Android Apps

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When I first replaced my Windows Phone with Lineage, I gave a summary of the software I was using with it.  Well, it’s been a year and so it’s time to give an update…

GAPPS

When I first used Lineage I installed a minimal set of Google apps, but having just installed Lineage 15.1 on a new phone I’ve decided against install GAPPS.  This has come with a few drawbacks, apps that either warn you that they don’t run without GAPPS (but often still work anyway) to a few (like KAYAK) that just crash after loading.

It seems like a reasonable trade-off though as almost all of the apps I’ve found that don’t work have websites that do.

App Stores

Initially I used F-Droid and 1Mobile for my app stores, but I’ve moved away from 1Mobile.  I found too many issue with it.

To replace it, I’m using Yalp Store, which pulls apks straight from Google Play (obviously only free apps).

The Launcher

Trebuchet has come a long way with Lineage 15.1 and while previously I had installed Nova launcher, I’ve decided to give Trebuchet a try for a while.

The Keyboard

AnySoft Keyboard is still my go to keyboard  Nuf said.

Applications

  • Weather: Forecastie isn’t the slickest weather app around, but it has a good widget for the home screen and is completely open source.
  • Music: I have been using Phonograph for quite a while, but it’s recently implemented a “Pro” pay version.  This has caused it a bit of a stir in the open source project and a fork has been made, Vinyl.  The other benefit to Vinyl is that it is on F-Droid.
  • Mapping: osmAnd~ is an open source mapping solution.  I used it last year on a trip to the southern US without any issue.
  • Passwords: Still using Keepass2Android.
  • Bluetooth Connections: Stock Android doesn’t seem to remember volume settings for different Bluetooth devices, so I installed A2DP from the F-Droid store which allows for complete customization of what happens when a Bluetooth device connects to the phone.
  • Mail: I’ve gone though several mail clients, but I’ve landed on K9, while it has a very outdated visual design, it is extremely functional.
  • BrowserFirefox, along with Ghostery.
  • Office: LibreOffice Viewer handles any office file formats I need to view.
  • Twitter: Twidere is a nice open source client for Twitter, it also supports several other social networks as well.
  • Two Factor Auth: Several sites I login to use OTP, so andOTP is my go to client for them.
  • Gallery: Lineage’s default gallery app has one major limit, no ability to exclude folders, so instead is use Simple Gallery.
  • Birthdays: Birthday Droid keeps me up to date for upcoming birthdays.
  • Music Store: I don’t subscribe to any streaming music services, but I do use the 7 Digital music store to purchase any music I want.
  • Contacts/Calendar Sync: Having moved away from MS Exchange to NextCloud for my calendar and contacts means I need something to sync them to Android, DAVdroid works flawlessly.
  • Torrents: Ok, so I don’t do much torrenting on my phone, but once in a while in an emergency I have had need to, so LibreTorrent is installed.
  • PDF: MuPDF is my PDF viewer.
  • Tasks: OpenTasks is the recommended task app for DAVdroid.

I’ve also installed NextCloud and the related apps.

Greg

Greg

Greg is the head cat at JumbleCat, with over 20 years of experience in the computer field, he has done everything from programming to hardware solutions. You can contact Greg via the contact form on the main menu above.

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Greg

Greg is the head cat at JumbleCat, with over 20 years of experience in the computer field, he has done everything from programming to hardware solutions. You can contact Greg via the contact form on the main menu above.

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