Security and privacy are some of the things that Android struggles with, and it’s pretty hard to get solid security and privacy on an open ecosystem that promotes sharing and interconnected APIs. The Tor Project – known for their secure browser of the same name – is now showing Google that security on Android is possible, if you design your software that way.

The new software only works for the Nexus 6P and the Nexus 5X for now, and is based on Copperhead OS. This is being developed by Mike Perry, a developer for Tor. “We are trying to demonstrate that it is possible to build a phone that respects user choice and freedom, vastly reduces vulnerability surface, and sets a direction for the ecosystem with respect to how to meet the needs of high-security users,” Perry said.


Users will have a choice of installing Google services on the phone, once they start installing the software. They can also choose not to install those and just run on offline maps and other services. Copperhead OS supports verified boot, which prevents exploits from modifying the boot, system, recovery, and vendor device partition.

You can download the ROM from their Github page, and you would want to follow the instructions there (click source link below). So if you fancy a more secure phone, then this one might be an option.

VIA: Ars Technica