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 hope you add this feature soon :)
As long as this isn't done yet, please remove the notification. It's ok to show it once, but not everytime I open the app.
Jens Gabel commented
please provide the app also on F-Droid.
Google has become evil.
And why do you have to run google-analytics on this site??
I would also love to see a version that does not harass me for not having google services installed (that popup is really annoying) and notifications would be great too.
Any update? This was posted in 2016. If it was genuinely "planned" it would be done already...
Protonmail claims to be privacy first. How can you require us to install Google's spyware on our phones?
Please, provide the APK so people don't download random APKs from insecure sources!
Or even better, provide a bridge for Android so we can use our favourite mail client and don't have to use a different app at all.
I am in the process of moving to ProtonMail, but having recently changed phone OS, this is really making me think twice! Unfortunate as ProtonMail has otherwise been great
I cant even open my protonmail app now without updating it. Where is the direct download for the apk?
Google IS the problem. How do we know you are true to your statements about privacy when you use one of the most intrusive spies in the world?
Seriously, Google has been
getting fines from all over because of their practices. They don't respect anyones privacy.
I liked the app, but I guess rhis is the end of the app. I am not going to give Google even more info than what they have already covertly gathered on me.
ID theft is a big enough problem in the US. If you really did go to MIT you would know this.
Need push notifications without Google services !
The Tutanota app works very fine without the google system framework. It's available in the f-droid repository, so no dependency to Google whatsoever. It is imho more or less a (little) JOKE that Protonmail (security and privacy for the user??) when it depends on Google services. When Tutanota can, Protonmail should also be able to ditch Geegle dependency. I now use the slow protonmail mobile website login on my phone (Lineage/ViperOS without google system framework). I am thinking about moving all my e-mail to Tutanota...).
Jimmy Jell commented
F-Droid recommends to uninstall my application because it will be removed from F-Droid: f-droid.org package-Droid relies on the standard tools for verifying the signatures of APKs, Know more at https://www.brotherprintersupportnumber.com/blog/how-to-fix-brother-printer-offline-status-error-on-windows-10/
+1. Please remove GAPPS depency and provide apk. many thanks.
The Pushy team answered some questions for me, here are some specifics:
1. Encryption for Push notifications? Pushy Pro plan uses plaintext MQTT to deliver notifications downstream to devices. Their Enterprise plan however is fully TLS encrypted in all communications to and from Pushy, including your servers to theirs
2. Opensource? The Enterprise plan Some parts of their service is open source, others are not. Mostly their client SDKs are open source (but not the core Android SDK)
Use Pushy instead of GCM (for one example). It is a replacement for GCM but each app developer must manually embed Pushy in their apps. Pushy cannot itself be flashed onto a non-GMS phone to replace GCM.
Protonmail app development should support devices without GMS, you can embed the Pushy SDK in your app and it will work on these devices, instead of using GCM.
I think there is a growing market for people who do not want to use Google services at all. This one change would also be innocuous to those with Google services installed while giving "unGoogled" phones the ability to receive push notifications.
Even selling this app (downloadable from the Protonmail website) would be reasonable to help fund or pay for pushy fees of $.005 per device per month (unlimited puush notifications). However Protonmail could even host their own Pushy service which may be more feasible for cost and security stand point.
Implementation or further work towards imap support for usage of clients such as K9 mail would be beneficial and would aid to the goal or removal of the dependence of google's push service.
im currently working on a temp. fix for getting notifications to work with nothing but fdroid resources and microg.
As far as I've understood, the only usage of GSF is for push notifications.
My phone does not have GSF installed, and the only annoyances are the message on start and the fact that e-mails are not synced in the background. I see that this "feature" is planned, but it has been planned for almost 2 years. I think someone should definitely start working on it....
Sveinn í Felli commented
As a contributor to Protonmail, I find quite hilarious how dependent it is on Google and it's services. Why on earth would I want Google to keep a registry of my downloaded apps? Not to talk about other 'features' in the app, which apparently need Google to function?
Even though APKs can be found in the wild, it would be nice to get it from a centralized and trusted source like F-Droid. Makes upgrading easier too...
I second that. In my quest for perfect privacy (if that's even possible) I'm getting rid of every Google service. I've created a ProtonMail account, installed an alternative rom to my Android device without any of the Gapps, and just find out that even if I could download the APK and install it, I can't use the app because it depends on Google Play services.
That's a bit ironic....