[ROM][FP3][11.0] iodéOS = LineageOS 18.1 + MicroG + adblocker [02/05/2022]

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Introduction

iodéOS is a privacy-focused operating system powered by LineageOS and based on the Android mobile platform. iodéOS aims at protecting the user's privacy with a built-in adblocker and by freeing the smartphone from snitches.

The objectives in the conception of this ROM are threefold:

  1. To keep the stability and security level of LineageOS, by minimizing the modifications made to the system. Apart the system modifications required by the adblocker, we mainly only added a few useful options commonly found in other custom ROMs, made some cosmetic changes, modified a few default settings to prevent data leaks to Google servers.
  2. To ease a quick adoption of this ROM by new users. We especially target users that are concerned by the protection of their privacy, but are not reluctant to still use inquisitive apps like Google ones. We thus included MicroG as well as a coherent set of default apps, and simplified the initial setup of the system. Particularly, an initialization of MicroG has been made with GCM notifications allowed by default, a privacy-friendly network location provider (DéjàVu) pre-selected, as well as Nominatim Geocoder.
  3. To provide a new and powerful way of blocking ads, malwares, data leaks of all kinds to many intrusive servers. We are developing an analyzer, tightly integrated into the system, that captures all DNS requests and network traffic, as well as a user interface (the iodé app). Compared to some other well-known adblockers, this has the advantages of:
    • Avoiding to lock the VPN for that use. You can even use another adblocker that uses VPN technology alongside our blocker.
    • Being independent of the kind of DNS server used by the system or set by an independent app: classical DNS on UDP port 53 or any other one, DNS over TLS (DoT), DNS over HTTPS (DoH), ..., as we capture the DNS requests before they are transmitted to the system function that emits the DNS request. What we do not support, is DoH when it is natively built into applications, i.e. when an app communicates directly with a DoH server, without asking name resolution to the system. It would require to decrypt HTTPS packets between such an app and the DoH server, which may create a big security hole.
    • Precisely mapping DNS requests and network packets to the Android apps that emitted (or received) them.
    • Deciding which apps have a filtered network usage (by default, all apps), and which ones can communicate with blacklisted servers.
    Since its first versions, we added many features to the iodé blocker: several levels of protection, fine-grained control over the hosts that should be blocked or authorized, displaying statistics on a map to see the quantity of data exchanged to which countries, clearing statistics... We are actively developing the blocker, and new functionalities will be regularly added.

Features

Changes in LineageOS to prevent data leaks:

  • Default DNS server: Google's DNS replaced by Quad9's 'unblocked' servers in all parts of the system.
  • A-GPS: patches to avoid leaking personnal information like IMSI to supl server.
  • Captive portal login: connectivitycheck.gstatic.com replaced by captiveportal.kuketz.de for connectivity check.
  • Dialer: Google default option replaced by OpenStreetMap for phone number lookup.

Pre-installed apps:

We included many useful default apps, but our choice cannot suit everyone; so we added the possibility to remove them. It can be done at the end of the phone setup, or at any time by going to Parameters -> Apps & Notifications -> Preinstalled apps.

  • MicroG core apps: GmsCore, GsfProxy, FakeStore.
  • NLP backends for MicroG : DejaVuNLPBackend (default), MozillaNLPBackend, AppleNLPBackend, RadioCellsNLPBackend, Nominatim Geocoder.
  • App stores : FDroid (with F-Droid Privileged Extension) and Aurora Store.
  • Browser: our own fork of Firefox (with Qwant as default search engine, many other ones added, telemetry disabled, parts of telemetry code removed) instead of Lineage’s default browser Jelly.
  • SMS: QKSMS instead of Lineage's default SMS app.
  • Email: p≡p (Pretty Easy Privacy).
  • Camera: our own fork of Open Camera, with a few tweaks.
  • Maps/navigation: Magic Earth GPS & Navigation (the only one free but not open source).
  • Keyboard: OpenBoard instead of AOSP keyboard.
  • PDF: Pdf Viewer Plus.
  • Personnal notes: Carnet.
  • {Ad/Malware/Data leak}-blocker: iodé.
  • News: to keep users informed about our developments, as well as a FAQ.
  • Meteo: Geometric Weather.

Pre-included FDroid repository:

The apps that we tweak or develop (microG services, the browser based on Firefox, the News app, Open Camera ...) are available through a repository that we included in FDroid (check the "Apps for iodéOS" category). For this purpose and to avoid name conflicts of some apps, we also had to make a few changes in FDroid.

