Google is probably your search engine. Google Chrome, your web browser
Google flavoured Android + an OEM skin, the OS your phone runs on.
YouTube? your source for video content.
Google excels as a product company
Google builds high quality products with great security like the Pixel or the Chromium web browser but that isn’t their goal. Google is an advertising company disguising itself as a product company. All attempts at making their projects good are neutered by anti-features like data collection, telemetry and straight up spyware, F/OSS builds of the operating systems don’t ship by default.
They entangle you in their proprietary ecosystem by mixing 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. 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.
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket
How big is this data?
such space, much data. 👀
This ^ is just YouTube 16GB!. Wait, There’s more?
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.
2020 is the year I plan to delete my personal Google account
By deleting my Google account - it allows me to reduce how much data gets sent out of my device, be able to live off-grid and reduce cloud based dependencies.
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]
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 . com I can brag then, who uses gmail lol?
update: I’ve deleted my Google account before June 1st
The Google ecosystem is weird
I like Google’s efforts in GSOC, improving the security of the linux-kernel, libre-software and their resources in AI. They have the best minds in the world, the best hackers and thinkers + a huge investment in computer resources that they can exploit.
Chromium is a secure, powerful browser, PWAs allow for powerful cross device web apps. WebRTC, WebM, WebP and other projects that have improved our lives. Custom ROMs on Android can be flashed on almost any smartphone thanks to project treble and alternative stores can be installed.
The problem I have with Google is that you don’t have control over your Google account and the other proprietary bits of their whole ecosystem. They can shut down your account at any time. I don’t want to use or promote GSuite, Google Classroom, YouTube and other things which rely on ‘signing up’ for an account unless Google lets you host it or provide source code for self hosting.
Chromium’s sync server can be self-hosted, Android can be flashed at your own will, these are projects from Google that I enjoy and recommend using, but Google as a whole (proprietary) is a big no-no.