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While not every app has a great free and open source alternative (thanks, Google Maps), to-do lists don't fall into such a category. If you've been using Google Keep and want to find a service less beholden to our data-hoarding overlords, you're in luck. Even cloud sync is possible without buying into Google or another major corporation's note-taking platform, believe it or not. And really, do you need millions of data points and industry-leading artificial intelligence to make a glorified text editor bulleted lists? (The answer is "no.")
We've already explored free and open-source alternatives to many Google apps and services in this series, but there's one critical category we haven't mentioned yet: messaging services. Keeping in touch with friends and family is what most people use phones for, but as with social media, the vast majority of messaging platforms are black boxes with questionable data practices.
We've already looked at open-source alternatives to several major Google apps and services in this series, but there are still a few categories left to go over. Now it's time to check out the open-source equivalents to Google Drive, the company's cloud storage product.
Thankfully, the feature gap between Google Drive and the alternatives isn't massive — all of them have clients for desktop and mobile, easy file sharing, and other features. Depending on what hardware you have on hand, these options might not even cost you anything.
We've already covered the best open-source alternatives to Gmail and Google Calendar, but there's still plenty of ground to cover as we head into 2020. Now it's time to take a look at alternatives to Google Maps — something that is widely regarded as being better than every other mapping service.
I won't make you wait for the conclusion: none of these offer the same feature set you get with Google Maps. As sad as it is, Google's advanced traffic detection and point-of-interest data are only possible when you have an install base counting in the millions. However, if all you need to do is get from point A to B, other apps can do the job.
We started our new series of open-source alternatives to Google apps with a list of Gmail-type applications, and now it's time to check out ones that mirror the functionality of Google Calendar! If you're looking for something more privacy-conscious, or if you just want to see what independent Android app developers are up to, we've compiled some of the best open-source calendar apps for Android right here.
Privacy has become a major point of discussion in the tech community over the past few years, and its importance only grows after every Facebook scandal. The growing awareness of privacy issues has directly led to the intensifying popularity of open-source alternatives to proprietary software — for every Windows 10 update that erases privacy settings, alternatives like elementary OS gain more momentum.
However, it can be difficult to know what options there are for replacing popular apps and services. After all, many open-source projects are part-time efforts that spread purely by word-of-mouth. That's why we're starting this new series dedicated to finding open-source alternatives to popular Google apps.