If you enjoy using apps from @fdroidorg you might want to try the alternative client G-Droid:
G-Droid is F-Droid but with a more discovery-oriented interface. (For example, they've just added a "recently commented" panel, so you can see what people are talking about.)
You can download G-Droid from F-Droid itself.
(If you're new to F-Droid, here's a beginner's guide to installing it: https://switching.social/ethical-alternatives-to-google-play/)
@__h2__ offered a 50€ bounty for proper Android TV support.
If that's of any interest to you, maybe you want to add to that bounty. Or maybe you want to implement the missing bits.
The instance social.masto.host is indirectly funded by LineageOS + F-Droid.
Earlier, I was replacing my phone every 2 years with a new version of the same series. But last year, when my phone was ready for replacement (too slow, no Android updates), I flashed LineageOS + F-Droid on it instead.
I saved € 187.5 by not buying a new phone. This instance costs € 5 per month.
P.S. I know the exact cost because I bought one for a family member.
When you leave a comment for an app in G-Droid consider using the thumbs up 👍 or thumbs down 👎 somewhere in your comment. So you indicate if you'd generally upvote or downvote the app.
Very soon G-Droid will count these thumbs and generate a new metric for the star ratings. So every user can influence the rating with mastodon comments.
As usual: every user is free to ignore the new metric by setting its importance to 0 in the G-Droid settings.
Recently, I considered living without Google. The idea came up to me after reading the reflection from @switchingsocial
I agreed with SwitchingSocial's perspective. This article is my first step to say goodbye to Google. (and first step to write blog in English 😳 )
My First Attempt to Live Without Google
The latest version of G-Droid (v0.10.0) shows all available versions of an app in the repository. It also shows the CHANGELOG of the latest version so you know what's new.
If you discover the latest version of an app not to be working, please consider to leave a comment in G-Droid. That way others know to install an earlier version.
Let me know if it is useful (or not). 🖖😎👍
In the F-Droid client 'With the upcoming 1.6 release, the Latest Tab will now only show apps that meet certain criteria.'
Sounds a bit like google play store to me. 🤨
G-Droid will not censor or misrepresented the 'latest' apps. G-Droid will go the smarter way. It will insert missing data automatically and provide the missing translations on demand. Stay tuned.
G-Droid doesn't seem to work with Android 4. There is a pretty bad 'performance optimization' that google baked into the utf8 converter of that version of android.
I've tried 3 different fixes in the last releases but none has worked. Unfortunately I don't have a device with Android 4 and in the emulator it works fine. I'll keep trying developing a fix for that. Sorry for all the Android 4 people out there. 😪
Komm vorbei am @fsfe Stand bei den #Chemnitzer #LinuxTage, versorge dich mit unserem neuesten Infomaterial und Aufklebern und sprich mit mit uns über #FreieSoftware. Unser nettes Team freut sich schon auf spannende Fragen und Gespräche!
Und wer Bock auf @fdroidorg und @gdroid hat oder Lust darauf beide kennenzulernen, kommt morgen früh in meinem workshop vorbei: https://chemnitzer.linux-tage.de/2019/en/programm/beitrag/269
The latest version of G-Droid has error reporting when the app crashes. I already fixed 2 errors, that users had sent in. Please continue sending them through!
The error reporting happens explicitly via email, so you can review the data before sending it. So nothing is being send, without the user confirming it twice. The feature can be deactivated in the settings if desired.
The reporting mechanism has mostly been copied from the F-Droid client source code ✋😃
G-Droid is an alternative client to browse the F-Droid repository. This Mastodon account belongs the the main developer of G-Droid.
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