I totally forgot that step
I thought you were talking about the Google Account setup, that one’s skippable on first boot.
Just did a factory reset and indeed, there’s no easy way around it.
But as @yvmuell said, you are running a OS with Google Play Services built in. While you can use it without a Google account, a lot of the functionality depends on connecting to Google servers, like downloading and installing OTA updates for example. They obviously need your consent for that.
If you don’t want to have anything to do with Google (and I understand that), you’ll have choose one of the other options available.
Yeah, you can skip creating credentials, but signing up is still compulsory.
My intent isn’t to use that OS though: I purchased from Fairphone because I really like their hardware philosophy. I was under the impression that the hardware was more open and I didn’t have to commit to their software (which I don’t like in the least).
Maybe I’m too use to dealing with laptop manufacturers and not phone manufacturers?
This isn’t a laptop (and those are getting increasingly locked down too).
…is already a reality as well. There are countless TV manufactures that require you to accept some kind of TOS before using the device.
I understand your frustration, I really do, but this has been the state of Android for a lot of years now. Normal users want to easily install their random proprietary app from the Play Store and if that doesn’t work they won’t buy the device. For that to happen, Fairphone has to get the phone certified by Google and that includes (among other things) shipping with Google Play Services.
Fairphone is still a business after all.
If you don’t agree with that tradeoff, there is the option to buy the exact same device Google free with /e/ preinstalled.
Edit: One last note
I personally have set up 2 FP4 without a Google account, that screen wants your consent to the TOS, you aren’t creating an account.
I have two FP3 no problem. I don’t have a google account. If I want to use the default Android, which is licensed by Google I have to say yes, but that’s it. I don’t require an account, Google get no private identifying info from me.
This is all done before the phone connects to the internet or network, no info can be sent to Google.
Phone stays bootlocked, unrooted. I use adb to get rid all the google apps, keeping carrier and keyboard for example then download apps I want.
I have one on Android 10 and one on Android 11, could the A11 on the FP4 be so different ?
“Is /e/ open source? Yes - all source code is available on our /e/ Gitlab. You can compile or fork it. Some prebuilt applications are used in the system. They are built separately from source code available here or synced from open source repositories such as F-Droid. We ship one proprietary application though (read the statement).”
This will not get fixed in my eyes, you cannot use Google without consenting to it, and by setting up the phone you automatically use Google. So the only way in my eyes would be to buy one from e/OS or wait that Iode will sell pre-installed phones
The problem is, one MUST set up Google before opting out. It’s also not possible to set up something else without entering into this agreement either.
My assumption is that this has been a silly oversight, and not that Fairphone has opted to do this deliberately. If I’m wrong I’ll bring this up with the Dutch Data Protection Authority. I did pay €630 for this, so expect to be able to use without any agreeing to any shady stuff.
I would disagree. When you want to use a phone with GApps installed you cannot do this without agreeing to their TOS. Its not about cookies, so there will be no opt out. If you dont want to agree to Google TOS you have to buy a device without Google. I dont see that this is against GDPR. Not sure what the price has to do with this?
What’s your background with smartphones if I may ask?
Because what you assume to be a “silly mistake” by Fairphone to my knowledge is exactly done like this by any Android™ smartphone manufacturer (I deliberately put the “™” after Android because I guess the Google-free phones by Huawei and tablets by Amazon won’t have it of course; but they aren’t Android™).
I understand that one must agree to Google’s terms if one wants to use Google’s services.
I do not want to use a phone with the software that’s pre-installed. I want to delete the software that’s per-installed, but in order to do so I need to sign up with Google.
Fairphone thought of the possibility of users NOT wanting to use Google’s stuff, and even allow removing it, but only after signing up with Google. That is the problem. The “you must opt-in first before you can opt-out” approach.
Mostly pointing out that this is a device I paid for and expect to be able to use it. Expectations for a paid product are not the same as some free service.