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2020-10-11

the monthly update for mobian on the pinephone looks good!

it seems to have broken a few core pieces of functionality, like calls, but i think it has enabled a whole host of other features, like a MUCH better camera application, and i am crossing my fingers, hoping, that cell network connectivity has been fixed

we are still a few months away from fixing everything, i think, but i am optimistic (:

i am currently posting from my pinephone, using mobian, and i have got to say that every month, more features are getting unlocked, and, overall, the system is less buggy.

my main complaint before was that cell data stopped working altogether after an interval of some hours, and that seems to have been fixed.

however, the gambit seems to be a bit like whack-a-mole, because now there is no audio when i attempt to make or receive calls.

i was happily listening to local audio files, and now the audio for that inexplicably drops out after a while.

the battery life is still good, and the boot and reboot times of the device have been drastically reduced.

SMS messages continue to work. another piece of functionality that continues to work well is the camera, which now has a higher FPS for the screen viewfinder, and the front facing camera now works.

i feel a little sheepish, because i bought a Xiaomi 8 Pro android phone, to flash lineage onto, because i thought the pinephone would be about… 3 or 4 months off being daily driver ready, but i think that time may be approaching sooner. so now i have too many phones!! hahahah

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going to try and use the pinephone while i am out of the house at uni today! i have loaded up all my FLAC files onto an external SD card, and am jamming to my favourite music on the bus!

the web browser is much better than my last cheap phone, and the main system GUI is very fast and responsive.

i much prefer the web interface of pleroma on my pinephone to Husky or Tusky, to be honest. you can expand threads a lot more easily, and you can access the admin panel etc etc–whatever features that the web has that the android clients are missing, you can use on the pinephone, which i think is pretty awesome (:

VIDAK64 @vidak 2020-10-15T03:58:59+00:00 https://awkward.company/notice/A0AqZbqUtNuFsnErMu the main music player, lollypop, does not work. it cannot detect and add to its library any of the music files i have added to the device.

i am thinking that i will add a lot of these observations as feedback to the PINE64 forums

for now, i have been using VLC to play my music. FLAC sounds really nice on the device, there is a very noticeable difference between youtube via newpipe on my old phone, and FLAC played through VLC on the pinephone

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