tags: android

OsmAnd via Android Auto - a practical and privacy-friendly offline navigation solution?

Modern cars are equipped with headunits that support Android Auto or Apple Carplay. With the recently added support for Android Auto in OsmAnd - an established open source offline maps and navigation app - my hope for a privacy-friendly solution was reawaken. Hence, I investigated whether it was practically possible to use use this combination in a data-literate way. I stumbled over several caveats and irritating privacy-invasive issues but also found a semi-satifactionary workaround for the time being.

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How a single unprivileged app can brick the whole Android system

This article is highly subjective and only states the author’s opinion based on actual observations and “wild” assumptions. Unlike stated in the title, it might apply only to LineageOS and not to the original AOSP. Better explanations and corrections are warmly welcome! Motivation After updating an App from the F-Droid store (OpenCamera), my Android device was completely unusable. In this state, the only feasible option for a typical end-user to recover the device (who does not know how to get to safe mode in order to remove or downgrade the app [5]) would have been to wipe data in recovery, loosing all data.

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