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In only about 5 years only, AI-driven smart assistants have become a common usage for many us. We find them on websites, to catch visitors attention or potential customers, we find them integrated in connected speakers, mostly by Google, Amazon and Apple, and of course they also are present in many iOS and Android smartphones.

Those assistants can be very useful, used with a vocal or a textual interface, and probably that as they become more and more sophisticated and efficient, our children will consider them as a very natural way for interacting with digital services, possibly along with other…


Here I’m talking about the /e/OS approach regarding the user interface, and upcoming changes.

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“BlissLaucher”, the default /e/OS launcher

It might seem odd that at /e/, we put some energy and some development effort into the end-user user interface. We are a pro-privacy, deGoogled, mobile operating system, right?

The reason behind this, is double:

1- one is pragmatic: we want /e/OS to get the widest possible adoption, and for this, we need a beautiful OS, with a modern, clean and attractive UI, and the best possible user experience.

2- the other one is not pragmatic, and even a bit selfish: since NeXTStep was born, I…


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Two years ago, /e/OS was envisioned as a fully deGoogled mobile operating system (OS) and associated online services that focus on personal data privacy. That initial vision is growing, and the result is that in addition to being a great alternative to Apple and Google, it is progressively paving the way to a better, more frugal, and more sustainable IT world for everyone.

In the initial project description I wrote at the end of 2017 (Part1, Part2, Part3), I announced that the aim was to build an alternative mobile ecosystem that would be as easy to use as iOS and…


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It is nearly one year now that we started to ship our first phones with /e/ OS, the pro-privacy, deGoogled, mobile ecosystem.

[Update January 2021: we will be starting shipping first /e/-smartphones to the US on early February 2021 from https://esolutions.shop
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Initially our range of /e/ phones has been based on refurbished, yet high-grade, Galaxy smartphones: S7, S7 Edge, S9 and S9+. And more recently the Galaxy S8.

A few weeks ago, thanks to a partnership with Fairphone, the Dutch smartphone manufacturer that looks to change how…


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Illustration is an excerpt of a picture at openglobalrights.org

At the age of 12, as my computer knowledge was notably increasing, I remember I’ve eventually been shocked to read something totally wrong in a magazine. Someone wrote something that was factually false.

This made me realize that until this date, I used to think that everything that was written in a book or a magazine was true. Just because it was written.

I’m taking 10 minutes to write this post, because I’m regularly asked to justify myself by some people who are concerned about what they are reading about /e/OS on a website that’s been around for a little…


Now that /e/OS, the fully unGoogled and pro-privacy mobile OS is approaching a V1 release, it’s time to unveil a little bit more how it feels using it!

So we are starting a series of videos to show what’s in the OS, how to configure it…

This week we start with the “first use wizard”!

/e/ OS — first use

More details about /e/ OS features and how different it is from other mobile OS are available at the product description page.

/e/ OS is available for download and can be installed on more than 90 different smartphones.

/e/ OS is also available on a selection of high-grade refurbished smartphones on our website.

Enjoy!

Gaël Duval


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A road. Credit: Nicholas_t — License: CC-BY https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ — Image was cropped

About a year ago, the first beta of /e/ OS, the first un-Googled and privacy-focused Android, was released. And we’ve been hard at work improving it.

For instance, /e/ now includes an application installer where most Android applications can be found, as well as open source applications (from the F-Droid repository). And we have added a privacy-score which reveals all the trackers embedded in each application:


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/e/OS on refurbished smarthones

At the end of 2017, the /e/ project was unveiled in a series of articles entitled “Leaving Apple & Google: my (/e/) Odyssey” (Part1, Part2, Part3), with a clear promise: making a fully unGoogled and ready-to-use mobile operating system and online services, yet compatible with Android applications.

Eighteen months later, most of what was described in that early vision has been built. We have produced an unGoogled mobile OS (currently supported on 80 different smartphone models) and /e/ associated online services — email address, online storage, calendar & notes — are up and running. …


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In short: Google-free Android, progressive web apps: there is a big opportunity in the mobile world for market disruption.

Today we learned that Huawei won’t be able to ship Android any more on their smartphones, with likely severe consequences for their mobile device business.

Why? Geopolitics

Huawei has probably played a questionable game with user data and corporate data. This has led governments to discourage the usage of Huawei devices, which is a fair and understandable attitude.

However, what Huawei really didn’t understand is that their dependency on Google/Android technology and services would put them into this terrible situation. …


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Yesterday, the privacy-focused /e/ mobile ecosystem that we have been developing for one year, has been covered at InfoSec Handbook, with a focus on privacy concerns and on the actual “de-googlisation” of the system.

The author raised some concerns, and concluded that “While /e/ looks promising, it isn’t Google-free by now.”

Great!

I’m very pleased that some security and privacy experts are starting to have a close look at /e/, and are challenging what we are doing: it’s extremely useful for us to learn about how the project is considered by experts. …

GΛËL DUVΛL

Software engineer, Entrepreneur (Mandrake-Linux 1998, Ulteo 2006, /e/ 2017), Open Source advocate. https://www.indidea.org/gael/blog/about-gael-duval/

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