I have principled, moral, objections to Google (Alaphabet Inc.), due to their origins in the military, industrial intelligence complex and their conscious suppression of left wing views and analysis in addition to the fact that they are a hierarchical, capitalist corporation.
I’ve been using the Internet for long enough to remember a time before Google, initially DEC’s av.digital.com was the best there was. When Google launched I did switch to using it as it was better but due to privacy concerns I used Scroogle for many years, then DuckDuckGo came along and almost all the time this is good enough, I only find myself adding a
!g to searches every few weeks — you can survive without using Google for internet searches.
There are other alternatives to the “killer features” provided by Google, Nextcloud and ownCloud can be used in place of Google Docs, SoGo is a fine web based email client, all of these things provide CalDAV services which can be used as alternatives to Google for contact and calendar backends for Android phones. You also don’t need to install GApps on Android phones, you can run LineageOS and use the F-Droid app store, Piwik is a fine alternative to GA.
Is anyone else managing to get by without handing over huge amounts of their data to Google in exchange for their services? And what alternatives are you using?