Mobile Phone OS2018-07-25T04:00:39+00:00

/e/ mobile phone operating system

Imagine mobile phones running a desirable /e/ operating system, at a reasonable cost. Not running Google or any other “data hungry” services.

And at the same time, mobile phone operating systems where personal and corporate users can install and use the mainstream applications of their choice, if they wish so.

That’s what /e/ is going to provide: attractive mobile phone operating systems with better privacy.

Our mobile phone OS roadmap

Is /e/ mobile phone OS available? Not yet!

In 2018, we plan to release the system as an “installable ROM” that will be compatible with a number of devices. It will be a “Minimal Viable Product” (MVP). This means it won’t include all /e/ features we have in mind for the long term; it will usable and attractive, just with a minimal function set.

This year we will begin selling the first mobile phones, which will be “post market” phones, i.e. phones that we buy, flash with the /e/ system and sell to customers.

/e/ is also already seeking hardware partners and resellers that would be interested in preloading /e/ for mass-market release.

2018 Roadmap:

  • June 2018: early access to /e/ email for /e/ backers
  • July 2018: early access to /e/ drive for /e/ backers
  • August 2018: /e/ OS beta (MVP) release with several web services (search, app store)
  • September 2018: /e/ OS source code release on /e/ GitLab
  • September 2018: /e/ email and drive open to more users
  • October 2018: smartphones with /e/ OS start shipping to /e/ backers
  • January 2019: smartphones with /e/ OS start selling

Supported devices

At the moment, we’re developing for LeEco Le2, Xiaomi Mi5S and Essential Phone PH1. A list of devices that will be easily supported by /e/ is available here.

It will grow over time, but possibly not all devices from this list will be officially supported if they become obsolete.

On the other hand, as /e/ will be open-source, we count on the community to support and maintain /e/ for rare devices.

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