Useful options from other custom ROMs:
  • Smart charging (disables charging when a given level is reached, to protect battery health).
  • Fingerprint vibration toggle.
  • Swipe down to clear all in recent apps (Android 10 only).

Installation Instructions

To download and flash our latest build, see https://gitlab.com/iode/ota.
You can also find here direct links to the latest builds.

Supported devices

Sources

Bug Reporting

You can post a message in this thread or (preferred) open an issue here.

Credits

LineageOS is a free, community built, aftermarket firmware distribution of android, which is designed to increase performance and reliability over stock android for your device.
All the source code for LineageOS is available in the LineageOS Github repo. If you would like to contribute to LineageOS, please visit their Wiki for more details.
This ROM would be nothing without the tremendous work made on MicroG, and all the other open source apps that we included. We are very grateful to their authors.

Contributors

Direct contributors: @iodeOS, @vince31fr
Indirect contributors (too numerous to list): All the people that contributed to the device tree, to LineageOS, and to the included open source apps.

Sponsoring

You can help in the development of this ROM by paying us a coffee here: https://paypal.me/iodeOS.

Screenshots

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Downloads : iodéOS

  • 02/05/2022 (build 20220411):
    • News app reworked
    • Setup Wizard: new iodé introduction
    • iodé blocker: pull to refresh replaced by automatic refresh in report tab
    • Teracube 2e 2022 batch released, video playback in browser and video recording fixed
    • Music app : playlist crash fixed
    • Open Camera : crash when tapping thumbnail of a newly recorded video fixed, photos and videos now editable
    • LineageOS synced with March security patch
    • All apps updated
  • 03/02/2022 (build 20220127):
    • New iodé blocker map feature
    • Build mode changed to 'user' (i.e. release) mode): more apps work out-of-the-box and more secure device, but more restrictive recovery
    • Camera app changed to Open Camera
    • Wireguard kernel module included
    • Dark bootanimation
    • January security patch
    • Preinstalled apps updated
    • Beware: Play store Magisk module broken
  • 18/11/2021 (build 20211108):
    • LineageOS updated (November security patch)
    • Preinstalled apps updated
    • Iodé blocker: hosts can now be customized, either globally or by app
  • 10/09/2021 (build 20210828):
    • Upgrade to Android 11 / LineageOS 18.1
    • LineageOS updated (August security patch)
    • Preinstalled apps updated
    • Backup app included: Seedvault
    • microG now uninstallable: Settings -> Apps & notifications -> Preinstalled apps
    • New default accent color (clear blue from iodé logo)
  • 03/08/2021 (build 20210729):
    • Preinstalled apps UI reworked with the introduction of categories.
    • Dark theme in the blocker UI (next improvement will be hosts customization).
    • p≡p (https://f-droid.org/fr/packages/security.pEp/) is now the defaut email client, and replaces lineageOS client which is no longer maintained.
    • Preinstalled apps updated to their latest version.
    • LineageOS updated (July security patch).
  • 28/05/2021 (build 20210525):
    • Different protection levels in iodé's blocker added: in addition to the default standard blocklist, we added three lists (socials, porn, extreme) that can be activated globally or on a per-app basis (more information in the FAQ).
    • Geometric Weather app added.
    • Preinstalled apps selection at setup wizard added.
    • Preinstalled apps including microG updated to their latest version.
    • LineageOS updated (May security patch).
  • 07/03/2021 (build 20210307): initial publicly available build of iodéOS for FP3/FP3+.
Downloads : add-ons
  • phonesky-magisk.zip : Magisk module for NanoDroid patched Play Store, for those who really need to get access to their paid apps that don't work with microG. This module can be generally be deactivated when you have installed and ran once the paid apps.
    NB : you may have to wait a couple of hours after activating the module for being able to install paid apps.
  • phonesky-magiskV2.zip : compatibility for the upcoming iodéOS 2.x based on Android 11. It can ben installed on iodéOS 1.x based on Android 10 too.
    IMPORTANT : install this module or deactivate the previous one before installing iodéOS 2.x, or you'll be caught in a bootloop.
 

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karlito05

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Thanks a lot for your excellent work!
I just installed the Rom on my FP3+ and so far it runs smoothly. It looks and feels beautyful. I really appreciate your decision to select and install most needed apps so one can start at once with the experience. Of course I will install my favorite apps anyway (no google-stuff of course ;-D ) but I can do this whenever I feel like it and the phone runs fine anyway.
It seems that the fingerprint-sensor works better than with /e/ that I had installed before.
Thanks again and please keep that great project up. That you sell refurbished phones is a great job as well. I hope that many people go for that and safe very precious resources and help our planet by that as well.

