I am a non-technical person trying to use /e/. I recently learned about Google’s SafetyNet for Android here: https://www.androidpolice.com/2020/06/29/googles-dreaded-safetynet-hardware-check-has-been-spotted-in-the-wild/ . The way I understand it, SafetyNet is software - and now starting to be hardware - that Google embeds in the Android OS and devices that, for the stated sake of safety, will “alert” apps that the OS is not “approved” by Google, and thus those apps will not work.
If my above understanding is correct, I am wondering what this means for the /e/ OS in the future, and what it means for individuals’ freedom more generally:
As Google pursues this, in the future won’t this mean that an OS like /e/ will not work because /e/ is obviously making significant changes to the OS that I assume Google would not approve of?
Do you foresee Google making a push for app developers to design their apps to insist on a successful SafetyNet check in order to operate, thus depriving other OSs like /e/ from having any apps that will work with /e/?
Is an OS like /e/ able to neutralize SafetyNet?
Is there a risk that Google could do something more nefarious with SafetyNet: Say Google doesn’t like a certain app - e.g., and ad blocker - so they not only ban it from their app store, they build into SafetyNet code that won’t let the phone run apps that Google just doesn’t like, but are available from other sources? And if so, how could an OS like /e/ deal with that?