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Just a bit of a ramble on #android and #apple and #privacy and #security inspired by a recent post by @beardedtechguy.

It's a bit of a ranty post, but not trying to be mean :blobfoxheart:

This is day 19 of #100DaysToOffload

#AndroidAppRain at yesterday with 14 updated, today with 16 updated and 2 added apps:

* Raccoon for Lemmy: mobile client for Lemmy, a federated aggregation and discussion platform
* Xed Editor: advanced Code Editor for Android

At 3 #Magisk #modules have been updated.

Enjoy your #free #Android #apps with the #IzzySoftRepo :awesome:

OnePlus 12 Review #Android #accessibility #OnePlus

#AndroidAppRain at today with 17 updated and 1 added apps:

* yetCalc: progressive calculator, converter and much more

Enjoy your #free #Android #apps with the #IzzySoftRepo :awesome:

ChatGPT Voice Conversations Feature: Why Is It Special, and How to Use It? #GPT #AI #Android #Accessibility

#AndroidAppRain at today with 9 updated and 1 added apps:

* iyox Wormhole: Secure, open-source file sharing

Enjoy your #free #Android #apps with the #IzzySoftRepo :awesome:

New app added to the accessible apps directory: Microsoft Copilot. Accessible. Copilot is a pioneering chat assistant from Microsoft powered by the latest OpenAI models, GPT-4 and DALLΒ·E 3. #Android #app

#AndroidAppRain at today with 5 updated and 2 added apps:

* File Navigator: app to transform your file management experience
* PDF to Images: convert a PDFs pages to image files

Enjoy your #free #Android #apps with the #IzzySoftRepo :awesome:

New article on Accessible Android: A Nostalgic Return to Viber: What’s New, What’s Changed, and What’s More Accessible? #Android #Viber

Hey @threemaapp thanks for providing such a user-friendly and accessible messaging app. However, the Threema ID setup screen could be more accessible for TalkBack users. It would be helpful to include instructions on how users should swipe to navigate to the end of the screen. Additionally, please consider adding accessibility actions to make it easier for TalkBack users to interact with messages. #Android #A11y

#AndroidAppRain today at with 8 updated and 1 added apps:

* Chronos: simple alarm clock focused on simplicity, usability and modern design

Enjoy your #free #Android #apps with the #IzzySoftRepo :awesome:

Recomendo muito o aplicativo #Obtainium para #Android. Com ele vocΓͺ pode colocar o link onde Γ© publicado a release do aplicativo e ele faz o papel de gerenciar a instalação, atualização e remoção.

#AndroidAppRain at today with 13 updated and 1 added apps:

* Podcini: podcast player with androidx.media3

Enjoy your #free #Android #apps with the #IzzySoftRepo :awesome:

#AndroidAppRain at today with 14 updated and 1 returned apps:

* Infinity for Reddit was archived at F-Droid because the API key could not be included there, so it's back here.

Enjoy your #free #Android #apps with the #IzzySoftRepo :awesome:

#AndroidAppRain at yesterday with 14 updated, today with 13 updated and 1 added apps:

* Notifications Recovery: review notifications at any time

Enjoy your #free #Android #apps with the #IzzySoftRepo :awesome:

Eine traurige Wahrheit: Bei der Analyse/ÜberprΓΌfung des Datenverkehrs einer App, lautet die Frage nicht, ob man Datenschutzverstâße findet, sondern wie viele und wie schwerwiegend diese sind. Davon ausgenommen sind Apps aus dem F-Droid-Store. πŸ§™β€β™‚οΈ

#app #datenschutz #android #ios #google #apple #mobil #privacy

#AndroidAppRain at today brings you 12 updated & one returned app. Yupp:

XtMapper returned to the repo and now has its APKs properly signed with release keys (not debug anymore). So if you used it before, you'll have to uninstall and reinstall the app.

Meanwhile, had 1 updated and 2 added modules:

* Anti bootloop: bootloop protection
* AdGuardDNS4Magisk-IPv6: block ads & trackers

Enjoy your #free #Android #apps with the #IzzySoftRepo :awesome:

Moving apps around my particular #Android homescreen with #Talkback is ridiculously simple. Find app, swipe down to 'Move item', double-tap, then swipe or move to where I want to drop it, double-tap. No idea if this is common across all launchers or whatever, I know very little about Android in-general other than this one device, but I'm sure it wasn't always that simple.

