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#AndroidAppRain at https://apt.izzysoft.de/fdroid 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 https://apt.izzysoft.de/magisk 3 #Magisk #modules have been updated.

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


#AndroidAppRain at https://apt.izzysoft.de/fdroid today with 17 updated and 1 added apps:

* yetCalc: progressive calculator, converter and much more

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


#AndroidAppRain at https://apt.izzysoft.de/fdroid today with 9 updated and 1 added apps:

* iyox Wormhole: Secure, open-source file sharing

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


#AndroidAppRain at https://apt.izzysoft.de/fdroid 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:


#AndroidAppRain today at https://apt.izzysoft.de/fdroid 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:


#AndroidAppRain at https://apt.izzysoft.de/fdroid 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 https://apt.izzysoft.de/fdroid 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 https://apt.izzysoft.de/fdroid 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:


#AndroidAppRain at https://apt.izzysoft.de/fdroid 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, https://apt.izzysoft.de/magisk 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:


If you ever find yourself unable to pick a song, try listening to internet radio with Shortwave! The app lets you search and browse through over 30000 stations, giving you the option to save any you like to your library. The songs you hear are automatically recognised, with the option to save them individually. Easily find new music with Shortwave!

You can follow the app's creator here: @haeckerfelix

You can get the app on Flathub here: https://flathub.org/apps/de.haeckerfelix.Shortwave

#gnome #apps #flatpak


#AndroidAppRain at https://apt.izzysoft.de/fdroid 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:


Are we 'appy about change?
https://shkspr.mobi/blog/2024/02/are-we-appy-about-change/

Shortly before I left the Civil Service in 2023, I made a complete fool of myself. Someone on Slack was discussing their department's app and I (rather snidely) asked why it was an app rather than a website. After all, one of the seminal blog posts of GDS was about not building apps.

In response, I was given an eye-roll and told "because that's how most people get their information, grandpa!"1

Last week, I saw this job advert and I got an involuntary shudder.

Advert which says "Fancy working with us on the first GOV.UK mobile app? These Android developer roles are exciting..."

But I am wrong. Time moves on. Some of us find that difficult to cope with. The world is different and that difference is to be embraced.

Let's take a look at what people were saying about mobile apps in government a decade ago:

government’s position is that native and hybrid apps are rarely justified - make sure your service meets the Digital by Default Service Standard and it will work well on mobile devices (responsive HTML5)
"We're not ‘appy. Not ‘appy at all." (2013)


It wasn't a ban on apps, it was merely saying "if you can't build a decent website, then you're probably not competent enough to build a decent app."2

I came to GDS directly from a decade working in the mobile industry. I'd gone from dumbphones, to BlackBerrys, to the explosion of smartphones. Back in 2013, it wasn't immediately obvious who would win the smartphone wars3. The iPhone app store was only 5 years old. Windows Phone 7 was being heavily pushed by Microsoft. BlackBerry 10 was launching to great fanfare. Symbian was probably dead, but LiMo and Maemo might have had a comeback. Android was a huge fragmented mess. HP was determined to relaunch its fortunes with WebOS while Mozilla were going after the lower-end handsets with Firefox OS.

Government services have to be accessible to everyone. Would departments really have produced apps for half-a-dozen different operating systems? Would they have had the skill and budget to keep them all updated?

Government services shouldn't disturb the market. If the UK had said "Right! You can only submit a tax return using a BlackBerry!" would that have unfairly caused a spike in their market share?

Even still, smartphone penetration was only at about 60% in the UK. Did it make sense to spend huge amounts of money for something which wasn't universally accessible?

Back then, a de-facto ban on apps was a sensible precaution.

But today?

I was involved in the UK's COVID-19 App. By that time, there were really only two smartphone OSes in the game; Android and iOS4. The APIs had stabilised such that developing a single app per platform was feasible5.

There are also things which the Web just can't do. Apps are needed to read the NFC chips in passports, to use BLE for contact tracing, and to enforce biometric security on accounts.

That contact tracing app, for better or worse, helped show that it was possible for Government to develop national-level apps and that people would install and use them.

