I want to start this thread for a discussion about the target group of /e/.
/e/ aims to be an easy to use, privacy by desing OS. The goal is to create an OS, thats usable by everyone, even normal, non tech savvy people.
My impression is that the consent among the current /e/ users in this forum is that /e/ is still on the way to achive this goal and it is still quite a long way to go to compete with the features of Samsung, G**gle etc.
But I think we (more precisely the /e/ developers) nearly achieved the goals of /e/ in a special target group: our grandparents.
Yep, I think the least tech-savvy (I know, thats an oversimplification but you get the point) people in our life may be the ones that /e/ fits the best.
Let’s take my grandparents (and my aunt) as an example.
The last months I bought two new SamsungA52 for them as there old ones received no updates for about two years and had only 8GB internal storage.
I like tech and I like to play with it, but the set up of those phones was an awful experience. Full of dark patterns, useless bloatware, every preinstalled app you open asks you to accept terms and conditions. My grandpa watched me and everytime I clicked “accept”, I told him, there is no other way to use the phone in a decent way and that he should not care.
Of course I felt really bad. Before I bought those phones I just forgot how bad the situation concerning privacy on OEM Androids really is.
After this experience I started to think about an privacy friendly alternative that is usable for my relatives and came to the conclusion that the solution is right in my Hand. /e/ is nearly perfect for this task.
They use their phones to stay in touch with me and my family mostly via (unfortunally) Whatsapp. Besides this they look for the weather forecast, search for things in the internet and sometimes they use Google Maps for navigation. Thats it. They dont’t need more. Nearly everything beyond this adds just complexity without any benefit. No Samsung Account with things like Samsung Pay, Store, Passwords or Knox is needed nor wished.
They dont’t need a Google Account or GMail. They just have one to download the few apps named above.
/e/ provides all needed features without any fancy superduper features you absolutely don’t need.
What’s my point?
/e/ managed to meet the needs of those first, that are perceived as those, that are the hardest targetgroup to satisfy with an open source project still in development.
Unfortunally I realised this only by setting up an OEM Android.
Thats why I write this post.
/e/ may be a great Android OS for your less techy relatives, even though you as a Android enthusiast may sometimes struggle to get the full experience you know from OEMs. Your grandparents dont’t need the full experience.
What are your thoughts about this topic?
As you may recognized I wrote “/e/ is NEARLY perfect for your grandparents”. What do you think needs to be changed to be the perfect OS for Grandparents and should /e/ aim at beeing the perfect OS for grandparents?