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    Sand commented  · 

    Good idea. Nearly everyone has a smartphone these days, and pretty much all options require you to accept telemetry from Google, Apple, and often multiple others at the same time, although some more than others. There is simply no privacy-first alternative.

    Pretty much the only choice we have is to flash a custom rom without Google Mobile Services and GApps, while hosting a private Nextcloud instance and use DAVx⁵ + ICSx⁵ for CalDAV (Calendar), CardDAV (Tasks) and WebDAV (Cloud) based private mobile services. This sets the technical bar pretty high.

    What's missing in the market is a user friendly privacy-first alternative with a lower bar to entry and less (self-hosted) maintenance.

    Wouldn't it be great if there were an AOSP version of Android with Proton branding and all Proton services integrated by default.

    It could be a LineageOS derivative, or LineageOS-MicroG for users willing to _opt-in_ to FCM (which is Google) for notifications.
    All Proton services could be perfectly integrated.

    - ProtonMail
    - Calendar

    Perhaps you can login using your Proton id and auto-detect and set up additional services.

    - ProtonVPN
    - Proton Drive

    It's also a good starting ground to figure out what new services are in demand.

    - Syncable Contacts
    - Some kind of Notes alternative like /e/os has

    What's in it for Proton?

    - A way to find out how services need to improve for a seamless user experience on mobile
    - An honest way to upsell users from free to plus or from plus to unlimited when starting related apps
    - Wow-factor publicity

    I think Proton will find out that users are becoming aware that they (their telemetry) are being sold, and they'd rather pay a fair price for privacy and data sovereignty.

    Now depending on how much expendable budget they end up having from extra sales through ProtonOS, perhaps they can sponsor or collaborate with either MicroG if they end up using it as upstream repository.

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