Mobile Apps

Last updated July 5, 2020, 1:59 p.m. by Author

Tags: security software productivity privacy applications smartphone


The post below contains a curated and regularly updated list of recommended mobile apps.

All of the apps listed here are open source and free as in freedom. Links provided below will take you to the F-Droid repository, which is a 'store' for open source apps Android apps. Some of the apps listed here are normally paid, 'pro' applications as per Google Play, but because they are open source, the F-Droid maintainers have compiled them for you from source and you can use them for free.

If are looking for an alternative to one of the apps you are currently using, you should look at alternativeTo.

Another great resource to find the answer to the question: "What are the best applications that..." is Slant.

For a comprehensive list of privacy focused apps, loot at PRISM break Android section.

Because the list is periodically updated, if you want to stay up to date with the latest additions and deletions, you can use the Web Pages Scanner extension to be notified about any changes made here.


Table of contents:

1. System
2. Security & Privacy
3. Productivity & System Tools
4. Communication
5. Multimedia
6. Office
7. Web
8. Maps & Travel
9. AppStores
10. Other

System

LineageOS

A free and open-source operating system for various devices, based on the Android mobile platform.

If you want microG installed you can also try LineageOS for microG. MicroG requires a patch called "signature spoofing", which allows the microG's apps to spoof themselves as Google Apps. F-Droid is included in our ROM, so you can freely download all the FOSS apps on their repositories. It includes "F-Droid Privileged Extension", which allows F-Droid to install and update apps without the need of user interaction or the unsafe "Unknown sources" option.

For a more seamless transition from a pure Android, it is recommended to start with LineageOS for microG.

The installation instructions are available for each supported device.

You will need the TWRP app to flash a custom ROM to your smartphone.

If you do not want to or cannot use LineageOS, consider using Universal Android Debloater to get rid of all unnecessary bloatware from your Android.

Security & Privacy

AdAway

An ad blocker that uses the hosts file. The hosts file contains a list of mappings between hostnames and IP addresses. When an app requests an ad, that request is directed to 127.0.0.1 which does nothing. There are options to run a web server to respond to blocked hostnames and to direct requests to the IP address of your choosing. You can download hosts files from the app but it is possible to use your own and to add certain sites to the white- and black-lists.

Requires root: Yes. The hosts files is located in /system which is normally read-only.

Blokada

Ad blocker for people who for some reason do not want to root their phones. It establishes a VPN interface, and redirects DNS server traffic to it. The VPN interface filters the traffic, only allowing queries for hosts that are not blacklisted.

Because of this it is more battery intensive than AdAway and makes it impossible to use a real VPN to encrypt your traffic.

AFWall+

Firewall (iptables frontend), based on DroidWall which is no longer being developed. Features:

  • Import/Export Rules to external storage
  • Search Applications
  • Multiple profiles with custom names
  • Highlights system applications with custom color
  • Notify on new installations
  • VPN Support
  • Device Admin support to protect against being uninstalled

Requires root: Yes. iptables must run as root.

OpenVPN for Android

Simply the VPN app for Adnroid. With the VPNService in Android 4.0+ it is possible to create a VPN that doesn't need root access.

WireGuard

WireGuard is a next generation secure network tunnel protocol. This application allows users to connect to WireGuard tunnels. More information may be found on the project webpage.

If your device has a custom kernel containing the WireGuard module, then the module will be used for superior battery life and performance. Otherwise a userspace version will work sufficiently on all other devices.

InviZible Pro

Protect your device from dangerous sites, get rid of annoying ads, get access to blocked resources in your country

InviZible Pro includes a well-known modules DNSCrypt, Tor , Purple I2P. They are used to achieve maximum security, privacy and comfortable use of the Internet. This application is designed for Android devices with Root access.

Just press a three buttons in InviZible Pro, and you turn from a simple user to an invisible one, which is very difficult to find, block, impose on you unnecessary products and services in the form of ubiquitous advertising.

DNSCrypt

  • Encrypts DNS requests
  • Protects against DNS spoofing
  • Blocks ads *
  • Protects against dangerous and phishing sites¹
  • Can block "adult" sites *
  • Hides visited sites from your provider
  • Prevents some types of resource locks

¹ Depending on the selected dnscrypt server

Tor

  • Encrypts Internet traffic
  • Prevents sites locking
  • Can provide privacy and anonymity
  • Provides access to "onion" sites

Purple I2P

  • Encrypts Internet traffic
  • Provides access to the hidden anonymous network Invisible Internet and "i2p" sites

In order to start using InviZible Pro, it is enough to have an Android phone with root access. Just run all three modules and turn into Internet invisible person. However, if you want to get full control over the program and your Internet connection - no problem! Provides access to a large number of both simple and professional settings. You can flexibly configure InviZible Pro itself, as well as its modules - DNSCrypt, Tor and Purple I2P, to satisfy the most non-standard requirements.

InviZible Pro is an all-in-one program. After installing its, you can easy delete all your VPN applications and ad blockers. In most cases, InviZible Pro works better, more stable, faster than free VPNs. Does not contain ads, bloatware code and does not spy upon the users.

To install it, you need to add the IzzyOnDroid Repository in the F-Droid settings.

ProtonVPN

ProtonVPN is a secure and free VPN, now featuring better connection stability, faster speeds, and even more security features.

ProtonVPN is the world's ONLY free VPN service that respects your privacy and is safe to use. Millions of people use ProtonVPN because:
- We do not record your browsing history
- We do not display privacy-invading ads
- We do not sell your data to third parties
- We do not limit how much you can download

ProtonVPN is created by the CERN scientists behind ProtonMail, the world's largest encrypted email service with 20 million users, including many activists and journalists such as Reporters Without Borders.

ProtonVPN’s Free VPN Service includes:

✔ STRONG ENCRYPTION - Your data is protected with AES-256 and 4096 RSA.

✔ SWISS-BASED - Your data is protected by some of the strongest privacy laws in the world.

✔ NO LOGS. EVER - We never log or share user data. Even if authorities request information, we have nothing to share.

✔ PERFECT FORWARD SECRECY - Your encrypted traffic cannot be captured and decrypted later.

✔ MULTI-PROTOCOL SUPPORT - ProtonVPN supports two secure VPN protocols: IKEv2/IPSec and OpenVPN.

✔ DNS LEAK PROTECTION - We encrypt your DNS to ensure your browsing activity cannot be exposed through DNS queries.

✔ ALWAYS-ON VPN/KILL SWITCH - Protect your IP address from being leaked through accidental disconnects.

✔ FULL DISK ENCRYPTION - Our VPN servers are fully encrypted to protect your data.

✔ ANONYMOUS - You do not need to share any personal data to use ProtonVPN.

✔ SPLIT TUNNELING SUPPORT - This advanced feature allows you to select what traffic goes through the VPN tunnel.

✔ BYPASS BLOCKING - Smart protocol selection automatically overcomes VPN bans and unblocks censored content.

✔ TRUSTED - Our code has undergone a security audit and is open source.

✔ MULTIPLE PLATFORM SUPPORT - Easy to use on Android, iOS, Windows, macOS, Linux, and more.

Note: Free users can only connect one device to Free servers in Japan, the Netherlands, and the US.

