This Week in F-Droid, Week 23

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

  • Only a few days left for the Fennec icon challenge! This is your final reminder that submissions close Sunday the 10th of June, 24:00 UTC!

    We will be starting the vote shortly after that. The voting period will last until the end of June to give less frequent contributers a chance to vote.

  • By the time you read this, Bubu will have given a talk at the AfRA hackerspace in Berlin, demonstrating the whole process of adding apps to the main F-Droid repository, from the rfp to the actual publishing.

Community News

New apps

This week we added 19! new apps, shattering the previous record of 12! Most of these come from the backlog of our volunteers working through Rudloff’s additions.

Updated apps

In total, 50 apps were updated this week. Here are the highlights:

  • NewPipe 0.13.5 adds the ability to limit video quality when on mobile data, remembers brightness for the session, improves download performance on weaker CPUs and fixes a crash on opening downloads. It also gained beta support for SoundCloud recently. Did you know NewPipe can stream just the audio from Youtube? And that this also works for entire playlists?

  • Stringlate is a tool to help translate Android apps to other languages. 0.15.1 is now out with several UI improvements that should make translation a lot easier.

  • Fairphone Launcher 3 was updated from 2.0 to 2.1.0 and can now be installed on Lineage-based ROMs as well.

  • 0.8.10 finally brings full sticker support! Also in this release: account deactivation for enhanced GDPR compliance.

  • JustChess 2.0 allows you to continue play after you switch away from it, and now works in landscape mode as well.

  • DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser was updated from 5.2.0 to 5.6.0, with UI tweaks, improved privacy, anonymous feedback option, streamlined content blocking and stability enhancements.

  • MGit is back with This release fixes a crash which makes the app wholly unusable if you disable gravatars. Recently it also introduced a fix which makes TLSV1.2 work on android 4.4 devices, so you can now use it with GitHub again.

Thanks to everyone who suggested updates or provided tips. Keep ‘em coming!

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.

Please tell us in the TWIF submission thread on the forum, or tag your update #fdroid on Mastodon. (And cc to make sure it reaches our instance.) The deadline to the next TWIF is Thursday 12:00 UTC.

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