(My first post here too)
Quick intro - my name is Shree. I run a project called “Kite”. It’s a DIY kit with which you can build a complete smartphone yourself. A screwdriver is required, but no other special tools. We supply 3D printable designs to get everyone started.
It’s an open hardware & open source project. I am posting this here as we are planning to ship F-Droid as the default app store on it.
Kite will not have GMS, it will also not have any carrier locks, plus unlocked bootloader.
Kite allows for hardware extension using Raspberry Pi HAT compatible addons. You can change the battery, use your own antennas, change the case, and totally tailor Android, linux kernel & bootloader.
We are crowdfunding for Kite v2 - based on Snapdragon 450 on KICKSTARTER
You will find many examples there of what we have done with one kit. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments. We need ~3000 people to make this project fly.