What do you want advice about?
I am looking for a open-source app store like F-Droid which would include some user rating, number of download of the apps in the store as currently if you search you have no idea whether an app is worth checking, bad or popular so some rating and user comment would be really remove the randomness of installing open-source apps on a phone.
What have you considered or looked at already?
F-Droid, Neo Store, Droid-ify
In brief, tell us about your privacy threat model?
General privacy concern
yeah when I’m on it, I have no idea whether an app is worth using tho
G-droid is your pick. Has star rating, tags, comments (but no one uses them anyway ), GitHub/GitLab/SourceForge stars number and almost everything else that you’d find on F-Droid.
Works only with the official F-Droid repo.
Rating is calculated based on objective metrics, not user score. No downloads count 'cause it’s F-Droid, they don’t do that.
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G-Droid can browse the libre F-Droid app-repository. It is an alternative to the official client.
Additional features compared to F-Droid
- Shows reviews and comments for apps
- Star ratings of apps (up to 5 stars) - machine generated metrics
- Shows the star upstream star ratings (GitHub, GitLab, SourceForge)
- More metrics, based on libre data (like average release cycle time) to generate star-ratings
- Users choose which metrics are important to them, so there is no ‘best app’ in the repo - there is only a ‘best app’ from the point of view of the current user
- Shows ‘similar apps’ and ‘apps of the same category’ when watching an app
- Shows ‘apps of the same author’ when watching an app
- Shows a list of all authors, with their apps and average star rating
- Shows website of the app - even if it is ‘only a README file on GitHub’
- Shows newest apps and recently updated apps separated
- Shows cards in same size for better overview
- Provides a list-view as alternative for the cards (as in older F-Droid versions) for people who don’t like cards
- More possibilities to order and sort apps
- Ability to ‘star’ apps to mark them
- Ability to hide apps to remove them from all views
- Shows categories in correct translation (if available), after changing device language
- Shows screenshots in correct translation
- Makes use of larger screens: More apps shown on tablets
- Tags to find apps for standard-tasks easily (e-mail clients, file browsers, text editors), since the F-Droid categories are too broad
- View for ‘random apps’ to discover apps you usually wouldn’t find
- Shows apps the user might like (without stealing user data for analysis)
- Aims to provide many different views to the app repository in order to assist the user in finding suitable apps, and encourage use of more apps from the repository
- ‘Share’ apps so it can still be opened with another store (F-Droid, Yalp, Aurora, …), to get more info about the app.
- Different search algorithm, can ‘search harder’ to continue a search if the results are insufficient
- Shows the logos of apps all the time (if network connection is okay)
- Shows more screenshots
- Shows screenshots, completely, up-to-date and in the correct language
- Shows screenshots, also when they are not in the fastlane structure
- New and modern easily maintained codebase
- Actively maintained
- Many more to come
Things G-Droid can NOT do (yet) compared to F-Droid
- Show or install an older version of an app
- Create a local repo, share apps with people ‘nearby’ or share apps via Bluetooth
- Add other repositories than the F-Droid repo
- Use the privileged extension (done, but extension is not adjusted yet), G-Droid can however use root permissions on rooted devices to provide unattended installs
- Automatic updates
- HTTP proxy settings
- G-Droid helps you in different ways to find better apps, but in some cases you might still need the ‘share’ button, to open that app in F-Droid to install it. G-Droid right now is not yet a complete replacement for the F-Droid app.
Shared aspects of G-Droid and F-Droid
- Shows the same apps - G-Droid does not add any apps or modify the builds, signatures or download URLs
- All additional metadata is provided by F-Droid as well (e.g. the link to GitHub)
- GPLv3+ license