I am getting more and more frustrated with the smart phone experience and I am considering ditching mine altogether and moving towards a life free of Google.
As I was thinking of the apps I actually use I felt like I wouldn’t miss most of them. The capabilities I’d like to keep are the use of a Two Factor Authentication app and a password manager.
I was considering using a custom ROM to remove the bloat from Android and keeping a phone just for that.
Then I remembered Wendell mentioning on the Level1 News a while ago a model of phone that was relatively recent, had a removable battery and had the cellular radio on a separate board.
He mentioned it in the context of removing the board and having a phone that was “offline” for security purposes.
The problem is that I can’t remember what specific phone it was.
Can anyone remember what he was talking about or suggest a phone I could use for this?
Ideally, Android, decent support from the custom ROM community, easy to root, removable battery and the ability to completely remove the radio.
My recommendation is to install LineageOS on your phone (if it supports it, or buy one that does: wiki.lineageos.org/devices ) The OS comes with no google applications or bloat installed, and has to be installed manually via OpenGApps. So i just use my android phone with the google free experience. No playstore, using FDroid instead.
I recently purchased a used Galaxy S5 off of ebay, and am planning to make a thread about Android without Google Apps.
A suggestion that may be a little out of scope is Authy. It is basically a cloud synced Google Authenticator that is cross platform. Now it being cloud sync is a does provide some security issues on its own.
This is just an option as I personally don’t have my full trust in a single device that has a higher potential fail rate (over time) than a single purpose 2FA dongle.
That sounds good. I guess I have lots of reading to do.
Having a self-hosted server isn’t a problem in theory.
I have the hardware and the bandwidth, I just haven’t let my server be visible to the 'net before.
If only there were a smartphone out there with open-source firmware I would go for a pixel xl or the like… All the major XDA developers that make serious custom kernels and crack out updates daily are going with those phones.
Feel free to DM me if you have any questions on the Microg project and going google-free. Sometimes you need to enforce signature spoofing through magisk Xposed if your rom doesn’t support it. I’m running on my fully encrypted OnePlus One with a locked bootloader, wiped recovery, and running an aosp rom on the latest security patches. No google installed, just micro g. I got this phone in 2013 and it still gets security patches lol.
That’s good to hear! Yeah lineage os is a good place to start, their roms are not as optimized as caf would be (if you have any caf ROMs available) but they’re always feature-rich. Some phones like your s3 might only have lineageOS available cause they like to Port things and put them under compatibility layers, hence why you see extremely old phones with Android pie lineage OS ROMs lol