Week 28, 2022: Development and Testing Updates

Builds and Releases

v1.1

Status: :green_circle: Released

OS released on

  • R
  • Q

Fixes released as part of v1.1

  • Camera fixes for some devices
  • eDrive permission bugs
  • Memory leaks
  • Release Notes can be viewed here
  • Release is only for Android 10 or /e/OS Q and Android 11 or /e/OS R
  • v1.1 includes the May security patch

:nerd_face: We test out the security patches against the /e/OS code and release it only after we are sure that none of the existing applications have issues with the patch. This testing causes a delay in the release of security patches

v1.1 Build failed for these devices

On Q

bacon, davinci, j5y17lte, surnia

On R

bacon, lavender, surya

If possible builds will be released in v1.1 or we will move it to v1.2

Upcoming builds

Check future builds and milestones

End of official support for Nougat, Oreo and Pie

:disappointed: For Pie, Oreo and Nougat the official /e/OS support draws to a close.

Reasons for dropping official support are:

  • newly released applications like App Lounge, Advanced privacy code has not been customized for these OS versions.
  • lack of dedicated ROM Maintainers
  • no support upstream (Lineage dropped support for Pie sometime back)
  • device trees will continue to exist in the Gitlab and users with build skills can create custom ROMs on these builds
  • Security patches and vendor patches for the Pie, Oreo and Nougat code will be updated based on availability.

:nerd_face: Google stops security patches for OS after some time. Similarly, Vendors drop support for older models when they release newer models in the market. Then it depends on developers from various communities to backport the patches.

GSI

  • GSI builds on v1.1 are available here
    • Sources of last GSI release can be viewed here

OS OTA upgrades

Completed

  • Samsung s9 / s9+
  • Samsung s7/ s7+

Upcoming

  • Samsung s8 /s8+
    • ETA Sep end :crossed_fingers:
  • FP3
    • ETA not available

:nerd_face: OTA OS upgrade means the upgrade to a higher OS level. Updates will be delivered Over the Air (OTA). The OTA upgrades are available on official builds only. Users who have unofficial or custom builds will not get the notification to install the upgrade build. They will have to manually download and flash the Q builds once they are released.

Difference between /e/OS build types

Devices to receive OS upgrades

A couple of existing devices will get R upgrades. Will target to release with v1.2 :crossed_fingers:

Vendor Device Name Code Name New/Upgrade OS Comments
Motorola Moto Z Play addison Upgrade R
Motorola Moto Z2 Play albus Upgrade R
OnePlus 7 guacamoleb Upgrade R

Check this post for more details

/e/S upgrades coming soon :sparkler:

We plan to upgrade around 70+ devices to /e/OS S or Android 12. The /e/OS S builds are in the final stages of development and testing. Hope to release the devices in monthly batches of 20 devices.

Will share details of the device names and ETA soon.

Recently Documentation updates

New category for Security specific announcements on the forum

A new category has been created specifically for Security Announcements. This category will contain the official explanations from the /e/OS Management or development team for any security related incidents on the ROM or sites. This will be a read-only section.

Testing

  • We are looking for users, especially FP4 users who have an eSim and can help us test it. For details, refer this post

Device and Vendor specific Announcements- Click to expand or close

: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: 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: /e/OS Pre flashed device sales

  • We sell directly in EU, US, Canada.
  • Find details of what devices are available in which countries here eSolutions Shop.
  • In Australia we do not sell directly. You can purchase preflashed /e/OS devices from this site

:loudspeaker: Murena One released
A phone from Murena with /e/OS installed has been launched and is available for purchase. Check the device specs here

Expect more device releases from Murena in future :grinning:

:nerd_face: Murena is the brand name and /e/OS is the Operating system.

/e/OS Links - Click to expand or close ### Support
  • Facing issues with devices you purchased from us ? Send a mail with details to helpdesk@e.email

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

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After updating to v1.1 Q Samsung S5 Neo magnetic cover not working as before (power on/off screen). Cleared Cache/Dalvik

Hi @Manoj, I really appreciate your weekly updates here. :slight_smile: One suggestion I want to make is that you keep the successful OS OTA upgrades in this little list (I think the Samsung S7 was in it, wasn’t it?) and drop the word “Upcoming” from the title – so people can see that there have already been OTA upgrades that have succeeded and that this is not an eternally unresolved endeavour.

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:slight_smile: Have added a section completed and upcoming.

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By the way, the latest 1.1 update that I got earlier today (20220708202053) on my Fairphone 3+ seems to have brought location back (at last in the pre-installed Magic Earth fork) :slight_smile: It worked again today (both in Germany and The Netherlands) while it wasn’t before on my previous walk (in Belgium).

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Does the “ETA not available” for FP3 mean “for sure not before Samsung s8”? Or is there a chance for an earlier ETA?

It will be after the release of s8

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Since Android 12 is around and devices will soon get it, will there be a FP3 OTA to it?

In the future for devices which got an OS OTA like Galaxy S7, is the implementation for OS OTA of future versions now easier or is the know-how only for updates to Q (Android 10)?

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The OTA to /e/OS S is definitely an option we are looking into.
There is a possibility that the s8/s8+ /e/OS OTA upgrade will be from Pie to S :crossed_fingers:
The FP3 OS OTA upgrade will be to R
The knowledge we gained from these OTA upgrades will be put to use across other devices as well. The only issue we have is of bandwidth… the porting team having the bandwidth to make these modifications.

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So there will be a android version jump OTA for FP3?

Thank you for the feedback.

After Galaxy S8, or what do you mean? On which version are you now?

I am on Q stable for FP3. It used to be said that there can never be OTA version jumps for FP3. Now I understood @Manoj that there will be OTA in the future after all.

I guess that was before /e/ started the OS OTA upgrades months ago

Source? I would be surprised if anybody from the /e/OS team would have said it in such an absolute way.

Absolutely it may not have been said. But so far it has always been like this for FP3. Samsung was the exception.

Apparently Samsung was the start.

Is the Gigaset GS290 getting an update to Android 12?

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We are working on adding more devices to the S upgrade list

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@Manoj
That’s what i want to know too. Today my GS290 is on Android 10 (Q stable). If no S Update is comming for the GS290, is the foundation working for an R update? Palnt the Foundation to support the GS5 of the company Gigaset?

greetings

Stefan

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