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Old 29. Oct 2014, 03:49 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I've only just got a smartphone (been too busy with Windows and latterly Linux - oh and work) and whilst I've gone with Google (Moto G) I'm trying to keep my dealings with the tax-shy, nosy data pirates to a minimum. Clearly one has to have a Google a/c but I will try to minimise what data gets to them. So far on my phone:

Browser - Firefox
Calendar etc - Informant but synced with Google (I used Inf way back when I had an ipaq)
Launcher - Nova
Note taker - Google Keep
Alarm - Timely
File mgr - ES
Maps & nav - trying Syngic and Navfree (tried but failed to install Nokia)
Video - VLC
Audio - Shuttle+
Pdf - Foxit (as it reformats text to let my old eyes read)
Keyboard - Swype

Tips on how to lower my use of Google services would be appreciated. I've still to sort out a password manager - I use KeepassX on my laptop but the Android Keepass uses the v2 file format and Linux doesn't have a stable v2 equivalent. I'm also looking for replacement calls and messaging apps; the stock calls app is not very good as you have to go to a separate People app to make any changes. Also still to find a decent email client; sort of read-only so that my emails will be preserved on my laptop (got to move to imap I know).

Useful thread.

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