Week 11, 2022 : Development and Testing Updates

Builds and Releases


Status: :green_circle: Testing

  • Fixes and updates
  • Some issues may be marked confidential by their owners and will not be visible to all


Status: :green_circle: Released

  • OS versions released

    • R
    • Q
    • Pie
  • Updates in v0.22

  • Some issues will be marked as confidential and not be visible to all users

  • Release notes

  • Release Pending for

    • Oreo
    • Nougat

    check section on Nougat Builds below

    • Team working on these OS version releases

:information_source: Difference between the dev, test and stable builds read this guide

Devices which did not receive the v0.22

  • List now includes lake, river, payton, ocean, evert, chef, channel, beckham…all motorola devices
  • Issue identified as an error which comes up in the build.Team working on resolving it

OS OTA Upgrade

s7 /s7 edge

Status: :green_circle: testing to start

  • As promised earlier, we are now starting the testing of the OTA OS upgrade for s7 / s7 edge.
  • Need volunteers who can help with this testing.

:crossed_fingers: We are using the experience gained from the s9/s9+ OS OTA upgrade exercise to develop upgrade builds for other devices. First preference would be devices we sell on the eSolutions Shop. No ETAs as of now for this activity. We are now testing the s7/s7 edge as mentioned above


  • GSI builds for v0.22 has been released.

  • GSI sources are available here

Nougat Builds

We have been facing build issues on multiple devices which are still exclusively on Nougat OS. We will attempt to upgrade all these devices to the latest OS version where ever possible. We are testing the upgrade on the s7 as mentioned above. For the other devices we will attempt to make Q or R builds, if these attempts are not successful, we will inform the users and stop maintaining those devices. This would mean that the build versions will not be updated or bugs specific to nougat will not be fixed.

Development Activity

Status: :green_circle: In Progress

A summary of issues dev team is investigating or working on

  • Bliss launcher upgrading and existing issue resolution
  • eDrive code refactoring to optimize the application
  • Updating Applications where forked …ongoing task
  • Comprehensive updates to the AppStore…check App Installer Update below
  • EasyInstaller to adapt to upgrade OS builds…investigation only

This is a subset of what the team is working on. Most of these tasks are under development and testing phase. Some of the issues will be confidential and not visible to all users.

App installer Update

Status: :green_circle: Testing

A new version of the default App installer or what is also called the /e/OS App Store is being tested. It will be called App Lounge.
This will have applications from 3 different locations accessible with a real Gmail account or by using an anonymous one

:point_right: It will have a login interface with Google account or anonymous, similar to what we see on repositories like Aurora store.

:point_right: Source code will be opened up for all users.

:point_right: A detailed guide on how privacy score is calculated on the App Lounge will be shared. The customization for the Privacy score calculations requires we still use cleanapk . We will share a document on how the score is calculated.

:point_right: We will share more details once we have tested the application and certify it as fit for release.

The purpose of the App Lounge remains to server the widest range of users possible. We cannot use FDroid or Aurora store as is . Users also need to understand that not all applications that can be downloaded will work on a de-googled OS like /e/OS. That being said, the efforts to make the user experience better is ongoing.

Device Specific Announcements

:loudspeaker: Gigaset GS290
We have stopped the sales of the Gigaset GS290 on the eSolutionsShop as the vendor has stopped production of the device. We will continue support for existing users.

:loudspeaker: Teracube 2e
Users, please be aware that as of now the 2e is only compatible with Android 10 or /e/ Q build. This information is also shared on the 2e forum and on the /e/ install guide

  • While these issues are getting resolved, we have removed the 2e from the list of devices supported on the EasyInstaller

:loudspeaker: Message being shared on the request of our vendor partners

  • Vendors whose phones we sell on our eSolutions Store do not directly sell /e/OS flashed devices.
  • The vendors only sell their devices with their own stock ROM.
  • To get pre flashed /e/OS phones, you have to purchase them from the eSolutions Shop.

:loudspeaker: FP4 back in stock

We have received additional stock of FP4 devices as of last week. Those interested in purchasing should do so on the eSolutions Shop …while stocks last

:crossed_fingers: Efforts to port new devices continue and details will be shared once we have working builds available.

Update for those who build /e/OS Custom and Unofficial ROM’s

Due to the large size of the android_prebuilts_prebuiltapks we will be using LFS , and now you will need to refer to android_prebuilts_prebuiltapks_lfs
:warning: android_prebuilts_prebuiltapks has been made read only. More details here
We will publish some documentation around this soon.

Location to raise bugs

There is a change in the location to raise bugs

Work at /e/

This post will be updated through the week

Regain your privacy! Adopt /e/ the unGoogled mobile OS and online servicesphone


You are doing some great work.

Would you consider doing an Android TV e/os?

Would help complete my move from Apple.


For now, the focus is on smartphones and tablets. We will work on adapting to other devices as well. Will share more information once we start any development on this.

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Wow, i’m excited about the new ‘App Lounge’ :smiley:

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is it now possible to update an FP3 with /e/ from Android 9 to 11 without losing data?

If this is not yet possible, can I follow the development somewhere?


10 to 11 should be possible since resolving backlog#3712, but I was not successful verifying. For 9->10 I have no data. Caveat: only do this if the device stockrom hasn’t more uptodate firmware

That should become possible with the OTA upgrade, which is not yet available for FP3, but should come soon (maybe in the next half year?). Best way to keep up is probably checking these forum posts from week to week. Until now, it is always

Some additional details around the changes in the build folder structure
Users, who are building with docker, need not change anything. A new docker will be published on Monday to let it work again. While waiting for it, users can modify their own by looking at this issue .

For those who build without docker

  1. need to install git-lfs (sudo apt-get install git-lfs)
  2. after repo sync, need to run repo forall -c ‘git lfs pull’

Hmm… I don’t quite get it. Why on earth getting f-droid apps from cleanapk instead of fdroid? I suppose there are APIs to use + cleanapk has already been criticized as a source, so why not fix all at once?

Anyway good that GPlay apps will be aple to get at play store using App Lounge, like with Aurora store. Long waited change here.

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The reason is given in the initial post

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