powerZwitch's Top 10 FOSS: Android

  • AnySoftKeyboard

    Free Android Android Tablet F-Droid Website

    Any Soft Keyboard is an on screen keyboard with multiple languages support.
    This is one of the most customizable keyboard available.

    To activate: Launch 'AnySoftKeyboard Settings' App, and follow the instructions.

    Main features:

    • Multi languages keyboard support via external packages.
    • Completion dictionaries for multiple languages.
    • Also completes your typed words from you contacts names (in Android 2.0+)!
    • And, learns your typing behavior to provide next-word prediction.
    • Multi Touch support.
    • Extension keyboard (swipe your finger all the way up out of the keyboard).
    • Voice Input support (Android 2.2+).
    • Compact/Phablet Mode.
    • Gesture support:
      ** Swipe left or right to switch layouts
      ** Swipe up to shift
      ** Swipe down to close the keyboard.
    • Theme support (comes with a few built-inskins).
    • Build-in user dictionary words editor.
    • Build-in abbreviations dictionary: create shortcuts for words and sentences.
    • And many more features!


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  • Etar

    Free Android Android Tablet Website


    I wanted a simple, material design, state of the art open source calendar that anyone can improve on.


    • Month view.
    • Week, day & agenda view.
    • Uses Android calendar sync. Works with Google Calendar, Exchange, Etesync etc.
    • Material design.
    • Agenda widget.
    • Dark theme.

    Etar is an enhanced version of AOSP Calendar. Without the help of the Free Software for Android team, this app would be just a dream. So, many thanks to them!


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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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  • Firefox Focus

    Free Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad Website

    Firefox Focus is the Mozilla-made browser that considers your privacy first and foremost. By default, it blocks ad-trackers and it helps keep things secure by providing easy ways to clear your browsing history, including passwords and cookies.


    • Blocks a wide range of common Web trackers without any settings to set
    • Easily erases your history — no passwords, no cookies, no trackers
    • By removing trackers and ads, Web pages may require less data and load faster


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  • Forecastie

    Free Android Website

    A simple, opensource weather app for Android. It gathers data from OpenWeatherMap, via their public API.


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  • Ghost Commander

    Free Android Android Tablet F-Droid Website

    Ghost Commander is a file manager with two panels for the Android™ platform. Its development was inspired by the famous (Norton|Midnight|Total) Commander desktop applications, so if you are familiar with those great programs, you will find Ghost Commander a familiar and very convenient environment.

    As was said above, it has two separate panels, both of them able to show files from different locations. What does that give you? For example, when you need to copy files from one folder to another, you just select the files in one panel and the target in the other, then hit the '5' key (either on the physical keyboard or on the toolbar). That's it. No need to do such boring steps as copying the files to the clipboard, navigating to the place you want them to be copied to, pasting and then going back.

    List of features

    Browse the local file system. Navigate easily through the folders tree.
    Save short cuts to the frequently visited folders to the favorites list (and also as icons on the system desktop).
    Copy/move/delete/rename files and folders, create new folders.
    Launch a file with an appropriate application (for example launch an .apk file to install an application).
    Open a text file for editing, create new text files.
    Open a zip archive as a folder - copy (extract) files from it.
    Create a new zip archive, add new files to an existing one, delete files in an archive.
    Search files by a name mask on the local file system.
    Calculate the occupied size of files and folders, have the folders sorted by size.
    Connect to an FTP site, download/upload files and folders. (Active and passive modes supported.)
    Open a Windows network shared folder (Samba protocol). Copy files/folders to and from. (With a plugin.)
    Customize looks and feels - turn on/off the file icons, manage row size, background and foreground colors, tool buttons.
    Work in the root: mode to the file system on a "rooted" device.


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  • GNU IceCat

    Free Windows Linux Android Website

    Gnuzilla is the GNU version of the Mozilla suite, and GNU IceCat is the GNU version of the Small Mozilla Firefox iconMozilla Firefox browser. Its main advantage is an ethical one: it is entirely free software. While the principal source code from the Mozilla project is free software, the distribution contains various problematic files, the EULA they require for use of their binaries is troublesome, and they distribute and recommend non-free software as plug-ins. In addition, GNU IceCat includes some privacy protection features, included in a separate addon.