KeePass DX

Multi-format KeePass password manager, the application allows to save and use passwords, keys and digital identities in a secure way by integrating the Android design standards.

Features:
- Create database files / entries and groups
- Support for .kdb and .kdbx files (version 1 to 4) with AES - Twofish - ChaCha20 - Argon2 algorithm
- Compatible with the majority of alternative programs (KeePass, KeePassX, KeePass XC...)
- Allows fast copy of fields and opening of URI / URL
- Fingerprint for fast unlocking
- Material design with themes
- AutoFill and Integration
- Field filling keyboard
- Precise management of settings

Aegis Authenticator

Aegis is a free, secure and open source 2FA app for Android.

Features:

  • Free and open source
  • Secure
    • Encryption (AES-256)
      • Password (scrypt)
      • Fingerprint (Android Keystore)
    • Screen capture prevention
  • Multiple ways to add new entries
    • Scan QR code
    • Enter details manually
    • Import
      • andOTP
      • FreeOTP
  • Supported algorithms:
  • Compatible with Google Authenticator
  • Organization
    • Custom or default icons
    • Drag and drop
    • Custom groups
    • Advanced entry editing
  • Material design
    • Light and dark themes
  • Export (plaintext or encrypted)

ClassyShark3xodus

Checks apps for code signatures of known trackers (provided by Exodus). Also can list all classes for launchable (via the app drawer) packages.

Can be used against any APK:

  • installed: via an app manager,
  • downloaded: via any file manager (long press and open with ClassyShark3xodus),
  • launchable installed: via the first screen list (long press to list all classes, including obfuscated ones).

Finally, the app doesn't sync or connect to the Internet and thus cannot sneak on end users.

The app is updated when Exodus updates their list of trackers: https://reports.exodus-privacy.eu.org/api/trackers

ClassyShark3xodus is based on Google's ClassyShark: https://github.com/google/android-classyshark

App Manager

App Manager began by merging the features of App_packages Info (formerly Application Info), ClassyShark3xodus, Activity Launcher and Watt into a single app with material design and dark mode to give a modern look and feel.

Features: - It is free and open source - It has material design (and a nice UI) - It doesn't have any useless permissions - It doesn't connect to the internet - It tries to display as much information as possible in the main window - It lists activities, broadcast receivers, services, providers, permissions, signatures, shared libraries, etc. of any app - It can launch (exportable) activities, create (customizable) shortcuts - It can block any activities, broadcast receivers, services or providers you like (requires root) - It can revoke permissions that are considered dangerous (requires root) - It can scan for trackers in apps and list (all or only) tracking classes (and their code dump) - It can generate dynamic manifest for any app - It can be used to view/edit/delete shared preferences of any app (requires root) - It displays your app usage, app storage info (requires “Usage Access” permission) - Apk files can be shared (hence the use of a provider) - It can be used to clear app data or app cache (requires root)

...and other minor features such as uninstalling/enabling/disabling apps, displaying app installation info, opening on F-Droid or Aurora Droid.

It basically combined the features of five or six apps that any tech-savy person is needed to install in order to have a “life”.

To install it, you need to add the IzzyOnDroid Repository in the F-Droid settings.

TrackerControl

TrackerControl allows users to monitor and control the widespread, ongoing, hidden data collection in mobile apps about user behaviour ('tracking').

To detect tracking, TrackerControl checks all network traffic against the Disconnect blocklist.
This is the same list, that is used by the Firefox browser.
This reveals the companies behind tracking to users
and allows users to block tracking selectively.
This blocklist also allows to expose the purpose of tracking, such as analytics or advertising.

Under the hood, TrackerControl uses Android's VPN functionality,to analyse apps' network communications locally on the Android device.
This is accomplished through a local VPN server, through which all network communications are passed, to enable the analysis by TrackerControl.
In other words, no external VPN server is used, and hence no network data leaves the user's device for the purposes of tracker analysis.

Warden

Warden is a FOSS app management utility.

Features:

  1. Free/Libre software - Has GPLv3 License
  2. Beautiful design - Based on latest material design guidelines
  3. Detects Trackers & Loggers across whole device
  4. Allows to disable all trackers/loggers
  5. Advance profile based app de-bloater

Warden has a static curated list of known trackers (Exodus Privacy) , each app's dex file is read to retrieve the class names, these class names are then matched with the signatures of known trackers & loggers to find them.

A list of currently known trackers & loggers can be found here & here

Loggers in the context of Warden means all utilities which are used to log user activity on an app or logcat in general. Not all loggers are evil. But few logging tools like ACRA, xLog are very powerful tools that can send user data to devs without user's consent. So do read the app's Privacy Policy, beforehand.

Warden uses su pm to manage the components.

De-Bloater (Requires Root):

Warden provides a profile based de-bloater where a profile is created in a format specified as in this sample scripts You need to place this profile/your custom profile at ExternalStorage/Warden/Profiles to make them appear in app.

De-Bloater is an experimental feature, will improve it over time. Default action for debloating is 'disable' you can configure it to 'uninstall' or 'hide' from settings.

Nuke it! (Requires Root):

Nuke it! is another experimental feature that scans all apps on the device and disables all know tracker components automatically. It also gives an option to export components names per-app basis.

Components here means: Activities, Services, Providers & Receivers

EDS Lite

EDS allows you to store your files in an encrypted container.

  • Supports VeraCrypt(R), TrueCrypt(R), LUKS, EncFs container formats.
  • Choose among different secure ciphers.
  • Encrypt/decrypt any kind of file.
  • All the standard file operations supported.
  • You can quickly open a folder (or file) inside a container from the Home screen using the shortcut widget.

Private Location

A simple app to set your location to anywhere in the world, and improve general phone location privacy.

Apps on your phone can require location permissions to work, and make repeated and unnecessary location requests in the background throughout the day.

Setting your location somewhere else will help protect your privacy when using these apps.

This is one of the few location apps that doesn't rely on Google Maps.

NetMonitor

Privacy Friendly Net Monitor monitors active network activity and provides information on the scanned connections and apps. The Connection's local and remote socket information is displayed along with a resolved hostname information and protocol evaluation based on well-known ports. Known un-/encrypted protocols are automatically marked. This app belongs to the Privacy Friendly Apps group developed by the SECUSO research group Universitat Darmstadt, Germany.

UntrackMe

UntrackMe once set by default to open Twitter and YouTube links will transform them into Nitter and Invidious links and delegate the action to another app.

It also supports Google Maps links to transform them into OpenStreetMap links or Geo URI.

The app will detect shortened URLs and will display the full URL before visiting the site.

When sharing a Twitter, YouTube or Google Maps link just pick up UntrackMe to transform it before sharing it with another app.

Available also as a Lite version.

The full version embeds everything that the lite version supports, but will also handle all other links to stripe utm/tracking parameters. As an edge effect, it uses its built-in app picker (which allows to display the full URL before visiting it) for delegating the action.

The lite version handles YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Google Maps and some shortener services to transform these links. It uses the default app picker from the device.

Syncthing-Fork

This is a fork of Syncthing that brings major enhancements like:

  • Individual sync conditions can be applied per device and per folder
  • Recent changes UI, click to open files.
  • "Battery eater" problem is fixed.
  • Android 8 and 9 support.

