Obviously that's not true 100% of the time. But surprisingly often.
So rare to see apps without asking for permissions these days. Don't see that with Gplay.
Data mining and machine learning just doesn't sit well with me even though it can't directly be traced back to a individual. At the end of the day all of it will be used for one thing: selling more services and products to me. Convenience comes with a price.
Personally I can't say I took the high ground though I just blocked swiftkey with a firewall and figure that's good enough for me.
That being said, using a closed source application packed with features (also known as "attack surface") as your main input method clearly isn't ideal.
Since everything (at least by default) through F-Droid is FOSS, there is a significant lack of ads and other misfeatures. Apps that depend on an account with a non-free third-party service are clearly marked as such. Most apps aren't foolishly tied at the hip to Google Play Services. Malware is non-existent.
For those interested in taking a shot at using these services, here are a couple of the more credible ones I've run into in the last couple years (I haven't used them in at least 6 months, so possibly their status has changed). Use at your own risk!:
- APK Downloader: By someone on XDA-forums, a leading Android dev community. It comes in several versions and forks by other XDA members, and for several platforms. I don't have time to sort them out now, sorry. Beware of malware-infected hosted implementations.
http://codekiem.com/2014/08/07/official-apk-downloader-v2-do... / http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1515021
- Racoon: Desktop OS client for Play Store (along with its Github and XDA links)
http://raccoon.onyxbits.de / https://github.com/onyxbits/Raccoon / https://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2772436
For those who want to know more; here's what I found:
https://github.com/yeriomin/YalpStore - The readme is a great place to start.
On F-Droid: https://f-droid.org/packages/com.github.yeriomin.yalpstore/
EDIT: It looks great!
How do you know? Why do you trust it?
Some great apps I've been using through F-Droid:
* Battery Charge Limit (Stops charging at a desired level) - https://f-droid.org/app/com.slash.batterychargelimit
* Mi Manga Nu (Manga reader) - https://f-droid.org/app/ar.rulosoft.mimanganu [ Stable, usable, without annoying ads - consistently better than manga readers from play store I've tried. ]
* NewPipe (Lightweight YouTube frontend) - https://f-droid.org/app/org.schabi.newpipe
* SeriesGuide (keep track of your favorite TV shows and movies) - https://f-droid.org/app/com.battlelancer.seriesguide
* Slide (Companion app for reddit) - https://f-droid.org/app/me.ccrama.redditslide
* Termux (Terminal emulator with packages) - https://f-droid.org/app/com.termux [sounds cool, haven't had a chance to use this yet. ]
* XDA Labs (XDA Labs: Forums & App Store) - https://f-droid.org/app/com.xda.labs
For anyone else who hasn't come across it: Newpipe allows you to (a) watch the video directly in fullscreen (b) download it as video or audio (c) play the audio in the background (d) play it in a small (adjustable) pop-up window that can remain on screen while you browse other apps.
It's still very much in development though. There are random errors that pop up when navigating (not too frequent, but you'll probably see one if you use it for a week or so), and it just recently got the ability to display playlists (you have to manually select the next video after one finishes playing, doesn't have auto-advance feature yet).
Slide feels more modern, presents images and videos more prominently and overall, it feels like you're consuming more content. It's also a bit buggier and I found using it to be more strenuous, just because you're going through more content.
RedReader has a much more conservative and simpler navigation scheme, feels more text-focused and more reliable. It's missing some features compared to Slide, for example a "gallery view" for image-focused subreddits or some filtering and customization features, but it also has its own strengths.
For me, RedReader's offline-viewing feature worked a lot better. It (pre-)caches posts while you're reading and then you can just transparently read on when you lose internet. Slide seemed to not cache as much and while it has a separate feature to download entire subreddits' posts at a set time, that never seemed to work reliably for me (again seemed to not cache that much).
Another relatively big detail is that in RedReader, you can vote by sliding a post or comment left/right. In Slide, you have to instead hit a button, which is much harder to do and takes you out of the reading flow.
Sliding is then again reserved in Slide for navigation. For example, you generally slide left to right to go back. That works well, too, makes for a fluid feel, but I find I have to often stop and think for half a second what my slide will do or how I have to slide to do what I want to do. This adds to the strenuous feel, but I can imagine that this becomes really intuitive, if you use the app for a while.
Personally, I actually had both installed most of the time and switched back and forth between them (which also creates problems, like filter lists & settings not being shared).
Most of the time, I spent in RedReader, but that was purely subjective. I liked the simplicity and reliability. I do think that more people would prefer Slide. It seems to follow the design that's currently popular with Reddit apps.
