I have put the project on hold because of other, more important tasks. I plan to revisit the problem in a couple of months.
@ingolftopf said in Alternative Android app stores:
This is not correct.
The apps from the 'F-Droid' store are usually of very high quality.
I did not talk about the apps hosted on F-Droid, but the F-Droid store/catalog app itself.
"Although popular, WhatsApp is not a great choice when it comes to privacy because, although it uses E2EE, it allows Facebook to collect and abuse your metadata — who you are talking to, from where, at what time, how often, and from which device. ... Alternatively, you can signup for a free E2EE ProtonMail account, used by millions of people around the world to protect their private conversations."
@streptococcus , well. there are some privacy focused browsers which you can try until Vivaldi has a iOS version.
I have used iPhone for many years. Then I dropped it and it stopped working and I borrowed old Xiaomi R6 for several months. And I didn't notice really big difference. Of course iPhone was better and yes, IOS is more cheerful, but Xiaomi is a budget phone, you can’t compare it with iPhone. Now, on the advice of my friends, I bought Samsung Galaxy S20. And I'm completely satisfied! I like the camera much more (my friend has iPhone 12, so I can compare), the performance is no worse at all, and the price is much lower. And here's the question. Why on earth should I overpay if I can buy exactly the same device, with approximately the same characteristics, much cheaper? Plus, the Android interface is much friendlier than IOS.
@greybeard Heehee, nice one. Yes this site is a bit disappointing. I thought i had bookmarked a different/better site yonks ago [the one i posted here was only stumbled across serendipitously in my daily reading of HackerNews t'other day], but alas it seems i didn't. When time permits i might spend a few moments on the interwebz trying to find better sites, & also ofc for the essential slide-rule sites [oh joy, i just found this old bookmarked one; phwoah!!!].
Pls all, feel free to post other cool pertinent links here.
Tech Pron Rulz.
@kurai Yes, I am very excited about the Cosmo as well. I have ordered two of them so far. I love my Gemini, but I always felt that things could be improved a lot by adding a few details and it seems like most of my requests are in the Cosmo:
2nd screen on the outside, so you can use it as a phone without having to open it. Makes it a lot more like the Nokia Communicator. I used the Nokia 9210 for years. It was the first device mobile phone Opera shipped on and just a great device.
Improved mobile modem and improved wireless in general.
Built in decent camera.
The overall software is also just improving a lot and there are a lot more Gemini software built in. I am very impressed with what this small team has managed to do!
I expect this to become my default phone when it is ready.
@ayespy because being assimilated into the Samsung Borg is more fun? 😋
For me, I have a OnePlus 6 right now. In terms of features it is very much comparable to the latest Samsung phones, and it's:
half the price
Stock Android without the Samsung custom interface
Without crapware that gets pre installed on Samsung.
I would recommend it.
The article I read said it required an iPhone 5 or 6 to link with, so it is no use to me. Some bluetooth device that could link to my Android tablet, perhaps, but not something that requires an iPhone. I've seen clocks designed to sync to WWV (the official time signal broadcast over the radio) and of course all cell phones sync to their carrier when on or to GPS, keeping time is easy these days.