Syncthing replaces proprietary sync and cloud services with something open, trustworthy and decentralized. Your data is your data alone and you deserve to choose where it is stored, if it is shared with some third party and how it's transmitted over the Internet. Syncthing-Fork for Android is a wrapper for Syncthing that provides an Android UI instead of Syncthing's built-in Web UI. Goals of the fork:

  • Develop and try out enhancements together with the community.
  • Release the wrapper more frequently to identify and fix bugs caused by changes in the syncthing submodule
  • Make enhancements configurable in the UI, users should be able to turn them on and off

Comparison between upstream and fork at the time of writing this:

  • Both contain the syncthing binary built from the official source at GitHub:syncthing/syncthing
  • Syncing functionality and reliability depends on the syncthing binary submodule version.
  • Fork gets along with upstream and sometimes they pick up my improvements.
  • Strategy and release frequency is different
  • Only the wrapper containing the Android UI is addressed by the fork.

Nextcloud

A safe home for all your data. Access & share your files, calendars, contacts, mail & more from any device, on your terms. This is the official Android app.

Features:

  • Easy, modern interface
  • Upload your files to your Nextcloud server
  • Share your files with others
  • Keep your favorite files and folders synced
  • Instant Upload for photos and videos taken by your device
  • Multi-account support

DAVx⁵

DAVx⁵ (formerly DAVdroid) is a CalDAV/CardDAV management and synchronization app for Android which natively integrates with Android calendar/contact apps.

Use it with your own server or with a trusted hoster to keep your contacts, events and tasks under your control.

For more information and a list of tested servers/services, have a look at the Web site.

Productivity & System Tools

Simple File Manager Pro

A simple file manager for browsing and editing files and directories.

Can also be used for browsing root files and SD card content. You can easily rename, copy, move, delete and share anything you wish.

The fingerprint permission is needed for locking either hidden item visibility, or the whole app.

Contains no ads or unnecessary permissions. It is fully opensource, provides customizable colors.

AnySoftKeyboard

Alternative on-screen keyboard for multiple languages.

  • Multi-language keyboard support via external packages (English as standard)
  • Completion dictionaries for multiple languages
  • Multitouch support
  • Extension keyboard (swipe your finger all the way up out of the keyboard)
  • Gesture support: swipe left or right to switch layouts; swipe up to shift; swipe down to close the keyboard
  • Theme support (comes with several skins)
  • Emoji keyboard plus emoji tag search - type ":emoji_name"
  • Built-in user dictionary words editor
  • Optional 16-key English keyboard
  • Cursor movement soft-keys that can also be mapped to hardware keys
  • Supports ARM, x86 and MIPS natively
  • Voice-input
  • Ability to override the system locale value

Plenty of additional language packs are available.

Alternatively you can also try a simpler alternative: OpenBoard.

BatteryFu

Try to extend battery life by changing always-on mobile/wifi data to periodic sync (meaning it disables your mobile data and/or Wifi, then checks your accounts every X minutes).

Requires Root on Android 5.0+

Simple Calendar Pro

A simple calendar with optional CalDAV synchronization. You can easily create recurring events and setup reminders, it can also display week numbers.

Contains a monthly view and an event list widget where you can customize the color of the text, as well as the alpha and the color of the background.

Tasks

A simple task manager app, allowing you to categorise your todo list by urgency, state, timeframe etc.

Tasks can be synchronised with a CalDAV server using DAVdroid.

KDE Connect

Integrate Android with the KDE Plasma Desktop.

  • Share files and URLs to KDE from any app, without wires.
  • Touchpad emulation: Use your phone screen as your computer's touchpad .
  • Notifications sync (4.3+): Read your Android notifications from the desktop.
  • Shared clipboard: copy and paste between your phone and your computer.
  • Multimedia remote control: Use your phone as a remote for Linux media players.
  • WiFi connection: no usb wire or bluetooth needed.
  • RSA Encryption: your information is safe.

Please note you will need to install KDE Connect on your computer for this app to work.

OAndBackupX

Fork of the infamous OAndBackup with the aim to bring the app to 2020, adding support for the newest versions of android and update it's look. Allows you to make and restore backups of the apps on your device. OAndBackupX enables you to save app data to a user-accessible location. Both backup / restore of single apps and of multiple apps are supported.

Requires a working busybox installation at the moment (often pre-installed on custom roms).

Requires root: Cause it copies files from /data/data, /data/app and /system/app.

Status: Beta

To install it, you need to add the IzzyOnDroid Repository in the F-Droid settings.

LTE Cleaner

Tired of the abundance of phone cleaners on the play store? Tired of them being extremely shady? Tired of them doing nothing? Tired of ads? Tired of having to pay? Me too.

Android API 23+ (Marshmallow) no longer allows apps to clean other app's caches, thus the claim of cleaners clearing them is completely false.

The only thing they can clean: log files, temporary files, and empty folders. All three LTE Cleaner wipes.

WiFiAnalyzer

Optimize your WiFi network by examining surrounding WiFi networks, measuring their signal strength as well as identifying crowded channels.

Features:

  • Identify nearby Access Points
  • Graph channels signal strength
  • Graph Access Point signal strength over time
  • Analyze WiFi networks to rate channels
  • HT/VHT Detection - 40/80/160MHz (Requires Android OS 6+)
  • Access Point view complete or compact
  • Estimated Distance to the Access Points
  • Export access points details
  • Dark or Light theme available
  • Pause/Resume scanning
  • Available filters: WiFi band, Signal strength, Security and SSID
  • Vendor/OUI Database Lookup

Hide "running in the background" Notification

Hide the annoying "running in the background" notification with this simple and small app

CPU Info

CPU Info provide main information about hardware and software of your device:

  • CPU specification (with current frequency on specyfic cores)
  • GPU specification
  • RAM and storage state (internal, external and SD card)
  • Display metrics
  • Android OS details
  • Sensors data
  • Battery status
  • WiFi and Bluetooth mac address (on older Androids)
  • Audio card info
  • Native libraries used in another applications
  • CPU and battery temperature monitor

Communication

Riot

Riot.im is an open source, free software instant messaging client based on the Matrix protocol. Besides Signal it is the recommended application for communication. It supports E2EE, file transfer, audio and video calls and syncs between devices.

Riot.im is well known for the ability to bridge other communications into the app via Matrix, such as IRC, Slack, Telegram and others.

Riot gathers all your conversations and app integrations into one single app.

Built around group chatrooms, Riot lets you share messages, images, videos and files - interact with your tools and access all your different communities under one roof. One single identity and place for all your teams: no need to switch accounts, work and chat with people from different organisations in public or private rooms. Features include:

  • Instantly share messages, images, videos and files of any kind within groups of any size
  • Voice and video 1-1 and conference calling via WebRTC
  • End-to-end encryption using Olm
  • See who's reading your messages with read receipts
  • Communicate with users anywhere in the Matrix.org ecosystem - not just Riot users!
  • Discover and invite users by email address
  • Participate in guest-accessible public rooms
  • Highly scalable - supports hundreds of rooms and thousands of users
  • Fully synchronised message history across multiple devices and browsers
  • Finely configurable notification settings, synchronised over all devices
  • Infinite searchable chat history
  • Permalinks to messages
  • Full message search
  • Excellent support for all Android device sizes and orientations

There is also an alternative app called SimpleMatrix which has a different user interface.

