Screenshot of CopperheadOS on a Nexus 5X
|Source model||Mix of open source and source-available|
|Marketing target||Security / privacy-focused smartphones|
|Update method||Over-the-air (OTA) or sideloaded update packages|
|Package manager||F-Droid or APK|
CopperheadOS is a source-available operating system for smartphones and tablet computers, based on the Android mobile platform. It adds privacy and security features to the official releases of the Android Open Source Project by Google, with the goal of upstreaming these back into Android, Linux and OpenBSD.
In August 2016, CopperheadOS announced future versions of the operating system, based on Android Nougat 7.x, would be released under a no-commercial-usage license until more funding could be acquired.
In March 2017, support for Pixel and Pixel XL devices was launched, with Copperhead offering preinstalled devices from it's online store.
In June 2018, then-Chief Technology Officer and 50% stakeholder Daniel Micay, announced publicly that he had been cut off from the company. In an e-mail sent to him by Chief Executive Officer James Donaldson, Mr. Micay was ordered to turn over access to the CopperheadOS subreddit and Twitter account as well as the GPG key which Mr. Micay had used to secure key parts of the Copperhead project. Mr. Micay reportedly deleted the key, which was required to release updates to CopperheadOS.
In September 2019 it was revealed that Mr. Micay had moved on to his own project GrapheneOS, inciting a legal battle with Copperhead over ownership of intellectual property. CopperheadOS has continued to see updates through 2019 since the departure of Mr. Micay, as well as announcing their Community Builder Initiative.
List of supported devices
The following is a list of devices supported by CopperheadOS:
In the past, the following devices were supported:
- HiKey 960
- Nexus 5 - dropped after October 2016 end-of-life
- Nexus 9 - dropped after October 2017 end-of-life
- Galaxy S4 - dropped after migrating to being directly based on the Android Open Source Project
- Nexus 5X
- Nexus 6P
- Pixel XL
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- Micay, Daniel. "James has even threatened to seize control of my personal GPG key that I created in 2009/2010 when I started packaging for the official Arch Linux repositories. I donʼt have an understanding of why he is taking these actions. Itʼs completely illogical and extremely destructive". Twitter. Archived from the original on 2018-06-19. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
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