Volla: Not /e/ but similar

Hi all,
I saw this interesting project and immediately wondered if they were working with /e/!

However, it appears that they are not:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/volla/volla-phone-freedom-through-simplicity-and-security/comments

It’s a very similar project to /e/ in terms of privacy and degoogling but in other aspects it is different. I particularly like their “springboard” launcher, reminds me of the Nokia Z-Launcher, Nokia Fastlane and the swipe UI from the N9 - all great concepts that unfortunately were probably ahead of their time.

At the moment it looks like the Kickstarter is not doing very well, but maybe if /e/ could announce an official partnership with them, e.g. “Volla OS powered by /e/” it could help their project and also increase the visibility of /e/. After all, with Fairphone apparently not working the /e/ project there are not many viable potential partners for /e/ left.

Cheers :slight_smile:

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/e/ should just go straight to the phone manufacturer instead (Gigaset). Volla is just using the Gigaset GS290 handset for their kickstarter.

edit: Theyre made in Germany too

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Would love to see the two european teams join forces!

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But /e/ marketing is better. With /e/ we clearly understand that it’s about privacy. And /e/ defines itself as european. It’s better than Volla with ‘quality made in Germany’ which is a boring slogan, we hear it all the time.

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It would be helpful if there was a working version of /e/ for the Pinephone, which is already available.
If I look at that campaign, there is only a limited number of backers for this Volla project atm.

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/e/ is Android-based, and Volla is Linux-based. Although Android is based on Linux behind the scenes, they are entirely different development platforms, and are generally incompatible with eachother. Volla is more aligned with Purism than /e/, although I would rather support Purism over Volla, since they are building the phone from the ground up, using completely open hardware.

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Hi @rsi9x,

Actually Volla’s pages state very clearly that Villa OS is based on AOSP, i.e. Android.

I think you’re getting mixed up with Volla’s efforts to support Ubuntu Touch, Nemo Mobile and Sailfish OS on the phone - those are more typical Linux OSes, although they still use the lowest levels of Android (Linux kernel and Binic drivers + libhybris) on most phones and probably the Volla phone as well.

Cheers :slight_smile:

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@madbilly Yes, you’re right. I got thrown off by all the pictures of Ubuntu Touch and assumed it was a re-skinned/re-branded distro of Ubuntu Touch. I see now that their focus is on an AOSP version initially, and that the other Linux-based options are stretch goals. My mistake, thanks for the correction.

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Easy mistake to make! Especially when most of the social media noise about this phone is about Ubuntu Touch, not Volla OS!
Cheers :slight_smile:

Sure. Looks like these guys are hunting too many hares : hardware, and several OS to increase their visibility, instead of concentrating on their main object, their Android version, which is pretty close to /e/ in its philosophy.

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Look at the amount and the time left (less than two weeks). It looks to me that Volla project won’t happen.