Signal

Open Source alternative to WhatsApp with a very similar interface. Offers both desktop and mobile apps.

Note: Signal is not available on F-Droid because of the author's policy that does not allow federation and third-party distribution of the app. You have to download the APK file from the official Signal's website.

Briar

Briar is a messaging app designed for activists, journalists, and anyone else who needs a safe, easy and robust way to communicate. Unlike traditional messaging tools such as email, Twitter or Telegram, Briar doesn't rely on a central server - messages are synchronized directly between the users' devices. If the Internet's down, Briar can sync via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, keeping the information flowing in a crisis. If the Internet's up, Briar can sync via the Tor network, protecting users and their relationships from surveillance.

Great app with two significant drawbacks:

  • it does not offer file transfer
  • it does not have a desktop app

And one minor drawback:

  • it does not allow voice and video connections, only text messages

If those problems above are resolved (and there are plans to do do it), it may be the most secure and private 'chat app' out there.

Jitsi Meet

Jitsi Meet lets you stay in touch with all your teams, be they family, friends, or colleagues. Instant video conferences, efficiently adapting to your scale.

  • Unlimited users: There are no artificial restrictions on the number of users or conference participants. Server power and bandwidth are the only limiting factors.
  • No account needed.
  • Lock-protected rooms: Control the access to your conferences with a password.
  • Encrypted by default.
  • High quality: Audio and video are delivered with the clarity and richness of Opus and VP8.
  • Web browser ready: No downloads are required of your friends to join the conversation. Jitsi Meet works directly within their browsers as well. Simply share your conference URL with others to get started.
  • 100% open source: Powered by awesome communities from all over the world. And your friends at 8x8.
  • Invite by pretty URLs: You can meet at the easy to remember https://example.com/OurConf of your choice instead of joining the hard to remember rooms with seemingly random sequences of numbers and letters in their names.

(Warning: when using a Jitsi Meet instance, your stream is encrypted on the network but decrypted on the machine that hosts the bridge. See https://github.com/jitsi/jitsi-meet/issues/409#issuecomment-355406112 for more information.)

Delta Chat

With Delta Chat, you can write to every existing e-mail address - even if the recipient is not (yet) using the Delta Chat App. This is one of the biggest differences to other messengers: There is no need for the receiver to install the same app as yours.

With Delta Chat you get the ease of well-known messengers with the reach of e-mail. Moreover, you're independent from other companies or services -- as your data are not related to Delta Chat, you won't even add new dependencies here.

Some features at a glance:

  • Secure with automatic end-to-end-encryption, supporting the new Autocrypt standard
  • Fast by the use of Push-IMAP
  • Largest userbase -- receivers not using Delta Chat can be reached as well
  • Compatible -- not only to itself
  • Elegant and simple user interface
  • Distributed system
  • No Spam -- only messages of known users are shown by default
  • Reliable -- safe for professional use
  • Trustworthy -- can even be used for business messages
  • Fully OpenSource and Standards based

TrebleShot

Send and receive files over available connections.

Main Features:

  • Pause or resume transfers even when an error is given
  • Share your videos and songs within the application
  • There is no limit. You can send thousands of files with only one connection
  • You have the updates installed on your phone but your friend doesn't? Send them with the app
  • Install it on your all android devices and get the things easier

Share to Computer

Easiest and fastest way to share text, images or any files from your phone to your computer or phones.

Features:

  • Share to your computer, use browser to download the files shared (require no installation on computer)
  • Share to other phones, choose "scan QR code"
  • Through wifi no internet access required
  • No ads, free
  • Open source check the full source code at https://github.com/jimmod/ShareToComputer

Sharik

Sharik lets you send files to almost any device. It works with Wi-Fi connection or Tethering (Mobile Hotspot). No internet connection needed. Sharik is available for Android, iOS, Linux, MacOS and Windows (find the corresponding downloads on the project’s site).

To install it, you need to add the IzzyOnDroid Repository in the F-Droid settings.

Multimedia

VLC

VLC for Android is a full port of VLC media player to the Android platform. It can play any video and audio files, network streams and DVD ISOs, like the classic version of VLC.

Features:

  • Plays all files, in all formats, like the classic VLC.
  • Audio and video media library, with full search and history.
  • Support for network streams, including HLS and Dash.
  • Support for NAS and shared drives browsing.
  • Subtitles support, embedded and external, including ASS and DVD subtitles.
  • Multi audio or subtitles tracks selection.
  • Multi-core and full hardware decoding.
  • Gestures, headphones control.
  • Audio equalizer and filters.
  • Supports secondary display.
  • Supports 360 video and 3D audio.

Vinyl Music Player

Music player easy to use and customizable (multiple themes including a dark one). It supports folder browsing, sleep timer and a tag editor. It is forked from Phonograph.

  • Material Design. The user interface matches every single detail of the material design guidelines to ensure Phonograph is an eye candy for you.
  • Easy to Use. No complicated or overblown menus but a familiar and clean interface.
  • Last.fm Integration. Phonograph automatically downloads additional information about your artists such as their images or biographies. When you install the official Last.fm app, scrobbling will work right out of the box too.
  • Dynamic Colors. The UI colors change dynamically to match the main contents base color.
  • Customizability. There is an inbuilt theme engine with many different colors to choose from.
  • Tag Editor. The tag editor allows you to easily edit the tags of your music files such as title, artist, album name (...) for single songs or whole albums. You can even either let Phonograph automatically download missing album covers for you (powered by Last.fm) or choose one from your internal storage.

Other worth mentioning music player is Bop Music Player which needs some bugs to be fixed before it can be recommended.

Clementine Remote

Control the music player "Clementine" - access your playlists, browse the library, download files, change the volume via hardware buttons, read the lyrics while listening to your favourite song, enjoy the cover art and more.

If you receive a call or want to make one, you don't have pause the current track, Clementine Remote can lower the volume for you. It also has many more features, for example exchange of music and playlists with a computer.

Clementine is the recommended desktop music player.

Kodi

It is an entertainment hub that brings all your digital media together into a beautiful and user friendly package. It is 100% free and open source, very customisable and runs on a wide variety of devices. It is supported by a dedicated team of volunteers and a huge community.

It allows users to play and view most videos, music, podcasts, and other digital media files from local and network storage media and the internet.

Be sure to visit Addons4Kodi to find myriad of useful addons.

Here you can find instructions how to install some of the most popular addons.

Kore

Kore aims to be a simple, easy to use and beautiful remote that lets you control your Kodi media center from your Android device.

  • With Kore you can:
  • Control your media center with an easy to use remote;
  • Including several colour themes;
  • See what's currently playing, including relevant information (movies, TV shows, music, pictures and addons);
  • Change, sync or download subtitles;
  • Switch to the desired audio streams;
  • All the usual playback and volume controls at your disposal;
  • Toggle back and forth between windows or full screen playback in Kodi
  • Add, check and manage the current playlist;
  • View what is in your media library with details about your movies, TV shows, music and add-ons;
  • Direct link to relevant IMDb website for extensive information;
  • Library maintenance like clean and update;
  • Wake-on-LAN and other power control actions that the selected device supports;
  • Send YouTube videos to your currently selected media center;
  • Send text to the instead of using the keyboard in Kodi;
  • Switch to live TV channels and trigger recording on your PVR/DVR setup;

AntennaPod

Podcast manager and player that gives you instant access to millions of free and paid podcasts, from independent podcasters to large publishing houses such as the BBC, NPR and CNN. Add, import and export their feeds hassle-free using the iTunes podcast database, gPodder, OPML files or simple RSS URLs. Save effort, battery power and mobile data usage with powerful automation controls for downloading episodes (specify times, intervals and WiFi networks) and deleting episodes (based your favourites and delay settings). But most importantly: Download, stream or queue episodes and enjoy them the way you like with adjustable playback speeds, chapter support and a sleep timer.

