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I am perfectly fine with plain LineageOS and no Play Services at all. But, then, I am fine with just Firefox and some instant messaging app.

If I need other apps, I install them with Yalp store or F-droid. Lots of them run fine without Play Services (including Google Maps).

The phone is fast, the battery lasts a lot, slightly better security




> Lots of them run fine without Play Services (including Google Maps).

And there's also OsmAnd, which I think deserves a try.

I haven't used Google Maps in a few years, but I initially switched, because OsmAnd was much more reliable with offline maps. I've also heard people say that they've found OsmAnd's maps to be better, especially in more secluded areas.

https://f-droid.org/app/net.osmand.plus


Thanks for the advice, I downloaded OsmAnd plus. :)


+1 for not needing Play Services. I've been running a free Android, and so far every app installed has worked fine, except push notifications, but I see that as a feature—less interruptions.

Can you recommend a good free gmail client? The default email app doesn't work well with gmail -- double sends every time.


I use K-9 Droid without any issues with gmail. https://f-droid.org/packages/com.fsck.k9/


Same here, it's great. Integrates with OpenKeychain as well for the best PGP/GPG workflow on a phone.


Maybe you'd want to migrate away from Gmail too if you're happy without Play Services? I've been happy with Fastmail, and their import from Gmail worked without hiccups.




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