Google free Android?

timeconsumer

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LineageOS is definitely something I’ve considered using before. I‘m just not sure how difficult it would be to keep up with the latest builds of it. I may revisit this idea and pick up a cheap Android phone just to test LineageOS out. Thanks for the reminder.
 

lavrishevo

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I run the lineage rom and my older galaxy tab S 10.1 Runs great. Not the fastest tablet but the screen is nice and still works well after about 3 years.
 
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kasakka

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LineageOS is definitely something I’ve considered using before. I‘m just not sure how difficult it would be to keep up with the latest builds of it. I may revisit this idea and pick up a cheap Android phone just to test LineageOS out. Thanks for the reminder.
Most LineageOS ROMS I've tried have supported an OTA updater so it's no different from whatever stock ROM you are using now. LineageOS ROMs that are a different major Android version (e.g. Android 8 Oreo to Android 9 Pie) typically need to be flashed separately for everything to work right.
 
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pika2000

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Stumbled upon this from the XDA it sounds kind of interesting. Though not for everyone

https://www.xda-developers.com/e-google-free-lineageos-fork-nexus-oneplus-xiaomi/

There has been a time or two I've wanted to ditch Google but iOS is pretty unattractive to me for the most part.
Breaking free from Google is a myth. Sooner or later, you will install GApps for the Play Store.

I'd argue the only self sustaining "Google free" Android is the Amazon Fire tablets.
 

Breaking Good

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Is this the legacy of CyanogenMod?

I would love to see an alternative mobile phone operating system. But the problem I see is that for it to be sustainable it has to be profitable.

I know I am in the minority here, but I would be willing to pay for a mobile phone operating system (just like the old Microsoft model) if it meant I had complete control over my data and privacy.

Unfortunately, I don’t think there are enough people who care about privacy to make this work.
 
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pika2000

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Is this the legacy of CyanogenMod?

I would love to see an alternative mobile phone operating system. But the problem I see is that for it to be sustainable it has to be profitable.

I know I am in the minority here, but I would be willing to pay for a mobile phone operating system (just like the old Microsoft model) if it meant I had complete control over my data and privacy.

Unfortunately, I don’t think there are enough people who care about privacy to make this work.
The critical part is the app ecosystem. There are many alternative OS like KaiOS, Tizen, but in the end, there are only two major mobile app platform, Google Play store and Apple App store. Since Apple only runs iOS, your de facto choice for non-Apple apps is Google Play store.

Now if you don't run apps, then you can use those alternative OS or even the various AOSP ROMs, and you'll be free from Google mining your data. The question is, can you live without apps?
 
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