An open-source privacy-focused smartphone is coming soon from Android app maker Simple Mobile Tools


Android app builder Simple mobile tools has created a suite of open-source apps that lives up to the company’s name for years, offering simple apps that provide many of the features you’d expect from a modern smartphone, including calendar, contacts, keyboard, launcher, music player, dialer phone, SMS and note-taking apps, among others.

Today, the company is making the leap from software to hardware: a single phone is on the way.

Details are light at the moment, but according to a reddit post, the Simple Phone will be “privacy-focused” and will only come with pre-installed open-source apps. It will first launch in Europe, where it is expected to sell for around €350, but the company hopes to eventually release the phone in other markets, including the United States.

In addition to the Simple Mobile Tools app suite, the company plans to pre-install other open-source apps, including MakeEmail, microGand a web browser (at the moment it’s resembling it may be the DuckDuckGo Browserbut it looks like it hasn’t been set in stone yet).

While specs haven’t been revealed yet, the developers note that the aim is to deliver a privacy-focused phone with Android app support as a budget price, so you shouldn’t expect any specs. cutting-edge features. You shouldn’t expect a headphone jack either – it’s apparently harder to find phones with that feature these days, so the model the simple phone will be based on doesn’t have one.

What it will have is a custom ROM based on code from the Android Open Source Project with a custom UI and a default orange color scheme that matches the color of Simple Mobile Tools, but users can change the colors if they want something a little more subtle.

The custom ROM will also eventually be available for download and installation on other phones if you want to enjoy the Simple Mobile experience without having to buy new hardware.

Until then, you can also find the full suite of Simple Mobile apps in the Google Play Store or at F-Droid.

Going through android font, Cashy’s blogand /r/SimpleMobileTools

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