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Nextcloud to be available on 'free' smartphone

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Purism, a company that has successfully raised money to build the first smartphone that uses free software, has said it will be partnering with file sync and share solution company Nextcloud to build encrypted storage products and services.

The announcement comes on the back of Nextcloud's announcement that it will provide end-to-end encryption upgrades in version 13 of the product.

Purism has its own Linux-based operating system known as Pure OS which it installs on computing devices that it sells.

The smartphone is named Librem 5 and is expected to be released in 2018. It is being built in partnership with KDE, a desktop project that is used on Linux desktops.

“Having Nextcloud applications built into the Librem 5, as well as default within PureOS, will help people have a convenient, ethical encrypted file storage service alongside other easy-to-use defaults,” said Todd Weaver, founder and chief executive of Purism.

Jos Poortvliet, co-founder and head of Marketing at Nextcloud, said: “Partnering with Purism gets our software directly into the hands of customers, making their lives easier with security and privacy protection built in."

The company said it planned to include Nextcloud in the Librem 5 phone, as well as within PureOS for its Librem 13 and Librem 15 laptops.

Additionally, Purism will be discussing with Nextcloud about a future Purism NAS that runs completely free software including Nextcloud and services.

“Nextcloud follows our strict beliefs in digital rights for people, and this partnership is a clear win for users by merging convenience and ethics together into simple products,” Weaver added.

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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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