Made by podcast-enthousiasts, AntennaPod is kept free of ads and frequently
updated based on your input.

WiFi Remote Play

Wifi Remote Play is a remote control app for the video players Media Player Classic (MPC) and VideoLan Client (VLC), allowing you to control it over a Wi-Fi network.

Features:

  • Remote control for: Play, pause, skip forwards/backwards through a track, jump to any point in the track, and jump to previous/next track.
  • Status shows current track, position, and length.
  • Volume control, and mute.
  • File browser to select new tracks, playlists video files (Media Player Classic only).
  • Toggle between windowed and full screen mode.
  • Controls for DVD interface (Media Player Classic only).

For this to work, you need to enable the web interface (for either VLC or Media Player Classic). VLC also now requires a password to be set. For your "IP Address", run "Command Prompt" on the PC where VLC or Media Player Classic is playing, and type ipconfig. It should be listed under "IPv4 Address". If you are having trouble setting up, please check out the webpage/Online Help for advice.

Simple Gallery Pro

A highly customizable gallery capable of displaying many different image and video types including SVGs, RAWs, panoramic photos and videos.

Let's list some of its features worth mentioning:
1. Search
2. Slideshow
3. Notch support
4. Pinning folders to the top
5. Filtering media files by type
6. Recycle bin for easy file recovery
7. Fullscreen view orientation locking
8. Marking favorite files for easy access
9. Quick fullscreen media closing with down gesture
10. An editor for modifying images and applying filters
11. Password protection for protecting hidden items or the whole app
12. Changing the thumbnail column count with gestures or menu buttons
13. Customizable bottom actions at the fullscreen view for quick access
14. Showing extended details over fullscreen media with desired file properties
15. Several different ways of sorting or grouping items, both ascending and descending
16. Hiding folders (affects other apps too), excluding folders (affects only Simple Gallery)

Open Camera

A feature rich camera application, including:

  • auto-stabilise option
  • multitouch zoom
  • flash/torch
  • choice of focus modes
  • face detection
  • front/back camera support
  • change recording resolution
  • video/audio recording
  • timer
  • burst mode
  • silenceable shutter
  • configurable gui
  • geotagging
  • external microphone support

Mysplash

A lightweight client for Unsplash with following features:

  • 100000+ photos
  • material design
  • select photos as tags
  • share photos and set as wallpaper
  • download raw photos.

Office

Barcode Scanner

Read the information stored in barcodes or create QR-codes for sharing addresses, contacts or text between devices.

Supports following barcode types:

  • UPC-A and UPC-E
  • EAN-8 and EAN-13
  • Code 39; 93; 128
  • ITF
  • Codabar
  • RSS-14 (all variants)
  • QR Code
  • Data Matrix
  • Aztec ('beta' quality)
  • PDF 417 ('alpha' quality)

See the website for troubleshooting and explanations of the permissions. The app allows you to share contacts, apps, and bookmarks in a QR Code. This is why contacts permissions are needed. You can also look at the app's FAQ.

Librera PRO

Librera Reader is an easy to use and highly configurable reading app that supports PDF, EPUB, MOBI, DjVu, FB2, TXT, RTF, AZW, AZW3, HTML, CBZ and CBR formats. With its simple, yet powerful interface, Librera makes document reading a true pleasure. Librera even features a unique auto-scrolling, hand-free music mode.

PassAndroid

Displays Passbook (*.pkpass) files & shows the Barcode (QR, PDF417 and AZTEC format). It can be used also when offline.

This app is a viewer for passes - a pass could be a e.g. boarding-pass for your next flight, a coupon for a nice hot beverage on the destination, a movie ticket, a membership card - there are a lot of possibilities. Basically it is a replacement for a piece of paper or plastic you would normally have to carry with you.

There are so called espass or pkpass files - you can open them with this app - e.g. when you receive them via email or get an Download-option. The most important content is the BarCode ( QR , AZTEC & PDF417which authorizes you most of the time - but it also has other interesting content like a description - often a time (that you now can add to your calendar) - often also locations (to give you directions)

Joplin

Joplin is a free, open source note taking and to-do application, which can handle a large number of notes organised into notebooks. The notes are searchable, can be copied, tagged and modified either from the applications directly or from your own text editor. The notes are in Markdown format.

Notes exported from Evernote via .enex files can be imported into Joplin, including the formatted content (which is converted to Markdown), resources (images, attachments, etc.) and complete metadata (geolocation, updated time, created time, etc.).

The notes can be synchronised with various targets including the file system (for example with a network directory) or with Microsoft OneDrive. When synchronising the notes, notebooks, tags and other metadata are saved to plain text files which can be easily inspected, backed up and moved around.

To install it, you need to add the IzzyOnDroid Repository in the F-Droid settings.

As an alternative you could take a look at Markor.

Orgzly

Orgzly stores notebooks in plain-text and keeps them where you choose to.

  • Create, edit and delete notes and tasks
  • Collapse and expand sub-notes
  • Schedule tasks and set their deadlines
  • Set priorities and tags for notes
  • Fling notes left or right to open quick-menus
  • Search notes by various properties
  • Create and save searches for quick access
  • Synchronize notebooks with one or more directories

Notebooks are saved in Org mode's file format. "Org mode is for keeping notes, maintaining TODO lists, planning projects, and authoring documents with a fast and effective plain-text system." See http://orgmode.org for more information.

Omni Notes

The project was inspired by the absence of such applications compatible with old phones and old versions of Android. It aims to provide an attractive look and follow the most recent design guidelines of the Google operating system.

Follow the developments and post your comments and advice on Google+ Beta Community at http://goo.gl/eF6qqF

Help to keep translations updated is always welcome, if you want give a hand checkout the translation project at Crowdin. Features:
★ Material Design interface Basic add, modify, archive, trash and delete notes actions
★ Share, merge and search notes
★ Image, audio and generic file attachments
★ Manage your notes using tags and categories
★ To-do list
★ Sketch-note mode
★ Notes shortcut on home screen
★ Export/import notes to backup
★ Google Now integration: just tell "write a note" followed by the content
★ Multiple widgets, DashClock extension, Android 4.2 lockscreen compatibility
★ Multilanguage: 30+ languages supported: https://crowdin.com/project/omni-notes

The F-Droid version is outdated. For the latest release, check the author's GitHub.

SilentNotes

SilentNotes is a note taking app which respects your privacy. The notes can be written in WYSIWYG editor with some basic formats like headers, lists and other formats. The full-text search will find your notes quickly. Take your notes wherever you are, and share them between your Android and Windows devices.

