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james03:
https://f-droid.org/en/

Allows you to install open-source apps on an android.  This allows you to get apps that don't spy on you.  For example, there is an app to use with fitness trackers.  Another one for smart scales.

https://f-droid.org/en/packages/com.health.openscale/

https://gadgetbridge.org/

I've never used any of this, but it looks promising.  If you use it and it doesn't trash your phone, report the results.

diaduit:
you first  ;)

Lambda Phage:
As I understand it everything on f-droid is vetted. You have a better chance of bricking your phone from something on the apple store than you do on f-droid.

Lucy_Helene:

--- Quote from: Lambda Phage on February 11, 2021, 11:08:54 PM ---As I understand it everything on f-droid is vetted. You have a better chance of bricking your phone from something on the apple store than you do on f-droid.

--- End quote ---


Actually, it's precisely Apple's high security standards that have contributed to their monopolistic practices...

Hat And Beard:
Be careful with f-droid- in order to install anything in android you have to open up your device too much for my tastes. Also, there's no guarantee these apps are being updated by people that know what they're doing- a lot of these apps were written by hobbyists who aren't interested in maintaining them for the long run. Even apps that have a more active community behind them(firefox, nextcloud, vlc, etc.) aren't updated as timely as they are on google play/apple appstore.

I think if you're interested in avoiding surveillance from companies like google and facebook, ios is your best option. I use android with the full knowledge that google knows when I forget to brush my teeth before bed, but I can understand why someone would be apprehensive. Apple doesn't monetize your data and the new SE is relatively cheap and powerful- just be judicious in which apps you install on your phone.

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