In the mobile operating system space Android is great in that it’s Open Source but the bulk of the apps for it are not for various reasons. A lot of apps are free but riddled with ads and others are mostly free of ads but you the user are also the product.
As an experiment I’ve been trying to use Open Source equivalents of apps that fall under either of the above mentioned categories along with some apps that stand alone as being great on their own which also happen to be Open Source.
Here’s where I’ll provide a table of what I’m using, what it does, and a link to where you can find out more about it. You’ll be able to find these in the expected places – the Google Play Store and/or F-Droid.
|AntennaPod||A no nonsense podcast app|
|Frost||A web wrapper for Facebook and Messenger|
|NewPipe||A web wrapper for YouTube|
|Notes||A simple note taking app that utilizes Markdown formatting|
|Phonograph||A fantastic material design audio player|
|Twidere||A Twitter client|
|Voice Recorder||A no nonsense voice recorder|
Moment of Zen
In the nearly a month I’ve been trying this out to see if it is feasible to use Open Source apps for at least some of my daily app use I’d say it’s not only possible but also good for the soul. At least with these apps I’ve been using, the takeaway is feeling less like the product and more like a proper user.