I really enjoy this Rom!
 

vince31fr

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Thanks a lot for your excellent work!
I just installed the Rom on my FP3+ and so far it runs smoothly. It looks and feels beautyful. I really appreciate your decision to select and install most needed apps so one can start at once with the experience. Of course I will install my favorite apps anyway (no google-stuff of course ;-D ) but I can do this whenever I feel like it and the phone runs fine anyway.
It seems that the fingerprint-sensor works better than with /e/ that I had installed before.
Thanks again and please keep that great project up. That you sell refurbished phones is a great job as well. I hope that many people go for that and safe very precious resources and help our planet by that as well.

I really enjoy this Rom!
Thanks for you enthusiastic comment ;-)
As the decision to include many basic apps does not suit everyone, we also recently included a simple way to uninstall or completely hide most preinstalled apps (Settings -> Apps & Notifications -> Preinstalled apps). This is not mentioned in the OP yet...
 

karlito05

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You are welcome ;-)
Now I found something that is not working: Screencast. There is a connection but TV shows nothing or a scrambled picture depending which app is on screen. The dongle is working with another phone. Sorry for bad quality of the pictures...

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With /e/ it did not work at all, phone rebooted when trying to connect. Maybe its a problem of Android 10 and FP3? I did not try it with stockrom. And of course I can live without screencast but its a nice feature...
Still enjoying the wonderfully degoogled Rom, though :)
 

karlito05

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Something else I am missing (not complaining...):
NFC is not working long enough for the data exchange with my smart ID card. I read that "extended length" must be enabled in the firmware so packets of more than 500 Byte could be transfered for it to work. Could you please include that in the next build if possible?
Again many thanks for your great work! Have a nice weekend.
 

iodeOS

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Our beta tester volunteers can now configure the blocking level of their iodé phones!
Feel free to join our Telegram app group (link in the news app) if you wish to become a beta tester.
 

karlito05

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Again many thanks for this great Rom. I am really happy I found it and that it is available for my FP3+.
Unfortunately, by trying to install the last update via the updater it seems I messed up the Slot A on which the updater installed the update. Luckily, Slot B with iode 1.2 is still working :).
I tried to install the downloaded v1.3 via TWRP (temporary boot via fastboot) on Slot A - same result: Phone boots into recovery that tells me something went wrong and I could "Try again" or "Format data". The same happened when I tried to restore a complete backup of the working Slot B on Slot A with TWRP. That usually works...
Now I ran out of options. Do you have any suggestions what I could try next in order to repair SlotA? Or what could have been messed up in the first place?
 

vince31fr

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+++ New Update : 10/09/2021 +++

iodéOS 2.1 : based on Android 11 / LineageOS 18.1
Available as OTA (see OP)


BEWARE: the play store magisk module given in the OP (unofficially supported) needs to be updated *before* updgrading to iodéOS 2.0 to avoid a bootloop. You can find the updated version in the OP.
 

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    Introduction

    iodéOS is a privacy-focused operating system powered by LineageOS and based on the Android mobile platform. iodéOS aims at protecting the user's privacy with a built-in adblocker and by freeing the smartphone from snitches.

    The objectives in the conception of this ROM are threefold:

    1. To keep the stability and security level of LineageOS, by minimizing the modifications made to the system. Apart the system modifications required by the adblocker, we mainly only added a few useful options commonly found in other custom ROMs, made some cosmetic changes, modified a few default settings to prevent data leaks to Google servers.
    2. To ease a quick adoption of this ROM by new users. We especially target users that are concerned by the protection of their privacy, but are not reluctant to still use inquisitive apps like Google ones. We thus included MicroG as well as a coherent set of default apps, and simplified the initial setup of the system. Particularly, an initialization of MicroG has been made with GCM notifications allowed by default, a privacy-friendly network location provider (DéjàVu) pre-selected, as well as Nominatim Geocoder.
    3. To provide a new and powerful way of blocking ads, malwares, data leaks of all kinds to many intrusive servers. We are developing an analyzer, tightly integrated into the system, that captures all DNS requests and network traffic, as well as a user interface (the iodé app). Compared to some other well-known adblockers, this has the advantages of:
      • Avoiding to lock the VPN for that use. You can even use another adblocker that uses VPN technology alongside our blocker.
      • Being independent of the kind of DNS server used by the system or set by an independent app: classical DNS on UDP port 53 or any other one, DNS over TLS (DoT), DNS over HTTPS (DoH), ..., as we capture the DNS requests before they are transmitted to the system function that emits the DNS request. What we do not support, is DoH when it is natively built into applications, i.e. when an app communicates directly with a DoH server, without asking name resolution to the system. It would require to decrypt HTTPS packets between such an app and the DoH server, which may create a big security hole.
      • Precisely mapping DNS requests and network packets to the Android apps that emitted (or received) them.
      • Deciding which apps have a filtered network usage (by default, all apps), and which ones can communicate with blacklisted servers.
      Since its first versions, we added many features to the iodé blocker: several levels of protection, fine-grained control over the hosts that should be blocked or authorized, displaying statistics on a map to see the quantity of data exchanged to which countries, clearing statistics... We are actively developing the blocker, and new functionalities will be regularly added.

