@claudiom Good luck finding another major brand that doesn't rely on installing bloatware on any "smart" device (phone, tablet, notebook, TV, car...)!
To me it seems like they "have" to do it, because they don't earn anything from pure hardware sells alone.
When it comes to phones, the only option you have is (unless you don't want to unlock BL and root) going with an offside brand like Fairphone, Shiftphone or for something completely different like Pinephone or Librem.
@RAPXT Good thing I already have a PinePhone, but it really is far from usable in my opinion beyond fringe use.
There are the Android ROMs like /e/ and LOS, so those are options down the road for my 6T. That being said, @garrett mentioned that support in the mainline kernel for the 6T exists now, which is a good thing.
Additionally, it's a fork based on old versions of LineageOS, so security can be an issue. (If not already, then soon, depending on each device.)
Some of the issues are brought up here in detail: https://uk.pcmag.com/motorola-moto-z-play-droid/123158/hands-on-with-e-a-version-of-android-that-ditches-google
Meanwhile, https://lineage.microg.org/ exists for LineageOS + microG (FOSS Google services).
We have some promising projects going like the PinePhone or Librem (and also UBtouch). Let's hope that they keep on developing (and get big financial support) and (hopefully) someday become a viable alternative to android.
@claudiom @RAPXT Bliss, the launcher /e/ made, is on F-Droid, BTW: https://f-droid.org/packages/foundation.e.blisslauncher
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