RFC time! We're working on specifying how Accrescent's repository should look technically.

If you're an app developer who cares about app store features, an Accrescent user, or just interested in our development, leave your comments in the issue below πŸ‘‡

#android #appstore #security #privacy #accrescent

Every month our mobile developers (cketti and Wolf) write a detailed progress report showing what's been completed on our journey from K-9 Mail to Thunderbird for Android.

In January most of our work went into polishing the user interface and user experience of the new and improved account setup. However, there was still one feature missing that we really wanted to get in there...

#Thunderbird #Android #Development

The developer of a book-reading app for Android has sought feedback from us. He wants to implement paragraph navigation for TalkBack in Epub books. Currently each page is displayed as a large, single paragraph which makes paragraph and section navigation impossible. Do you know how this can be implemented, or do you have a link to a page which describes the development approach? #Android #Androiddev

Accrescent 0.17.1 released! This one fixes a bug where the download progress indicator was hidden and makes preparations for some upcoming server scaling improvements (follow for more info on that πŸ˜‰).

Check out the release notes below!

#privacy #security #accrescent #appstore #android

Zum Ausprobieren empfohlen: HeliBoard-Tastatur fΓΌr Android. Installation und Einstellungen habe ich zusammengefasst. πŸ‘‡

#heliboard #android #tastatur #swipe #keyboard #datenschutz #privacy

Be My Eyes 2.2 for Android was released today. It adds the capability to share images from other apps to be used by Be My AI.
#accessibility #Android

#AndroidAppRain at today with 12 updated and 2 added apps:

* Snaptick: a task list manager
* Fossify Voice Recorder: extends your green collection with a voice recorder

Enjoy your #free #Android #apps with the #IzzySoftRepo :awesome:

New app posted by Brite AI Vision: Brite AI Vision #Android #app

Choosing a New Phone


Dead BlackBerry
Dead BlackBerry


Due to a crazy taxi driver (are there any other kind) and a violent swerve, my BlackBerry Bold 9000 is no more. Bereft of life, it rusts in pieces, and other such Pythonesque metaphors.

Arse. I truly feel like I'm missing an extension to my body. There's a symbiotic relationship which develops between a geek and his phone. It entertains me, informs me, keeps me on time and allows me to rapidly communicate with a variety of methods. In return, I feed it electricity, load it up with useful programs, decorate its skin and snuggle up to it.

I miss it so much.

Every Cloud...

Now's a prime time to choose a new smartphone. So many new models on the market. Which to go for?

What I look for in a mobile

I've had many many phones. Some wonderful (Treo 180) some dire (Apple iPhone). I know exactly what I want and what I need. For a device that I use several times an hour every single day, I don't want to compromise on any aspect. Perfection is what I demand. So, what was it that made the BlackBerry Bold the perfect phone for me?

  • Physical keyboard. I do a lot of typing on the device. I've used soft keyboards (Android, iPhone, Storm) and they just don't do it for me. Even with the haptic feedback, it's just not the same for speedy typing. I liked handwriting recognition on the Treo 180 and the Nokia N97 - but in terms of speed & accuracy a physical keyboard is a must. More than that, it needs to be a good keyboard. The keyboard on the N97 is dreadful - it feels like a cheap calculator. The N810 has an awful layout and virtually no travel on the button push. I need raised keys and to feel a click so I can touch-type.
  • Exchange integration. I use my device for work. Things which I regularly use my 'berry for are were: email and calendar sync'd over the air. Address lookup - if I meet Jo Blogs at work, I can type her name in to the address book and look up her email, phone number, address etc (if she's in the corporate address book).
  • The BlackBerry Enterprise messenger is also really useful. I don't use IM for personal use much any more - but work runs on it. Sadly it's basaed on Microsoft Office Communicator rather than anything open or useful.
  • Quick start-up. When you shut down a BlackBerry, it effectively goes into "suspend" mode. I switch it on first thing in the morning and it's on and receiving email instantly.
  • Auto on-off. At 2300 every weekday, my phone shuts down. So if I've forgotten to switch it off, I don't get disturbed during the night. At 0700 it wakes up and gets to work.
  • Multiple email accounts. I want to reply from 1 enterprise and 2 personal accounts.
  • USB interface for charging. Batter life isn't massivly important and I'm never away from a power socket for a few hours.
  • Compatible with Linux for charging, reading files, tethering.
  • Speed dial, form factor, excellent hierarchical bookmarks structure.
  • GPS & Mapping.
  • Good browser. I like the modern RIM browser - I know they're moving to Webkit, but I don't find the current one so bad.

