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State of the software

Presently, at the time of writing (late 2021), the PinePhone Pro is aimed solely at early adopters and developers. 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.
Functionality Component Status (factory)¹ Status (updated)² Notes
Bootloader U-Boot 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); Workaround Occasionally the eMMC fails to initialize[Citation]
SPI Unfinished SPI memory is currently empty in the Explorer Edition batch, a corrupted installation on the eMMC has a higher boot priority than a fresh microSD card installation, leading to a involved recovery procedurePlanned
Graphical boot selection Not implemented Currently there is no graphical boot selection implementedPossibly planned
Operating System Stability Critical bugs WIP The pre-flashed and outdated operating system on the eMMC often gets corrupted after updatingExample
Suspend Not working Experimental Without suspend the phone will drain very fast! Suspend only available in specific more recent imagesNews Audio is often higher pitched after waking up from suspend due to a bug[Citation]
Updates Critical bugs 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 Critical bugs The modem crashes frequentlyReportReportAlternative firmware; Slow wakeupReport;
Phone WIP The modem crashes frequently, which can lead to missed callsReportReportAlternative firmware; bad call audio qualityReport;
SMS Working SMS functionality is expected to work. In certain cases the functionality might be blocked by a clogged modemReport or by the provider blocking specific TANs in their network[Citation]; 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 Working
Touch Working
Rear camera Not working Driver not implemented yet, camera not operational
Front camera Not working Driver not implemented yet, camera not operational
Camera flash Untested
WiFi Working WiFi is expected to work. Note: Proprietary firmware and some remaining tasks, such as looking into "monitor mode"
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[Citation]; long loading times to get a GPS fix[Citation]; No preinstalled application[Citation]
Sensors Untested Status of "3 Axis Magnetometer" [Citation], "Geo Magnetic Sensor" [Citation], "Ambient light / Proximity" [Citation], "Accelerometer / Gyroscope" [Citation] is Untested.
Vibration motor Working
Notification LED Untested
Buttons Working Power buttons and volume buttons are working.
Accessory compatibility, spare parts Keyboard Add-on WIP and critical hardware issue The keyboard add-on compatibility is work-in-progress. Hardware issue: USB-C port of the phone must not be used while the current keyboard revision is connectedWarning; Top row symbols not implemented as designed[Citation]; Keyboard hot-plugging not supported[Citation]; Battery state not exposed in the pre-flashed operating system state[Citation]; general driver bugs[Citation]
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 Not available yet Spare parts currently not available yet in the store.Store
Software notes Waydroid Software rendering only Waydroid is an Android container used to run Android applications. Currently can only be started using software rendering due to a bugReportReport

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