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Open Source apps are quite transparent on their own and tend to offer a better service to the users when compared to other kinds of apps. Open Source apps help the freshly acclaimed developers to learn from the codes that are available on the internet. However, not only do the apps tend to help engineers and software developers to help sharpen their skills but also tend to provide great offerings to the users.
Hence, below are some of the best open-source apps available on the Play Store for free of cost, which can not only help you find an alternative to your default app and UI but also help you make your experience with Android much more effective and smooth.
1. Lawnchair 2
Lawnchair is one of the most popular launchers you can install and use in your daily driver without any complaints. It provides a clean UI for the app drawers, home screen, icons and the list goes on. It is based on Google’s Pixel ROM and it certainly provides the best Pixel experience a launcher can provide without actually having a Pixel device.
Beginning from customization of home screens, using widgets, customizing icons, featuring Google discover, etc, it packs a ton of offerings that might be better than the UI you are currently using. The best part is you won’t have to deal with Ads while using this launcher.
2. Amaze File Manager
This is an open-source file manager which allows you to keep track of your stored files and significantly manage them. With the UI being clean and smooth, the experience is just perfect for any Android user. Not only one can manage the files but also install and uninstall apps directly from the app itself. It uses the AES system for file encryption and decryption which ensures the security of files.
It also features a File Transfer Protocol(FTP) system which makes sharing files easy and faster with other devices over a wireless connection. Minor features like customizing icons, tabs system to navigate and so on, makes it a convenient app to use as a primary file manager.
Bitwarden is one of the most trusted password managers available on Playstore. It tends to synchronize all the passwords in your different devices quite exceptionally. In short, it provides a very secure domain to store all your passwords and usernames. Being a web-based app it is highly beneficial because by storing the passwords in your account, you can access them on multiple platforms without any issues.
It not only stores the passwords but also suggests strong passwords for you and by just tapping once, your passwords are stored with immense security. Hence, no need to recite or note down passwords and usernames from now, head on to install the app on Playstore.
It is a messaging app that can be a probable replacement for your default/current messaging app. Most of the time the messaging apps in our smartphones tend to cluster messages but by using this app you can avoid the hassle and manoeuvre through all the messages with ease. You can also customize the theme and set a delayed message that is to be sent after a while.
Backing up all the messages with one click is also available, all you have to do is create an account and log in. With clean UI, you can expect a smooth and fast experience while using the app and further manage all your important messages effortlessly.
5. Omni Notes
Omni Note is a great competitor to Google’s Keep Notes. This note-taking app uses a Material Design UI which just seems perfect for a memo. It also allows users to use the app as a reminder, all you have to do is click a picture or note down the task and set the reminder. Further, it will remind you of your task and in addition, it also features an option to create checklists to keep track of all your tasks and effectively manage your schedule.
Further, it also allows you to set passwords to access your notes making it more secure and you can also take backup of notes and memos to your Springpad account.
NetGuard is an open-source firewall application for your android device, that allows you to disable internet access to particular apps manually. Most of the apps use the internet in the background and which is questionable to the user’s security and over-usage of internet quota as well, by using this app you can disable certain apps to access the internet or wifi while you use other apps.
This app is surely for users who use a limited internet package, it can save you plenty of your internet package for sure. You can also set some special attributes to certain apps regarding the accessing of the internet in certain conditions, such as not to use mobile data when the screen is off or not to use wifi when roaming and many more.
7. Brave Browser
Brave Browser is probably the best browser one can get on the Playstore. Whether it is security, browsing speed or UI, every other aspect of this browser is perfect for any Android user. I have been using this browser for the past couple of years and surely it is getting better with all the updates. Customizing the UI and homepage according to your needs makes it even better for regular usage.
It is just like the Chrome browser as it is based on Chromium but a better and secure version of it. In addition, it rewards its users using the Brave Reward System through BAT, after users watch certain Ads featured by the browser itself. The Ad-blocker and advanced security system work quite perfect with all the insecure websites by instantly blocking them for you. The widget on the homepage makes it so much better with a clean UI it is just perfect.
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8. Open Camera
Open Camera can be termed as one of the so-called classic apps for clicking pictures and shooting clips. Despite being a lightweight app, it offers plenty of useful features to help you make your pictures and video clips look better. There is so much one can access by using this app if the smartphone has Camera2 API support such as HDR control, auto-stabilization, noise reduction, night mode, ISO control and so on.
When it comes to UI, I found it a bit complex, but one can get used to it with regular usage. Features like location tagging of photos and videos make it even better for tech geeks.
9. VLC Media Player
This video player is probably one of the oldest apps on the list. Being said, it is also one of the best video players one can find on the Play Store. It surely looks like an ordinary media player but it is not so ordinary, it can play almost all kinds of video formats on your smartphone. I have been using this video player from the time I bought my smartphone and it has always been a perfect video player.
Changing aspect ratios, screen size, support for several audio codecs, everything is just perfect for a hassle-free experience. With no Ads, it surpasses all the video players and it is certainly a “must-have” app.
What is the best open source file manager for Android?
Amaze File Manager is one of the best file manager apps available on Android.
What are the best apps to increase productivity?
Omni Notes, Net Guard and Bitwarden are some of the apps which can help you get through your day pretty effectively.
So, these were some of the best open source apps for your Android smartphone that you can use without any hesitations. These apps will surely help you make your experience better with your smartphone. Hence, if you liked this post then, share it with those friends who might be looking for some good open-source apps for their android device.