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sudo wrote

I'm not surprised. Never trust proprietary software.

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NEOalquimista wrote (edited )

I was going to say the same thing "I'm not surprised".

For those using custom ROMs like LineageOS or any other, you can avoid Gapps and use Yalp Store from F-Droid. It downloads applications directly from the Play Store and even looks for updates, without needing a Google account or any Google component.

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gwylan wrote (edited )

Do you know of any way to disable this kind of tracking without root access, or with root but without a custom ROM?

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NEOalquimista wrote

Assuming you have root, you can use an app called Titanium Backup. It can uninstall system apps like the Google Apps that come installed with your phone. Try to uninstall Google Play Services and anything "Google" that you don't like. But please be aware that some apps may cause trouble when removed. Read about every strange app you find before nuking them, and be sure you can reinstall the ROM if anything goes wrong or use Titanium Backup itself to backup your system. I used this app some time ago.

I don't know if this will stop the tracking. Maybe Google hides the actual program? Can't know for sure. This is my best guess. Be careful.

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Tequila_Wolf wrote

I don't know about this stuff. Do you have a recommendation for the best places to start learning?

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NEOalquimista wrote (edited )

About custom ROMs? I think I started through the XDA forums. It's a place where people discuss phone modifications, and developers publish news, updates and download links (w/ instructions) for their ROMs.

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zombie_berkman wrote

How is this legal but ive always said don't bring a phone to action