Like having a smartphone, but hate the walled-gardens of Apple and the tightening grip of Google on Android? There is a somewhat-sane alternative: Android without Google!
A little more than a year ago, I set out on an experiment to exclusively use an Android phone without Google Play Services (nor Google apps). There were challenges, but also rewards.
I will talk about:
- The difficulties
- The rewards
- App and service alternatives
- Alternative app stores (F-Droid, Amazon, Humble Store)
- ROMs and devices