  • Quickly find the right note with the full-text search, just by typing a few letters.
  • Store the notes to an online-storage of your choice, this allows synchronizing them between devices and offers an easy backup.
  • Currently supported are the FTP protocol, the WebDav protocol and Dropbox.
  • The notes never leave the device unencrypted, they are end-to-end encrypted and can only be read on your devices.
  • Use basic formatting to structure your notes and make them more readable.
  • SilentNotes does not collect user information and requires no unnecessary privileges.

You can find the Windows version of this app on its homepage.

LibreOffice Viewer

LibreOffice Viewer uses the same engine as LibreOffice for Windows, Mac, and Linux. This, combined with a new front-end based on Firefox for Android, reads documents similarly to LibreOffice desktop.

Supported files:

  • Open Document Format (odt, ods and odp)
  • Microsoft Office 2007/2010/2013 (docx, xlsx and pptx)
  • Microsoft Office 97/2000/XP/2003 (doc, xls and ppt)

MuPDF Viewer

MuPDF supports PDF 1.7 with transparency, encryption, hyperlinks, annotations, searching, form editing and more. It also reads OpenXPS and CBZ (comic book) documents.

Pen&PDF

Pen&PDF is a PDF viewer and annotation app for Android built on top of MuPDF. It intents to makes editing PDFs as easy as writing on a piece of paper.

To install it, you need to add the IzzyOnDroid Repository in the F-Droid settings.

Poet Assistant

A set of tools to help with writing poems:

  • a rhyming dictionary, using the Carnegie Mellon University pronunciation dictionary.
  • a thesaurus, using the WordNet thesaurus.
  • a dictionary, using the WordNet dictionary.
  • a screen where you can enter your poem text, and have it read aloud back to you by the device's text-to-speech engine.

Ruler

Privacy Friendly Ruler turns the device screen into a ruler for quick measurements on the go. It can display rulers with either inch or centimeters as metric. Furthermore, it can display a protractor.

ScreenshotGo

Firefox ScreenshotGo is a useful application for Android. Users who take screenshots regularly and those who take them for safekeeping purposes will find the application more useful than users who take temporary screenshots for the most part.

The option to sort screenshots into collections is handy as it provides better manageability. The Go button improves screenshot taking but is mostly useful for users who take a lot of screenshots.

Currently available only from the GitHub repo.

SpeedCrunch

SpeedCrunch is a high-precision scientific calculator supporting expression editing, history stack, unit conversions, radix systems, complex numbers and user defined variables.

Features:

  • Calculations with up to 50 digits of precision
  • History stack with value or expression recall
  • Expression editing with system virtual keyboard
  • Fixed decimal, scientific or engineering formats
  • Decimal, binary, octal and hexadecimal bases
  • Built-in functions, constants and units with search
  • User defined variables and functions

Usage instructions can be found at the project's Github presence.

To install it, you need to add the IzzyOnDroid Repository in the F-Droid settings.

NCalcLibre

This is a fork of NCalc+ to make NCalc fully free (it removes the dependencies on proprietary libraries).

NCalc+ is a calculator for Algebra, Analytics, Trigonometrics, Determination of Statistics, and more. It does not show the steps to solve the equations, system of equations, derivative… but only for the final result.

To install it, you need to add the IzzyOnDroid Repository in the F-Droid settings.

Unit Converter Ultimate

A simple and easy-to-use unit converter to handle any conversion you'll ever need.

The beautiful Material Design user interface allows for quick and easy conversions from a number in one unit to another. The goal is to keep it simple - you won't be overwhelmed with an excess of options and settings, allowing you to perform your desired conversion as quickly as possible. Perfect for work, school or in the kitchen.

Open Note Scanner

With Open Note Scanner you can capture documents, handwritten notes, arts, shopping receipts, etcetera. It will automatically adjust the image aspect, contrast and save it. It will allow browsing, view and share the scanned documents.

It also supports the automatic scan of preformatted pages with QR Code and action indicators. PDF file with the pages are available on the application website, in the releases section.

In order to work, Open Note Scanner needs to have access to the OpenCV Manager application installed. If it could not find it, it will offer to download it from GitHub or Play Store. It is also possible to manualy install it from the OpenCV SDK for Android, available on http://opencv.org

AnkiDroid

Anki is a program which makes remembering things easy. Because it is a lot more efficient than traditional study methods, you can either greatly decrease your time spent studying, or greatly increase the amount you learn. AnkiDroid is the Android port of Anki, and is compatible with Anki data.

Opt-in synchronization uses the non-free AnkiWeb service by default, but this can be changed in the settings to use, for example, an instance of the unofficial Anki Sync Server).

AnkiEditor

AnkiEditor is an advanced note editor plug-in for AnkiDroid, a spaced repetition flashcard program for Android. AnkiEditor allows you to create basic notes; use WYSIWYG editor that can format text, set text foreground and background color, insert table/link, etc. similar to Anki on PCs.

Key features:

  • Basic creation of note
  • WYSIWYG editor (bold, italic, underline, etc.)
  • Cloze deletion

...and many more features to come.

Please note that this app may not work correctly without the AnkiDroid app installed.

Web

Fennec F-Droid

Fennec F-Droid is based on the latest Firefox release. It's focused on removing any proprietary bits found in official Mozilla's builds.

This is the only mobile browser that supports extensions, so you can have a look here for a broad selection of recommended Firefox addons.

Tor Browser for Android

Browse Privately.Explore Freely.Defend yourself against tracking and surveillance. Circumvent censorship.

You can also add the Guardian Project repo to F-Droid to have your browser updated automatically.

K-9 Mail

E-mail client supporting multiple accounts, POP3, IMAP and Push IMAP. Can do OpenPGP encryption if OpenKeychain is installed. Settings and account configurations can be exported so that they can be imported easily if you are switching packages/signatures: a file manager will need to be already installed to achieve this.

Alternatively you can also use SimpleEmail.

Flym

Flym News Reader is a simple, modern, totally free (no ads) and opensource project which keeps you inform by fetching your websites/blogs and displaying them in a mobile-optimized way.

It DOES NOT synchronize with any online feed reader, if you need synchronization this app is not for you.

Features:

  • easily search for new feeds
  • offline reading including images
  • import/export the feed list from OPML
  • retrieve the full text of the feed when the content is truncated
  • star your favorite entries
  • search into your articles

Alternatively you can also use Feeder.

arXiv Papers

Quickly search through a wealth of scientific papers offered by arXiv. Those you choose to download are kept at easy reach to consult and see.

Easy xkcd

A fast and beautiful way to view your favorite xkcd comics.

Comic Browser:

  • Offline Mode
  • Notifications
  • Long press to view alt text
  • Search for title, transcript or number
  • Share comic url or image
  • Add comic to favorites
  • Favorites are saved for offline use
  • Open links from xkcd.com and m.xkcd.com
  • Support for large images (e.g comic 657)
  • Explain xkcd integration
  • Option to display alt text by default

Simple Dilbert

Comic strip reader:

  • Select image quality
  • Make favorite strips
  • Caching, so you won't download single strip twice
  • All comics strips since 16.4.1989
  • Supports both large and small screens
  • Supports all device orientations

RedReader

An unofficial client for the news site reddit.com:

  • Swipe posts left and right to perform customizable actions, such as upvote/downvote, or save/hide.
  • Advanced cache management - automatically stores past versions of posts and comments.
  • Streaming - shows posts/comments as they download - good for slow connections.
  • Support for multiple accounts.
  • Two-column tablet mode (can be used on your phone, if it's big enough)
  • Image precaching (optional: always, never, or Wi-Fi only).
  • Built in image viewer, and GIF player.
  • Compression - both during downloads, and in cache storage.
  • Night mode (i.e. a dark theme)
  • Holo theme on every device

See also: Slide

Materialistic

Hacker News client, designed for both phones & tablets, with optimized speed & network.

