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Signal finally updates public server code after months of silence

Signal Private Messenger has been a popular messaging platform for years, thanks to its focus on privacy and end-to-end encryption. The project has released the source code for every component of Signal, including the back-end server and client applications, but the public code for the server software was left outdated for months until just today. Signal...

Aurora Store, an open source Play Store alternative, gets a major facelift in version 4

The Aurora Store, an unofficial Google Play Store client used by many custom ROM users, is getting a major update. This new update has been in development for a while now and brings a revamped UI, easier app discovery, new themes, and much more. We already got a sneak peek of the fresh design through...

Here’s a sneak peek at Aurora Store v4, a big update to the open source Play Store client

The Aurora Store is a popular open-source client of the Google Play Store, allowing users to search, download, and update Android apps and games on any device running Android 5.0 and above. The app's main highlight is that it doesn’t require GApps, MicroG, or Google service of any kind. Originally a fork of the Yalp...

OAndBackupX is a fork of the popular open source backup app for Android

Here at XDA, we are all huge fans of custom ROMs, themes, and all other sorts of modifications. Some of us switch between different custom ROMs fairly regularly, and thus need to use app data backup solutions such as Migrate or the almighty Titanium Backup. If the closed source nature of these solutions is a...

Google and The Linux Foundation want to help open source projects manage their trademarks

Google and The Linux Foundation have been two major players in the open-source software community. Now, the two are independently committing to help open source projects manage their trademarks effectively and judiciously. Google has announced a new foundation called Open Usage Commons along with academicians and industry partners, while The Linux Foundation has reiterated its...

At least 3 Chromium-based browsers may enable extensions support thanks to Kiwi Browser

One of the advantages of open source software is the ability to allow forks of the main projects to exist. These forks can then take a different form to gain different features. If things go right, these changes and bug fixes can also make their way back upstream to the original project and then passed...

COVID-19 Contact Tracing apps: India’s Aarogya Setu goes open source, while Switzerland and Italy test Google/Apple’s Exposure Notification API

The novel coronavirus, also known as SARS-CoV-2, has wreaked havoc across the world. A few nations have managed to control the spread of the virus, but many others have struggled and are still trying their best to contain it. One of the strategies being tested for its containment is contact tracing, ie. tracing all the...

[Update: Unity Plugin] Google open sources Cardboard so developers can build educative VR experiences in their apps

Last month, Google announced a handful of new products at the annual "Made by Google" event. However, one product was quietly discontinued: Daydream VR. The VR platform was not mentioned on the Pixel 4's specification sheet and Google later confirmed the absence. Today, the company is making moves in VR to open source the once-popular...

The ProtonMail Android app goes open source

ProtonMail is an email service that's known for being privacy-conscious, which makes it popular among users who seek more secure alternatives to Gmail. Thanks to the success of its email service, Proton has since branched out into different verticals, including encrypted contacts, a VPN service, and, most recently, an end-to-end encrypted calendar called ProtonCalendar. In...

Kiwi Browser goes open source, allowing other Chromium-based browsers to add Extensions

The open-source Chromium project, based on the Blink engine, serves as the basis for dozens of web browsers. There's the most popular, Google Chrome, along with others like Microsoft Edge, Vivaldi, Brave, and more. Most Chromium-based web browsers offer a handful of additional features not found in Google Chrome, but there are some that radically...

OpenMTP is an open source alternative to Android File Transfer for macOS

Transferring files between Android and Windows is pretty straightforward. But for Mac owners, it’s a bit of a different story. Unlike Windows, Mac doesn’t let you access the file system of your Android phone when you connect it over USB. Google’s own Android File Transfer tool does let you browse and transfer files off your...

Android 10 source code is being uploaded to AOSP

Earlier today, Google released stable Android 10 to the Google Pixel family. Before it was called "Android 10," we've been testing Android Q in developer builds for several months. This update brings big features like a system-wide dark mode, full gesture navigation, revamped permissions, and more. Google is now in the process of uploading the...