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FOSS Browser

"FOSS Browser" is a fully free (as in freedom) open source Android browser: priv
New in version 9.3.1
### v 9.3

- fix: Half screen after orientation change #919
- fix: not all menu items accessible in landscape orientation
- fix: Download dialog does not decode multibyte file name #917
- fix: File name is not shown in the download prompt #916
- fix: Browser crashes when switching embedded video to full screen #925
- fix: Persistent swipe issues #924
"FOSS Browser" is a fully free (as in freedom) open source Android browser: privacy-friendly with a modern user interface. - Your privacy - your data.

Project Homepage with further info: https://github.com/scoute-dich/browser/


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UI/Handling
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FOSS Browser uses the latest Material You design libraries. Following system day/night mode and a wallpaper based theme are just two features of this new library. The UI is optimized for one-hand-use. All UI-elements are at the bottom of the screen.

More features:

• Play audio on background.
• Keep screen on.
• Open links in background.
• Restore tabs on restart.


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Privacy
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FOSS Browser uses profiles to protect your privacy. For each profile you can enable or disable: AdBlock, JavaScript, cookies, fingerprint protection and much more. Profiles can also be saved for domains ("github.com" ⇒ Trusted website). This saved domains always overwrite the current profile. So, for example, "github.com" will always open with the trusted profile, even if you are browsing in the protected mode.

More privacy features:

• Build in AdBlock, which updates automatically. You can decide which content to block. AdBlock hosts are taken from Steven Black - AbBlock hosts: https://github.com/StevenBlack/hosts.
• Third-part-cookies can not be enabled.
• Enable or disable Android-autofill.
• Delete browser data (on app exit).
• Choose between different search engines (or set a custom one).
• FOSS Browser itself doesn't collect any data


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Bookmarks filter
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Organize your bookmarks with filters. You can set custom names for each filter. Long press the bookmark icon in the toolbar to get fast access to your favorite bookmarks.


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Gestures
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You can assign nearly twenty different gestures to the toolbar and the toolbar buttons. Each in four directions. You can also trigger events by long pressing the toolbar buttons. So you have up to ten different gestures to control FOSS Browser. Supported is for example: load last website, switch tab, reload, open bookmarks, ... and many more.


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Backups
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Backup all your important data (bookmarks, history, trusted websites and so on) on your SD-card. You can also back up FOSS Browser settings. Backups can even be restored on a fresh install or an other device (if you copy the backup files to the new device).

Versions

Although APK downloads are available below to give you the choice, you should be aware that by installing that way you will not receive update notifications and it's a less secure way to download. We recommend that you install the F-Droid client and use that.

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  • Version 9.3.1 (134) suggested Added on 2022-05-22

    This version requires Android 7.0 or newer.

    It is built and signed by F-Droid, and guaranteed to correspond to this source tarball.

    Permissions
    • record audio
      This app can record audio using the microphone while the app is in use.
    • android.permission.RECORD_VIDEO
    • change your audio settings
      Allows the app to modify global audio settings such as volume and which speaker is used for output.
    • have full network access
      Allows the app to create network sockets and use custom network protocols. The browser and other applications provide means to send data to the internet, so this permission is not required to send data to the internet.
    • access approximate location only in the foreground
      This app can get your approximate location from location services while the app is in use. Location services for your device must be turned on for the app to get location.
    • access precise location only in the foreground
      This app can get your precise location from location services while the app is in use. Location services for your device must be turned on for the app to get location. This may increase battery usage.
    • read the contents of your shared storage
      Allows the app to read the contents of your shared storage.
    • modify or delete the contents of your shared storage
      Allows the app to write the contents of your shared storage.
    • take pictures and videos
      This app can take pictures and record videos using the camera while the app is in use.

    Download APK 4.5 MiB PGP Signature | Build Log

  • Version 9.3 (133) - Added on 2022-05-22

    This version requires Android 7.0 or newer.

    It is built and signed by F-Droid, and guaranteed to correspond to this source tarball.

    Permissions
    • record audio
      This app can record audio using the microphone while the app is in use.
    • android.permission.RECORD_VIDEO
    • change your audio settings
      Allows the app to modify global audio settings such as volume and which speaker is used for output.
    • have full network access
      Allows the app to create network sockets and use custom network protocols. The browser and other applications provide means to send data to the internet, so this permission is not required to send data to the internet.
    • access approximate location only in the foreground
      This app can get your approximate location from location services while the app is in use. Location services for your device must be turned on for the app to get location.
    • access precise location only in the foreground
      This app can get your precise location from location services while the app is in use. Location services for your device must be turned on for the app to get location. This may increase battery usage.
    • read the contents of your shared storage
      Allows the app to read the contents of your shared storage.
    • modify or delete the contents of your shared storage
      Allows the app to write the contents of your shared storage.
    • take pictures and videos
      This app can take pictures and record videos using the camera while the app is in use.

    Download APK 4.5 MiB PGP Signature | Build Log

  • Version 9.2 (132) - Added on 2022-05-18

    This version requires Android 7.0 or newer.

    It is built and signed by F-Droid, and guaranteed to correspond to this source tarball.

    Permissions
    • record audio
      This app can record audio using the microphone while the app is in use.
    • android.permission.RECORD_VIDEO
    • change your audio settings
      Allows the app to modify global audio settings such as volume and which speaker is used for output.
    • have full network access
      Allows the app to create network sockets and use custom network protocols. The browser and other applications provide means to send data to the internet, so this permission is not required to send data to the internet.
    • access approximate location only in the foreground
      This app can get your approximate location from location services while the app is in use. Location services for your device must be turned on for the app to get location.
    • access precise location only in the foreground
      This app can get your precise location from location services while the app is in use. Location services for your device must be turned on for the app to get location. This may increase battery usage.
    • read the contents of your shared storage
      Allows the app to read the contents of your shared storage.
    • modify or delete the contents of your shared storage
      Allows the app to write the contents of your shared storage.
    • take pictures and videos
      This app can take pictures and record videos using the camera while the app is in use.

    Download APK 4.5 MiB PGP Signature | Build Log