My Android Apps List

Incomplete & will require additions.

- Introduction -

- Gallery -
Simple Gallery Pro

- Video -
MPV for Android

- Music -
AIMP

- Camera -
Snap
OpenCamera
GCam Go

- Notepad -
Simple Notes Pro
PotatoNotes / Leaflet

- Document reader -
Librera

- Drawing -
Simple Draw Pro

- Calculator -
The default prebuilt calculator
OnePlus Calculator

- Calendar -
Simple Calendar Pro
Etar

- Clock -
The default prebuilt clock
Simple Clock

- Keyboard -
The default prebuilt keyboard
Simple Keyboard

- Launcher -
Nova Launcher

- File Manager -
The default prebuilt file manager

- Root managers -
- Magisk -
- Shizuku -

- SD Maid -

- Firewall -
AFWall+

- Hosts manager -
AdAway

- App Ops / Permission Manager -
Rikka AppOps
AppOpsX

- Kernel Manager -
SmartPack

- Backup app -
OAndBackupX

- App Manager -
MyAndroidTools

- YouTube client / downloader -
Newpipe

- App Store -
F-Droid
Aurora Store

- Other apps I can't categorize here -
PPSSPP
Split APK Installer

- What I don't use & will never use -
Kernel "optimizers" / "tweakers"
Patcher apps
Cloud storage
DRM media streamers / screamers

- Apps that I'm still conflicted about -
Browsers


Introduction

This article is to list out the Android apps that I use. It's just as nutshelled as the ROM list, since it uses the same format.

All apps I've mentioned here will run without internet and/or Goolag Play dis-services, unless mentioned otherwise.

For the past archive, here's the link.

No dishonorable mentions, as Simple Gallery is basically the only gallery app worth installing & using.

Simple Gallery (Pro)

Simple, open source & straightforward gallery app. Can exclude folders, hiding its media from curious eyes (but not the file manager and/or any other gallery apps you may have installed). Lacks subtitle support for videos though, so I end up pairing this with another video app.

As this is one of the Simple Mobile Tools apps, it features customizable themes which extends to the app icon (the app icon customization is for Pro variants) & is written in Kotlin. Unfortunately, they're hosted in GitHub.

Links:

Video

Dishonorable mentions :

MPV Android

A port of MPV, for Android. While its file browser interface leaves much to be desired (I use Simple Gallery to browse the gallery anyway, so that point is moot), it has the subtitle support Simple Gallery lacks.

Links:

Music

Theoretically, I could combine Music & Video if I were using VLC. However, I'm not a fan of such approach.

Dishonorable mentions :

AIMP

Short for (maybe?) Artem Izmaylov Music Player, or as I've enjoyed calling it, Artyom Is Music Player, this is the best music player on Android IMO. It has enough great features for me to rely on it, including theme customizations & manual playlist creation. Unfortunately, it is closed source.

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Camera

No dishonorable mentions (Except for AOSP Camera2), since I don't use my cameras that much to the point of needing GCam in my daily life. Well, I'm stuck with GCam Go on my X3P, but I don't generally go out of my way to download GCam.

Snap

The inbuilt camera app for LineageOS & some other ROMs, mainly Lineage-based ones.

No links can be provided, as it's prebuilt.

OpenCamera

An alternative camera app in case I don't like a prebuilt camera (AOSP Camera2 immediately comes to mind). Interestingly enough, this is made & hosted at SourceForge.

A fork of OpenCamera is prebuilt in /e/.

Links:

GCam Go

A lite GCam that could be inbuilt in some ROMs. Currently using it on the X3P just because it's the prebuilt camera for most (if not all) of its custom ROMs (including Arrow). I personally dislike its lack of interface customizations & the fact that none of the GCam ports are open source.

I won't provide links for GCam mods (except for GCam Go by Greatness as I have decent luck with it & it doesn't have any Play Services dependency). GCam requires Play Services (or at least Gcam Services Provider) to start working, & there is too much versions for GCam mods that finding the one that works the best for you can be a frustating challenge (maybe try OpenCamera, it might not be the best but at least there's only one variant available).

Links to proven variants by Greatness:

Note : Don't install another GCam port if you have one installed.

Notepad

No dishonorable mentions for now.

Simple Notes (Pro)

Simple fire & forget notes app with Simple Mobile Tools' theme customizations, nothing more. Can open up to 1MB files.

Links:

PotatoNotes / Leaflet

The official POSP note app, written in Flutter. Features online note syncing if that matters to you (uses internet).

Links:

Document reader

Librera Reader (Pro)

A feature-rich document reader that supports various formats, including PDF.

Links:

Drawing

Simple Draw (Pro)

Simple Mobile Tools' drawing app. Simple & straightforward, though you may want to use some sort of stylus.

Links:

Calculator

Honorable mentions :

The default prebuilt calculator

Actually, the prebuilt calculator on every ROM is usable enough, save for the lack of theme customizations (depending on what's inbuilt).

No links can be provided, as they're a prebuilt system app.

OnePlus Calculator

A calculator app made by OnePlus. As an OEM-made app, it's interestingly nice that it works without Goolag dis-services. Otherwise, it's just like the default prebuilt calculator, complete with its lack of theme modifications.

