• Home
  • Mobiles
  • Mobiles News
  • Pebble Might Be Working on Keeping Pocket Sized Android Smartphones Alive via a Community Project: Report

Pebble Might Be Working on Keeping Pocket-Sized Android Smartphones Alive via a Community Project: Report

Apple's iPhone 13 Mini was the last miniature sized smartphone to be made by a major smartphone manufacturer.

Pebble Might Be Working on Keeping Pocket-Sized Android Smartphones Alive via a Community Project: Report

Photo Credit: Unsplash/ Alex Nemo Hanse

Small smartphones offer a compact form factor with easy-to-reach displays

  • Eric Migicovsky launched a petition for small smartphones in May 2022
  • The petition has since then evolved into a community project of its own
  • The small android smartphone may cost around $850 (roughly Rs. 70,000)

Small smartphones have become a rare sight in today's world where smartphone displays are getting bigger every year. However, a certain section of purists maintain that they would prefer to have compact smartphones that fit in the palm of their hands. Apple was the last major smartphone manufacturer to release small-sized smartphones through the iPhone mini, which was discontinued after the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 13 mini. Smartwatch manufacturing company, Pebble, is now reportedly planning to fill the void left by Apple, through a pocket-sized Android smartphone.

Pebble founder Eric Migicovsky, had launched a campaign called The Small Android Phone project in May 2022, as a plea to rally consumers to put pressure on smartphone manufacturing giants such as Google, and Samsung to consider making small yet premium smartphones.

Almost a year after his plea, Eric Migicovsky's Small Android Phone petition has reportedly evolved into a “community-based project”, which involves a team working on designing and producing the compact smartphone that he and other ardent supporters and fans of compact smartphones want. The petition has received 38,700 signatures to date, according to a report by The Verge.

The community project is reportedly progressing through a Discord channel, where discussions and planning around efforts around sourcing a display, choosing a chip, and designing the body of the compact pocket-sized smartphone are taking place. The conversations also apparently involve plans on financing the project to production reality, as per the report.

The Small Android Phone project's team involves, amongst others, Pebble smartwatch alumni — Chris Hendel, project manager at Pebble and MongoDB; Alex De Stasio, industrial design worker at GoPro; and Susan Holcomb, a data scientist turned writer.

In a YouTube video, De Stasio had revealed sketches of how the small Android smartphone could look like. The video claimed that the smartphone developed by the project will obviously be small, while also featuring a distinctive camera. The camera bump in his opinion "has a huge impact on the visual icon of the phone," and therefore, he intends to "make sure it's very uniquely recognisable and very iconic."

In terms of camera specifications, Bryant has reportedly withdrawn his support from loading megapixel-heavy camera sensors onto smartphones, and instead focus on software advancements that allow for well-processed imagery. He claims that although the team has options of working with a few Chinese developers and individuals who have worked on RAW camera apps for other phones, it would ultimately prefer to produce its own image-capturing and processing software.

The team has reportedly not decided on what the small android smartphone will be made of, with a metal frame covered in glass composite and a ceramic-coated aluminium body being considered as options. The team also mentioned forged carbon, bio-resin, and ceramic composites as materials that are being mooted as possible options as well.

The small smartphone currently remains unnamed. However, it has internally been codenamed Marvin, as per the report. However, options for names have been mentioned with the list including - Pico, Pip, Howdy, Atlas, and even bringing back the Pebble brand name itself.

In terms of the chipset powering the small Android smartphone, the team is reportedly considering Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 SoC and a yet-to-be-released mid-tier Qualcomm chip, as of now. The team also intends to guarantee at least two years of software updates to the small android smartphone. The premium smartphone could be priced at around $850 (roughly Rs. 70,000)

The Small Android Phone project also invites small phone enthusiasts to give feedback at every step of the process of developing a small Android smartphone.

From smartphones with rollable displays or liquid cooling, to compact AR glasses and handsets that can be repaired easily by their owners, we discuss the best devices we've seen at MWC 2023 on Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast. Orbital is available on Spotify, Gaana, JioSaavn, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music and wherever you get your podcasts.
Affiliate links may be automatically generated - see our ethics statement for details.

For the latest tech news and reviews, follow Gadgets 360 on X, Facebook, WhatsApp, Threads and Google News. For the latest videos on gadgets and tech, subscribe to our YouTube channel. If you want to know everything about top influencers, follow our in-house Who'sThat360 on Instagram and YouTube.

Infosys Announces Retirement of Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw as Independent Director: All Details
State of Unreal 2023 Announcements: Fortnite’s Unreal Editor, Unreal Engine 5.2, and More
Share on Facebook Gadgets360 Twitter Share Tweet Snapchat Share Reddit Comment google-newsGoogle News


Follow Us
© Copyright Red Pixels Ventures Limited 2024. All rights reserved.
Trending Products »
Latest Tech News »