I tried my Android phone “de-Googled” for a week

On Android, it is practically impossible to escape from Google’s monitoring. Not only does your Android phone share your location with Google constantly, but it continues to do so even when it’s idle, compared to iOS, You send 20 times more data to Google. Since Google trackers are deeply ingrained in Android, toggling the built-in privacy options doesn’t do you much good either. But what if you could “remove Google” from your Android phone?

A French startup called iodé wants to give you that: a more private “de-Googled” alternative to the Android phones you’re used to. Refurbished phones in Europe that run on Google’s special version of Android – iodéOS – sell less.

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