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You can now buy refurbished, Google-free Android flagships (Latest version)


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Google says Android platform is by far the most popular mobile operating system, and also serves as a one stop shop for the company's various services.

What if you want a smartphone experience without your data being caught by Google all? Certainly, you can probably wait Huawei's upcoming phones, but there is also / e / OS. The platform is an Android fork that focuses on privacy and open-source steps, including its own program store. And the / e / Foundation recently announced it is now sale of refurbished smartphones with / e / OS pre-installed.

These phones are the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edgeas well as the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus. The phones have an "indication" starting price of 279 euros for the Galaxy S7. The foundation's Gaël Duval said Android Authority These refurbishers tend to offer Apple and Samsung phones usually, but said it is also capable of acquiring other brands.

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The foundation said 1300 users had registered their interest in buying these refurbished phones after about two weeks. In fact, the / e / Foundation first expected to sell 500 to 1000 in a year. This does not mean that it has sold an additional 1,300 units as it represents only the number of people who have registered interest, but it is still encouraging news.

Don't want to splash so much cash? Well, you can also simply / e / OS ROM and flash it yourself. And if you don't know how to flash your device, Duval says the foundation is working on a plan to enable people to send their phones.

"It will be operated worldwide, and the cost will be about $ 50 / sic. We have a lot of questions about this," Duval said. He should note that it should be available early in June.

What makes / e / OS stand out?

The / e / OS platform.

As for the origin of / e / OS, Duval said the fork was based on LineageOS but includes preconfigured online services (eg mail, search, cloud storage). He also noted that it had an attractive interface designed for "mom, dad and children."

The platform's program installer also lists permissions and trackers for each program, the founder says. He also plans the ability to deactivate these trackers, but warns that this can lead to unexpected program behavior.

"We will also provide the opportunity for users to expire the information they send, such as their geolocation. And we also want to provide an energy consumption score."

One big question is why develop / e / OS when there are many ROMs and alternative mobile platforms (e.g. Sail, BlackBerry 10) over the years? We even saw the privacy movement BlackPhone series fall in recent years.

The founder says the attempt is more about "unGoogling" and privacy than a pure security game.

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"We are not designing an unbreakable cellular phone operating system. This is the first point we are likely to distinguish many other initiatives," Duval says. The addition of app compatibility was also a necessary factor. The founder says he probably wouldn't have kicked the project over microg was not available. This is essentially a free, open replacement for Google Play Services.

What about updates? Well, Duval says it uses the same OTA update system as LineageOS, which provides "regular" updates. The founder of the / e / OS did not guarantee Android version updates, but noted that Android Q "probably" goes to higher end devices operating the firmware. Do you want to use a Google-free ROM? Give us your thoughts in the comments.

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