Does the world need a "GOV.UK App"? I don't think so. But I'm old and wrong6. Research shows that people trust apps more than the web. Lower-income households are more likely to have a shared smartphone than a PC - and an app with multiple accounts is more secure. The web still isn't great at caching data for offline use - so being able to look stuff up when you're out of signal is a must. Apps usually use less data than websites - which is great for people with limited data allowances, or on slow speeds.

Some techies think that we are Keepers of The Sacred Flame. If we rant hard enough, progress will stop and we'll be comfortable that our knowledge isn't obsolete. I think I'm rather happy to be freed of that notion.

Tempus fugit, tu senex fossilium. Esne laetus?


  1. They didn't actually eye-roll and "grandpa" me, of course. They were perfectly polite. But I sure felt that subtext!
  2. Again, implied in subtext.
  3. I'm sure you found it obvious. But most people were sensible and hedged their bets.
  4. Yes, I know you run some weird custom Linux on your phone and are happy recompiling every time there's an update. But you aren't even a statistical blip.
  5. Of course, testing on dozens of different phones with varying ROMs is still expensive and time-consuming.
  6. It is rather liberating knowing that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view.


https://shkspr.mobi/blog/2024/02/are-we-appy-about-change/

#Apps #govUk


How Do You Solve A Problem Like BlackBerry
https://shkspr.mobi/blog/2012/06/how-do-you-solve-a-problem-like-blackberry/

Recently RIM contact developers asking for feedback on why we were or were not planning on developing for Blackberry 10.

I was paid $50 for my opinion - in Amazon vouchers. I hope this hasn't comprimised the honesty of my answers.

These are just my thoughts - I can't claim that they would solve RIM's problems, but I do think they would be a good way to help reclaim developer mindshare.

What are the main reasons why you are not planning to develop applications for the Blackberry 10 platform?


  1. Platform won't be available until 2013!
  2. Probably no Linux platform.
  3. Tiny marketshare unless majority of phones are upgradeable.
  4. Can't get any reference hardware / emulators to test on.
  5. Have to learn yet another development language! I know Java, ObjC, JS, C# - I really can't be bothered to learn another. I tried using JavaScript on the PlayBook and it wasn't a great success.
  6. Finally, and I hate saying this because I've had BB's since the the black and white days, will BB10 ever come out? Will there even be a BlackBerry.


What specific things could the Research in Motion developer relations team do or communicate that would make you more likely to develop applications for the Blackberry 10 platform?


  1. Linux based SDK and toolkit. I'm not buy a Mac or a copy of Windows just for you!
  2. Remove the ridiculous signing requirements. I don't want to have to use your signing server - especially with its atrocious uptime.
  3. Provide high quality, open source programs which we can build on. I don't want to have to start from scratch.
  4. Developer incentives. Microsoft are literally paying some developers to develop. Nokia are giving out hardware. Google already have great mindshare and yet still give out thousands of dollars of goods to devs.
    Reference hardware would be really useful. Paying me market rate for for several weeks development would be nice. Running competitions is a waste of time.
  5. Turn up at hackdays. I attend - and I'm not exaggerating - 100 developer events a year. BlackBerry rarely turn up. When they do, they do a presentation, give hardware out as a prize, and then disappear. They need to stay, teach people, talk through their concerns, offer prizes for software developed specifically for RIM.
  6. Don't offer money. (I realise this contradicts the above!) Most developers can afford a phone, a kindle, or most prizes. Offer us things we can't buy. Promotion in the app store, a meeting with your investors, a UI consultation with your best team, business advice from your CEO! The sort of stuff we can't get elsewhere.
  7. FIGHT THE FUCK BACK! Seriously - no one wants to go invest in a platform which looks like it's losing. I don't know how you do that - but make it convincing!

https://shkspr.mobi/blog/2012/06/how-do-you-solve-a-problem-like-blackberry/

#blackberry #developer



🆕 blog! “Are we 'appy about change?”

