The developer of the alternative operating system /e/OS builds his first cell phone: The Murena One comes without Google services, costs 350 euros and is sold out.
Developer Gaël Duval builds a cell phone without Google: The Murena One runs with the Android derivative /e/OS, also developed by Duval, which does not require the Google services that are usually so ubiquitous in Android.
With the help of Android forks such as /e/OS allow users to make their smartphones Google-free afterwards, and the Murena One has this feature ex works. It runs with /e/OS and offers an app store called “App Lounge” where even Google services can be loaded if desired. According to The Verge, the Murena One relies on MicroG, an alternative to Google Play Services. The replacement services partially communicate with Google interfaces, partially they replace the Google interfaces. /e/OS is an Android 10-based fork of CyanogenMod.
Budget phone without Google
Duval has already sold smartphones from independent manufacturers with pre-installed /e/OS, the Murena One is the first mobile phone made in-house. It costs 350 euros and will be sent from June. However, the mobile phone is currently sold out in the online store, and information about replenishment deliveries is not displayed.
The hardware of the Murena One corresponds to the entry-level class: It has almost 4 GB of RAM and is powered by a four-year-old Mediatek Helio P60 powered which does not support 5G. The IPS display is 6.5 inches and has a resolution of 1080 x 2242 pixels, its maximum refresh rate is 60 Hertz.
On the back of the Murena One is a triple camera with 48.8 and 5 megapixels, the selfie cam has a resolution of 25 megapixels. The cell phone supports Bluetooth 4.2 and NFC and has a jack socket. The internal storage space of 128 GB can be expanded using a microSD card. The battery has a nominal capacity of 4500 mAh.