Well, so far it looks like I'm going for a BlackBerry. Right. Not quite.

What I hate about BlackBerry

  • No front-facing-camera. I like video calling. I'm the only one in the UK who does, apparently. But with more 3G phones coming on to the market, I'm hopeful that more people will come round to it.
  • Lack of updates. It seems to take ages for any new developments to come out of RIM. I understand why - you can't fiddle around too much with business critical devices - but I like shiny new features.
  • Speed. Perhaps it's running OS 5.0 on the 9000, but everything seems a little sluggish. I'm very quick with my fingers yet I often feel like the 'berry isn't working as fast as I am. Once you're running IM, SocialScope, Facebook and Weather at the same time and everything slows to a crawl.
  • Camera. I like the flash and the geo-tagging, but the quality of images isn't wonderful. No focusing also impacts scanning QR codes.
  • Video recording - low quality and sound is often out of sync.
  • Calendar - only shows a single calendar. I don't want my personal appointments on my work calendar.
  • Media player. While it plays some .avi files better than Android, it won't do .ogg or .flac, the interface is sub par.

The Android Intervention

With my dearly departed long gone, I'm reliant on my Android device. An HTC Hero. It is a stunning device.

  • Gorgeous screen, very responsive.
  • Browser is good.
  • The camera is great although sorely lacking a flash.
  • It integrates with Microsoft Exchange reasonably well - although I haven't got it fully working yet.

But - and there's always a but...

  • HTC. They are very unresponsive to customer queries. No software updates for the Hero, even though they've been announced. Again, I understand the reasoning, but I don't want to be stuck on Android 2.1 when 3.9 is out.
  • Slow start up. I don't want to wait 60 seconds for my phone to wake up.
  • Lacking in functionality - although it has plenty of add on software, some at cost.
  • Lack of keyboard shortcuts. I rely on these heavily - as described in my comment to The Really Mobile Project.
  • Such tie in to the Google Eco-System. If I ever want to leave Google, I'm not sure how the phone would cope.


I'm big on Linux. Despite the slight disappointment with Nokia's recent efforts, I'm intrigued by the N900. I think I'd like to play with it for a day - especially the keyboard given the disaster of the N810 - before comitting.

I've tried a 3G iPhone running OS3.0. It's a toy and really not suitable for me.

Windows Mobile is... lackluster. I can't wait for Windows Phone OS 7.0 Mobile (or whatever they're calling it today). Besides, I don't run Windows on my PCs - I can't think of a reason to run it on my phones.

What else is out there? Bada? Doubt Samsung call pull it off. Pre? I want to like Palm, but it's restricted to a single device and only on one network. Symbian? Hopefully it will be resurrected but after the disasterous N97 and the abandoned N95, it's dead to me.


I think it boils down to three phones.

BlackBerry 9700

Bold 9700
Bold 9700

This is the "safe" choice. It's the next model up from my smashed 9000. I know it does everything I want. I like the idea of replacing the trackball with a touchpad. Good that it's got the new standard USB charger, even if I'll need to buy some new cables.

On the down side, it's a bit boring.

SonyEricson Experia X10 mini pro / Motorola Milestone / Droid

My Android choice. Has a keyboard and avoids HTC. I don't know how hackable it will be. Given it's one of SE's & Moto's first forays into Android, I'm concerned about how committed they'll be to the device.

Would really like an Android with a decent keyboard - there are just so few of them about.

Nokia N900

Nokia N900
Nokia N900

The outside choice. I generally love Nokia hardware - but their software sucks. As innovative as the N810 was, they really dropped the ball in providing updates to their original Maemo software. I'm slightly wary about how well this will be supported.

The keyboard looks ok, but the oddly placed space bar puts me off, as does the lack of ergonomic consideration.

Your Opinions

I'd love to know what you think. Which phones rock your world?

This blog is a personal comment and does not represent my employers, Vodafone Group. Nothing in this blog should be considered an official position on any phone, platform or manufacturer.

#android #blackberry #htc #mobile #n900 #nokia

Universal Power Supplies

In 1998, Douglas Adams wrote a essay about the de facto Universal Power Supply - the in-car cigarette lighter.

He was half right. We've settled on USB as the standard - simply because it's ubiquitous.