Features:

  • Browse top stories, best, newest, show HN, ask HN, jobs & user profiles
  • Submit story, comment & vote, multiple HN accounts supported
  • Catch up with best stories from past day, week, month or year
  • Search, share stories, save for offline reading

Flexible reading options:

  • Multiple themes, adjustable font & text size
  • Colour-coded, collapsible comments thread
  • Readability mode/external browser options

Offi Stations

All-in-one app for public transit:

  • trip planner (door to door),
  • live departure times (including delays),
  • nearby stations (also on a map) and
  • interactive network plans.

Offi makes use of official time table and connection data of the selected public transit authority! This ensures that disruptions become visible as soon as the transit authority has included them with the data.

MusicPiped

MusicPiped is a full-featured music player that streams from YouTube instead of playing local files.

You can stream any music available on YouTube for free.

At core this app uses NewPipeExtractor to get streams from YouTube hence can play almost any YouTube stream.

Features an inbuilt search over YouTube, an adjustable playing queue, custom playlists and more. No song is stored on your device, they're directly streamed from Google servers, hence saving disk space.

It does not stream video and only fetches audio files, thus eliminating heavy data usage of videos.

It's a fully featured music player so you can enjoy background playback with notification controls, and you don't need to keep screen on and focused to listen to your music.

It does not track you, there is no tracking system at all, you don't even need Google APIs to use the app.

NewPipe

Lightweight YouTube frontend that's supposed to be used without the proprietary YouTube-API or any of Google's (proprietary) play-services. NewPipe only parses the YouTube website in order to gain the information it needs.

Features:

  • Search videos
  • Display general information about a video
  • Watch YouTube videos
  • Listen to YouTube videos
  • Popup mode (floating player)
  • Select the streaming player to watch the video with
  • Download videos
  • Download audio only
  • Open a video in Kodi
  • Show Next/Related videos
  • Search YouTube in a specific language
  • Watch/Block age restricted material
  • Display general information about channels
  • Search channels
  • Watch videos from a channel
  • Orbot/Tor support (not yet directly)
  • 1080p/2k/4k support
  • View history
  • Subscribe to channels
  • Search history
  • Search/Watch Playlists
  • Watch as queues Playlists
  • Queuing videos
  • Local playlists
  • Subtitles
  • Multi-service support (eg. SoundCloud)

Music Downloader

Music Downloader is a material design mp3/mp4 files downloader using official YouTube APIs.

This app is a simple single-activity project, using a fragment for the bottom sheet dialog, a recyclerview to display the list of the results parsed from YouTube, a material dialog for the Checklist section. An EditText view is available for the user to type text, and a request is performed to YouTube servers (This app uses API v3) to retrieve the matching results. Another service is user to download the related MP3/MP4 file. Since the input is directly passed to Google YouTube APIs, you can also use search operators to filter the results.

To install it, you need to add the IzzyOnDroid Repository in the F-Droid settings.

Wikipedia

The official Wikipedia Android app is designed to help you find, discover, and explore knowledge on Wikipedia. Settle a bet with a friend by doing a quick search through the app, or dive into featured articles, images, recommended articles, and more using the explore feed. With more than 39 million articles in nearly 300 languages, your favorite free online encyclopedia is now at your fingertips.

Kiwix

Kiwix lets you read Wikipedia and other websites without an Internet connection. It uses the highly compressed http://www.openzim.org ZIM format to store webpages for quick and easy reading.

The app is a lightweight piece of software reading bigger files stored on your device or SD card: once it is installed, you can select which additional content you would like to download (Wikipedia, Wiktionary, TED talks, etc.) and be ready for when your internet connexion is bad (or need to be in airplane mode)!

Note: Kiwix is also available on regular computers (Windows, Mac, Linux).

Wikivoyage European Travels

Wikivoyage is a free travel guide that allows you to browse all the information you need about every destination in Europe without an internet connection: no roaming fees when you are traveling abroad!

Wherever you go, get tips about:

  • How to get from the airport to the city
  • What are the must-see
  • What to eat/drink, including a selection of restaurants and bars
  • Where to sleep, depending on your budget
  • Local customs, how to stay safe, everything you need to know
  • Basic phrasebook

Complete with region/city maps and pictures.

Web Media Share

WebMediaShare is an app to browse your favourite media websites (e.g. online streaming sites, online radio stations, etc.) so that you can:

  • view the content without ads/popups/redirects/etc.
  • share music from a streaming site to a media player app like VLC, so that it continues playing even if the screen is off
  • send the media to your TV or Hifi (e.g. via the Kore app for Kodi. This works like Chromecast, but without the need for the Chromecast device, a Google account, Google Play Services, or special support for the site.
  • share the media URL to friends on chats or email
  • share the media to an app for downloading

Frost for Facebook

Note: First of all, you should not use Facebook! This is inly for people who for some reason need FB.

Frost is a fully functional web wrapper, with many unique and native features such as:

True multi user interactions - More than just an option in a settings menu, Frost's account switcher is right in the drawer. You are one tap away from switching accounts, and everything refreshes on the switch so that you can view other accounts instantaneously. Furthermore, the notification service will fetch notifications from all accounts, and will let you know which account has the new notification.
Better multitasking - Frost contains an overlaying web browser that can be drawn on top of your foreground task. Open links and notifications with a full screen view, then swipe away to get back to your previous task.
Contextual awareness - Frost integrates additional features via long presses. Need to copy a block of text or share a link? Long press the text. Need to zoom into an image or download it? Long press the image!
Material Design - Built for lollipop and up, Frost focuses strongly on a beautiful and functional UI, and embraces material transitions and dimensions.
Complete theme engine - Frost contains very comprehensive themes that customize all components of the app. Frost is also the only app to support transparent themes.
Fully opened - Nothing speaks for privacy more than being open sourced. Frost is proud to be one of those apps, and can be found on github (Link in the app's about section)
Fixes the little things - Frost is community driven, and many tweaks are added to address minor inconveniences and give a full native experience, despite being a web app. To list a few:
   • Focusing on a text input will prevent refreshing, so you don't accidentally swipe and lose your progress.
   • Horizontal swipe can be enabled along side the viewpager swipe with a simple long press
   • Automatic bug reports are sent when a crash is detected, so even if you don't contact the devs, you are helping contribute by using the app.

Mandatory permissions used and why:

• Internet, Network State, Wifi State - Frost fetches the pages from Facebook's mobile website. It also needs the network state so as to limit internet usage when you are on a metered network.
• Receive Boot Completed - Frost notifications persist on reboot, and need this permission to be added each time.
• Vibrate - Needed to vibrate phone for notifications; this can be toggled in the settings
• Billing - For purchasing pro and unlocking all of Frost's features

Optional permissions used and why:
(these are only requested when they have to be, and are disabled until then)

• Read/write external storage - Needed to upload photos in a new status and save photos when prompted
• Fine/coarse location - Needed for the check in option if users wish to search for their location

• That's it! No privacy intrusion and no extra demands.

