Open supply has a whole lot of benefits. It’s a versatile commonplace, it helps the neighborhood, and the neighborhood will help open supply initiatives develop. Android is likely one of the hottest and extra highly effective open supply initiatives of all time. Those who like seeing the code that runs on their telephones are in luck. There are loads of wonderful open supply apps on Android along with the OS itself.

Here are a number of the finest open supply apps for Android. Leave a remark together with your favourite one if we didn’t listing it! We even have hyperlinks for all the open supply code on the very finish of the article. You also can discover a ton of different wonderful open supply apps on F-Droid, though that may require downloading and putting in a very third social gathering app retailer. Thankfully, F-Droid is great.

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Firefox Browser

Price: Free

Firefox is likely one of the hottest open supply initiatives on the market. The common browser has cellular apps in addition to desktop apps, clearly. It covers all the fundamentals, together with cross-platform syncing, privateness looking modes, add-ons, bookmarks, and that form of stuff. Firefox underwent a significant change in 2018 with higher and quicker looking. Google Chrome is technically principally open supply, however Firefox is the actual deal for open supply browsers.

Firefox screenshot 2021

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FreeOTP Authenticator

Price: Free

FreeOTP is a two-factor authentication app. It works like Google Authenticator or Microsoft Authenticator. You set it up and it supplies safety codes for login. It helps each TOTP and HOTP protocols and will work with all web sites with assist for these protocols. The app is free, open supply, and maintained by Red Hat. Yes, we’re speaking concerning the Linux distro Red Hat. It hasn’t had an replace in a few years, however the supply code reveals exercise as of some months in the past so it might get an replace in the end. There can be andOTP, one other respectable open supply authenticator app.

FreeOTP is one of the best open source apps for android

Lawnchair Launcher

Price: Free

Lawnchair Launcher is likely one of the newer open supply apps on the listing. It’s a launcher with a inventory Android theme. It intently resembles the Pixel Launcher, besides with extra options. They embrace Google Now integration (with an add-on), icon pack assist, variable icon dimension, a blur mode, and different customizations. This one continues to be in beta. However, we really feel snug recommending it to nearly anyone. It’s additionally free, open supply, and extremely useful. It’s nice for individuals who like a minimal launcher expertise, however nonetheless need some customization options.

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Nextcloud

Price: Free / Varies

Nextcloud is a non-public, open supply cloud storage app. It works pretty nicely. You arrange a server in your laptop and the app in your telephone. You then use your laptop as your cloud storage storage. Another choice is to pay one other firm to host your information for you with Nextcloud. In any case, it really works like most cloud storage. You can sync your information, photographs, paperwork, and different stuff. The UI is pretty clear and it has options like multi-account assist, auto add for photographs and video, and you may share information. It’s not fairly as highly effective as one thing like Google Drive, however it’s much more personal.


Open Camera

Price: Free / $1.99

Open Camera is an open supply digicam app. It replaces (or augments) the principle digicam app for extra performance. This one consists of full guide controls (machine allowing), configurable hotkeys, HDR assist, a widget, and assist for some exterior microphones for videographers. We normally suggest that folks persist with their inventory digicam app. It’s optimized for the digicam on the machine by the corporate that made the machine. However, if you wish to go open supply, that is the most effective open supply digicam app accessible. It’s additionally free with an elective $1.99 donation worth.

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OsmAnd and AddressToGPS

Price: Free / Up to $7.49

OsmAnd is an open supply navigation app. It makes use of OpenStreetMap for its maps and which means every part is freed from cost. It has turn-by-turn instructions together with route resets if you deviate out of your path. There can be offline assist as nicely. AddressToGPS is an app on F-Droid {that a} commenter advised us about. It sources Google Maps information and forwards it to OsmAnd. That means you may get each OpenStreetMap and Google Maps data in the identical place. That’s a depraved cool one-two combo, however it does require some endurance to arrange.


Phonograph

Price: Free / $3.79

Phonograph is one of some open supply apps for music. The different ones are high-quality, however we preferred this one the most effective. It options Material Design, one thing even common music gamers don’t all the time do. Additionally, the app consists of themes, Last.fm integration, tag enhancing, playlists, widgets, and extra. Shuttle is one other excellent open supply app as nicely. Both of them ought to get you the place that you must be in your private music assortment. You can use the premium model totally free if you happen to use Google Play Pass.

Phonograph is one of the best music player apps

QKSMS

Price: Free / Up to $9.99

QKSMS is likely one of the solely open supply SMS apps. It comes with all the commonplace options, together with customization, MMS, privateness options, Wear OS (Android Wear) assist, TalkBack assist for accessibility, and a black-out theme for AMOLED screens. We additionally actually like its per-contact theming. It did undergo a spell of not receiving updates and the developer continues to be catching up. However, that is about nearly as good because it will get for open supply SMS apps.

QKSMS screenshot 2020

Simple Mobile Tools (a number of apps)

Price: $0.99 every

Simple Mobile Tools is a developer on Google Play. They have a variety of open supply apps, together with a calendar, a gallery, a drawing app, a contacts app, a observe taking app, a file supervisor, flashlight, music participant, digicam, clock, and extra. You can principally substitute all the inventory apps in your machine with these. Each one is totally open supply they usually all work offline. The simplicity is a little bit of a double edged sword. There are extra highly effective rivals, however these work nicely for individuals who simply need one thing easy.

Simple Calendar Pro screenshot 2020

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VLC

Price: Free

VLC is likely one of the hottest media gamers on any platform. The app is accessible on far more platforms than most different media gamers. Additionally, it’s open supply and helps a variety of bizarre codecs, like DVD ISOs, reside stream hyperlinks, and tons of audio codecs. It ought to cowl all the fundamentals. However, we really don’t suggest it as a devoted audio participant as a result of it’s only a bit too clunky for that in our opinion. Otherwise, this one is implausible.

VLC for Android screenshot 2021