This Week in F-Droid, Week 20

F-Droid is a repository of verified free and open source Android apps, a client to access it, as well as a whole “app store kit”, providing all the tools needed to set up and run an app store. It is a community-run free software project developed by a wide range of contributors. This is their story this past week.

F-Droid core

  • Rudloff has been very active again, and is responsible for most of the record-breaking 12 new apps!

  • _hc has tagged and released fdroidserver v1.0.4. This release finally fixes the problems mentioned two weeks ago. So if users of your repository are complaining that they can’t update, please update ASAP!

    Under the hood, fdroidserver can now accomplish most tasks without the Android SDK, relying on androguard instead.

  • _hc also added a security scanner for Python to the build process. It didn’t catch anything, but for an extra 1.5 minutes of build time, it’s nice to have.

  • hotlittlewhitedog has been putting in some work to make the F-Droid client work on Android TV.

Community News

New apps

  • JustChess: Chess for one or two players
  • Om: Meditate mindfully for increased emotional intelligence
  • Torchlight: Use the flash of your camera as a light
  • arXiv Papers: Search, download and save arXiv scientific papers
  • Password Hash: Create passwords for each website
  • FragDenStaat: Navigate FragDenStaat
  • sesam: Hash based password manager
  • Router Keygen YoloSec: Generate default WPA/WEP keys
  • Reads RSS feed from the website and fetch articles inside the App
  • SeaMapDroid: Browse OpenSeaMap on your phone
  • Pain Diary: Do you want to track and share your pain? Now you can, privately, using this program.
  • Episodie: Discover and track TV show time

Updated apps

In total, 68 apps were updated this week. Here are the highlights:

  • Mastalab was updated from 1.8.8 to 1.9.0 and now actually saves your profile changes :D, fixes home timeline freezes, and most importantly, now features both a dark theme and a compact mode!

  • Tusky 1.8.0 made it to F-Droid, bringing better notifications to Android 7+ (Nougat), links to statuses and profiles will now open internally, search now also finds statuses, and more.

  • Vespucci was updated from 10.1.2-fdroid to, and now optionally supports “network” location providers, handles http to https redirects and TLS 1.2 for older Android versions, and several smaller changes and bugfixes. Furthermore, Vespucci should be auto-updating in F-Droid from now on.

  • Delta Chat had a major update from 0.16.0 to 0.17.2, with a ton of changes.

  • OctoDroid is now at 4.3.2, moving starred repos to the bookmarks screen and fixing some annoying crash bugs.

  • The simple mobile tools (Calculator, Calendar, Camera, Contacts, Draw, File Manager and Gallery) had a major version bump to 4.0.x across the board. The common change is that the app launcher icons have received a materialish shadow, and you can now customize the launcher color in Settings -> Customize colors.

Removed apps

  • RunnerUp was completely removed because it depends on and includes the non-free ANT+ SDK.

In the next TWIF

What ends up in the next TWIF is all up to you! There are way too many app updates to keep track of them all, so we need your help to highlight the most interesting changes. And of course, we love to hear about all things involving F-Droid in some way.

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