Hi Lains I've been using Android since it's inception more or less (my first smartphone was a HTC Magic 32a with Android 1.5) and I absolutely love it. Even when it was the less optimized worst fuarrrking piece of soykaf OS ever made.
Anyway, I bought a new phone a month ago and I decided that I'm totally fed up with Google's bullsoykaf, but I've been literally used the same Google based stuff during the last 8-9 years.
What are some good replacements apps to go full no gapps with my phone? It's rooted and I'm waiting for the weekend to flash a custom ROM but I'm really afraid of losing functionality by deciding not to flash gapps. What I use the most is: >maps (no idea what to replace it with) >drive (was thinking of replacing it with Mega) >Gmail (I need it because of my work, I guess I'll have to read the work emails from the mobile website) Is there anything else I should consider? Is there somewhere i can read about this stuff or something? And more importantly, are there any good replacements for maps and the localization services?
My main problem is that there is no proper encrypted messenger on F-Droid. The closest thing is ChatSecure but I'm really unsure about the bandwidth usage of XMPP and I don't think I can motivate all of my friends to switch over to that.
In a similar note, has anyone ever had trouble with Android butchering music tags. So when new music is found on the device by the 'Media Storage' scanner, it adds it to a database for applications to use. I know that the Opus format isn't as heavily used as MP3 or OGG, but everytime it hits my large music collection it makes some Artist tags Album Artist tags and vice versa.
As a solution, I can confirm that VLC is a good music and media player, especially because it has it's own mechanism for scanning media that functions properly.
>>58 Conversations is a better XMPP client for Android, also on F-Droid. As for getting your friends to switch I think you'd have better luck with something like Wire, which isn't on F-Droid but it's open-source and you can get an apk on its site. The server is currently be open-sourced as well and they are looking into federation in the future.
Davdroid will let you sync calendars / tasks / contacts to your own or a trusted server. Termux is a console with many useful packages (ssh, IRC , vim, mutt...) Mupdf / libre office for document viewing Osmand ( can use tor/ VPN ) with addresstoGPS app for maps
Alright, I already switched to a custom rom with no gapps and everything's going great so far. I'm downloading APKs from all the soykaf i usually use so no problem whatsoever.
I have a final question tho. I bought an android wear smartwatch some months ago and even if it's mostly a fit tracker, I actually use it a lot. I know for sure that it needs google services to sync... so yeah, is there a way to use it now or will it be just a dumb watch from now on?