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.
I am even willing to pay extra to have this dependency removed!
PLEASE! This is ridiculous. I have a ton of apps that can send notifications without play services dependency. Even if you cannot remove this dependency for notifications (for whatever reason) - please add an option to stop using notifications. I will refresh the app manually if I want to - just remove the annoying pop-up message for now.
It is Verrryyy important to have more visibility in the world of FOSS, Open Souce community.
Support said 30.12.2017: "Thank you for your message. At this time, we utilize Google Play services to implement the push notifications. We will try to find other ways to support push notifications in the future."
I too use LineageOS without GAPPS. It is really important that the dependency for Google Play Services is removed. The app does work without only the push notifications are not working then.
I could live with some configurable polling (5, 15, 60, ... minutes)
Also i would really really like that you provide the .apk on your site. I have now downloaded it from some site but that is not a recommended way security wise.
This was planned a year ago. Any official word from the ProtonMail Team? If you want to convince the privacy conscious among us, you really need to get that app into F-Droid
I am also really looking forward to this. What I don't understand, when I open Protonmail on my CarbonROM Android without any Google services, I get this message that Google services is required, even though the Protonmail app seems to work just fine without it.
ProtonMail app is still using Google Play Services for pushing notifications. It could be nice to have this functionality for those (like me) dont have any GAPPS on their device.
For example, I receive notifications with a similar app (Telegram F-Droid).
not responding commented
thanks for your technical support. I hope this update would work for my system.
Are there any updates on this?
It's been said a thousand times in this thread but privacy needs independency from Google and that means providing an alternative way to get ProtonMail app for android (f-droid, apk download from protonmail website) and removing the need for Google Services from the app. As many other users, I don't mind if I have to update my inbox manually.
Any news on Protonmail App on F-droid? Don't want to use GooglePay..
Is there no way out of Google? There must be some *extremely* weird reason why a zillion ppl can say "We do not care about the push-aspect so plz just (1) either put it on f-droid or (2) give us a apk link!!!", AND THEN.... NOTHING LIKE THAT HAPPENS AT ALL!!
It's nice to have a google service free app for android. I use a alternative mobile OS (SailfishOS with F-Droid store) where I'm running without these services. It would be nice if the app has polling (like Threema for example).
free of google commented
1. Add an option to "permanently dismiss" the "ProtonMail won't run unless you update Google Play services." The message is highly misleading as (a) it does work, I just don't get push notifications, and (b) I don't have google play services enabled at all so there is nothing to upgrade.
2. Add an option for periodic polling of the server and let us choose: poll once an hour, 15/5/2/1 minutes
Please listen to this. This is a serious matter. Please provide the .APK on your website. I am not using GAPPS and I am not alone here. To be private you have to provide the .APK on your website everything else is just a joke.
I concur to the fore mentioned messages re the goo.gle services dependency.
Please, we all need to have this issue solved. F-Droid would do just fine.
Any news about this request?
Camilo QS commented
+10 for security and privacy
Camilo QS commented
+10 for security and privacy!!
I don't understand anyone who want Protonmail to use the same tools as Google. Google is a complete security breech and invasion to our privacy. If someone wants these added "conveniences" they should go back to Google. Protecting our privacy isn't always convenient. I chose Privacy over convenience. This is why i chose Protonmail. Protonmail...please don't compromise our privacy and security to be competitive, cutting edge, or convenient. If you can make our email more convenient without compromising privacy than do so. Otherwise, i vote to maintain security and privacy as your number one goal.
Remove google dependency and give us f-droid or direct apk download (with update notification)