I have been using Android almost since it came out, and I have even implemented some of the features in the system that are available in every Android device out there. I love the system, but I am also very much aware of the privacy evading mechanisms that Google and many app vendors add on top of it.
Luckily, you do not get too locked down with Android (this is not Apple and IOS) and you can in many cases find FOSS (Free & Open Source Software) as alternative to the regular apps provided.
I have assembled a list of alternatives to some of the most common Google apps and a few other apps:
Google message → QKSMS
Google Authentificator → Aegis
Google Chrome → Mull
YouTube → Libretube
Google Password Manager → Bitwarden
Google Task → simpleTask
Google Drive → NextCloud
Google Translate → TranslateYou
Instagram → pixelfed
Google Password → Bitwarden
Pocket → Wallabag
Google Fit → wger
Spotify → Blade Player (player for spotify)
Google podcast → AntennaPod
Google Contacts → Simple Contacts Pro
Google Clock → Simple Clock
Do you have any ideas for other FOSS alternatives with a high focus on privacy? let me know in the comments below.