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2016-03-28 What can we learn about apps from market stats?

IzzyOnDroid now is in its third year of existence, having collected app data since its start. With over 13.000 apps listed here: Is there anything we can learn about them from those data? I´d say we can, and this article will show what. Read on!

2024-05-19 (2016-03-12)
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Unofficial (and incomplete) list of F-Droid repositories

Most of you probably have already heard of F-Droid, the completely open-source „store“ for Android apps. Some might even know there’s more than one repository you can use with their app. But when it comes to the question for a list of them, answers are rare. Here’s one of them.

2016-01-17
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Xposed: The mighty Android toolbox

Here or there, you might have been stumbling upon the strange term „Xposed“ and wondered what it is about. Or you´ve seen what you can do with it, and asked yourself how to achieve this and what else might be possible with it. This article should answer some of those questions.

2018-11-01 (2015-11-24) Android without Google: Where do I get my apps now?

Completely freed of the „Google Stack“, the Playstore app also has disappeared from our Android device. Where do you get your apps from now? Is it still possible to access the Playstore somehow? Are there Alternatives?

2016-09-15 (2015-10-27) Android without Google: microG

About a year ago, on the topic „Android without Google“ I described the NOGAPPS project as an alternative to the proprietary Google Services. This project meanwhile made a lot of progress, while being renamed. Time to take a look at its successor: microG

2015-06-02 What options do I have to backup my Android device?

When it comes to good backups, most manufacturers let their users down. True, some backup apps are often pre-installed – but what do they cover? Usually a small subset of what you’d hope for. So what alternatives do exist to have a real good backup at hand? This article introduces you to the most trusted ones.

2014-12-31 Why do some apps request too many permissions?

While most permissions an app requests are somehow understandable, some are not – and others even sound ludicrous. What stands behind them? Why do some apps request permissions that don’t seem to make sense? Do they really need them – or is there „anything else“?

2014-10-01 StripSearch helps you find apps by permission

Some apps simply request too much permissions we either do not understand – or understand them pretty well and do not want them. Be it for privacy reasons, or out of anxiety the apps themselves might abuse our trust. Unfortunately, app stores don’t provide a filter for that. Do not fear: StripSearch comes to your rescue!

2014-11-18 (2014-09-07)
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Android without Google 6: Self-Experiment

Having written a five-part-tutorial to finally show you how it could be done, I thought it might be a good idea to try it myself (oops?). So this post shows my experiences with a Google-free Android, diary-style.

2014-08-29 Privacy and permission friendly apps

You might have noticed that “IzzyOnDroid” has quite a strong focus on privacy. I want to make it easy to find not only the best rated app for a purpose, but also the least invasive. And give you good hints in my articles. But of course I cared for that as well when building this site. Some sum-up and hints in this article.

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