GrapheneOS is Android without the Play Store and Google
spywares services with security and privacy enhancements. Now with the Google Playstore sandbox you can have a compatible smartphone and a secure smartphone at the same time.
Why should I want a non-Android, non-iOS
TLDR; The states are changing your smartphone in a modern 24h 360 camera surveillance tool "to save the children" or whatever reason the mainstream propaganda say.
- States are banning E2EE encryption IM
- States want backdoors to spy you via smartphones
- Companies are banning cryptocurrency friendly apps from the App Stores
So you have just 2 options: Use only Free/OpenSource technologies or use NO technologies
Which alternative apps can I use on GrapheneOS without the Play Store ?
Messaging: alternative to Facebook, Whatsapp,..
- Session (it doesn't require a telephone number as ID)
- Telegram also works
NB: On GrapheneOS without Play Services there is no notification service GCM so every app should manage it indipendently with a background service or polling.
Contacts, calendar, todo list, photo syncronization
- Nexcloud server, Davx5, Syncthing
Maps: alternative to Google Maps
- Organic Maps, it works offline and support GPX tracks import
Text to Speech TTS, Speech to Text services
- espeak, RHvoice (you need these to ear turn left/right in the navigator)
- Whisper Android / Vosk Android Service + Anykeyboard
Mail: alternative to GMail
- K-9 Mail (you need a selfhosted email server or a email provider for it)
Smart Home app
- Home Assistant (it requires server side configuration and compatible devices)
Social: Facebook, YouTube, Twitter alternative
- The browser: Brave android is installable via apk
- Amethyst nostr (it doesn't require a telephone number as ID and it doesn't depend on a single server admin)
- NewPipe alternative YouTube client with download and background play
- Read You, to follow updates with the social
VPN and TOR
Will my Bank,Digital ID app work on GrapheneOS ?
Probably yes, some apps depend on notifications from the Play Services but can install it a separate sandbox isolated profile.
How do I start?
GrapheneOS has a convient web installer usb: start here
Remember to backup your important data because your smartphone will be Factory Reset to install the new operating system.
PS: You do not have a Google Pixel smartphone you can try LineageOS, it has less security features but it is more compatible with other smartphone brands.
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