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tpp
I'd like to share my blog post on the subject. Forum threads have some helpful info but are incomplete and hard to follow, so I documented my steps on degoogling my Gemini in hope they will be of use to others
ArchiMark
Thanks for sharing.

Very helpful!

covex
Is all the knowhow in the pictures? I am not able to make them bigger? What are all those apps that need to be removed, and what are the good replacements?
FrankS
Thanks, but I cannot read anything too. Can you give us a howto, please?
tpp
Sorry for late replies.
QUOTE(ArchiMark @ Jul 17 2019, 08:22 PM) *
Thanks for sharing.

Very helpful!
You're welcome!
QUOTE(covex @ Jul 29 2019, 03:22 AM) *
Is all the knowhow in the pictures?
Most of it, yes.
QUOTE(covex @ Jul 29 2019, 03:22 AM) *
I am not able to make them bigger? What are all those apps that need to be removed, and what are the good replacements?
You should be able to make them bigger, otherwise the biggest picture is unreadable. I attached it in original quality to this post.
QUOTE(covex @ Jul 29 2019, 03:22 AM) *
What are all those apps that need to be removed, and what are the good replacements?
There are way too many apps that need to be removed to have an incentive to talk about them in detail. Let's say they all rely on Google.
Good replacements are:
* Launcher - Linux CLI Launcher aka T-UI
* Browser - Mozilla Firefox
* App Store - F-Droid + Yalp Store, Aurora Store
* SMS - Signal
* Notes - ColorNote
* Gallery - Simple Gallery (from F-Droid)
* Maps - Osmand
QUOTE(FrankS @ Aug 1 2019, 07:31 AM) *
Thanks, but I cannot read anything too. Can you give us a howto, please?
1. Install Gemini PDA Android 8.1 rooted image
2. Install Magisk Manager, flash Magisk, make sure it works as expected
3. Install Titanium Backup (preferably Pro), make sure it works as expected
4. Install apps you want/need (at least F-Droid, some browser and some SMS app, others can be installed later)
5. Use Titanium Backup to remove apps that are not included in the picture below. Apps highlighted in blue are frozen, you better freeze them too.
6. Install remaining apps you need/want

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I'll be happy to answer further questions if you have any.
MonkeyControl
Interesting stuff. I never considered Android, personally I found the interface a bit clunky and then the google thing, but posts like this are bringing me round.
Rooting and degoogling is half the battle so thanks for that tpp, and the best keyboard in the world probably sort of makes the clunky argument irrelevant, so I guess it would be rude not to.
Depending on the configuration out of the box, what becomes available, and how brave I'm feeling on the flashing front, I could quite easily see myself in an Android Debian dual boot when my little Cosmo arrives.
tuk0z
Thank you for sharing. Is your device OS still stable after debloating it? I found that uninstalling major Google Apps & services had "Goodroid" go wrong here. Culprits were Google Maps and Chrome if I remember correctly.
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3. Install Titanium Backup (preferably Pro), make sure it works as expected
4. Install apps you want/need (at least F-Droid, some browser and some SMS app, others can be installed later)
5. Use Titanium Backup to remove apps that are not included in the picture below. Apps highlighted in blue are frozen, you better freeze them too.

What about not installing Titanium (Pro) and using Magisk module Terminal debloater instead?
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