Since it’s really hard to know which apps in the Play Store are open source, avoiding it entirely decreases your likelihood of installing something closed. Here are some reasons why you might want to exercise restraint.
Now that you have thought things through, here is the experience you can expect to find when you choose not to sign into your Google account.What you see will vary depending on the device you’re using. Even without installing a single app, our smartphones are already capable of doing a great deal. You can place calls, send text messages, take photos, maintain a calendar, listen to music, solve math problems, take notes, and browse the web without looking for additional software.Slow updates can leave you open to known vulnerabilities.But that’s not the primary security risk you open yourself up to.Only a particular set of people are willing to give up access to the Play Store and Google’s suite of apps. There are many reasons why you might want to make the effort, and here are some of the big ones.
When I first started using Google, it was to perform searches.
Then it turned into a way to download and manage apps, track Android devices, and wipe them remotely. Google Play services run in the background on every Android device that ships with the Play Store, and this helps Google perform any number of tasks from installing apps remotely to pulling up your location.
Search on Android became Google Now, a digital assistant that uses everything Google knows about us to predict what we may be interested in or want to know. These services also give third-party apps access to some of that functionality.
As it turns out, giving up Google is possible, and the experience isn’t nearly as bad as you might think.
This is a look at what I’m still able to do without relying on any of Google’s services, including Google Play services, and what I have had to give up.
LG, HTC, and Samsung devices come with a number of pre-installed apps that you will only find on each company’s devices.