Remove dependance on google play services
Protonmail android app is dependent on google play services and that is obviously against privacy and security.
Users who removed/disable google play services or used vanilla "lineageos" without gapps cannot get the mail client work properly.
Google play services collect every possible piece of info about the user; location, body sensors, application usage, and every other possible thing. So telling the use to enable/install google services you compromise his privacy and security by 3rd party app which is clearly against the idea if Protomail.
I hope you can correct this and have no dependence on google at all.
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For android i use GrapheneOS and i do not have google pay services installed thus emails do not come though via push, but i also have the calendar app and i get those notifications without issue.
please fix the mail app to not require google play services anymore
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This is critical because I am using a phone without google. I want to escape their constant monitoring of devices. We know communications are encrypted, but metadata to my device still paints a picture. Other apps have solutions.
Signal, for example, uses Play Services for push notifications but has a fallback if they are not present on the device.
It is common for apps not to handle a lack of Google Play Services gracefully; however, please consider the demographic. I switched to a custom, privacy-respecting ROM around the same time I moved everything out of Google to Proton parallels. I'm sure plenty of people fleeing from Google to ProtonMail also sport play-services-free Android ROMs.
As is, I feel the need to constantly keep checking ProtonMail on my phone and occasionally miss important emails that come in only to find them much later. This feature really is a must-have.
This is an important feature because relying on Google Play just for notifications is ludicrous and seems to go against the mission of Protonmail. Nevertheless, I am currently using the protonmail and calendar apps on an Android phone without Google services and it works perfectly except that I don't get notifications. Maybe this is a blessing in disguise.
I really like Protonmail, but this issue is very important. Proton's demographic is much more likely than the average Android user to be avoiding Google. If you guys implemented this, I would instantly upgrade my account to paid.
The fact that this has been talked about for years with no visible progress is concerning. Lots of other open-source apps have GSF-independent notifications; it shouldn't be too hard to take a look at what they're doing if you need some ideas.
This is a critical feature.
If google weren't a problem, nobody would need/want protonmail. We could all use gmail. Can't really build a credible alternative that focuses on privacy, yet still depend on google. And why is the app not on f-droid???
Please pm, get totally rid of google, so that notifications are working on de-googled phones. That is still a killer feature, and it makes me considering switching to other mail services…
Protonmail is not properly working with de-googled phones (lineage os f.i.): no notifications.
Relying on google services/drive is a kind of joke about security…
Any updates on this? I am already planning to switch to Tutanota once my premium plan runs out and this feature is still not available.
Any update?? Has been 5 years since this was raised!
I left Gmail and would like to further on by leaving all Google products. But I still have these obligations to use Google play whenever I want to download your app, or google captcha which doesn't work with VPN (increasingly difficult) - and yet your answer is "Its like this" How do you reconcile your approach to full secured email app to full support to Google (cloud, play, captcha, analytics). And when are you actually following the core changes Google is making in tightening the control over data? It's happening now. Why do I see Facebook and Google as the two primary choices to register for this FAQ?!
Hello, is there any development regarding this topic? I see this as absolutely crucial feature! The solutions to avoid Google Cloud Messaging Service (FCM / GCM) are already there (see below).
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For those who do not gave a Google-based Android OS (LineageOS, GrapheneOS) who wish to have push notifications, would like to see native push notifications outside Google Play Services, Google Cloud, ect. and have the push notification system become fully independent of Google Play services, please.