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List of recommended Android software

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List of recommended software for Android devices.

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"App Stores"

  • F-Droid (FOSS Repo) -- Also allows you to add other repository locations as well.
  • Aptoide -- An alternative, decentralized set of repos that inspired F-Droid, for those who still want mainstream apps and timely updates without having to sign in to Google or sideload apks repeatedly. It features malware scanning and compares the app signature with that of the Google Play Store when available.

Web Browsers

  • Firefox for Android
    • very similar to the desktop version in terms of its add-ons
    • FOSS and respects your freedoms
    • Syncs with the desktop version of Firefox
  • Google Chrome for Android
    • Well integrated because it is made by the same people who made Android
    • Closed source, and receives many of the same privacy complaints the desktop version of Chrome does
    • Syncs with the desktop version of Chrome
  • Lightning
    • FOSS
    • Follows Google's UI pattern
    • Fast
    • Uses the Webview engine integrated with the Android system, so older versions of Android may have security issues with this browser
    • The Playstore has a paid "plus" version and a free version. Plus comes with integrated, optional adblocking and Free version is limited to 10 tabs open at a time
    • The version on F-Droid is identical to the Playstore's paid version, but free of charge
  • Naked Browser
    • Very minimilistic, barebones UI
    • Lists trust as the first feature in the description
    • Author is a confirmed /g/entooman.¹
    • Uses the Webview engine integrated with the Android system, so older versions of Android may have security issues with this browser

4chan Browsers

8chan Browsers


  • TextSecure -- Send encrypted messages over data. Can also work as a regular (insecure) SMS app. Requires Google Play Services. Used to provide encrypted SMS.
  • SMSSecure -- Send encrypted SMS messages. Fork of TextSecure with only the SMS encryption and no internet messaging. Available in Google, Amazon and F-Secure App Store.
  • RedPhone (Encrypted phone calls) -- This only does encrypted phone calls, so it's a good phone app alongside your normal one. Requires Google Play Services.
  • Xabber (XMPP and Facebook chat, among other things) -- has OTR support
  • ChatSecure -- XMPP Client focused on Security and Privacy. Supports TOR (needs orbot) and OTR encryption
  • K-9 Mail (Email) -- supports OpenPGP if APG is installed
  • Telegram (IM) -- a more secure WhatsApp/Viber replacement (please be aware that the server side is still proprietary, although you can still use "secret chats")


  • Shuttle -- Free version has ads, but apks without exist.
  • PowerAMP -- Trial version, but may be worth the money for the extra features
  • Google Play Music -- Your music from the Google Botnet!
  • Vanilla Music -- A FOSS music player, for those with tinfoil wrapped phones
  • Apollo -- FOSS, port of Cyanogenmod's default music player for other ROMs

Media Players

  • VPlayer --Plays just about every file format ever made, but not recommended for girl cartoons
  • MX Player --Recommended for anime, really good subtitle support (Will play MKVs!)

Privacy & Security

Ad Blockers

  • AdAway -- Blocks ads by editing host files - requires root
  • AdBlock Plus -- Works as a proxy, battery hungry

File Managers


  • OsmAnd -- OpenStreetMap based mapping. Allows you to store detailed mapping info locally for offline access.
  • Waze - Croudsourced navigation app that allows you to view and report accidents, traffic jams, speed and police traps, and from the online map editor, can update roads, etc.
  • PirateBox - Run a fileshare/chat wireless hotspot. Requires root.


¹ He has a bookmark of /g/ in one of the demo screenshots.

Other Platforms

See Also

  • Prism Break - Lists software for different platforms that respect your freedom (and points out those which do not). Maintained by the EFF.