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F-Droid: The privacy-friendly alternative to Google Play Store

With Google Play Store you´re tracked without end: by the Play Store itself as well as by the most apps you can find in it. But you can escape that – e.g. by turning your back to Play Store and instead use an alternative focusing on free and open software as well as privacy. One such can be found in F-Droid – which this article introduces.

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IzzyOnDroid’s F-Droid Repo with additional functionality

It has been around for quite a while, but was never introduced in an article here. Time for a few words on the „IzzyOnDroid F-Droid Repo“ and what it offers.

2017-04-22 What’s it all about those modules apps contain?

Most apps ship with additional modules. Some of those are required for the functionality, others are not. While still serving a justified purpose, they come at a cost. This article will take a deeper look at this second category.

2016-08-22 Android Identifiers: How Android devices and their users are identified

App reviews and security reports mention them regularly: identifiers which apps like to access. Identitifying information picked from the device and „getting transfered to somewhere“. In this context, terms like „Google Adverising ID“ or „Android ID“ are referenced. What do they mean? And what other „identifiers“ are there, which purposes do they serve?

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!

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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.

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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.

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?

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.

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