Hi everybody, and happy new year
I am questionning myself about the necessity of having a default navigation app (in our case, Magic Earth).
For me, a default app should be a really basic app, which doesn’t need to be frequently updated (like Contacts, Calculator, Dialer, Gallery, etc).
Since Magic Earth is a navigation app, there are frequently new updates with new features and new fixes. The fact it’s a default app delays those updates (1 month for dev release of /e/, probably 2 for stable release).
It’s the only app in /e/ that is not open source. So it’s the only thing that prevent us to say : /e/ is fully open source.
In a stock rom there is high chance to have Google Maps and Youtube for instance installed by default. So why is there only an alternative to Google Maps installed and not for Youtube. If Magic Earth is installed by default, why NewPipe isn’t ? (Yes NewPipe connects to Google since it’s just a YouTube client but you know what I mean)
Signal (and Telegram) was a pre-installed app and has been removed. I think Signal has more reason to be a pre-installed app than Magic Earth, so why Magic Earth hasn’t been removed at the same time ?
I think it shouldn’t be pre-installed, but of course it should be highlighted since it’s a good app.
In the future, /e/ plans to let users choose between different installation profils, which will influence which apps will be pre-installed. Magic Earth should be available here, in the “install all alternative” profil or whetever it will be or looks like. But not as a default app, it would just install the apk (to prevent point 2. for instance).
The fact default app will be removeable in the future will kind of resolve the issue. But I still want to share my thought.
I’m interested in the result. This poll is anonymous.
I just ask if you use it or not, NOT if you want to keep it as a default app.
Do you use Magic Earth (Maps) ?
- Yes, I use Magic Earth (Maps)
- No, I don’t use Magic Earth (Maps)