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Android FOSS I daily use

My small collection of Android FOSS applications I use on my daily Android GSI smartphone. Keep in mind that some apps are listed as alternatives, which I may have disabled or are simply inactive for whatever reason. The list was mainly created because people constantly wanted to know what I use.

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My goal is to provide a small, but usable app list of that you actually can use in the real-world as daily runners.


History

  • v1.9 - 19.08.2022 - Sushi - Personal Finance app added + new section added, also ViMusic added under YouTube
  • v1.8 - 02.08.2022 - Threema replaced with Threema Libre, R.I.P. Dino
  • v1.7 - 27.07.2022 - Switched to Howl Offline Music Player.
  • v1.6 - 10.07.2022 - Data Wiping section added. Vinyl Music Player replaced with APlayer. Barinsta removed, as the project got archived.
  • v1.5 - 13.02.2022 - Replaced Monocles with Dino as it supports fully OMEMO with Audio and Video. Omega launcher replaced with Discreet Launcher.
  • v1.4 - 11.11.2021 - Zettel Notes under Markdown added
  • v1.3 - 07.11.2021 - RSS section added
  • v1.2 - 04.11.2021 - Small changes
  • v1.1 - 25.10.2021 - Public Release
  • v1.0 - 13.10.2021 - First Draft

To-Do list

  • ☐ Keep maintaining this list and update it whenever I change something.
  • ☐ Better sorting, maybe.
  • ☑ Add headings to the categories, so that you can link it.
  • ☑ I need to sort the categories and maybe add links, or you just open Aurora Store and type it in manually.

2FA

App Stores

I often call them clown stores because it is like a circus sometimes.

Anime & Manga

I usually read PDFs on a tablet, however Mangas are more the rare exceptions these days. But the following apps can be used universally to read Mangas, PDFs etc.

  • Kotatsu
  • Nekome
  • Openreads to track what I already read.
  • Tachiyomi – Replaced the two application with a better, all-in-one app. There is also an interesting extension for it called MangaSee.

Automation

Browser

Calculator

Calendar

Call Blocker and Spam Filter

  • At home you can block unknown callers, international or spam numbers with your FRITZ!Box with some clicks.
  • NoPhoneSpam

For when I am in some public locations

If possible I do not even take my smartphone with me.

  • PilferShush Jammer - To block microphone access, which is useful if you leave the phone in the open.

Camera

I have all 3 installed, dunno why.

Clock & Time

Reddit and other social media clients

Contacts

Dialer

Finance

Flashlight

Keyboard

Markdown

  • Zettel Notes is a cool app for Markdown with GPG encryption and even webdav sync support.

Matrix Client

  • Nheko – Desktop client for Matrix using Qt and C++17. I switched back to the official Element app on mobile due to the fact that every fork is behind, security and feature wise.

PC connection

  • KDE Connect for computer-from/to-phone internet file sharing. It even comes preinstalled on some Linux Distros.

File-Sharing

Maps & Navigation

Media Streaming

Streaming

Podcast & Audio Book Player

Office

Messaging

TV Tracker

  • DroidShows – TV series browser and tracker.

eMail

Firewall and DNS

YouTube

File-Synchronization

QR-Code Reader

  • obsqr – Fastest and most lightweight qr code reader, afaik the best one with the most features and regularly gets updated.

RSS

SMS

The last time I used SMS was years ago, so it does not play much of a role for me.

App isolation

  • Shelter via Magisk Storage Isolation I do not install unknown apps and I review the code so I do not need it anymore. Nothing left to isolate which is not already isolated within Androids own security mechanism.

Drawing

I never used the app but have it installed, weird...

Download Manager

App freezing

I rarely use it but sometimes it can be useful for eg. testing.

Document Scanner

  • ImgurViewer for opening reddit/imgur/other image links without invasive tracking
  • link eye can be useful sometimes

Homescreen Launcher

Bluetooth and WiFi

File Manager

  • Amaze - I use this one right-now.
  • MiXplorer - Not FOSS but there is no real alternative, feature wise.

Image sharing

Exif meta-data cleaning

I do not need it since I only share pictures in .png who do not contain any metadata except time. Metadata cleaning apps are pretty much pointless if you use a privacy oriented camera app that includes an option to opt-in and opt-out into geo-location data embedding...

But if you do share stuff with Geo-Location in it, use Scrambler or ExifEreaser remover.

Note-Taking

Managing permissions

Music Player

PDF Reading

rclone

Sports tracking

ToDo Lists

Video Player

Weather

Wiping

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