Google is probably your search engine. Google Chrome - your web browser
Google flavoured Android + an OEM skin, the OS your phone runs on
Xiaomi’s MIUI, OnePlus/Oppo/Vivo’s Oxygen OS, Color OS, Samsung’s OneUI, literally anything other than iPhones probably run Android + proprietary Google software.
YouTube? your source for video content
Often the only source of video hosting at such a cheap, subsidized rate. Not to mention - censorship 😷 and corporate gaslighting with the deadly recommendation algorithm. My dependence on Google is disgusting. I store all my photos using Google Photos, use Chromium, and Google Play services for Android, at least till now. Not to mention, Gmail and Google Search.
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
With their proprietary backend services. Google Play, Google Sync, contacts, Gmail, Drive, whatver that needs an internet connection and can’t be switched by default to anything non-Google.. You’d have to rely on 3rd party apps instead.
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
So I’ve decied. No more relying on Google
2020 is the year I plan to delete my personal Google account
I have a brand account though, for my YouTube channel, I plan to siphon users who find my content there towards my PeerTube and LBRY channels. #FediFirst. 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 regardless of the provider.
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. Maybe it’s a fun place to work, all the tech they make is really powerful. (As a side product tho).
Their true goals aren’t really interesting i.e. to collect more and more data and improve their ad-targeting tech. After all, they are an advertising company
UPD: Here are my other posts