Note: Due to a cluster outage, we currently host the new beta website. Bugs expected, details.

Software State

Presently the PinePhone Pro Explorer Edition is aimed at Linux developers with an extensive knowledge of embedded systems and/or experience with mobile Linux. It will take time for all the PinePhone Pro’s functionality to reach software parity with the original PinePhone and for mobile operating systems, in more general, to reach a higher degree of maturity.

Bear in mind that the software for these smartphones is still in a very early stage, with most of the software being in alpha or beta state. That’s especially also the case for scalability of applications, their availability and practicability, any hardware function implementations and the firmware. The software is provided as is. There is no warranty for the software, not even for merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

The following table lists the feature functionality status of the unaltered pre-installed factory image of the current shipping batch and as comparison an up-to-date reference image (no responsibility is accepted for the accuracy of this information, the list is provided and updated by the community). If you have any questions regarding the current state of the software or of specific features working, please don’t hesitate to ask in the community chat before buying the device:

The software is written by the community, any contributions towards the community projects are greatly appreciated! Please see "How to Contribute" to learn about how to contribute to the software projects and "Where to Report Bugs" to learn about where to report bugs.
FunctionalityComponentStatus (factory)¹Status (updated)²Notes

Bootloader

Bootloader

Critical bugs

Some critical software bugs currently not fixed yet: A drained battery causes U-Boot to bootloop (cause is known and currently being worked on);Report. Note: Tow-Boot is now pre-installed on the SPI from the factory - issues need verification to be issues with Tow-Boot.

SPI

Implemented

Devices bought after end of July 2022 come with Tow-Boot flashed to the SPI memory, making it considerably easier to flash the device and boot from microSD card.

Boot GUI

Not implemented

Currently there is no graphical boot selection implemented^https://tow-boot.org/[Possibly planned]^

Operating System

Stability

WIP

Suspend

Experimental

Audio is often higher pitched after waking up from suspend due to a bug, make sure to update your systemReportReport

Updates

WIP

The pre-flashed and outdated operating system on the eMMC often gets corrupted after updatingExample; Pacman database lock preventing updatesSolution; Keyring bug^[Solution is to run "pinephonepro-post-install" script as root]^

Modem

General

WIP

Alternative firmware; Slow wakeupReport; Some carriers blocking specific TANs in their network^Carrier support^; Note: Proprietary firmware

Phone

WIP

The modem connection crashes frequently, which can lead to missed callsReport^https://github.com/Biktorgj/pinephone_modem_sdk[Alternative firmware]^; Slow wakeupReport; bad call audio qualityReport; Audio is often higher pitched after waking up from suspend due to a bugReportReport

SMS

Working

SMS functionality is expected to work. In certain cases the functionality might be blocked by a clogged modemReport; Some bugs

MMS

WIP

MMS functionality is integrated into the application "Spacebar", some bugs remaining and expected

Push notifications

Not implemented

Receiving push notifications while the phone is suspended is not implemented

Components

LCD

WIP

Hardware issueDetails

Touch

Working

Rear camera

Not working

WIP

Camera work-in-progress with DTS fix[Citation]; userspace still needs to do some catching up^debugging article^; Green image tint[Citation]

Front camera

Not working

WIP

Camera work-in-progress with DTS fix[Citation]; userspace still needs to do some catching up^debugging article^; Green image tint[Citation]

Camera flash

Critical issues

Hardware issueDetails; Note: /sys/class/leds/white:flash

WiFi

Working

WiFi is expected to work. Some remaining tasks, such as "monitor mode" (hint: likely not supported by the hardware). Note: Proprietary firmware

Bluetooth

WIP

Bluetooth not necessarily working for calls yet due to missing audio routing[Citation]; Bluetooth in general dodgy under Pulseaudio.Info Note: Proprietary firmware

GNSS/GPS

WIP

aGPS to be implemented^See original PinePhone article^; long loading times to get a GPS fix[Citation]; No preinstalled application[Citation]

Sensors

WIP

"Geo Magnetic Sensor" (af8133j): Status unknown (at /sys/bus/i2c/devices/4-001c/iio:device1)
"Accelerometer / Gyroscope" (mpu6500): Working (at /sys/bus/i2c/devices/4-0068/iio:device2)
"Ambient light / Proximity" (stk3311): Working after updating

Vibration motor

Working

Notification LED

Working

Buttons

Working

Power buttons and volume buttons are working.

Accessory compatibility, spare parts

Keyboard Add-on

WIP

The keyboard add-on compatibility is work-in-progress.

LoRa Add-on

Not implemented

No software support implemented

Qi Wireless Charging Add-on

WIP

Wireless charging with the add-on case is expected to work to some degree. Certain software functionality and a driver is currently missing[Citation]

Fingerprint Reader Add-on

Not implemented

No software support implemented

Spare parts

Partial

Some spare parts now available in the store.Store

Software notes

Waydroid

Working

Waydroid is an Android container used to run Android applications.

¹ Status of the features at the time of the last factory installation without updates

² Status of the features with an up-to-date reference image