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Search - "google free android"
Decided to try and remove everything google from my phone by using a root app uninstaller since my phone runs the stock rom.
Thought it would break my phone and was preparing for a recovery flash...
I now run a stock rom without anything Google 😍
Even signal works fine with a background websocket connection.
Google, unkindly go fuck yourself.28
I am trying to understand something for a while. devRant is full of privacy advocates and to be honest, part of it is almost taken by a group of people that call other people random swear words people because they are using a particular product of a company.
I will raise some points and will try to discuss them with other people in comments.
I will stick with Google. Since it looks like it's the most hated one. A company that has built one of the most intelligent infrastructure, the most popular mobile operating system and of course, the best search engine currently available.
The problem everyone sees is the privacy. Google tracks the search history to give users a better experience and show relevant ads. You might not need this "better experience". In case you don't know, you can turn off personalized search any time to make sure Google doesn't track. Same goes with Google Chrome, you can turn off all the data it is sending to servers in settings. You can simply not sign in if you don't anything to be synchronised.
An argument is Google should be opt-in rather than opt-out. But the general users are not tech-savvy. And yes, going to settings and turning on personalised search is a lot of work for a huge amount of people. Trust me, I worked in IT before. If they find other search engine giving them a good experience without changing anything in the settings, they will just simply move to that engine.
What interests me most if how people back DuckDuckGo. First of all, not all parts of DDG is not open source (it's fucking not, you can argue all day). Parts of it is closed because of licensing issues.
That is perfectly fine to privacy community. But it's not when Chrome is closed source for almost the same reason. I mean when you're using DDG, you are supporting a US-based company that has privacy all over its face and using closed source application on their server. Have you not learned anything from history?
You might be wondering about my obsession with Google. It hurts me when I see a giant company whose popular software is open source is bashed like this. Google has made huge contributions to open source communities. Chromium, Android, Kubernetes, Angular, GoLang, TensorFlow etc.
And PRISM, how do you know that DDG is not part of it? it's US-based after all.
I just saw an article that used a video with a title "TNW - Aral Balkan - Free Is A Lie | The Next Web" while asking us to switch to DDG. Ummm....DDG is also free right?
Maybe we should raise concerns with the US gov first rather than Google.66
Here's a story about the history of privacy:
Advertisements once ruled the internet. Users invented adblockers to beat them. The ads adapted and disguised themselves as legitimate news articles and fake news. They can still influence how people think and shape you, and only a few people realized it. Most were lost to this cunning move by advertisers.
Like advertisements, evil companies like google and Facebook and Microsoft that harvest and use your data against you ruled the internet. Most people were smart enough to use open source software to avoid them, knowing it couldn't do anything that you didn't know it was doing. SO THE COMPANIES ADAPTED. And released lots of wonderful things with evil features like android, google chrome, gmail, disguised as helpful features or open source. Now, people thought they were safe using open source and simple things, but never realized that their data was being shipped off and collected right under your nose.
Moral of the story: using Adblock and open source is not enough any more, you have to understand the motivation behind what you read on the internet, and have to understand how the software you are using accomplishes its task to know if you are truly safe. Shipping your searches to google can look like it's evil or a feature in the eye of the beholder, so you have to be the one smart enough to know thatjust because it's open source doesn't mean it can't do bad things. REMEMBER UBUNTU UNITY AND AMAZON.
Note that I'm actually very pro free software, but you still have to watch what you use.41
We are on a roll here people (side note, if You are joining the site, thank you but if you are using disposable email accounts at least wait for the verification code to arrive to said account):
So our most well know and belowed CMS that brings lots of love and feels to those that have to (still) deal with it, had some interesting going on:
Oh Joy! "Backdoor in Captcha Plugin Affects 300K WordPress Sites", well arent You a really naughty little boy, eh?
Remember that "little" miner thingy that some users here has thought about using for their site? Even Yours truly that does make use of Ads Networks (fuck you bandwidth is not free) even I have fully condenmed the Miner type ads for alot of reasons, like your computer being used as a literal node for DDoSing, well... how about your "Antivirus" Android phone apps being literally loaded with miner trojans too?