Permissions NOT used and why:

• Wakelock - Frost takes advantage of Android's Job Scheduler, and lets the framework decide when to run background services. Frost therefore doesn't need to constantly run in the background, nor does it force your phone to stay awake.
• Retrieve running apps - Frost has no need to access external apps or see what else is running
• Identity - Frost manages its accounts internally and uses it solely to give you access to your account. We don't depend on other personal information and we don't even save your email.
• Camera - While the camera permission can be added to allow you to directly take photos and upload them, we've decided that it would be best to allow you to do so externally and then share the photo with Frost

Geometric Weather FOSS

Geometric Weather FOSS is a free and open-source Android weather app. It’s a fork of the original Geometric Weather app with all proprietary dependencies and related code stripped out to make it eligible for inclusion on F-Droid.

In the app, you’ll find:

  • Real-time temperature
  • Daily forecasts up to 15 days, and hourly forecasts for the next 24 hours
  • Air quality and allergen information
  • Severe weather and precipitation alerts

The app has a strong focus on design, with a simple, clean UX, smooth animations, and Material Design all over, plus lots of customizability:

  • Automatic dark theme
  • Custom icon themes
  • Large selection of home screen widgets for at-a-glance information
  • Live wallpaper

At present, AccuWeather is the only supported weather API for the FOSS version.

To install it, you need to add the IzzyOnDroid Repository in the F-Droid settings.

Stocks Widget

Widget that shows your stock portolio in a resizable grid. You can sort the list by drag-and-drop and the list can be exported and re-imported.

Features:

  • Completely resizable, it will fit the number columns base on the width you set.
  • Scrollable, so you don't have to worry about adding more widgets
  • Stocks are sorted by change in percent (descending), or you can rearrange them yourself
  • You can set custom refresh intervals and start/end times
  • You can import and export your portfolio from a textfile
  • Add multiple portfolios to multiple widgets
  • View recent news for your tracked symbols
  • View graphs for your tracked symbols

Maps & Travel

Maps

OpenStreetMap offline maps with track recording and custom bookmarks .kml path. Based on MAPS.ME project. Features include:

  • Track Recording (record your tracks)
  • Custom Bookmarks path (helps backup your bookmarks with apps like: Syncthing)
  • Removed ads and binaries (peace and freedom)
  • Screenlock option (prevent app stay turned on while in pocket with lockscreen enabled)

See also SeaMapDroid.

OsmAnd+

OsmAnd+ (OSM Automated Navigation Directions) is a map and navigation application with access to the free, worldwide, and high-quality OpenStreetMap (OSM) data.
Enjoy voice and optical navigation, viewing POIs (points of interest), creating and managing GPX tracks, using contour lines visualization and altitude info, a choice between driving, cycling, pedestrian modes, OSM editing and much more.

Some of the main features:
- Navigation
- Works online (fast) or offline (no roaming charges when you are abroad)
- Turn-by-turn voice guidance (recorded and synthesized voices)
- Optional lane guidance, street name display, and estimated time of arrival
- Supports intermediate points on your itinerary
- Automatic re-routing whenever you deviate from the route
- Search for places by address, by type (e.g.: restaurant, hotel, gas station, museum), or by geographical coordinates

There is also a contour lines plugin.

Travel Mate

Travel Mate is a must-have app for those interested in travel. The app provides users with various features from choosing the correct destination for making all the bookings and to easily organizing the trip.

Key features:

  • Checkout various destinations to travel
  • Get weather, travel, transport, hotel information about any city
  • View fun facts and trends of the destination
  • Get information about interesting places or monuments on the way also
  • Organize your trips with our My Trips feature
  • Meet new people on the way & share your contact with them easily
  • Prepare a travel checklist

Note: To use this app you need to have an account with TravelMate, or signup for one. Without an account, this app will not work.

AppStores

Aurora Store

Aurora Store is an alternate to Google's Play Store, with an elegant design, using Aurora you can download apps, update existing apps, search for apps, get details about in-app trackers, spoof your location and much more.

Aurora Droid

An alternative to the default F-Droid app with an intuitive UI and multiple great features, such as

  • Many repos listed and can be enabled
  • Beautiful design - Follows latest Material Design guidelines
  • Powerful download manager - Pause, resume and retry downloading apps
  • Previous releases - Enables downloading old releases
  • Lists architectures (arm, arm64 ...) and minimal Android versions

Other

Noice

Relax, improve focus, and boost productivity with minimal background noises

For a lot of people, a little background noise is helpful to calm down and focus. In some cases, it’s also a boost to productivity. Background noise can also help minimize the effects of stress.

Noice is an app that allows you to create your own set of background sounds by mixing clips from environmental sources. Create your perfect surroundings by combining different sounds to drown out distractions so you can focus on your work, or generate serene, peaceful environments that encourage you to fall asleep.

Features:

  • 18 recorded noises
  • Make customised mix
  • Save your favorite mixes
  • Play alongside other music players
  • Individual volume control for each noise source
  • Offline playback

Muzei

Muzei is a live wallpaper that gently refreshes your home screen each day with famous works of art. It also recedes into the background, blurring and dimming artwork to keep your icons and widgets in the spotlight. Simply double touch the wallpaper or open the Muzei app to enjoy and explore the artwork in its full glory.

Alternatively, you can choose your favorite photos from your own gallery or other apps to use on your home screen. To keep your wallpaper fresh, Muzei will rotate through your favorite photos every few hours.

Greentooth

Greentooth can help you save battery and mitigate the security risks of Bluetooth by automatically turning Bluetooth off when it is no longer needed. When the last Bluetooth device has disconnected Greentooth will wait for an adjustable amount of time in order to not disturb any connection/reconnection attempts and then deactivate Bluetooth.

Stoic Reading

This app contains texts from Stoics including those of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, the freed slave Epictetus, and Seneca. It contains other, less well known, Stoic texts too.

MemeTastic

Simple Meme Creator - Completely ad-free and adds no watermarks.

Memes can be created from image templates in MemeTastic pictures folder, from pictures shared into the app and pictures from gallery & camera. No internet connection required or used.

There are many meme customization options available:

  • Top & bottom caption
  • Font & border text color
  • Text size, font and capitalization
  • Padding size & color
  • Rotate picture

More Features:

  • Show saved memes & favorites
  • Share into any app accepting pictures

FitoTrack

FitoTrack is a mobile app for logging and viewing your workouts. Whether you’re running, cycling or hiking, FitoTrack will show you the most important information, with detailed charts and statistics. It is open-source and completely ad-free.

Features: - Track workouts. Choose the type of sport you would like to track and just start running, cycling or hiking, for example. You can see the general information right below the map on the tracking screen. - View your workouts. View general information such as date, time, duration, distance, speed and pace. See your route on a map. Work out your level of performance from the speed diagram.

Alternatively you can also try OpenTracks.

Fast N Fitness

Fast N Fitness allows you to track your workout quickly and easily. It is highly customizable and supports cardio and power lifting workouts.

You can create as many machine as you want with the name you want. Multiple graphics will show your progress and your body evolution.

Don’t leave the app to get your music. A music player is integrated with the app.


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