME proper on a smartphone are already sort of in place:
Several things that the GNOME Team are currently working on for desktop are thought of as relevant for mobile usage as well - a redesign to how notifications are presented, an on-screen keyboard with improvements, and a quick settings panel.
According to the update linked below, the GNOME Team has been able to focus on GNOME mobile support with help from a grant by the Prototype Fund. I'm definitely excited to see where it goes from here!
Make sure you check out the official statement from the GNOME Team regarding this update here, and take a look at some of the screenshots offered on the page to get an idea of where it might be going.
At FOSSphones, we love Ubuntu Touch, and our friends at Ubports have been making amazing strides in the development of the popular alternative mobile operating system. Lately, a new update was released from Ubports - here are a few of the highlights:
Feel free to read the entire newsletter from Ubports at this link.
Here are a few updates regarding PinePhone and PinePhone Pro:
Make sure you read the new update from Pine64 in its entirety at this link.
If you are a fan of Pine64's smartwatch, the PineTime (like I am), this part of the roundup is especially for you, as we are seeing some more progress in milestones coming along nicely for InfiniTime.
From the same update linked above, you can find some of the latest pieces of information about the progress on InfiniTime developement:
Make sure you read the rest of the update regarding InfiniTime at the same Pine64 update linked above, and we will keep you up to date on any new PineTime developments as time goes on.
That about wraps up another FOSSphones news roundup - thanks for your patience as I have been working to finally be able to dedicate more time to FOSSphones again and getting some things set up in the background to continue to build and contribute in any way I can to our excellent mobile Linux community.
Until next time, have a great rest of your June!