This Week In F-Droid 23, Week 39, 2018
In this edition: Buildserver successfully upgraded to Stretch, SET Anti-Feature fixed, new F-Droid sweatshirts, and F-Droid 1.4 marked stable. There are 3 new apps and 66 updates, including Music Player GO, FOSS Browser, StreetComplete, and Bimba.
F-Droid is a repository of verified free and open source Android apps, a client to access it, as well as a whole “app store kit”, providing all the tools needed to set up and run an app store. It is a community-run free software project developed by a wide range of contributors. This is their story this past week.
Stretch upgrade successful
The buildserver guest was upgraded to Debian Stretch, and has published its first index update!
SET Anti-Feature fixed
New F-Droid sweatshirts coming
Hellotux, whom you may remember from TWIF 15, is bringing new F-Droid sweatshirts on-line. These should be available soon, in addition to the T-shirts and polo shirts already for sale. Remember that F-Droid gets €3 for every shirt sold!
- MatLog Libre: Material Design logcat reader based on CatLog
- BatteryFu: Battery saving
- EtchDroid: An application that helps you write images to USB drives, no root required
In total, 66 apps were updated this week. Here are the highlights:
ICSdroid fetches remote iCalendar files (like your school/university time tables, or events of your favourite sports team) and synchronizes them into local, read-only Android calendars. No other data is transferred; there are no accounts and no logins. This update to 1.6 brings better support for large calendars, and various minor improvements.
Nextcloud 3.3.0 adds support for Trashbin, device credentials, media streaming, and has new media detection for AutoUpload, improved TalkBack screenreader support, offline/maintenance info, and many more improvements and bug fixes.
Waistline, the calorie counter and weight tracker, was updated from 2.2.3 to 2.3.3, adding the ability to enter your own Open Food Facts credentials, a setting to change the app’s home screen, support for the fibre nutriment, saturated fat and fibre goals, under-the-hood changes to improve performance and ease maintenance, and several bug fixes centering around date problems.
Major FOSS Browser released 6.0. FOSS Browser is a simple browser based on Android’s builtin WebView. This release has new translations for Taiwan Traditional Chinese, Italian, Portuguese, and the Polish translation was updated. Besides that there are many more fixes and improvements.
RasPi Check was updated from 1.8.0 to 1.8.11, after 2 years of not updating in F-Droid. RasPi Check shows you the current system status of a running Raspberry Pi computer. The minimum version of Android needed to run this is now 5.0 (up from 2.3). Given that this update spans two years, there are numerous changes which are hard to summarize. You can check the changelog for details.
Featured Major StreetComplete had a major update to 8.0! It comes with a huge redesign to the quest forms and the dialogs, bringing it more in line with Google’s “material design 2.0”. Downloading quests has been made more seamless, allowing for easier editing. Other improvements include a new “Railway crossing” quest, and several improvements to existing quests. Performance problems when downloading quests were addressed (especially when downloading house numbers and building types), and you’ll find several other UX enhancements, as well as the usual bug fixes.
Major Bimba comes out of beta testing with its 2.0 release. Bimba is the first Free Software Poznań Wandering Guide (public transport app). New in version 2.0:
- official timetable from ZTM
- VM can be used without offline timetable
- offline timetable uses exact dates
- VM is quicker and is more reliable
- favourites rewritten from scratch
- app is movable to external storage
- new colours—grey and green—fitting new Poznań style
- multiple bug fixes
Shelter runs “Big Brother” apps inside an isolated profile. Version 1.2 brings optimizations and fixes to the initialization process, so more devices should be able to use Shelter. In-app sharing is now allowed to cross the profile boundary, security of cross-profile interactions has been improved, and the new feature “File Shuttle” was added as well.
F-Droid F-Droid 1.4 has been out for about two weeks, but we’ve now marked it as the current stable version, meaning it will appear on the upgrade list, or if you have the privileged extension installed, do the upgrade fully automatic. New in 1.4:
- huge overhaul of the “Versions” list in the App Details screen, and many other UI improvements, thanks to new contributor @wsdfhjxc
- fix keyboard/d-pad navigation in many places, thanks to new contributor @doeffinger
- show “Open” button when media is installed and viewable
- add Share button to “Installed Apps” to export CSV list
- add clickable list of APKs to the swap HTML index page
- retry index downloads from mirrors
- fix “Send F-Droid via Bluetooth” on recent Android versions
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