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  • Mozilla Firefox

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet iPad Homebrew PortableApps.com Chocolatey Flathub AppImageHub Snapcraft BSD Haiku Gecko Website

    Firefox is a cross-platform web browser developed by the Mozilla Foundation. Firefox is a popular product, used in over 50 languages and available for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and iOS.


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  • OsmAnd

    Freemium Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad OpenStreetMap ... F-Droid Kindle Fire Website

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

    • 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

    Map Viewing
    • Display your position and orientation
    • Optionally align the picture according to compass or your direction of motion
    • Save your most important places as Favorites
    • Display POIs (point of interests) around you
    • Display specialized online tiles, satellite view (from Bing), different overlays like touring/navigation GPX tracks and additional layers with customizable transparency
    • Optionally display place names in English, local, or phonetic spelling

    OSM Data
    • High-quality information from the best collaborative projects of the world
    • OSM data available per country or region
    • Compact offline vector maps updated at least once a month

    Safety Features
    • Optional automated day/night view switching
    • Optional speed limit display, with reminder if you exceed it
    • Optional speed-dependent zooming
    • Share your location so that your friends can find you


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  • Standard Notes

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Chrome OS Android Tablet iPad Self-Hosted F-Droid Website

    Standard Notes is a simple and private notes app. It allows you to write and sync your notes across all your devices, iOS, Android, Linux, Windows, MacOS, and web browser.

    Private means your notes are end-to-end encrypted, so only you can read your notes. Even we can't read the contents of your notes.

    Simple means it does one job and does it well. Standard Notes is a safe and lasting place for your life's work. Our focus is making it easy to write notes wherever you are and syncing them with encryption to all your devices.

    Standard Notes comes free with:
    • Seamless sync across all your devices, with easy to use applications on iPhone, iPad, Mac, web browsers, and other platforms.
    • Offline access, so you can access your downloaded notes even without a connection.
    • No limit on number of devices.
    • No limit on number of notes.
    • Passcode lock protection, along with Touch ID and Face ID protection.
    • A tagging system to organize your notes (like #work, #ideas, #passwords, #crypto).
    • The ability to pin, lock, protect, and move notes to trash, which allows you to recover deleted notes until the trash is emptied.

    We made Standard Notes simple because longevity is important to us. We want to make sure we're here, protecting your notes, for the next hundred years. You shouldn't have to find a new notes app every year.

    To sustain our development, we offer an optional paid program called Standard Notes Extended. Extended gives you access to powerful tools including:
    • Productivity editors
    • Beautiful themes
    • Powerful cloud tools including daily backups


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Comments on powerZwitch's Top 10 FOSS: Android

· Jan 2019 · Helpful Not helpful 2 Helpful Report as spam

Interesting list, I've heard of GNU IceCat before but I'm not really sure what are the actual advantages over Firefox in terms of security updates and such. It feels a bit like Waterfox in that regard, or am I missing something?

There's also bit a bit of a controversial news with Focus adding Google Safebrowsing and while may be good for security, it does the opposite for privacy (and it can't be disabled as in regular Firefox ).

Mozilla Blog

In order to provide our users with another GeckoView sneak peek and something to test, we’re proud to also provide a new feature today: Thanks to in-browser security warnings, your mobile web browsing will now be a lot less risky. Firefox Focus will check URLs against Google’s constantly updated lists of unsafe web resources, which includes phishing and other fraudulent sites, and will provide an alert if you reach an unsafe site. You may then either follow to safety, or ignore to continue navigating to the requested site. After all, we value users’ right to choose how to browse, and want to make sure they’re able to make informed choices.

I'm also curious about Etar Calendar but I feel more inclined to use [Small Simple Calendar iconSimple Calendar], but I like the material design look so I'll give it a try.

[Edited by browsingandstuff, January 20]


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