A few days ago, the ITU finally caught up with the rest of the world and endorsed micro-usb as the standard for all phone chargers.

Sam Manchin tweeted about now seeing USB charging stations in hotels.

In Hotel USB
In Hotel USB

For the last few years, every device I've bought has had a mini-usb charging port. My phones, camera, BlueTooth headphones, spare phone battery etc. It means I only need to take one charger on holiday. If i forget or lose it, I can guarantee that someone in the room will have a USB cable.

So, why am I a bit annoyed?

Well, I banked on mini-USB - the new standard is micro-USB. Or is it the other way around? Either way, I'm stuck with devices which will either need little converter dongles or I can buy new kit.

New Vs Old
New Vs Old. Or vice-versa.

Now, there are some very good reasons why the new is better than the old.

  • More insertion cycles - you can plug it in and out several thousand times before it will break.
  • You'll have to buy newer kit
  • There's a grip on the bottom which means you need a bit more force to remove it - should stop accidental unplugging
  • It's orientation is less well defined, meaning you'll spend more time wondering which way up it goes.
  • It's smaller, meaning your new RAZR won't need to be any bigger than a wafer thin mint
  • It will charge things at 5V and 100 milli-amps. Unless you're on USB 3.0, in which case it's 150 mA. Better make sure that your cables are forwards compatible.

So, there's some good and some bad. Overall, I'm glad there's a standard - even if it is mildly inconvenient for me in the short term.

#douglasAdams #mobile #power #USB

#AndroidAppRain at today with 6 updated and 1 added apps:

* PageKeeper: a bookmark manager

At the Magisk Modules repo (, 1 module was updated.

Enjoy your #free #Android #apps with the #IzzySoftRepo :awesome:

#AndroidAppRain at today with 8 updated and 2 added apps:

* Reckoner:a personal financial tracker
* HeliBoard: the successor of OpenBoard – your keyboard replacement

Enjoy your #free #Android #apps with the #IzzySoftRepo :awesome:

#AndroidAppRain at today with 17 updated and 1 added apps:

* Pani: record RAW image data

Enjoy your #free #Android #apps with the #IzzySoftRepo :awesome:

Updates regarding the Google Gemini app:
1. Google seems to be fixing the Send button not appearing for TalkBack users. It seems to be server-side as some TalkBack users do have the Send buttons and some don't.
2. While the app itself is available only on the US Play Store, its global rollout has started and, via side-loading, people can use it in many countries.
#Accessibility #Android #TalkBack #Gemini #Google #Assistant

#AndroidAppRain at today brings you now new apps, but 17 updated ones. The highlight is an app that had it's Github repo archived 7 (!!) years ago, but suddenly development was picked up again: Enjoy your new release of

Greek Reference

and enjoy all your other #free #Android #apps with the #IzzySoftRepo :awesome:

For Samsung users: How to Enable and Customize Back Tap on Samsung Devices #Samsung #Android

Any other decent #Mastodon apps for #Android? #Tusky is OK, but it never remembers its place. Open it, start reading, background it, then open again and it jumps to the top of the timeline. I'd love to see #Tweescake for #Android!

Happy World Radio Day! πŸ“» Proclaimed in 2011 by the Member States of UNESCO and adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012 as a UN International Day, February 13 became World Radio Day. Take a look at the selection of radio apps we have available on Accessible Android #Radio #worldradioday #Android #app

#AndroidAppRain at today with 13 updated, 1 added and some deleted apps:

+ Fossify Music Player: add it to your green suite :awesome:
- Iqra: religious app with trackers (Crashlytics & Co) that wasn't updated for 6+ years
- some other old app(s) that were continued with a new packageName

At 1 #Magisk module was updated

Enjoy your #free #Android #apps with the #IzzySoftRepo :awesome:

New app added to the Accessible Apps directory by Salih Kunduz: StreamSphere accessible. This privacy-friendly and ad-free RSS reader app allows effortless management of RSS feeds, access to favorite articles, and a customizable reading experience. #Android #App

#AndroidAppRain at today with 18 updated and 2 added apps:

* FlickBoard: a flicking keyboard
* learn: English Learning app for kids

Enjoy your #free #Android #apps with the #IzzySoftRepo :awesome:

New app added to the Accessible Apps directory by The Evil Chocolate Cookie: Don’t touch my phone. Accessible with few unlabeled buttons. This is a security app to help you keep up with your phone. #Android #app