For the record, I used the 2/9/2020 build, & also blocked internet access for it, just in case.

Links:

Calendar

Dishonorable mentions :

Simple Calendar Pro

Simple Mobile Tools' calendar app.

Links:

Etar

A calendar app prebuilt in some custom ROMs, such as crDroid. In a nutshell, it's AOSP calendar without Goolag sign-in demand on opening, & after getting used to how it looks, I'd say that it isn't as bad as I thought it would be. However, one ugly side of this calendar is that it's not available on GitHub releases - F-Droid & Play Store only.

Compared to Simple Calendar, Etar is unable to set events without a calendar account.

Links:

Clock

The default prebuilt clock

The prebuilt clock app is usable enough, ignoring the lack of theme customizations. On Pie, it looks like shit, with its all blue theme (it's not as bad in A10 & A11, but still, it doesn't have theme customizations).

No links can be provided, as they're prebuilt in every ROMs.

Simple Clock

Simple Mobile Tools' clock app. This is my clock app of choice when I don't like a prebuilt clock app's theme. If you're using it as an alarm, it'll quiet down after some time.

Links:

Keyboard

I prefer to disable any kind of swipe typing, autocorrect, autocapitalization, word suggestions, & all other BS cruft (including sound) built into a keyboard app. Vibration stays enabled as I ended up getting a bit too used to it after trying it out.

Dishonorable mentions :

Honorable mentions :

The default prebuilt keyboard

The prebuilt AOSP keyboard is fine enough, though it sucks in terms of customizability.

Some ROMs inbuilt GBoard, & while it's better than AOSP keyboard (more themes, adjustable length), it also comes with Go-ogle telemetry, & swipe typing is enabled by default. As a result, I tend to block this app from ever connecting to the internet.

No links can be provided for AOSP keyboard, as they're prebuilt in most ROMs. As for GBoard, I won't be linking any download links.

Simple Keyboard

Similar to OpenBoard, it's basically AOSP keyboard with more customizations. However, it's lighter than the former & packs in less offensive cruft than both OpenBoard & AOSP keyboard (no spellcheck, swipe typing, word prediction bar, emoji BS). Thanks to these factors, it's now my prebuilt keyboard replacement of choice.

Simple Keyboard is not a part of SimpleMobileTools' app suite, despite the name.

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Launcher

No dishonorable mentions for now, aside from Nova requiring Prime unlocker for full features & Lawnchair denying icon pack installation when a "piracy tool" is installed.

Nova Launcher (Prime, 6.2.19)

The best launcher for me, with lots of customizations. It's unfortunately closed source, but that's what you get with permissive (read : cuck) licenses like Apache License - you may fork an open-source software & close-source it. Also, it has some sort of telemetry that can be disabled in Nova Settings > Advanced > Error & usage reporting (and/or disable internet access for Nova Launcher).

To get the Prime unlocker, you might want to collaborate with someone with a Goolag account & extract the APK from their PDA. Just keep in mind that the Prime unlocker will try to check for purchase license in GApps-infested ROMs.

As for the Nova Launcher itself, I'll link the version I'm currently using to APKMirror.

File Manager

The default prebuilt file manager

Prebuilt & available in the ROM from the get go. Enough for regular uses, but couldn't read anything else outside /storage (SD Maid handles everything else outside /storage). As of A11, the default file manager is unable to write to /Android/obb.

No links can be provided, as they're prebuilt in every ROMs.

Root managers

This covers root solutions & root managing apps.

Magisk

The de-facto root solution, with the added ability to hide root from apps.

Flaws I want to mention :

Maximum compatible Magisk version for each Android version:

Links:

Shizuku

Can run without root (uses ADB instead). Allows apps to directly access system APIs.

Since it works with root, it's in the root manager section.

Advantages compared to Magisk:

Flaws:

Links:

SD Maid

SD Maid is a category upon itself due to the things it do.

On first run, will search & ask for root permission before requesting storage & usage access.

List of root-dependent features I'm using :

Links:

Firewall

Replacement UI for the missing per-app data management, which also works on system apps.

AFWall+

The only viable root firewall around. Requires root access as it uses iptables.

Pie users top out at AFWall+ 3.1.0, while A10 users tops out at 3.4.0 (3.5.x not tested on A10); & A11 users currently top out at 3.5.2.

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Hosts Manager

In a more familiar term, it's called ad-blocker.

AdAway

Root access required as it alters the hosts file. Internet access is needed to update hosts file.

Starting with 5.1.0, AdAway can also function as a VPN-based hosts manager for non-rooted PDAs. Hosts viewer is now at Preferences > Root based ad blocker > Open hosts file. AdAway can also check for app updates in addition to hosts updates, both could be disabled in Preferences > Automatic updates.

Also, starting with 5.1.0, AdAway has a setup wizard that persists until a protocol (root / VPN) is given. After the protocol is defined, it will attempt to apply the default hosts. At this point, the wizard no longer persists & you can access the main UI after closing & re-opening AdAway.

