I have a slimmed down version of GApps, brought down to the most possible minimum.
App stores: GPlay (if I have GApps, why not have that), Aptoide (relatively secure and able to use root to install apps in the background), F-Droid, Amazon App Shop (not really using it)
Messengers: Telegram (open source software with more functions and way higher security than WhatsApp) and Threema (probably the most-secure-while-still-user-friendly messenger on the market, partly open source code, costs 2€)
I also use SMSSecure to be able to encrypt SMSes
Browser: Firefox… And Lightning, if something happens (both FOSS)
DAVDroid (FOSS) to sync calendars and contacts
Business Calendar 2 as calendar (proprietary), beautifully designed, allows you to manage both calendars and tasks and is able to access these from DAVDroid. Local calendars optional.
K-9 Mail + OpenKeychain (both FOSS) to manage my mails and be able to encrypt them.
Tinfoil for Facebook (FOSS) as a Facebook app replacement, eats more data but who cares.
Location services are being provided by Mozilla Location services and Nominatim using ugUnifiedNLP (FOSS).
Maps has been replaced by OSMand~, Camera by OpenCamera.
Although I use DB Navigator for my route enquiries, there’s an aspiring FOSS app called Liberario which can use the databases from various cities and countries.
Thank you for your list. Inspiring.
But talking about Aptoide, what do you mean with “relatively secure”? “Luckily not being infected there yet”? At least [Chip.de] (I’m sorry, it is in german) says that it is rather easy to get a virus there. And some offers there are illegal, as on Aptoide you can find cracked apps for free that where meant to be paid for. So, a good place but a bit criminal.
There, insert the Url from the Play Store and press “Generate Download Link”.
Done so, you will be offered a download link or an QR code. The latter is useful if you have undertaken the described steps on your PC and helps you to get the desired app on your smartphone (if you have an QR code app), then.
that was a great tip, thank you!
I got there halfway yesterday with @paulakreuzer’s help but received weird virus-google-message. But no just doing this on the PC and then use the PR code to get it on the FP is super!
Oh yes, I should have mentioned it. It’s one bad thing with Evozi’s apk downloader: once in a while, they show advertisement that pretends a virus attack on one’s device. It’s really, really a bad thing!! But I don’t think that it is dangerous, just threatening.
how can I deinstall an app I installed this way?
just found out that the app I took only works if I have google play services (google play dienste), which obviously I don’t have and don’t want.
edit: do I simple delete the …xxx.android.apk-file in the file manager?
The Dutch internet search engine ixquick.com (they also make startpage.com) provides their app for android also directly, i.e. without google play store use https://ixquick.de/deu/mobile-app-qa.html
(that’s the German link, but it should exist in most languages).
Ixquick is a very privacy-aware search engine, they don’t collect data like IP-address or search terms / history. And they also provide a proxy service for opening the search result pages anonymously.
Same question here: I want to start using sth like instagram for photos, but apparently I can only do so from my phone (not from computer), and then I would need the guglplaystore.
It does not have to be instagram, I just need some sort of app, where I can easily upload and manage photos.
And of course without gugl interference.