Hi. I wonder if someone can create or ad an phone-app to F-Droid that works to use as standard phone app with “Open Contacts” instead of the preinstalled standard phone app “Google Phone” with “Google Contacts”.
Why? Because the “Google-apps” have every possible permission from viewing your exact GPS-position, to viewing your internet connections, to connecting/disconnecting to/from internet and send and recive data with internet in the background.
I’ve tried to use “Emerald Dialer” that is possible to select as standard phone app, together with “Open Contacts”. But there was a problem that I could not answer calls with it. After writing about this on GitHub I found out that it’s not ment to be a phone-app only a dialer.
The phone app should only be able to dial and recive calls (mainly 2G, 3G, 4G calls, without use of internet), view call logg (missed calls, answered calls, dialed calls), view contacts (if possible in the app “Open Contacts”) and maybe have a setting existing in “Google Phone” (under further settings) making it possible to hide/show your number while making calls. It should also have a setting, existing in “Google Phone”-settings for choosing to activate just 2G, just 3G, just 4G or 2G, 3G and 4G at the same time. Why would someone use 2G when you get better signal by using all supported networks? From 3G and higher it gets more easy to track exact position with the network. It’s possible to find nearly exact where your phone is with 3G and possible to find 100% exact where your phone is with 4G and 5G. So some people, espacially people being tracked by dictators/totalitaire regims for example, would sometimes appriciate to be able to call only with 2G, to prevent being found by wrong people.
What if the user wants to do ip-calls or video-calls? Well I think it would be better to use a seperated app for this purpose, if it is important to someone.
I’m not sure if a phone app for normal calls, not ip-calls, can be encrypted but if it’s possible it would also be great if it could be encrypted totally or just some parts (for example the call logg), like the app “Signal” but without need for signing up.
The app should be possible to select as standard phone-app under the “App-settings” in “Standard-apps”, instead of “Google Phone”. If that possible one could deactivte “Google Phone”+“Google Contacts” and block their permissions, even if it’s not possible to uninstall them.
The make the phone app “privacy friendly”. It should be without permissions for position (GPS-/network-based), use of cameras, use of NFC, use of bluetooth, use of internet, possibility to view wireless connectionnections of any kind (wi-fi, mobile-data, NFC, bluetooth).
If it is easier than finding such a app or creating it, you might ask the creators of “Open Contacts” if they can ad all mentioned phone functions to their app and make it possible to use “Open Contacts” as “standard phone app”. Right now it’s not possible to select “Open Contacts” as standard phone app, even though the app has both contact list, call logg and ability to make calls. Like I mentioned before “Emerald Dialer” is possible to select as “standard phone-app” but does not work for recieving calls, only for making calls, because it’s just a dialer.
(Btw as “standard sms app” I use the encrypted app “Silence”, at least that app is working.)