Alternatives To Google Products

September 15, 2019

Google remains a dominant feature in millions of lives, whether you use the search engine, email, free office suite, or any of the other Google physical or digital products. While some individuals have totally given themselves over to the Google cult, there remain stalwart dissenters such as the SGT Report have not: “The Complete List Of Alternatives To Google Products.”

The list for Google product alternatives was made because:

“With growing concerns over online privacy and securing personal data, more people than ever are considering alternatives to Google products. After all, Google’s business model essentially revolves around data collection and advertisements, both of which infringe on your privacy. More data means better (targeted) ads and more revenue. The company pulled in over $116 billion in ad revenue last year alone – and that number continues to grow. But the word is getting out. A growing number of people are seeking alternatives to Google products that respect their privacy and data.”

The main reason people use Google is as a search engine. There are a wide variety of alternatives and they note that these alternate search engines do filter their results from Google or Bing. Apparently there is only one search engine with its own crawler: Mojeek from the UK.

The list continues with more alternatives to Gmail, Chrome, Google Drive, Google Calendar, Google Docs/Slides/Sheets, Google Photos, Google Translate, Google Maps, Google Analytics, and the Google Play Store. There are even alternatives to YouTube, but the majority of these are hit and miss with their content. The Google Play Store his rivalry by F-Droid, an installable catalog of free and open source software. The only problem is the applications are only for Android. Curses to Apple!

These alternatives are great, but they do have their weaknesses. Google has its evils, privacy issues among them are the worst. However, you have to admit it does make good products. Just stay away from the speakers and use Firefox.

Whitney Grace, September 15, 2019


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