After 6 months without touching my fairphone - I was too discouraged and didn’t have enough time - I am trying to understand how to get started with as little Google as possible. I installed the fairphone open OS, which seems to work. And installed the pico version of opengapps to access google play. Am I right in assuming that:
1- I need google play to download apps from (Swiss) government agencies and the like, e.g. the weather and Avalanche forecast and apps to send an alarm in case of an accident
2- I cannot have google play without google play services, which will send google lots of information that is none of their business?
Or is there an alternative (I read about raccoon somewhere)?
If I do have to use google play and google play services, will it work to deactivate both apps whenever I am not downloading a new app? And maybe activate them once in a while to check for updates?
And by the way, is there an active fairphone user community anywhere in Switzerland?
Thanks a lot for your help!