Programming on your phone. Trying out EMUI Desktop Mode and gitpod.

2021-12-11 Fukuoka City, Japan Engineer Cafe.

Screenshot of EMUI Desktop and Firefox on gitpod

Equipment required:


In Fukuoka we have the great free coworking space coming with new HP USB Screens, table and chairs. Can you spontaenously start programming, just carrying a smartphone, foldable bluetooth keyboard and small bluetooth mouse?


Many modern phones from Huawei or Samsung come with an desktop mode. This time I'm checking if programming using the desktop mode is doable.

  1. connect phone to usb-c monitor
  2. open firefox and go to 3. Start your workspace and see your familiar IDE, commit and release.

Alternatively a connection to a remote desktop is also an option.

Issues in EMUI Desktop or android:


I've written this article entirely this way, tested how it looked online and published it. I could also have fixed bugs or added features.

I'd say I prefer the raspberry pi 400 to EMUI desktop, but it does work good enough, if you do not need to add files. Having a full linux desktop is preferable. The Rasberry Pi 400 does take up slightly more space, it's therefore more unlikely to be caried in your clothing. A regular rasberry pi would however be portable enough in winter.

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