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Android at 10: How Google won the smartphone wars

Muscleguy Silver badge

Hmmmm

In my previous Android phone I managed to disable Google though I was unable to utilise the screen real estate the vanished search bar left.

In this updated version I tried that out of the box and bricked it, forcing a factory reset. So I've settled with denying Google access to the microphone so Alexa is not listening to everything. I scrupulously refrain from touching the search bar and use the Startpage shortcut instead.

My phone sends no telemetry etc data to Google. I have disabled Chrome. Location services is only on when it needs to be.

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