Week 9, 2023: Development and Testing Updates



Status : :green_circle: Testing in progress

ETA: 1-2 weeks :crossed_fingers:


Release Notes

Checkout previous releases & user feedback


Device builds that failed

  • Issue created to track devices which did not receive the last build - 1027

Issue may not be visible to all users as it has been moved under a project specific for build team members

  • If your device did not receive the last couple of builds please do let us know in this thread and will have it added to the issue.

Self-hosted eCloud upgrade


Upcoming Releases

  • Milestones
    • The list may have multiple entries for a build
    • Check for the RC (release candidate) build for that version
    • The tentative ETA for the public release of a build would be usually a week after the final rc build



Status: :green_circle: Released

  • Download here
    • Sources available here
    • version is /e/OS Q (A10)
    • S (A12) and R (A11) version of GSI yet to be planned. Awaiting developer availability


OS OTA upgrades

Status: :green_circle: Ongoing


  • FP4 >> R ( A11) to S (A12)
  • FP3 >> Q (A10) to R (A11) stable
  • OnePlus Nord >> Q ( A10) to R (A11) (stable build)
  • Samsung s7 / s7+ >> Nougat (A7) to Q (A10)
  • Samsung s9 / s9+ >> Oreo (A8) to Q (A10)
  • Samsung s8 /s8+ >> Pie (A9) to R (A11) OTA upgrade ::new:

User Testing started :new:

Upcoming / under development

  • Galaxy S9/S9+ Q (A10)→ Android 11 (R)


/e/OS T or Android 13 :new:

Work on customizing the /e/OS source code to work with Android 13 is under progress. Will share more details in the weeks to come.


snappymail to replace Rainloop :new:

Today 2 Mar onwards all users should be able to see Snappymail in place of Rainloop on the WebUi. Try it out an let us know your feedback.


Important information : Plans to drop support for multiple OS versions on the same device

:warning: Users are informed that we plan to drop support for multiple operating systems on the same device. To explain further, let us take an example. If a device has Pie or Android 9, Q ( A10) and R (A11) /e/OS versions showing up for download, we will be building and supporting the latest version only - in this case R (A11).

:point_right: Users are advised to upgrade to the latest version of the OS for their device to avoid being stuck on unmaintained OS versions. In most cases, this would be a manual upgrade which would require you to take a backup.

:nerd_face: Supporting multiple OS versions can causes issues of compatibility with applications as most only work correctly on the latest OS. Multiple OS builds also require storage space and consumes time and resources for maintenance.

:calendar: As yet we do not have a date for this activity and will update once we have a plan in place.


OS upgrade info specific to the FP3 The FP3 OTA OS update from Pie to Q/R is not possible as encryption method changed on FP3 between Pie and Q/R. It is not possible to change the method while updating. The team spent a great deal of time on this, but has not been able to resolve this problem. For now, the manual process is the only way to upgrade the FP3 from pie to other OS versions.
What we mean by OS OTA upgrade - Click to expand or close

: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, which may result in data loss.

  • Difference between /e/OS build types
  • Unofficial ROM build refer the section ROM Builders - Unofficial and Custom
Recent Documentation updates
ROM Builders - Unofficial and Custom
  • Pleas update your Docker image to tne latest image we released
  • Those building using traditional repo sync method refer android_prebuilts_prebuiltapks_lfs
  • You will have to install git-lfs (sudo apt-get install git-lfs)
  • After completing a repo sync, you will have to run repo forall -c ‘git lfs pull’

:nerd_face: Reason behind these changes:

Due to the large size of the android_prebuilts_prebuiltapks we have switched to using LFS, and now you will need to refer to android_prebuilts_prebuiltapks_lfs

End of official support for Nougat, Oreo and Pie 😞 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.

Device and Vendor 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: 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.

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  • Facing issues with devices you purchased from us ? Send a mail with details to helpdesk@e.email


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Hi @Manoj,

Great news to see you work on Android 13 :slight_smile: Thanks to the whole team again for all your works :slight_smile:


All users should be seeing snappymail instead of Rainloop on the murena cloud webui


We are testing the OS upgrade for FP3 (R to S) and OnePlus Nord to A12


I experience massive battary drain with version 1.8.1 on Fairphone 3+ with phone beeing idle and no apps open. Over night (6 hours) with no usage up to >25% in flight mode. Never had this before with older versions.

That’s great news, thank you! :slight_smile:


Dear @Manoj, /e/ devs and /e/ community,
I would like to express my gratitude for the work done by the whole /e/ team and the support provided by the community in this forum.

In the last three years, I have only used /e/OS in my equipment and I recognize the enormous effort in its development. Maybe not everything is perfect but enough to keep me as far away from the big tech as possible. I have the impression that in the last six months the development of /e/OS has been faster. Thanks for that too.

I can’t even imagine what it would be like to have to go back to stock android. That doesn’t even cross my mind!

Once again, thank you all :clap: :pray:t3:


Thanks @Hermano for the support. We do agree that we are not perfect and there is a lot of ground to cover, but with the support and feedback of the community we will surely get there.


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