There are lots of Fediverse apps on @fdroidorg, the free open alternative to Google Play. Some Fediverse apps are exclusive to F-Droid!

Unlike Google Play, F-Droid apps are all free, open source and privacy-friendly.

F-Droid can be installed on any Android phone. It's slightly tricky to install because Google tries to block any alternative app stores. However, once it's been installed it is just as easy to use as Google Play.

There are some simple step-by-step F-Droid installation instructions here:

switching.software/replace/goo

You can find out more about F-Droid on its official site at f-droid.org

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@feditips @fdroidorg can you make a recommendation for an alternative smartphone or operating system for a smartphone other than android/google or iphone/apple that works well?

@xixiangdong @fdroidorg

If you want an alternative "daily driver" phone that does real world everyday tasks, the best option at the moment is probably a degooglised Android device.

@e_mydata , @nitrokey and @iode all sell their own versions of preinstalled degooglised Android phones.

If you are okay with a less reliable, more experimental phone, you can install several different kinds of Linux on the PinePhone from @PINE64

@feditips @xixiangdong Sailfish OS and ubuntu touch¹ are actually not that experimental… The hardest part is to find compatible hardware.

1. At least, it worked well both in terms of stability and supported (necessary) functionalities (calls, SMS, network/data…) years ago when a I had a compatible device in working conditions. I haven't had a chance to test newer versions on a phone.

@fdroidorg @e_mydata @nitrokey @iode @PINE64

@devnull @PINE64 @e_mydata @fdroidorg @nitrokey @xixiangdong @feditips @iode #SailfishOS is officially supported on some Sony devices (that are part of Sony AOSP program), so it's not hard to find the HW (though second-hand usually, for these are older models). BUT, #SFOS is partly proprietary closed-source.
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@brie So is android. Even AOSP without prorietary, vendor-specific additonal stuff (drivers, firmwares…). But android is even more locked down (no root access without exploit, no password on key-bases authentification to su - once You rooted Youri device… ).

There is always @PINE64 @e_mydata @fdroidorg @nitrokey @xixiangdong @feditips @iode - 1/5

proprietary blobs for hardware support, I don't know any “debian without contrib/non-free repos" equivalent for phones. Hardware makers lock everything, making it unfortunately impossible to run on 100% Libre Software. Replicant doesn't support shit and is still android-based. So unless we get @brie @PINE64 @e_mydata @fdroidorg @nitrokey @xixiangdong @feditips @iode - 2/5

truly open hardware one day, which is unlikely to happen because it requires libre SoC, and libre GSM/LTE-A modules that works on phone carriers networks… A 100% libre OS for phones is just a nice dream.

Indeed, some older Xperia have good support, but depending on where you live (shipping @brie @PINE64 @e_mydata @fdroidorg @nitrokey @xixiangdong @feditips @iode - 3/5

costs) and in which condition you'd with the phone to be, such phones are not always easy to find. Especially is you wish to refurbished version instead of just used - random condition from a random person on the Internet

@PINE64 @e_mydata @brie @fdroidorg @nitrokey @xixiangdong @feditips @iode - 4/5

There is newer devices which are compat with Sailfish OS, unofficially? but it's either expensive for shit hardware, and shit maintenance because "hey look at our latest device, we stop support for the previous one so you buy again" (Gemini) or expensive and still work in progress (F(x) Tec Pro 1 X will probably support Sailfish OS, since the Pro 1 already does but IIRC it's even more expensive than the X version)

@fdroidorg @nitrokey @xixiangdong @feditips @iode @brie @PINE64 @e_mydata - 5/5

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