Shortly before I left the Civil Service in 2023, I made a complete fool of myself. Someone on Slack was discussing their department's app and I (rather snidely) asked why it was an app rather than a website. After all, one of the seminal blog posts of GDS was about not building apps. In response, […]

👀 Read more: https://shkspr.mobi/blog/2024/02/are-we-appy-about-change/

#Apps #gov.uk


Are we 'appy about change?
https://shkspr.mobi/blog/2024/02/are-we-appy-about-change/

Shortly before I left the Civil Service in 2023, I made a complete fool of myself. Someone on Slack was discussing their department's app and I (rather snidely) asked why it was an app rather than a website. After all, one of the seminal blog posts of GDS was about not building apps.

In response, I was given an eye-roll and told "because that's how most people get their information, grandpa!"1

Last week, I saw this job advert and I got an involuntary shudder.

Advert which says "Fancy working with us on the first GOV.UK mobile app? These Android developer roles are exciting..."

But I am wrong. Time moves on. Some of us find that difficult to cope with. The world is different and that difference is to be embraced.

Let's take a look at what people were saying about mobile apps in government a decade ago:

government’s position is that native and hybrid apps are rarely justified - make sure your service meets the Digital by Default Service Standard and it will work well on mobile devices (responsive HTML5)
"We're not ‘appy. Not ‘appy at all." (2013)


It wasn't a ban on apps, it was merely saying "if you can't build a decent website, then you're probably not competent enough to build a decent app."2

I came to GDS directly from a decade working in the mobile industry. I'd gone from dumbphones, to BlackBerrys, to the explosion of smartphones. Back in 2013, it wasn't immediately obvious who would win the smartphone wars3. The iPhone app store was only 5 years old. Windows Phone 7 was being heavily pushed by Microsoft. BlackBerry 10 was launching to great fanfare. Symbian was probably dead, but LiMo and Maemo might have had a comeback. Android was a huge fragmented mess. HP was determined to relaunch its fortunes with WebOS while Mozilla were going after the lower-end handsets with Firefox OS.

Government services have to be accessible to everyone. Would departments really have produced apps for half-a-dozen different operating systems? Would they have had the skill and budget to keep them all updated?

Government services shouldn't disturb the market. If the UK had said "Right! You can only submit a tax return using a BlackBerry!" would that have unfairly caused a spike in their market share?

Even still, smartphone penetration was only at about 60% in the UK. Did it make sense to spend huge amounts of money for something which wasn't universally accessible?

Back then, a de-facto ban on apps was a sensible precaution.

But today?

I was involved in the UK's COVID-19 App. By that time, there were really only two smartphone OSes in the game; Android and iOS4. The APIs had stabilised such that developing a single app per platform was feasible5.

There are also things which the Web just can't do. Apps are needed to read the NFC chips in passports, to use BLE for contact tracing, and to enforce biometric security on accounts.

That contact tracing app, for better or worse, helped show that it was possible for Government to develop national-level apps and that people would install and use them.

Does the world need a "GOV.UK App"? I don't think so. But I'm old and wrong6. Research shows that people trust apps more than the web. Lower-income households are more likely to have a shared smartphone than a PC - and an app with multiple accounts is more secure. The web still isn't great at caching data for offline use - so being able to look stuff up when you're out of signal is a must. Apps usually use less data than websites - which is great for people with limited data allowances, or on slow speeds.

Some techies think that we are Keepers of The Sacred Flame. If we rant hard enough, progress will stop and we'll be comfortable that our knowledge isn't obsolete. I think I'm rather happy to be freed of that notion.

Tempus fugit, tu senex fossilium. Esne laetus?


  1. They didn't actually eye-roll and "grandpa" me, of course. They were perfectly polite. But I sure felt that subtext!
  2. Again, implied in subtext.
  3. I'm sure you found it obvious. But most people were sensible and hedged their bets.
  4. Yes, I know you run some weird custom Linux on your phone and are happy recompiling every time there's an update. But you aren't even a statistical blip.
  5. Of course, testing on dozens of different phones with varying ROMs is still expensive and time-consuming.
  6. It is rather liberating knowing that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view.


https://shkspr.mobi/blog/2024/02/are-we-appy-about-change/

#Apps #govUk


#apps #gov


#AndroidAppRain at https://apt.izzysoft.de/fdroid today with 6 updated and 1 added apps:

* PageKeeper: a bookmark manager

At the Magisk Modules repo (https://apt.izzysoft.de/magisk), 1 module was updated.

