I don’t intend to derail this thread completely, but I think I have to clarify. I should not have used the firewall analogy.
XPrivacy is more that a firewall, it’s a rights management system. You can allow or disallow apps to access certain parts and information of your Android system, like e.g. GPS or cell tower location, your Android ID, your advertisement ID and so on. And you can feed (randomised or manually entered) false data to any app. You could e.g. make GoogleMaps believe that you are on the Easter Islands, if it suits you.
It takes time to do the settings for every app, sometimes the results are a little annoying (e.g., don’t forget about the Easter Islands, for example, if you want to find the address of the local pizza service…), and you can cripple your device (e.g. disallowing the Google PlayStore access to your Android ID does crash not only the PlayStore, but has some possibly unexpected side-effects). But it’s actually not really difficult to set up.
Just BTW, my FP is currently ad-free thanks to BigTinCan’s AdFree, which works really fine. Another advantage of a rooted device.
Thank you for your infos, but it still doesn’t answer to my real question; let’s try to say it the other way round.
I’ve not a FP yet and i haven’t because i don’t like google especially because of its priviacy issues. I’m sure installing CyanogenMod would solve this problem, but i’ve not the right skills to do it, so it’s not a real option.
So, considering that FP comes with a clean Android version and i can choose not to install google apps, is FP google safe (speacking about privacy) or is it only with CyanogenMod?
Yes, it is with the preinstalled FP OS. I have lived and worked with a Google Free Fairphone for some months and many still do. I advise you to install Fdroid for a safe and open source app resource. You will probably also want to install K9-Mail and Davdroid als well as a mapping app like Osmand+ to make the most of your Google Free Android device.
That’s almost exactly my setup too. The only two annoyances in my case are
the GPS converges much slower without Google assistance (using knowledge of wifi and GSM tower names to get a first rough estimate of the location). There are alternatives (Mozstumbler etc.) but they presently are building an open database rather that actually allowing one to use it. So… get ready to not find your way straight on in the street, even though Openstreetmap (Osmand app) is perfect and on F-Droid…
some paying apps are really useful, and they are often available only via GApps. There are some alternative vendors though (like Mobogenie, Aptoide, Slideme) but not all paying apps, and by far, can be found there. On the other hand some developers like the very efficint Softmaker do allow one to buy directly on their site, so to some extent this depend on whether you are optimistic or not
I just scanned my FP screen to check which paying apps I rrreally needed to the extent of paying via Google: indeed I found only one: Printhand, by far the most efficient way to find and use printers…
–> choose zip from /storage/sdcard 1
i copied the file there and can even find it in total commander or whatsover, but the file can not be found nor does the bootloader say sdcard1. instead it says just sdcard. it also shows the clockworkmod folder and within that the backup folder with my backup. so i could validate its the same directory as the copied files are in. but still, no chance getting it work. any ideas?
it gets more confusing: when i go to the 1gb root directory i find several folder all over the place that end in the clockwordmod/backup/ folder again. how is this system built up?
the actual folder shown in the boot menu is 1gb partition/data/media/ there i have three folders: “0” “clockworkmod” and “obb”. why cant i go to a different partition in bootloader?
did you guys receive some OS update from CyanogenMod during the time you used it on FP?
I switched back to fairphoneOS some months ago but actually, being stuck on jelly bean, is quite a mess
hoping for something new from the fairphone team in next months.
do you guys think could be possible for FP team to release some hardware upgrade for the phone?
for example: they provide a new screen, size same as the original one but with new and better resolution. Throught iFixit they could provide instruction to replace the screen, and, throught the forum and XDA platform, the “code part” to eventually resolve interface problems (driver issues, troubleshooting, bug fixes, …).
Same thing goes for the camera, the speaker, microphone, … .
Developing the phone this way they could stay true with one of their first assertion “the best phone is the one you already have”, and will help to reduce the electronic waste.