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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...

Google open sources I/O 2019 app and Live Transcribe’s speech engine

Google as a software company is constantly working on new apps as a means to achieve certain goals. Most of these apps are closed-source in nature, meaning that you cannot really take a look under the hood to see how those goals are achieved. But every now and then, Google also lets interested users do...

Microsoft’s open source Windows 10 calculator gets ported to Android and iOS

This may come out as surprising, but Microsoft is one of the biggest players in the open-source community. You can take a look at their GitHub account to get an idea of how much they contribute. Just a couple of weeks ago, they open-sourced yet another one of their applications: the Windows 10 Calculator. The...

Sony’s Open Devices program now supports the Xperia XZ2 and XZ3

Sony Mobile may not be making as much as other OEMs like Samsung, but they have worked with the open source community quite a bit. In the Android community, we have seen this in a number of ways with the company's Open Devices program being one of their popular contributions. Sony ends up adding a...

Shelter is an open source sandboxing app to isolate apps from your data

Big data is a big business right now and this can come in the form of just about any type of information that someone can get their hands on. Whether it's a business tracking your location for monetization or a malicious application abusing various permissions to gain access to as much of your data as...

[Update: Fixed] NewPipe and other unofficial YouTube apps are broken, but devs are working on fixes

The official YouTube app for Android gets the job done for the majority of users. For everyone else, there are several unofficial alternatives. These apps are for people who hate waiting for features like a Dark Mode. While unofficial apps can be great, they are at the mercy of YouTube. One change and the app...

Nova is an open-source video player for phones, tablets, and Android TV

Finding the perfect media player on the platform you like to enjoy watching or listening to content on can be a pain in the butt. I remember this being such a hassle on the desktop PC until VLC came around, and now most of the people in the know either use it or MPC-HC. Then people...

FairEmail is an open source, privacy-friendly email app

As they say, Big Data is Big Money, and it's hard to get around online these days. There are even toggles in the operating system themselves that let you disable location services but will continue storing your location data on their servers. Thankfully, Android is open source and many have gone for the pure AOSP...

Google appoints Jeff Bailey as new head of AOSP

Android P was officially given a version number and tasty nickname this week. To go along with the big announcement of Android 9 Pie, Google pushed the source code to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). That wasn't the only new thing in AOSP this week. Google also named Jeff Bailey as the new lead...