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


#AndroidAppRain at https://apt.izzysoft.de/fdroid 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:


There are even more repos around. For example, the #IzzySoftRepo repo exists since 2016. While being a "simple binary repo", it has good security measures implemented – detecting even things the scanners at @fdroidorg miss (and vice versa). Its inclusion criteria slightly differ from those at #FDroid so you'll find apps there which are not available at F-Droid. High transparency and interesting additional details. And more than 1,100 #apps. Give it a try! Read more at https://apt.izzysoft.de/fdroid/index/info


#AndroidAppRain at https://apt.izzysoft.de/fdroid today with 17 updated and 1 added apps:

* Pani: record RAW image data

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


#AndroidAppRain at https://apt.izzysoft.de/fdroid 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:


#AndroidAppRain at https://apt.izzysoft.de/fdroid 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 https://apt.izzysoft.de/magisk 1 #Magisk module was updated

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


#AndroidAppRain at https://apt.izzysoft.de/fdroid 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:


#AndroidAppRain at https://apt.izzysoft.de/fdroid today with 14 updated and 2 added apps:

* Mastify: a feature-rich Mastodon client
* Android USB Script: successor of AndroidHID Script (which will be removed soon as it uses a debug cert)

At https://apt.izzysoft.de/magisk 3 modules received updates.

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


#AndroidAppRain at https://apt.izzysoft.de/fdroid today with 12 updated and 1 added apps:

* AlternativeUnlockXposed: unlock with an alternative PIN (and action)

No removed apps today, but 2 apps switched from a debug key to a proper release key and need uninstall/re-install if you use them:

* Gcam Services Provider (Basic)
* Gcam Services Provider (Photos)

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


#AndroidAppRain at https://apt.izzysoft.de/fdroid today brings you 8 updated and 4 removed apps (yes, debug-key cleanup ongoing). From the latter 4, at least one (Notely) might return when its author finds time to work on it again.

From the former 8, 2 apps have switched from debug keys to proper release keys for signing, so if you use them you'll need to uninstall and re-install:

* Sav PDF Viewer Pro
* ADB-Stay-Awake

Enjoy your #free #Android #apps with the cleaned-up #IzzySoftRepo :awesome:


#AndroidAppRain at https://apt.izzysoft.de/fdroid these days is rather an AndroidApp-Drain, as 10+ apps have been removed. More will probably follow the next days, details at https://gitlab.com/IzzyOnDroid/repo/-/issues/477

But on the good side: 14 apps updated yesterday, 11 today. The repo got a little slimmer, so you find the goodies easier (hopefully).

Hope you continue to enjoy your #free #Android #apps with the #IzzySoftRepo :awesome:


#AndroidAppRain at https://apt.izzysoft.de/fdroid today with 4 updated and 1 added apps:

* Stundenplan: Untis-Stundenplan übersichtlich anzeigen (yeah, a German one: "View your Untis timetable clearly")

https://apt.izzysoft.de/magisk had 1 module updated.

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


And now you can find some background on the SigningBlock BLOBs on the #IzzySoftRepo info page (https://apt.izzysoft.de/fdroid/index/info#signingblock) as well.

The last task of this „additional APK checks project“ will be to link to the corresponding blocks from where they are reported with an app, so you can find it more easily.

#Android #apps #transparency


New apps at F-Droid today:

* Peristyle: wallpaper manager
* FoCal: create your personal photo calendar
* Jass board:
* Openlib: download and read books from shadow library
* Hisn Elmoslem: app for Azkar
* Closet-Archive: Organize clothes, log events, track laundry…
* Xray: Xray GUI
* Micro REPL: MicroPython IDE
* Circles: social sharing

Enjoy your #free #Android #apps with #FDroid :awesome:


#AndroidAppRain at https://apt.izzysoft.de/fdroid today with 12 updated and 1 added apps:

* BeatInspector: view BPM, key, genre, time signature & avg loudness of a track from Spotify API

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

Oh, and just in case you wanted to know that as well: at #FDroid there were 104 updated and 9 added apps. Details in the next toot.


