Ubuntu Touch to Be Officially Supported on Librem 5 Open Source Smartphone

Tweet Ubuntu Touch looked really promising as a Linux mobile operating system supporting mobile desktop convergence, so eventually some people would have been able to use a single device for their mobile and desktop needs. If was not for lack of trying, but sadly Canonical had to end the development of Ubuntu Touch due to lack of interest from phone manufacturers and the community at large, focusing their resources instead of the cloud and IoT. But some people were still very enthousiastic about Ubuntu Touch, Unity and convergence, so since the code was open source, UBPorts continued working on Ubuntu Touch on their own.  UBPorts developers have now collaborated with Purism to make Ubuntu Touch one of the officially supported operating systems for the Librem 5 smartphone. Librem 5 will still ship with GNOME based PureOS, but Purism will support customers who want to easily install Ubuntu Touch or PureOS with KDE Plasmas Mobile. The community supported Ubuntu Touch ports …

Kite is an Open Source Hardware Android Smartphone Powered by Snapdragon 450 Processor (Crowdfunding)

Tweet Kite is an open source hardware Android phone kit specifically targeting makers which you can assemble yourself into a Kitephone. The phone is based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 mainboard (Kiteboard v2), and comes with  a 720p touchscreen display module, a 12MP camera, antennas, buttons, a 3,000 mAh battery, and a Raspberry Pi HAT compatibility board to optionally interface to external hardware. Kiteboard v2 specifications: SoC – Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 octa-core Arm Cortex A53 @ 1.8 GHz with Adreno 506 GPU System Memory – 2 GB RAM Storage – 16 GB storage + microSD card slot Connectivity Cellular LTE Cat. 6/3G/2G, 2x nano SIM slots (dual-SIM dual standby) Two variant North America with LTE FDD Bands: 2,4, 5, 7, 12, 13, 14, 25, 26 LTE TDD Bands: 41 WCDMA 850, 1700, 1900, 2100 GSM 850, 1900 Rest of the World (Europe, Russia, etc…) LTE FDD Bands: 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20 LTE TDD Bands: 38, 39, 40, 41 …

This Smartphone Tripod with Microphone is Designed for Audio/Video Recording

Tweet More and more use cases are being handled by smartphones, and we’ve recently seen smartphone stands helping with specific applications such as keyboard and mouse mobile gaming, or a flexible lazy holder allowing you to carry the phone around hands-free among other things. I’ve now come across another smartphone stand that’s designed for audio recording with a built-in microphone, and that could be useful to video bloggers, or others requiring high(er) quality audio recording on the go. Specifications & key features: Microphone Material – ABS + Aluminum alloy Monomer: Electrets condenser Directivity – Heart-shaped Test voltage: 1.5V Impedance: 220Ω Sensitivity: -39db±3dB (0dB=1V/Pa at 1kHz) S/N: ≥65dB 3.5mm audio jack connector 360 degree tube rotation design for microphone holder Foldable tripod with adjustable clamp for smartphone The accessory works with any phones that comes with a 3.5mm audio jack, or  adapter for phones with a USB type C port only. The full kit includes the microphone itself, a windproof cover, …

Bakeey “Lazy Holder” Allows for Brand New Ways to Hold your Phone or Tablet

Tweet The most traditional way to hold your phone is probably to use one of those extremities on your arms commonly referred to as “hands”. But selfie sticks are become popular in recent years, as well as phone stands / holders including gaming stands. But Bakeey “lazy holder” brings the art of holding a phone or tablet to a whole new level, as it’s flexible enough to shape it the way your want, and rigid enough to hold your phone in whatever position you’ve selected. So it works around the neck… … but you can also convert it as a selfie stick, a desktop stand, and provided you’ve submitted your body to a decent diet + exercise combination, you can also place it around your waist. I suppose you could also wear it as a “phone hat” transforming your phone into an action camera. The limit is your imagination! The clip is adjustable from 11.5 to 18.5 cm. Interested? You …

Samsung Aurora Smart Speaker Prototype is Powered by a Smartphone, Features an Hologram-like Character