"When You literally stopped giving any resembles of a fuck what people think about Your massive conglomerate since You still literally dominate the market since alot of people give zero fucks of how Orwellian We are becoming at neck-breaking speed" aka Google doesnt want other webbrowsers to get into market, Its happy with having MemeFox as its competitor:
Talking about MemeFox fucking up again:
And of course here at Legion Front we cant make finish a report without our shitting at Amazon news report:
"French gov files €10m complaint: Claims Amazon abused dominance
Probe found unfair contracts for sellers"
More News at:
And for what you may actually came and not me reporting stuff at Legion's Orwell Hour News™ ... the free games, right?:
Oxenfree is free in GoG, its a good game, I played like 2 months after its release and I think I heard they wanted to make a Live Action movie or some sort of thing after it:
Kingdom Classic is also free:
Close Order Steam Key: HWRMI-2V3PQ-ZQX8B
More Free Keys at:
not me ranting but it's a funny story about a rant
So I work on an Android app, that was literally copied from ios code, because the ios app development started 1.6 years earlier (business decision)
You have developers copying swift code to java, and the app is crap, full of bugs... I am the newest addition to the team so I'm currently cleaning up this mess.
Anyway, the ios app works perfectly, the Android app however has litterally 0 crash-free users.
So all of a sudden, one day at the office, I hear my fellow ios dev screaming " what the fuck, you retarded peace of shi?! this is fucking nonsense".
I'm like , guys, can someone re-boot him please? Wtf happened? (everyone laughing)
It turns out someone posted a review on apple store, 1 star, complaining that the app doesn't work on Android, and now the rating on Google play is higher than that on apple store.
He gets upset about it every day, and I'm like... fuck it, I'm not fixing no bugs if they go complain on apple store!!! 😂 And then he goes ranting about it again.3
Hey, people's of devrant!
You guys seem to know a lot about this, so I'm going to ask this question here..
Can i have some recommendations for apps to use (Android) that respect privacy and are preferably enctypted?
Things I would like:
Google drive / Dropbox alternative
A nice looking image viewer / gallery (I don't like the Samsung one)
An RSS feed reader.
Google docs alternative
Maybe a calendar / reminder app
I think that's it. Also feel free to mention other apps that you guys use on a regular basis33
If you are an android developer why everyone expects you to have a few apps running live on google play? Dude I don't give a flying fuck about their goddam policies that change everyday. How am I supposed to update my app everyday and keep getting my app suspended because I wasn't able to update my app within their short specified time period.
Dear Google, fuck you. Feel free to have my 2 middle fingers up your arse!5
Google just made blocking ads and unwanted content easier on Android 9! (This works on desktop as well). Apparently you can use any DNS over TLS service that blocks the crap you don't want.
I tried "blahdns" and really works nice, although the developer behind this project says that his service is not for heavy use, if you like his work, feel free to donate him. :)11
Is anyone here living Google free?
I've switched to using DuckDuckGo and ProtonMail for a while now, but I still find YouTube to be unreplaceable.
And also all the Google stuff on Android, like the play store and other integrations.
I know there's F-Droid and ROMs I might be able to install that wouldn't use any google service; just curious if some have done this successfully.22
Fuck Google , fuck Android and in particular fuck you PlayStore. What the fucking fuck. Wanted to dowload an App -> please free 120mb on the Phone. Did that. Proceeded to download the App. 2.02mb
How the fuck3
I've found this tutorial on getting a google free android phone (tl;dr: lineageos, fdroid&yalp, etc.)
It probably isn't news for most of us in here, however a handy beginner friendly guide to give to friends and relatives.
