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I completely degoogled my device!

This is still an ongoing process, but as of right now I have no Google apps or services on my phone. To use Google open source APIs only, I take advantage of the great MicroG services.
I will be diving deeper into this topic as soon as possible.

Here are my notes dedicated to choosing my phone’s launcher.

  • andOTP, 2FA app
  • AnonAddy, mobile client for AnonAddy.
  • AntennaPod, the best podcast player for Android
  • AnySoftKeyboard, simple, neat and lightweight yet feature-rich keyboard. Settings are a bit messy.
  • Audius, Audius Music mobile client.
  • Banca Etica, internet banking for Banca Etica. It’s not open source and it works very badly. Considering to uninstall it, since the web client is exactly the same.
  • Bandcamp, mobile client for Bandcamp.
  • Barinsta, a lightweight Instagram client for Android. You cannot post from there, but you can search and view public stuff without having to login.
  • Bible Study
  • Blokada, efficient and powerful ad blocker. It has some issues working with VPN on, still trying to fix it. Not compatible with VPN.
  • Book Reader, a book reader with a simple UI Librera Reader is way better.
  • BOOM, an app to fully access my two UE BOOM 2 speakers’ features
  • Cythara, guitar tuner
  • DAVx5, to sync contacts, calendar, and reminders via WebDAV
  • Deck, Nextcloud Deck mobile client
  • Element the most common and stable Matrix client
  • Etar, a simple, light and very nice calendar it was a lie, it was old and I fear its development is discontinued. Replaced it with Simple Calendar Pro.
  • F-Droid, a FOSS app store. My aim is to quit Google Play completely and just use this; almost there.
  • FairEmail, the name says it all
  • Fedilab, an Android client to post to the Fediverse, I use it for Mastodon and Pixelfed.
  • Freezer, stream super high quality music from Deezer, for free
  • FeedMe, an RSS reader app which syncs with Feedbin
  • FiLMiC Pro, a super powerful app to boost video shooting from the phone and tweak as much settings as possible. I paid for it and it is not open source, because -unfortunately- there’s no app like it.
  • I don’t care about bells and whistles while browsing on mobile, since I mostly read articles and quickly search stuff, one page at a time. Thus, I use Firefox Focus as my main mobile browser: it’s extremely minimal, it has built-in tracking and ad blocking and it’s blazingly fast.
  • Fennec F-Droid, a browser based on the latest Firefox release (codenamed Fenix), and it has proprietary bits and telemetry removed. It works wonderfully.
  • Firefox Send, to send files up to 2.5GB, with server-side encryption. I hate to say it, but it’s not completely bug-free. Project temporarily discontinued.
  • Flickr, to access my photo storage. As of right now, this is also the only not-open-source service I’m paying for. I won’t lie: price ain’t that low, but it’s a pretty solid service. Switched to Piwigo.
  • Frost, lightweight open source Facebook client for Android. I deleted my Facebook account.
  • I am not a music expert, definitely, but I am a music enthusiast and I listen to tons of different songs every day. I use Genius to learn more about what I listen to and who wrote it. It is not open source but, again, there’s nothing as good nor even comparable to it. Using it from the web.
  • GitHub, when geek attraction to software cannot wait for me to get back to my desktop. The web client is enough for activities seldom performed.
  • GitJournal, intended to be a note editor to be synced with GitHub, but I use it to update this website on the go. MGit is more functional
  • H20 Icon Pack, look how gorgeous it looks. No icons displayed anymore: I am turning my smartphone a boring tool
  • Loop Habit Tracker, to keep track of daily accomplishments. Feature requests and bugs are here
  • Hype, the mobile client for Hype. Proprietary software.
  • Hourly Reminder, I often lose track of time and I get distracted very easily. This app helps a tiny little bit, reminding me time is flowing and I need to get things done!
  • I can’t chat with God, but sometimes I read what he says. I use iBreviary to do it. Non-free software.
  • Image Editor, not open source, but it’s free. I love it. Basically, it’s an Android version of Photoshop. You can do anything to a photo with it.
  • Imaging Edge Mobile, to import images from my Sony camera. I would have said “quickly import”, but no, the process is itchy and annoying. Obviously, since the app is made by Sony to achieve this purpose, it is non-free software and I cannot find anything which works better. I’m bound to continue using it until I change my Camera brand (very unlikely).
  • IO, a curious open source app to manage public services in Italy.
  • Jami, same as on Mac. Still hoping.
  • Jitsi Meet, video conferencing, same as on Mac
  • Joplin, same as on Mac, but here it isn’t customizable, thus unsolvably crap. I now use Nextcloud Notes
  • K-9 Mail. It’s old and it looks old. Switched to FairEmail
  • Keepass2Android, same as KeepassXC on Mac., replaced it with the following
  • KeepassDX, password manager
  • Keybase, same as on Mac
