The PinePhone – KDE Community edition includes most of the essential features a smartphone user would expect and its functionalities increase day by day. You can follow the progress of the development of apps and features in the Plasma Mobile blog.
Plasma Mobile is a direct descendant from KDE’s successful Plasma desktop. The same underlying technologies drive both environments and apps like KDE Connect that lets you connect phones and desktops, the Okular document reader, the VVave music player, and others, are available on both desktop and mobile.
Thanks to projects like Kirigami and Maui, developers can write apps that, not only run in multiple environments but that also gracefully adapt by growing into landscape format when displayed on workstation screen and shrinking to portrait mode on phones. Developers are rapidly populating Plasma Mobile with essential programs, such as web browsers, clocks, calendars, weather apps and games, all of which are being deployed on all platforms, regardless of the layout.
This seems like a really interesting combination, and I really want to see if I can get my hands on a review unit.
Projects like Plasma Mobile and Ubuntu Touch should likely consolidate. Considering they both use the same frameworks and pursue the same goals, such as the convergence. That could lead to some further consolidation, likely it would get easier to address funding. Having one strong entity with a clear goal, that is to provide GNU/Linux on mobile with a reasonable end user experience, that would be great. IMHO currently this efforts are just too fragmented and the development pace is to slow to make a difference in a foreseeable future.