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Android Marshmallow-Based Replicant 6.0 Released

In order to make Android boot on most devices, developers have to mix the open source code with proprietary files delivered by the vendor. For those users who value a truly free operating system, Android is actually not as free as they would like it to be. Developers have no access to the source code...

New Development Updates Revealed for Replicant 6.0

As many people know, the core parts that run Android is completely open source and is free to use by anyone. All OEMs shipping phones based off of Android do exactly this, including Amazon. But due to competition and profit motives, many parts of the OS that is shipped on devices are closed source. Since...

Free Software Foundation lists a Free Phone OS as a Top Priority for 2017

At XDA-Developers, we value and encourage original development efforts of all kinds. While we won't get into the debate over the merits of open source software versus closed source, we do recognize the desire for many users to run their devices on software they know is open for public scrutiny. When we discuss open source...

Samsung Backdoor May Not Be as Wide Open as Initially Thought

Earlier today, we talked about how the Replicant team found a potential backdoor in Samsung's proprietary radio software. As demonstrated in a proof-of-concept attack, this allowed certain baseband code to gain access to a device's storage under a specific set of circumstances. But upon closer inspection, this backdoor is most likely not as bad as it...

Replicant Devs Discover Backdoor in Samsung Android Devices

You may recall that about five months ago, we touched upon a study demonstrating how OEM modifications are the primary cause for most "Android" security issues. Unfortunately, we offer yet another example of OEM-caused security issues---but this time, it's not because of an OEM skin or bloatware. Rather, this is a potential vulnerability at a...