A few weeks we had shared with you the news of the release of the /e / ROM, a product of the e.foundation which promised to provide an Android fork which is free of any Google’s services, meaning complete privacy and control of one’s data.
The ROM is intended for those privacy-focused enthusiasts, who have no issue in compromising with certain functionalities in exchange for complete freedom and privacy. The ROM is a fork of the ever poplar LineageOS. It features alternates of popular Google services like the inclusion of MicroG store as the default app provider instead of Google Play Store, duckduckgo instead of Google Search, Telegram as default chat app and Signal as the default messaging application.
The company has even implemented online services like email, cloud drive storage, cloud calendar all of which can be accessed using their in-house @e.email account, which seemingly provides functionality similar to what a Google account brings to Android.
IN a recent blog post, the company has announced that they have been successful in porting the /e /-MVP beta2 to Android 8.1 Oreo, implying that the ROM now supports more phones than ever, with the ROM now supporting 49 devices in total some of them being:
– Google Pixel XL
– OnePlus 5T
– Xiaomi Pocophone F1
The team plans to partner with device manufacturers to release devices which come with the /e / ROM out of the box, a partnership similar to what Cyanogen Mod had with OnePlus in its initial years.