My "must have" Android apps

These are the apps I find to be reliable, useful, and all around great that I think everyone should have. None of these apps require root.


  • Aurora Store

    Free Android Android Tablet Website

    Aurora Store is an unofficial, FOSS client to Google's Play Store with an elegant design. Not only does Aurora Store download, update, and search for apps like the Play Store, it also empowers the user with new features.

    For those concerned with privacy, Aurora Store does not require Google's proprietary framework (spyware?) to operate; It works perfectly fine with or without GooglePlayService or MicroG. However, those still reliant on those services are welcome to use Aurora Store as well!

    While Aurora Store was originally based on Sergei Yeriomin's Yalp store, v3.0 is a clean & complete rewrite from scratch that follows Material Design and runs on all devices running Android 5.0+.

    Features

    Free/Libre software
    -- Has GPLv3 licence

    Beautiful design
    -- Built upon latest Material Design guidelines

    Anonymous accounts
    -- You can log in and download with anonymous accounts so you don't have to use your own account

    Personal Accounts
    -- You can download purchased apps or access your wishlist by using your own Google account

    Exodus integration
    -- Instantly see trackers an app is hiding in its code

     

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  • F-Droid

    Free Web Android Android Tablet Website

    F-Droid is an installable catalogue of FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) applications for the Android platform.

     

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  • KeePass DX

    Free Android Website

    Keepass DX is a material design Keepass client for managing keys and passwords in crypt database for your Android device.

     

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  • Kodi

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet BSD iPad Raspberry Pi Fire TV Website

    Kodi, formerly XBMC, is a free and open source media player and entertainment center for Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, XBox, and iOS. Kodi is designed to be the perfect companion to a home theater PC - it supports an almost endless range of remote controls, and combined with its beautiful (and highly "skinnable") interface, Kodi feels very natural to use from the couch.

    Currently Kodi can be used to play almost all popular audio and video formats around. It was designed for network playback, so you can stream your multimedia from anywhere in the house or directly from the Internet using practically any protocol available.

     

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  • Discord

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Chrome OS BSD iPad FreeBSD Website

    All-in-one voice, video and text chat for gamers that’s free, secure, and works on both your desktop and phone.

     

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  • Signal

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet iPad Chrome Ubuntu Touch Website

    TextSecure and RedPhone have been merged to create Signal!

    Using Signal, you can communicate instantly while avoiding SMS fees, create groups so that you can chat in real time with all your friends at once, and share media or attachments all with complete privacy. The server never has access to any of your communication and never stores any of your data.

    • Say Anything - Send high-quality group, text, picture, and video messages, all without SMS and MMS fees.
    • Speak Freely - Make crystal-clear phone calls to people who live across town, or across the ocean, with no long-distance charges.
    • Be Yourself - Signal uses your existing phone number and address book. There are no separate logins, usernames, passwords, or PINs to manage or lose.
    • Stay Secure - We cannot hear your conversations or see your messages, and no one else can either. No exceptions. You can even tap and hold on a contact's name to see advanced identity verification options. Everything in Signal is always end-to-end encrypted and painstakingly engineered in order to keep your communication safe.
    • Go Fast - Signal is optimized for speed without compromise. Our state-of-the-art Axolotl protocol is unmatched in its performance, strength, and reliability.
    • Remain Connected - Push notifications let you know when new messages have arrived, and they'll be waiting for you even if your battery dies or you temporarily lose service.
    • Get Organized - Unique archive functionality makes it easy to keep track of the conversations that matter to you right now.
    • Pay Nothing - Signal is supported by a team of dedicated developers, community donations, and grants. There are no advertisements, and it doesn't cost anything to use.
    • View Source - All of our code is free, open, and available on GitHub (https://github.com/signalapp ).
    • Join Movements - Technology developed by Open Whisper Systems is trusted and used by millions of people around the world every day.

     

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  • ProtonMail

    Freemium Web Android iPhone iPad Website

    Secure email with absolutely no compromises, brought to you by MIT and CERN scientists.

    Swiss Based
    ProtonMail is incorporated in Switzerland and our servers are located in Switzerland. We are outside of US and EU jurisdiction and all user data is protected by strict Swiss privacy laws.

    Zero Access
    Because of our end-to-end encryption, your data is already encrypted by the time it reaches our servers. We have no access to your messages, and since we cannot decrypt them, we cannot share them with third parties.

    Backwards Compatible
    ProtonMail works out of any modern web browser, there is nothing to install. We are also backwards compatible with other email providers so you can continue sending and receiving emails from friends who are not using ProtonMail.

    Forever Free
    We believe privacy is a fundamental human right and should be available for everyone. That's why we offer multi-tiered pricing including a free version that anyone can use. Let's bring privacy back to the people!

    Fully Anonymous
    We do not log IP addresses or require any personal information to sign up. We accept bitcoin and cash payments for paid accounts to ensure even paid account users have complete privacy.

    Cross Platform
    ProtonMail works on all devices, including desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. It's as simple as visiting our site and logging in. There are no plugins or apps to install - simply use your favorite web browser.

     

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  • Kiwi Browser

    Free Android Android Tablet Website

    Kiwi Browser is made to read news, watch cricket videos, movie trailers, listen to music, without annoyances.
    Browse in peace.
    Kiwi is based on Chromium and WebKit, the engine that powers the most popular browser in the world so you won't loose your habits. We hope you'll love Kiwi as much as we do.

    Main Features:

    • Based on the very best Chromium 68
    • Incredible page load speed 🚀 Thanks to our very optimised rendering engine, we are able to display web pages super fast.
    • Powerful ad block that removes most of intrusive ads 🔥
    • Super strong pop-ups blocker that really works
    • Cryptojacking protectionThe first Android browser that blocks hackers from using your device to mine crypto-currency

    More goodness:

    • Block annoying notifications
    • Block trackers that invades your privacy.
    • Automatically accept "Our website is using Cookies & messages
    • Custom Downloads folderChoose where your downloaded files are stored
    • Play videos and music even with the screen off

    Kiwi Browser is very new, and still in test. Please help us by sending a little e-mail if you see crashes, bugs or just want to say Hi 😊

     

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  • Brave

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet iPad Electron / Atom Shell Website

    Brave Web Browser is a fast, free, secure web browser with a built-in ad blocker*, tracking and security protection, and optimized data and battery experience.

    *What is Brave Ad Replacement?

    Brave’s goal is to speed up the web, stop bad ads and pay publishers. One of the ways we plan to accomplish this is with ad replacements. We will also invite users to fund their wallets and to use those funds to pay the publishers of their favorite websites.

     

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  • Blokada

    Free Android Android Tablet Website

    The best ad blocker for Android that works for all apps and does not require root. Free and open source.
    Blokada efficiently blocks ads, tracking and malware. It saves your data plan, makes your device faster and protects your privacy. It's free, open source and secure.
    Blokada works across all of your apps, not only the browser! It doesn't require root, supports both wifi and mobile networks, and is perfectly safe and simple to use. Just turn it on, and it will do the job silently!

     

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  • Fildo

    Free Android Windows Phone Website

    Fildo is an Android application which allows listening, sharing, and downloading of music to your Android device!.

     

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