“F-Droid is an installable catalogue of FOSS (Free and Open Source
Software) applications for the Android platform. The client makes it
easy to browse, install, and keep track of updates on your device.”
For the reasons outlined in “Why self-host/use
FLOSS?”, one should use FLOSS (Free/Libre and Open
Source Software) whenever possible. The source code is available for
every app on F-Droid.
Both apps are designed to remove EXIF data, metadata in photos that
can betray personal information, before sending pictures. Despite
serving a similar purpose, the two apps differ in implementation and
in terms of features. Notably, ImagePipe also reduces image size
(though it keeps the original unaltered and stores the changed copy in
a separate folder), which may or may not be a desirable feature
depending on use case.
KISS Launcher. I
find that pinning a few choice apps and searching for the rest with
KISS Launcher is a more pleasant experience relative to the default
GrapheneOS launcher. Also, launchers allow
one to use custom icons (I use Ameixa
Netguard. Block access to the internet per
application. Unfortunately, I haven’t found a way to combine it with
NewPipe. NewPipe allows the user to watch
YouTube privately on their smartphone; in addition, the user can keep
up with their favorite content creators without signing up for an
invaluable tool for privacy, Orbot tunnels the traffic of selected
apps through Tor.
Termux. Termux is a terminal emulator for
Android, and offers an incredible amount of power. I use Termux to
securely transfer files between my smartphone and computer using SSH,
and my dotfiles are there, too.
UntrackMe transforms certain links, such as YouTube, Twitter, and
Instagram, to point at a FLOSS privacy respecting alternative. In the
case of Twitter, it changes the domain to a Nitter instance, for example.