  • KISS Launcher, as in Keep it simple and stupid. I friggin’love it. It has a dedicated note in The Jar.
  • Konele, which offers speech-to-text user interfaces and services to other apps.
  • LBRY, same as on Mac.
  • Librera Reader, ebook and PDF reader.
  • LibreSpeed, an open-source alternative to the ubiquitous ads-clumsed Ookla Speedtest
  • Lightroom, same as on Mac (grrr).
  • Manyverse
  • Meditation Assistant,
  • MEGA, same as on Mac.
  • MGit, git client
  • MoneyWallet
  • Morse, to translate words into Morse code. I may never use it, but I feel it could come handy.
  • Movim
  • MusicPiped, to stream music straight from YouTube. Testing it to attempt a transition from Spotify (which I don’t wanna pay anymore).
  • NewPipe, a clever solution to watch YouTube without having YouTube, thus, anonymously. It has also a nice set of pretty interesting features.
  • Nextcloud News Reader, RSS reader synced with Nextcloud. Replaced by FeedMe.
  • Nextcloud, same as on Mac
  • Nextcloud Notes, to edit notes synced with the desktop Obsidian folder, even though bi-directional links aren’t supported.
  • Nextcloud Deck, it rarely works
  • ONLYOFFICE, same as on Mac.
  • Open Note Scanner, a simple and intuitive app to scan documents. Its scanning resolution is very bad, I wish they improved it.
  • OpenKeychain, to manage PGP keys. It works hand in hand with FairEmail.
  • OpenTracks, track tracks and paths
  • OpenVPN Connect, OpenVPN Android client. Installed through APKMirror
  • openWorkout
  • OsmAnd+, a great Google Maps alternative, based on OpenStreetMap
  • PhoneTrack, open source version of Find my iPhone for android
  • Padland, to manage, share, remember and read Etherpad documents
  • PhoneTrack
  • plees tracker, a sleep tracking app. I forgot to note on the app my sleeping times, so it was useless.
  • Pocket, same as on Mac. It requires Google Play but I installed it through APKMirror.
  • Poet Assistant, A set of tools to help with writing poems. I’m not good, but I can use a little help.
  • PosteID, to manage my virtual ID Card
  • ProtonMail, to get my emails from my ProtonMail accounts. I need to use ProtonMail’s app because of its emails’ encryption.
  • ProtonVPN, same as on Mac
  • Rai Play, RAI’s streaming service. Not watching stuff on tiny screen.
  • Rai Play Radio, RAI radio channels’ streaming service.
  • Red Moon, a screen filter app for night time phone use
  • RHVoice, an open source TTS engine
  • Signal, same as on Mac, even if it is meant for mobile use.
  • Simple Calendar Pro, a light and neat calendar app, with the right features and without too many useless bells and whistles
  • StreetComplete, to contribute to OpenStreetMap. To be honest, I don’t contribute to OSM; when I occasionally do, I do it through the web interface, from desktop.
  • Super Tuner, a very ugly yet lightweight and working (it’s just what I need: stuff that actually works) guitar tuner replaced with Cythara, which is open source
  • Ultrasonic, to connect to my Funkwhale instance. I never used it in several months.
  • Talk Faster!
  • Thorium, a PeerTube Android client
  • Telegram, same as on Mac
  • Termux, a terminal emulator for Android
  • Trail Sense, to survive when pretending to be Bear Grylls
  • Tutanota
  • UltraSonic, a Funkwhale client for Android
  • UntrackMe, to transform YouTube and Twitter links into Invidious and Nitter links respectively
  • Vespucci, to contribute to OpenStreetMap. StreetComplete is way simpler, this only has a better name
  • WhatsApp, same as on Mac
  • WhatsDeleted, to read deleted messages in WhatsApp (this task is accomplished by monitoring notifications). I disabled all of my notifications, hence it can’t work.
  • Who Has My Stuff?, to keep track of lent items. I log them in a Markdown file and it’s enough.
  • Let’s say you’re at a party on the beach and you and your friends are using the same bluetooth speaker connected to your phone, but there are too many requests for you to add songs to your player queque and enjoy the evening at the same time. This is where Zoff comes useful: you just create a room on the platform and you share its unique link with your friends. They can add the songs they want and they’ll be played seamlessly ithout you handling the “let’s play this song instead!” deal.


Only on Google Play #

Apps which i cannot install since they are available on Google Play only.

  • AGESCI, to manage and check my scouting camps and activities. I don’t need an app for this.
  • AndFTP, to perform on-the-go FTP transfers to my server while. Not open source.
  • PayPal
  • Piwigo, the app ain’t great or perfect, but it accomplishes the most important tasks.
  • Reddit, Reddit
  • Satispay
  • When I hear a new song I enjoy but I don’t know, I use Shazam to tell me its title. Proprietary software, no alternatives
  • Spotify, same as on Mac
  • Trenitalia, official app for Italian rails service
  • Ultimate Guitar Tabs, to access Ultimate Guitar from mobile
  • Vimeo, that thing which wants to take over YouTube, preferred in the cinema world.
  • Where Are U, an emergency app which, if triggered, immediately sends my location to Italian authorities. Proprietary software
  • WordReference, a dictionary app. Proprietary software.

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