Mind that I've stopped using Reddit about two months ago (when they made up obvious bullshit to excuse not anymore open-sourcing the website code), so that's about how up-to-date I am on these two apps.
The only sad thing is that the previous no-updates message has been replaced. It used to read "Congratulations! Your apps are up to date (or your repositories are out of date)."
This always tickled me as a perfect evocation of the open-source software spirit: cheerful, optimistic, mildly pedantic, and technically correct.
The new message omits the parenthetical. More user friendly, but missing a bit of FOSS personality.
Frankly i dislike the new version, as i much prefer the list layout of the old. Never mind that now i have to dig into the settings to see what apps i have installed that match what is in f-droid repos (and thus can update via f-droid rather than Play).
For more info, see https://gitlab.com/fdroid/fdroidclient/issues/48
But then I realized the parenthetical was false 99+ percent of the time (I’ll mostly see it when I’d just finished refreshing my repositories) and it became… irksome, exactly because it was mildly pedantic and technically correct.
The previous app had perfect compliance with the standard interface guidelines, no unexpected custom elements. This version has them by the truckload. It was much cleaner before, so this feels like a regression (even though I like some parts, such as the "Latest" screen. EDIT: The "Categories" screen is very pleasing and navigable too, were it not for the floating Search button senselessly blocking parts of the screen. I've always hated that trainwreck of an element. Particularly needless in this case: search belongs on a searchbar on the top (most usability and least surprise).
One thing we'd really love is for there to be an "F-Droid Light" which forks the previous stable release, strips it down, and offers the essentially app store experience with no bells and whistles on the widest range of devices . Alas we are a small volunteer team and this would add a maintinence burden we can't seem to muster at this point.
 - https://gitlab.com/fdroid/fdroidclient/issues/48
Have you seen the YouTube app lately?
Anecdotally, resources wise it makes me happy to do not have sliding so I don't need to maintain 3 pages in memory
If you are interested in learning more about our design process, you can see it in our issue tracker:
I just want to open a dumb png/jpeg/whatever url, not megabytes of JS with a purpose I'm unable to divine.
If FOSS is important to you, and you don't want to see a (or the) major platform abandoned to proprietary systems, consider supporting F-Droid.
Thank you F-Droid! You guys make a difference.
It will download a zip file to /data/data/org.fdroid.fdroid/ota/ that you have to flash. After having flashed that file you can use the regular privileged extension to update the system app:
> Screenshots and feature graphics
The F-Droid team is great!
Meta bikeshed: Please stop guessing my locale.
Edit: holy commas batman.
The 'Download APK' link below it links to https://f-droid.org/repo/org.fdroid.fdroid_1000010.apk which is version 1.0
EDIT: md5 sums below:
The package appears to be corrupted.
Edit: followed https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=15514309 and i t updated
(Android 4.1.2, kernel 3.4.0).
Best F-Droid apps (some):
It is ver. 1.0? Does this mean it has been beta for this whole time?
I am obviously not an Android user. Sorry if this is a dumb question. For whatever reason, the text (mobile Safari, outdated a little) all appears in just one vertical row of letters.
If your software works well enough, people will be using it, no matter what the version number is. You can't stop them from doing that and you really don't want to stop them from doing that either. You'll never get outside contributions, if no one uses your project.
And if it doesn't work well enough, well, it's not like you're selling it for money. You're never going to give a guarantee for it working, whether it's past the 1.0 or not.
Of course, you're going to try to not needlessly break it, if there's people using it, but again, you'll have people using it long before the 1.0. Most likely you're going to be using it yourself, as soon as it's somewhat usable.
I was kind of surprised that it'd be the first stable version as I've heard good things about you for years now. I don't think I've heard any non-good things.
So, F-Droid is on my radar as I consider my next mobile options. My only Microsoft software is my phone. Yup... I'm a Windows Phone user. I know my shame.
I do have an Andoid tablet somewhere. I'll have to check you guys out a bit more.
I hope this includes the version-release dates in the app pages. As a non American, they were always a sticking point, an unintuitively presented piece of information in an otherwise smooth UI flow.
In fact, I can't detect any easily visible change from 0.104 version - I guess it's mostly bugfixes and more subtle changes.
f-droid.org – is website of F-Droid project. And, yes, website still in development and has some issues. Hope, F-Droid Team will fix website as soon as possible.
Did they just number the app differently and 1.0 doesn't mean first non-beta release? They've been out for quite a while. I read about them years ago. It would be surprising if their app had been beta this whole time and is just now getting their first non- beta release.
That is the gist of my curiosity. I'm considering an Android device as my next device. F-Droid is on my radar.