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Digital freedom on our phones is slowly slippin' away...

Unread postby Valso » 30 July 2020, 17:11

... especially on our phones. With Google Chrome for android you're overwhelmed with ads that drain your mobile traffic and you can't hide them in any way. Until recently the alternative was Firefox for Android but since yesterday they too went Chrome-like takin' away the control of what can or can not happen on your own phone. But I'm not a guy who goes down without a fight in the war for digital freedom on my own devices (and not for the first time I might add), so I found a way to spit on Mozilla's face again - Waterfox for Android. Since this browser provides too much freedom to the user, such as the ability to install extensions for Firefox (Waterfox is a derivative of Firefox but better) like uBlock Origin, bitwarden and many others, you won't find it on Google Play because the user's freedom is not Google's policy. It seems Mozilla decided to wage another war against extensions on Android, just like they did with the PC version of Firefox (starting with version 63) which war I won in the matter of minutes. But on Android it's harder to fight back because the browser doesn't have "about:config".

So I decided to share this browser with those of you who want to keep their digital freedom and who dislike Google Chrome for the lack of an adblocker. I talked to the Waterfox developer (/r/waterfox) to give me the APK for the browser, so that I can install it on my phone. The APK can be downloaded from here: https://apkpure.com/waterfox-web-browse ... t.waterfox - simply put it somewhere on your phone and through a file browser navigate to it and tap it. It will install like any other program.

I've been testing it in the last few hours and it works much faster than Firefox because it doesn't have the targeted ads tracking telemetry and all kinds of other bulls*it that slows down loading of pages. Even another LGBT forum I found 4 years ago loads a lot faster than it does with Google Play's Firefox which is a huge step forward. Now I have Waterfox both on my home PC and on my phone.

Ofc nobody's forcing you to install it. As a Linux user who's all for FOSS, I'm just sharing something nice that gives you back the right to decide what can or can not happen on your device, whether it's a phone or tablet. It's up to you decide whether you want to be tracked by Google, Mozilla and other corporations with or without you knowing about it.

If you have any questions about the using of Waterfox in general, you can either ask here or directly ask the developer on reddit, if it's something programmer's specific.
Just like Firefox, Waterfox is open source too which for me is enough reason to trust it bc a developer who has nothing to hide won't close the source code.
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Re: Digital freedom on our phones is slowly slippin' away...

Unread postby Eryx » 31 July 2020, 13:23

I think that war has already been lost tbh
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Re: Digital freedom on our phones is slowly slippin' away...

Unread postby Valso » 31 July 2020, 20:49

Not completely. The website above should contain older versions of apk browsers (and other apps) before their developers sold themselves for money and these can be used. They'll never update which is the best part.
Also Librem5 is bound to get better at some point which will blow a serious strike on the Android monopoly.
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