Tweet Samsung Electronics has showcased a smart / A.I. speaker prototype at SXSW 2018 trade show last month, that can be manufactured at low cost since it relies on a smartphone to provide a processor, microphone, and other equipment. The smart speaker also uses the smartphone’s screen to show an hologram to greet users. Meet Samsung “Aurora”. The smartphone is placed horizontally (blue above) in a slot in the upper part of the speaker, and a hologram-like character floats above the Bluetooth speaker included of the kit. The part on the top surface is an optical mechanism using the smartphone’s camera for image recognition. The smart speaker also charges the phone, but it’s unclear how you are supposed to answer phone calls once it is inserted in the speaker… The concept looks similar to Vinclu Gatebox which we covered in 2016, except it relies on a smartphone. Samsung is said to have started development six months ago, and Aurora is …

GameSir X1 BattleDock is a Bluetooth Smartphone Dock with USB Ports for Keyboard and Mouse

Tweet If you’ve ever wanted to easily connect a USB keyboard and/or mouse to your smartphone, GameSir X1 BattleDock may be for you. The dock holds your phone at an angle, and offers two USB ports for USB input  devices,  with the phone and dock communicating over Bluetooth. As the name implies, the system is apparently designed for gamers, but others might find it useful too.Some basic specifications for the dock: USB – 2x USB host ports Connectivity – Bluetooth 4.0 Misc – Mode switch button, status LEDs, foldable phone holder Battery – 3,000 mAh battery good for about 5 hours Power Supply – 5V via micro USB port Dimensions – approximately 13.5 x 10.2 x 3.1 cm when folded Weight – 272 grams The manufacturer claims the dock supports the most common FPS and battle royale games such as PUBG mobile, Rules of Survival, Knives Out, Dead trigger2, Modern Combat 5 and more. You can also customize keyboard buttons …

Huawei P20 Pro Smartphone Comes with Three Rear Cameras: Main, Monochrome, and Telephoto

Tweet We’ve all seen smartphone with dual camera system for better field of depth, better clarity, and the ability to create effects (bokeh) to blur the background of an image. But three rear system? I had not seen any so far, and that’s exactly what Huawei P20 Pro offers with a  main camera (40MP), a telephoto camera (8MP), and a monochrome camera (20 MP). Let’s go through the whole specifications first: Display SoC – HUAWEI Kirin 970 CPU octa-core processor with 4x Cortex A73 @ 2.36 GHz, four Cortex A53 @ 1.8 GHz, Arm Mali-G72MP12, Kirin NPU (Neural Processing Unit) System Memory – 6 GB RAM Storage – 128 GB ROM Display – 6.1″ OLED display with 1080 x 2240 resolution Cellular Connectivity Single SIM Card (CLT-L09C model) or dual SIM Card (CLT-L29C model) LTE TDD / LTE FDD / WCDMA / EDGE / GPRS Wireless Connectivity – 802.11ac 2×2 MIMO, Bluetooth?, NFC Location – GPS / AGPS / Glonass …

Mi MIX 2S Smartphone Launched with Snapdragon 845 SoC, Up to 8GB RAM, 256GB Storage, A.I. Dual Camera

Tweet Xiaomi has just unveiled their latest premium with Mi MIX 2S Android smartphone powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with up to 8GB RAM, up to 256GB storage, a dual camera with artificial intelligence, ARCore technology, wireless charging, and more. Mi MIX 2S specifications: SoC – Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor with four Kryo 385 performance cores @ 2.8 GHz, four Kryo 385 efficiency cores @ 1.8 GHz,  Adreno 630 GPU, Hexagon 685 DSP System Memory + Storage options: 6GB LPDDR4x, 64GB UFS flash 6GB LPDDR4x, 128GB UFS flash  8GB LPDDR4x, 256GB UFS storage Display – 5 .99″ Full HD+ (2160 x 1080 pixels) 18:9 AMOLED display Camera Rear Camera – AI dual camera with  12 MP wide-angle + 12 MP telephoto; DxO score: 101 Front-facing camera – 5MP camera AI features enable Face unlock, ARCore technology Wireless Connectivity Cellular 2x Nano SIM slots 43 global bands: GSM: 2/3/5/8 CDMA 1X/EVDO: 0/1/6/10 WCDMA: 1/2/3/4/5/6/8/9/19 TD-SCDMA: 34/39 LTE-TDD: 34/38/39/40/41 LTE-FDD: 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/136/17/18/19/20/25/26/27/28/29/30 …