I don’t use apps because using anything beyond what’s on offer in FDroid means opting in to be tracked by one or more of a handful of companies.
That means I can’t configure Helm, or use Signal, or call a car through an app, or post to megacorp social media… because I don’t want Google or Apple to know who I am.
This is all a leadup: how can we recommend a mobile device to anyone?
Well, maybe we say look, all these apps are cool and use these free and open protocols and a private user is you!
But no one is gonna call a car or order groceries or use the map voice assistant their used to. Because those require gapps or Apple.
If the web was ruined by commercial interests, mobile computing was sabotaged from the beginning.
But this is #ideation! Keep it positive, @maiki, no one seemed to mention.
How about a pivot-take! How about we double-down on the few apps we have, which only seem small in relation to the literal millions of crap programs are produced by either people stealing money from users, or the hackers making malicious software (heeyo!). We make tight UI improvements, and market our new zen essential mobile computing OS: the computer partner that travels with you in your pocket like a sleek pokeball, and like a pokeball you only bust it out when you are suddenly challenged, such as by needing to know the time, or snapping a pic of a flyer, or calling for help as a wild pokemon attacks nearby villagers.
That’s only 87% kidding. EssentialOS is where it’s at!