All APKs (~2.000) of the #IzzySoftRepo have been rescanned. Expect to see more details on most apps with the next sync. Teaser Image below.

While permissions already have a short description on hover (and link to more), something similar still needs to be implemented for the other sections, though. And of course a proper documentation…

#Android #apps #transparency


#AndroidAppRain at https://apt.izzysoft.de/fdroid today with 5 updated and 1 added apps:

* Tubular: NewPipe x SponsorBlock revived with ReturnYouTubeDislike

At https://apt.izzysoft.de/magisk 3 of the meanwhile available 102 modules received an update.

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


#AndroidAppRain at https://apt.izzysoft.de/fdroid today with 7 updated and 1 added apps:

* XLogcatManager: improve LogcatManager added in Android 13 using Xposed hooks

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


Not enough? OK, (2/2) here:

#FDroid had 138 apps updated and 6 added:

* OpenTapasReader: Read Tapas.io comics
* Same: a game with colors
* Het Saldo: De Lijn "smart"ticket saldo checking
* Fossify Contacts: your green replacement for the orange adware
* Fossify SMS Messenger: your green replacement for the orange adware
* Carrion: Block spoofed calls

Enjoy those #free #Android #apps, too :awesome:


#AndroidAppRain today at https://apt.izzysoft.de/fdroid with 6 updated and 1 added apps:

* Chooser: a finger picker app (making decisions when you can't)

At https://apt.izzysoft.de/magisk 1 module was added:

* Plasma Experience: applies to your device an handcrafted SoundPack made out of KDE Plasma sounds

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

And if you want more, count this toot as (1/2) 😉


#AndroidAppRain (or rather a drizzle of modules) today at https://apt.izzysoft.de/magisk with 1 added module:

* ICS System Sounds: Systemlessly apply Ice Cream Sandwich's system sounds on your device

That makes it 101 dalma… err, modules available there now 🤩

At https://apt.izzysoft.de/fdroid 6 apps received an update.

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


#AndroidAppRain at https://apt.izzysoft.de/fdroid today with 8 updated and 1 added apps:

* husi: a proxy configurations manager

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


You asked yourself of any side-effects the additional APK-checks at https://apt.izzysoft.de/fdroid might have? Let me show you one. Not all #apps have that yet, but it will be added one-by-one in the #IzzySoftRepo

When the scanner highlights some sensitive #permissions, they are checked for whether they are justified (I reach out to the corresponding devs where unsure). Those are then added to the app's allow-list, with an explanation. So why not make that explanation visible to you? That's done now:


#AndroidAppRain (2/2)

(F-Droid)

* OnionShare: securely and anonymously share files using the Tor network
* Valentin's PowerTools #002 - Passwords to remember: generates human speakable and readable passwords

At IzzyOnDroid, 13 apps where updated.

At https://apt.izzysoft.de/magisk 1 module was updated.

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


#AndroidAppRain at https://apt.izzysoft.de/fdroid today with 8 updated & 3 added apps, one of them complementing your Green Suite again:

* ProgrammingTools: generate QR codes from text input
* Flying Carpet: exchange files with Linux/Mac/Win
* Fossify SMS Messenger: Replacement for your now ad-ridden orange one to manage your SMS 😍

And btw: some summary of the latest scanner improvements is now available here: https://apt.izzysoft.de/fdroid/index/info#manifest

Enjoy your #foss #apps with #FDroid & the #IzzySoftRepo :awesome:


#AndroidAppRain today at https://apt.izzysoft.de/fdroid brings you 10 updated and 1 added apps:

* Passtable: Cross-platform password manager

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


Today's #AndroidAppRain at https://apt.izzysoft.de/fdroid brings you 8 updated & 2 added apps, the latter enlarging your "green suite":

* Fossify Contacts
* Fossify Phone

Replacing your orange, now ad-ridden Simple Tools apps.

On the security front, the new APK checks are now fully in place. 2 more apps with debug keys have been removed (no longer maintained), and Dotterel switched to a proper release key.

Enjos your #free #Android #apps with #FDroid and the #IzzySoftRepo :awesome: