I’ve just installed e/os on my Google Pixel 4a, and overall I’m pleased with the experience. The one potential showstopper has been difficulties making phone calls. I’m using the Verizon network through Tracfone here in the US.
I may start another topic on my call issues. My question here is about the Google Fi app which came with the OS.
It can’t be uninstalled in the usual way and it runs at startup even if it had been disabled prior to restarting the OS.
I’d like to uninstall it using ADB commands, but I obviously don’t want to break the phone (especially calling). Is there some essential function this app serves or is it exclusively for e/os users who want to use Google Fi as their network provider?
I assume force stopping and disabling the app temporarily has the same effect as uninstalling it. I think I’ll do that each time I restart the phone for a while. I don’t want to introduce too many variables in diagnosing my calling problems.
The description tag of the https://fi.google.com/app page says “Google Fi is a program to deliver a fast, easy wireless experience in close partnership with leading carriers, hardware makers, and our users.”
The carrier bit of this gets me thinking … could this App come with the SIM card of your provider perhaps? Everywhere I put my daily driver SIM card in, I get an App called SIM-Toolkit (consisting of some managing functions and a lot of unnecessary provider nonsense), which doesn’t come with any OS I install either.
It’s the place to get in contact with the developers, which is the way to go if we users here in the forum or forum staff can’t answer or figure out something the developers perhaps would know or could do something about.
Interesting that those proprietary apps are in the LineageOS image.
This app is definitely creepy. According to the settings menu it auto starts, but not immediately on startup. I was able to boot the phone, then make and receive a call without the “Force Stop” icon highlighting on the App Info screen.
Anybody know of a way to dig a bit deeper into when the app is running and what it’s doing? ADB commands? Some sort of network sniffer app?