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List of free software Android applications

List of free software Android applications
This is an incomplete list of notable applications (apps) that run on the Android platform which meet guidelines for free software and open-source software. For a more extensive list of apps, see the External links section below. Communication[edit] Advertisement blocking[edit] Jump up ^ The API column is used to describe which versions of Android each individual application is compatible with. If API column shows "5.1" then the application is compatible with Android version 5.1 or higher; "L7" or "L14" mean specific Android API versions. General communication[edit] Security / Privacy focused tools[edit] Web browsers[edit] Emulators[edit] Games[edit] General[edit] [edit] Reading[edit] Utilities[edit] Multimedia[edit] Security[edit] See also[edit] Notes[edit] ^ Jump up to: a b c d e f g h i j k The API column is used to describe which versions of Android each individual application is compatible with. References[edit] Jump up ^ Greenberg, Andy (2 November 2015). External links[edit] Frontend for F-Droid

The great Ars experiment—free and open source software on a smartphone?! Android is a Google product—it's designed and built from the ground up to integrate with Google services and be a cloud-powered OS. A lot of Android is open source, though, and there's nothing that says you have to use it the way that Google would prefer. With some work, it’s possible to turn a modern Android smartphone into a Google-less, completely open device—so we wanted to try just that. Before we begin, we have a few slight notes. But, wait... did we say we'd dump "all" services? These chunks of proprietary code come from the component manufacturers themselves (Qualcomm, Broadcom, Synaptics, Sony, Samsung), and seeing what's in them usually requires you to be a big developer with an NDA in place. The basics It starts with CyanogenMod (CM), what we're going with for our software build. There is a project out there called "Replicant," which is based on CyanogenMod and aims to build a completely open source version of Android. The basic phone stuff is taken care of.

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