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…
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.
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.”
Several years ago I read about some intiatives to build a “Sovereign operating system”. Quickly I realized that, at the age of Internet, it was a depecrated idea and a total non-sense, and instead I started to talk about the idea of the “Sovereign digital chain”.
I developed the concept in a chapter of this book “Reflections on Programming Systems” that was published in 2019 at Springer.
And since 2018 I’m trying to make it a reality with the /e/ project at https://e.foundation 🙂
This is the end of 2018, and this year has been incredible.
By the end of 2017, I posted a few messages here about my quest for more data privacy, and corresponding plans to “Leave Apple and Google”. At this time, I thought I would just customize an Android ROM a bit and that it would be enough for my use and a few others…
We have released /e/ first beta one month ago, and we already have delivered more than 1,000 test accounts…
We have also opened a new “community” website with lots of contents and forum at https://community.e.foundation – join now!
And a new “crowdfunding” reward for more storage.
Read our latest newsletter below (in several languages):
I’m very pleased to announce that we have released a first beta of /e/.
It’s been an intensive development sequence, and I’m very proud of the work that we have accomplished with the modest budget we had. That’s the power of Open Source!
All the details in my full announcement here.
Now very close to say “bye bye” to Apple and Google 🙂
As some of you will have already noticed, the project has moved to a new web location, and the project is now known as the “my data is MY data” symbol:
Since I’ve started eelo.io, at the end of 2017, I had many discussions about the privacy of Chinese smartphone firmwares. Many people told me: if it’s technically possible to put some anti-privacy features into the firmware, they do it.
What would be the benefit of running eelo on such smartphones if their proprietary firmware drivers leak some personal data to corporates or to the Chinese government?
Starting from this week, I’m going to regularly unveil a specific eelo feature we’re working one.
As you know, eelo’s purpose is to deliver a full-featured operating system that is offering way better respect of user’s data privacy. In this respect we’re specifically removing any piece of Android that is sending personal data to Google.