Just wondering if anyone here uses Android. If so what kinds of apps are you running?
Far too many! Actually still less than stock Samsung probably tho.
I’ll focus on my main user profile. The others are for different security purposes. This is just the “stuff I use daily”/“stuff that I trust enough to be run ‘permanently’”
F-Droid (not installing from here, for exploring FOSS apps)
Konfiguration (Sim card stuff)
Offi (public transport)
ahhh yeah. that’s what I’m talkin about. thanks!!!
Simple gallery pro
Simple contacts pro
Simple file manager pro
NextCloud NewPipe, CalyxVPN, OpenVPN, TOR, BitWarden, andOTP
As little as possible, but still too many. I’ll list just a few.
- Mullvad VPN
- ProtonMail (as PWA)
- Invidious (as PWA)
- Infinity for Reddit
- Ghost Commander
- Privacy Indicators
these are some really good apps.
Recommended Apps from F-Droid is a good reference list.
Just a comment as lots of people seem to use F-Droid.
You might already know what I am linking now (especially if you follow my posts here), but this is something to take into consideration when using F-Droid A brief and informal analysis of F-Droid security | Wonder's Lab
F-Droid and security (therefore also privacy) is a really mixed bag. Yes, the apps itself are amazing, bzt the practices behind it are just bad. Especially the “we don’t care/don’t show the target SDK”
Higher target SDK means potentially much better security. F-Droid hiding this basically means “we don’t care about the security of our users”, which I find really sad.
Another problem is that they delay updates a lot. I don’t have to explain how this is dangerous hopefully…
I’ll list some:
- OpenCalc (Basically Google Calculator without the bloat, even with Material You Support)
- Droid-ify (Better F-Droid client)
- FlorisBoard (very customizable keyboard)
- NewPipe (FOSS Youtube client)
- PocketPlan (Notes + To do)
- Signal (the best messenger)
- OsmAnd (offline maps)
I recently watched You should uninstall F-Droid - Part 1 and audited all my apps and more/less followed the suggestions at privacyguides.org. I feel the balancing act of privacy vs security for Android apps has gotten more complicated.
It is pretty easy
Step one: Use F-Droid to explore FOSS, use Aurora to check extra metadata (like target SDK)
Step two: Download from the applications GitHub and create some kind of script that checks if there is a new version (on a PC)
I set a 3 week reminder notifying me to check version updates. Not the best solution but it keeps me aware.
If it works for you
I just list what I use/think is best, but I also know that it doesn’t work for everyone.
If you grab your apps from GitHub, GitLab, or most other FOSS forges you can very easily add those app release feeds to any standard RSS reader:
Droid-ify installed and actually works in comparison to F-Droid . great advice. thank you.
On de-googled phone Kindle App is the most questionable and to me indispensible. I am a book-aholic.
@s3r4g Does Kindle App support .pdf files?
Take a look at https://koreader.rocks/
You don’t need the kindle app to read ebooks, you only need it if you use Amazon to purchase your ebooks (and even then you probably can remove the DRM and convert it into a .epub file with calibre).