The downside: it's in german.15
Stock Android rant
Friend: your phone looks different
Me: yah running stock android
Friend:where is the file manager and it looks weird
Me:that's the price of using stock android
Friend:what's stock android btw
Me:it's clutter free software from Google
Friend:what is clutter free and I don't like it though
Me:I finally give up on him and have my phone back2
I just watched a video(from "Android Developers" channel) about "android developer certificate"
For those that dont know: its a google exam that costs 150$ and u got 48h to finish the tasks
So the question:
Is there something like that for free (i dont need that certificate). I just want to test my skills and possibly start freelancing
Life is to take decisions. Which u prefer
Google vs Shodan vs 🦆 🦆 go
Angular vs vue vs react vs other
Gnome vs unity vs KDE
Atom vs vscode vs sublime or other
iOS vs android vs other
Natives bs ionic vs react native vs xamarin vs flutter
Gmail iCloud or outlook or proton mail
Camel, pascal ,snake case
C# or Java or python
Sql or not sql
Debian , fedora ,linux mint or kali
Server side rendering or client side
Aws vs gcloud vs Azure vs ibm cloud
Firefox vs chrome vs safari
Free without privacy or ads or paid without ads or privacy
Nintendo vs pc vs ps4 or xbox
WhatsApp or telegram or other
Sleep at night or not
Coment your favorite12
All of them - Apple, Google you name it all of those big tech companies went ham and no one is giving a shit about its users anymore everything is about sales and market share.
I get it money change people but come on how fucking corrupt and unethical your ass should be to treat the people who actually made you rich like sheep.
Of course the game is much more complicated that what it seems there are politics involved, governments and etc. but how on the fucking earth there was not one who would say NO we are not going to fuck with our users lets make something useful, something good we are going to stay true to what we believe in and why we started it...
Look Apple you can't deny them that they make a good product but why on the fucking earth you are going to make the hardware so fucking hard to change and repair and you are going to overcharge the users so much come on that should be illegal it is extortion $700 for a KEYBOARD, overthrotling mobile devices to burn so you can get the new ones...
Facebook so much privacy and data sold and used for unethical purposes. People fucking suicide themselves because Instagram treats and mental disorders... thanks to the "social media".
Google they are the worse from all of them with the amount of technology that they have, money and access to data they can do whatever they want. Every single day when I go to bed and when I put my android device to charge and I put it right next to my bed on a desk, the moment the device is there it starts updating, not any where else in my house, not in other time of the day the exact same place and time, that shit is fucking scary :D
I recently watched a great Linux video from a linux fest from Bryan Lunduke link - https://youtube.com/watch/...
Even linux is not what was supposed to be.
Pretty much I think we are screwed and I would love to see small companies staying true to themselves not selling out. They will be winners and they will make the best products and services in the future but I am not sure how likely is this to happen since the smalls guys to stay in the game they will need money...
I do like devRant tho :) I got free stickers :) and the people who build it even engage with your posts, those small touches keeps the users happy. When was the last time you had the chance to chat with Apple CEO or Google?5
I first started off with a pentium 3 machine in 2004, started gaming on warcraft 3 and maplestory and eventually got addicted to it because nothing else was interesting in my life. Okay extending this story, i eventually got banned, dad smashed 1000 bucks of his money by kicking and throwing it. Years later (i think it was 2011), i got hold of my first Android device. This time round, things were different and I spent 6 months with it problem free and then it started lagging. Google search led me to XDA, started modding the device, eventually startedgetting interested about how people do it and voila, C prog, write some management drivers for malloc and etc. Eventually i dropped kernel development 3 years later and now im in .NET Core.5
Is there a way to get devRant for android without google play?
Sites as APK mirror normally have all free apps, but I see devRant is missing. And I dont see any other legitimate source which might have the apk.5
A bit dishearted here!
I was working on an app idea and building its admin panel in angular, node and firebase for database.
I was at the end of developing admin panel and the only thing remaining was data storage for images.
I thought Firebase Storage is solution for that but now after 2 days of endless searching I realize Firebase Storage is a joke and its just Google Cloud Storage which is not Free :/
I am a student and a passionate Android developer. But this is a huge hurdle in my way.
If anyone has a better idea of how to get this done then please help.
I just need free file hosting to upload images from my admin panel and then download from Android app.3