Google.com is probably your search engine. Google Chrome your web browser.
Stock Google flavoured Android + an OEM skin, the OS your phone runs on.
Google builds high quality products with great security like the Pixel or Chromium but they suck in Privacy and freedom in software. It’s not their concern.
They entangle you in their proprietary ecosystem and mix it with their great projects like Android or Chromium.
Why does Android need to ship with Google Play by default? Can I ever buy a mainstream phone without it phoning Google back home? No, it’s not the status quo. It’s a part of the surveillance capitalsm system. There are one or two phones phones that run Android but not Google out of the box like the custom XDA Phone running Lineage OS and the E OS phones. But these aren’t available by where I live and it’s way out of my budget for a simple device.
This ^ is just YouTube 16GB!. Wait, There’s more?
Arm yourself. Pry out Google apps by yourself. Replace them with libre F-Droid apps. Firewall connections to Google’s servers.
I use something called NextDNS. I unlocked the bootloader of my phone and removed MIUI. I flashed a custom ROM. Check this video by Henry from Techlore.
Also Don’t fall back to Apple or iPhones, they are a completely proprietary ecosystem and are ‘jails’. You never own your iPhones, Macs or iPads, you just rent them from Apple.
Apple, the developer has control over your device and therefore has control over ‘you’. GNU/Linux Phones is a buzzing place but the quality of native apps on Android and F-Droid are much better than GNU/Linux phones.
2020 is the year I plan to delete my mainstream Google account, I have a brand account though, but that’s only for my YouTube channel. I plan to siphon all the users who find my content there towards my PeerTube and LBRY channels. #FediFirst
Why I won’t continue even with the 15 gigabytes?
I already crossed that 15 GB mark, I am currently storing 32+16 = 48+ GB totally in my Google account. YouTube + Google Photos.
An excellent guide I found for Google Photos
Export all your data use: takeout.google.com
Select all and download your data.
You’ll get an email when they’re done
My brand account [YouTube]
My personal account
Move all photos to the bin with this tool.
Delete from the Bin and it’ll look like this
After June 1st what will I permanently lose?
Some icon packs I redeemed via Google Play credits and My google email. polarhive @ gmail(dot)com I can brag then, who uses gmail lol?
update: I’ve deleted my Google account before June 1st.
What about Chromium?
I switched to Un-Googled Chromium, (get it from flathub). I will continue to use Brave / Firefox Nightly but it’s a lot of work trying to block it from phoning home. None of my browsers phone home. Sandboxing electron based web apps in Brave/Ungoogled chromium is a nitty fearure and I still plan to continue using it that way. Non Chromium exclusive sites run in FF Nightly.
Things I will still use in Tor with a proxied IP address..
Google Maps and YouTube via NewPipe + Orbot or Invidious.