Plasma Mobile
Stable release
5.27.7[1] Edit this on Wikidata / 1 August 2023
Preview release
Written inC++, QML
Operating systemLinux

Plasma Mobile is a Plasma variant for smartphones.[2][3][4] It is currently available for the Pinephone, and supported devices for postmarketOS such as the OnePlus 6.[5]

It is shipped by several Linux distributions, such as postmarketOS and Manjaro.[6]


After Plasma Active sponsor Coherent Theory (under the Make·Play·Live brand)[7][8] had given up their ambitions to release a tablet computer,[9] Blue Systems emerged as a new sponsor in 2015 and shifted the focus of Plasma's handheld work towards smartphones.[10][11] However, this stopped in 2021, with the project now being maintained by volunteers.[12]

The official announcement of the new form-factor interface was on 25 July 2015 at Akademy, accompanied by a working prototype running on a Nexus 5.[2]

Pine64 began sales of their PinePhone mobile device, with the KDE Community Edition being made available as pre-orders on 1 December 2020.[13][14]


Plasma Mobile uses KWin's Wayland session.[10] Distributions shipping Plasma Mobile can choose to support Android applications through Waydroid, which runs Android in a container on the device.[15]

See also


  1. ^ "KDE Plasma 5.27.7, Bugfix Release for August". 1 August 2023. Retrieved 2 August 2023.
  2. ^ a b Swapnil Bhartiya (25 July 2015). "KDE Community announces fully open source Plasma Mobile". ITworld. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  3. ^ Wallen, Jack (February 5, 2018). "Why KDE's Plasma Mobile is the ideal platform for Linux fans and developers". TechRepublic. Retrieved 2021-06-07.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ Eddy, Max (2021-01-28). "Break Away From Android: 7 Free Open-Source Mobile OSes to Try". PCMag. Retrieved 2021-06-07.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "FAQ". Retrieved 2020-07-18.
  6. ^ "Distributions offering Plasma Mobile". Retrieved 17 November 2022.
  7. ^ Byfield, Bruce. "Orchestration". Linux Magazine. Retrieved 2019-04-28.
  8. ^ "Akademy: Plasma Active and Make Play Live".
  9. ^ Larabel, Michael (2014-05-24). "Improv Open ARM Board Failure Leads To A Ton Of In-Fighting". Phoronix. Retrieved 2019-04-28.
  10. ^ a b Bhartiya, Swapnil (25 July 2015). "Sebastian Kügler: KDE's Plasma Mobile is running on Plasma 5 and Kubuntu". ITworld. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  11. ^ "Embracing Mobile". sebas' blog. Archived from the original on 30 July 2015. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  12. ^ "Moving on". Bhushan's Blog. 17 May 2021. Retrieved 17 November 2022.
  13. ^ "PinePhone: KDE community edition". Plasma Mobile. 2020-12-01. Retrieved 2021-03-05.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. ^ "Introducing the PinePhone - KDE Community edition". KDE Community. 2020-11-15. Retrieved 2021-03-05.
  15. ^ "WayDroid brings lag-free Android app integration to the OnePlus 6/6T Linux port". TuxPhones. 24 July 2021. Retrieved 17 November 2022.