I’m really impressed with what this company has achieved and super excited about their products. I hope they beat Apple!
The backstory is also incredibly interesting: https://projectsandcastle.org/history
As of right now, many functions are not available on any device: Bluetooth, camera, cellular, GPU, sound.
The only devices with CPU support are the iPhone 7 and 7+.
Yes iPod Touch 7 is part of the first wave of supported devices, and cost compared to other options + it using the same A10 SoC played a role there.
Other devices will be supported soon.
F(x)tec Pro looks amazing, though I am hesitant to buy any phone that ships with Android as the default. I don’t want to fund the Play Services system and I want to know it’ll be supported on the OS I want to use.
Siri can’t do basic tasks like turn on flashlight or wifi hotpot.
Voice recognition quality is much less accurate than Google's.
App store has poor search and filtering options.
App store fails to install apps and does not show errors.
Swipe typing is inaccurate compared to android. Gboard exists for iOS but it is clunky: it pops you out of your current app frequently and sometimes the default iOS keyboard reverts, despite Gboard being set to default.
No live wallpapers — boo! They’re fun. (iOS has them but they are video files, not apps.)
No equivalent to Smart Lock on android where the device stays unlocked when you're at home or when it detects you are carrying your device. Face ID, therefore, needs to be used super frequently as a result, which doesn't work well at funny angles or with the device in horizontal mode.
Possible bug: Battery won’t charge past 80% even when Optimized Battery Charging is disabled. My device has literally never reached 100% despite trying.
Safari is the unchangeable device default and I find it awkward to use with many tabs.
I'm just one user, but I was shocked to learn how good I actually had it on Android (Pixel 3 series.)
I thought the grass was greener on the iOS side but it wasn't a clear winner.
I am totally on the fence as to whether to keep it. I love the privacy focus that iOS has but dislike the restrictiveness and features that make the device slower to use. (The smart lock is a huge deal to me...)
Yes it can. I just did it “turn on the flashlight”.
It won’t turn on the hotspot, but, if you have another iOS device or Mac within range, you can connect to one and it will turn it on automatically.
As far as your battery not going past 80%, why wouldn’t you take it to an Apple store for repair?
I think I will get the 80% battery checked out ! Thanks.
A couple of years ago, microsoft made a keyboard for ios called wordflow. It had better accuracy than any other keyboard I've tried. Sadly they removed it not long after; I still use it, but I don't think it's possible to download it if you haven't already.
It can do both of those things.
To each his own I guess !
The environmental impact of that alone would be more than enough reason to make that a priority.
Upstream pongoOS is used for this AFAIK, without further changes needed.
However, the FDT from Apple device tree generator is currently basic and not really ready for anything other than FB + display, so a custom device tree is provided in the Sandcastle distribution.
I just submitted a re-evaluation and it was updated to... the hacking category
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