    Features

    Changes in LineageOS to prevent data leaks:

    • Default DNS server: Google's DNS replaced by Quad9's 'unblocked' servers in all parts of the system.
    • A-GPS: patches to avoid leaking personnal information like IMSI to supl server.
    • Captive portal login: connectivitycheck.gstatic.com replaced by captiveportal.kuketz.de for connectivity check.
    • Dialer: Google default option replaced by OpenStreetMap for phone number lookup.

    Pre-installed apps:

    We included many useful default apps, but our choice cannot suit everyone; so we added the possibility to remove them. It can be done at the end of the phone setup, or at any time by going to Parameters -> Apps & Notifications -> Preinstalled apps.

    • MicroG core apps: GmsCore, GsfProxy, FakeStore.
    • NLP backends for MicroG : DejaVuNLPBackend (default), MozillaNLPBackend, AppleNLPBackend, RadioCellsNLPBackend, Nominatim Geocoder.
    • App stores : FDroid (with F-Droid Privileged Extension) and Aurora Store.
    • Browser: our own fork of Firefox (with Qwant as default search engine, many other ones added, telemetry disabled, parts of telemetry code removed) instead of Lineage’s default browser Jelly.
    • SMS: QKSMS instead of Lineage's default SMS app.
    • Email: p≡p (Pretty Easy Privacy).
    • Camera: our own fork of Open Camera, with a few tweaks.
    • Maps/navigation: Magic Earth GPS & Navigation (the only one free but not open source).
    • Keyboard: OpenBoard instead of AOSP keyboard.
    • PDF: Pdf Viewer Plus.
    • Personnal notes: Carnet.
    • {Ad/Malware/Data leak}-blocker: iodé.
    • News: to keep users informed about our developments, as well as a FAQ.
    • Meteo: Geometric Weather.

    Pre-included FDroid repository:

    The apps that we tweak or develop (microG services, the browser based on Firefox, the News app, Open Camera ...) are available through a repository that we included in FDroid (check the "Apps for iodéOS" category). For this purpose and to avoid name conflicts of some apps, we also had to make a few changes in FDroid.

    Useful options from other custom ROMs:
    • Smart charging (disables charging when a given level is reached, to protect battery health).
    • Fingerprint vibration toggle.
    • Swipe down to clear all in recent apps (Android 10 only).

    Installation Instructions

    To download and flash our latest build, see https://gitlab.com/iode/ota.
    You can also find here direct links to the latest builds.

    Supported devices

    Sources

    Bug Reporting

    You can post a message in this thread or (preferred) open an issue here.

    Credits

    LineageOS is a free, community built, aftermarket firmware distribution of android, which is designed to increase performance and reliability over stock android for your device.
    All the source code for LineageOS is available in the LineageOS Github repo. If you would like to contribute to LineageOS, please visit their Wiki for more details.
    This ROM would be nothing without the tremendous work made on MicroG, and all the other open source apps that we included. We are very grateful to their authors.

    Contributors

    Direct contributors: @iodeOS, @vince31fr
    Indirect contributors (too numerous to list): All the people that contributed to the device tree, to LineageOS, and to the included open source apps.

    Sponsoring

    You can help in the development of this ROM by paying us a coffee here: https://paypal.me/iodeOS.

    Screenshots

    iode_home1.png
    iode_home2.png
    iode_drawer.png
    iode_preinstalled.png
    blocker_home.png
    blocker_report.png
    blocker_stream.png
    blocker_map.png
    blocker_lists.png
    blocker_blocked.png
    blocker_block_host.png
    blocker_details_host.png