I tried a “de-Googled” Android phone for a week

On Android, it’s virtually impossible to escape Google’s monitoring. Not only does an Android phone constantly share your whereabouts with Google, but it continues to do so even when inactive, and compared to iOS sends 20 times more data to Google. Because Google’s trackers are so deeply rooted in Android, it does not do much good to switch between the built-in privacy settings either. But what if you could “remove Google” your Android phone?

A French startup called iodé wants to offer you just that: a more private “de-Googled” alternative to the Android phones you’re used to. It sells refurbished phones in Europe that run a special Google-free version of Android – iodéOS.

An Android experience without Google