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App Ops

Starting with A10, the AppOps feature is replaced with AOSP's new Permission Manager. These App Ops apps generally requires root access, & can be considered a replacement for the missing AppOps feature. In A11, some apps now take AppOps into account, making AppOps apps usage not as practical as it used to be.

Rikka AppOps

On first run, it will launch a setup tool to determine which enhanced privilege it will use (root / Shizuku / ADB). From 4.0.0 & onwards however, it uses Shizuku.

Has ads that can't be turned off without buying the "Pro" version, though it could be mitigated if AppOps doesn't have internet access.

Permission tuning : Allow; Allow in Foregorund; Deny.

Links:

AppOpsX

Root access immediately requested on first run. Permission tuning is limited to Allow / Deny, but unlike Rikka's AppOps, you can sort apps based on their allowed permissions. Unfortunately, it is no longer in development, with no new builds since 2018.

Kernel Manager

Requires root access (and probably BusyBox too if necessary).

Dishonorable mentions :

SmartPack

The sane choice for kernel managers. Fork of the now-discontinued Kernel Adiutor. I no longer used this for some time as I no longer find any purpose in doing so.

Advantages compared to common kernel managers such as Franco (FKM) & EX:

Flaws that I see & could be removed if you fork and/or self-compile SmartPack:

Links:

No Gravity App

The recommended kernel manager for No Gravity Kernel. Not included with the kernel, so it has to be installed separately, if required.

Advantages compared to common kernel managers such as Franco (FKM) & EX:

Flaws :

Links:

Backup App

Apps that backup your app data. Requires root access.

Mentions :

OAndBackupX

A fork of the open-source OAndBackup, aimed at bringing it to the standards of current era. After trying out release 7.0.0, I can conclude that it's currently shaping up to be my backup tool of choice, even if it has some imperfections.

Links:

App Manager

Requires root access.

MyAndroidTools

My personal app manager of choice. While it's unfortunate that it's closed source & telemetry is opt-out, it just works. Internet access for this app can be blocked.

Links:

YouTube client / downloader

Requires internet access.

Dishonorable mentions :

Newpipe

An open source YouTube front-end that used to be decent, and still has some advantages compared to both official YouTube & YouTube Vanced, such as support for some platforms like Peertube & ability to download videos. However, starting with 0.20.x, it has gone too far to be an alternative to anything.

Advantages compared to other YouTube clients (such as Goolag's official YouTube client & YouTube Vanced):

Flaws I can see:

All Newpipe links (other than the issues) removed, I can't recommend this app as a YouTube client alternative anymore. Besides, even if I could recommend Newpipe again, I still wouldn't since it's still relying on the big G.

App Store

These require internet access to work.

Dishonorable mentions :

F-Droid

F-Droid is a catalog of open-source Android apps.

Advantages compared to the common app stores :

Flaws I can see :

Links :

Aurora Store

Aurora Store isn't exactly an app store, it's more of a Play Store frontend, similar to what Newpipe is to YouTube.

Advantages compared to directly using Play Store:

Flaws I can see :

Links for Aurora Store removed. I refuse to recommend Play Store & their alternative frontends - even if the frontends are better, they are still dependent on Google.

Other apps I can't categorize here

PPSSPP

The only PSP emulator anyone should use. Currently, it's my only console emulator, since the alternative (RetroArch) has an internet dependency - you cannot download its emulator modules (cores) from anywhere else but the app (not even the website).

Links:

Split APK Installer

An useful asset for installing split APKs, which has became more common in the Play Store, no thanks to some app soydevs making it popular (and Goolag forcing all new PlayStore apps to use this accursed format).

Links:

What I don't use & will never use

Kernel "optimizers" / "tweakers"

The likes of FDE.AI, LSpeed, NFS Injector, MAGNETAR, & LKT. In short - questionable benefits (I dunno, 3 more FPS in the "latest" excessively bloated game you're playing that you won't normally detect?) with loads of issues (random reboots, stuff randomly turning off, unfixable Redmi K20 "Pro" bricking after FDE.AI is installed, etc.).

KTweak is better in every regards compared to the crapshoots above (there's an actual thought for the tweaks, for example), but I can't justify installing this when I don't have any need for kernel optimizers / tweakers.

Patcher apps

The likes of Lucky Patcher & Uret Patcher. Here's a short list explaining why I don't bother with them (at least for personal uses).

Cloud Storage

Why should I bother relying on a storage controlled by someone else & can only be accessed via internet, when I have microSD & USB drive (maybe add in an external hard drive as well) ready to be drawn out at all times?

DRM media streamers (or screamers according to RMS)

The likes of Netflix & Spotify. Just as I don't want to rely on internet-only storage, I would also like my media to run on whatever app I want to, not just an online-only, DRM-laden, snowflake dis-service.

Also, keep in mind the "DRM" word here refers to Digital Rights / Restriction Management, not Direct Rendering Manager.

Apps that I'm still conflicted about

Browsers

Let's be frank here; all browsers in Android suck.

Dishonorable mentions (don't use these, seriously) :

Mentions for the ones not yet used :

Honorable mentions (probably fine to use, but still not perfect) :

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