Open source apps have the advantage that everything they do and stop doing is visible, that other people can easily join the development or find bugs, or sometimes it is simply a matter of principle. Whatever your reason, we have selected the 15 best open source Android apps of the moment.
Open source applications are everywhere and it is that several of the applications in the download tops of the stores are. In our list we include both well-known names like other not so popular open source apps.
Google Play has applications of all kinds: paid, free, open source and closed. F-Droid on the contrary is an app store that only includes open source apps and what’s more, the store itself is also open source.
F-Droid allows you add different repositories as a source for applications and has similar functions to Google Play. The source code for the F-Droid application – and the web, and basically everything – is available on GitHub.
- Developer: F-Droid
- Download it at: F-Droid
- Price: Free
- Category: Utilities
Like F-Droid, Aurora Store is an alternative app store to Google Play. The difference is that Aurora Store take the data from Google PlaySo the same apps that are in the Google store are there.
That allows you download apps from Google servers and that Google Play does not allow you to download for various reasons, such as that your mobile is not compatible or that it has not been launched in your country. The source code is available here.
Firefox is a Web navigator that needs no introduction. Its version for Android mobiles has been available for many years, although it has undergone numerous renovations to become one of the most solid alternatives to Google Chrome.
Like the rest of Mozilla applications, or Firefox on other platforms, the Firefox browser for Android is open source. You can check and download it from GitHub.
Firefox – fast, private and secure web browser
In the world of open maps, OpenStreetMap is without a doubt the most popular. OsmAnd is an open source mapping application that is based on OpenStreetMaps maps and, therefore, one of the few alternatives to Google Maps that works without Google services.
You will find all the functions expected in a map app, such as routes, offline mode, search for places, public transport, speed limit … Its source code is available on GitHub.
OsmAnd – Offline Maps and Navigation
- Developer: OsmAnd
- Download it at: Google play
- Price: Free
- Category: Tours and guides
Phonograph is one of the best mobile music players that we have on Android. It’s free, works really well, and has a very careful design and updated, with colors that change according to the cover of the song you are listening to.
In addition to all the basics expected of a music player today, Phonograph integrates with Last.fm and allows you to customize the color of the interface to your liking. Phonograph is available on Google Play, but it is an open source project whose source code you will find on GitHub.
Phonograph Music Player
From one of the best music players we went to one of the best video players: the legendary VLC with its icon of the traffic cone. It is a player that dares with all kinds of formats, with Chromecast support included.
With VLC you have everything that is expected of a video player and some extra functions that are not so common. Supports videos with multiple audio tracks and subtitles, reproduction from the net and its source code is available here.
VLC for Android
Amaze File Manager
Amaze File Manager is an application of file management open source and that you can download directly from Google Play. It is still a beta, although it works quite well and has almost a 4 mark at the moment.
As a file manager, Amaze is a simple alternative, which means that you will not find an extensive list of tools as in other apps. In return, it is lightweight, supports themes and serves as a root explorer, if you have root. Its source code is available on GitHub.
Amaze File Manager
The easiest way to describe OpenBoard is to say that it is something like Gboard but without Google. It is an excellent keyboard app that does not depend on Google or share any data with Google.
OpenBoard looks very similar to Gboard and while it lacks some advanced features from Google’s keyboard, it does have support for themes, emoji picker and spell checker. Its source code is on GitHub.
- Developer: dslul
- Download it at: Google play
- Price: Free
- Category: Tools
Lawnchair is one of the most famous launchers of the inspired by the one that Google includes in its Pixel phones. It’s based on the AOSP launcher, but with a ton of extra features on top and more customization options.
With Lawnchair you have a launcher that looks like the Pixel experience, widget included, with categories in the app drawer, dark mode, integration with Discover by Google and much more. Its source code is on GitHub.
Kodi is a system with which you can “build your own Netflix” in your image and likeness. It has an application for a multitude of platforms, including Android. In itself it has nothing, it’s just the platform, so it is you who must provide the content.
Kodi is open source and you can find its source code on GitHub. It is, without a doubt, one of the best and more customizable multimedia centers. One of its strengths is the ability to install add-ons to increase the potential of Kodi.
Signal is a messaging application that has been betting on communication security, but that took special traction this year after the changes in WhatsApp policy.
The protocol of end-to-end encryption Signal is open source – it is used, for example, by WhatsApp – but the application is also open source. This is another guarantee for those seeking extreme security, as they can see exactly what the app does and does not do. The source code is on GitHub.
Signal – Private Messaging
Speaking of messaging applications, another widely known application that is committed to open source development is Telegram. At this point, little can be said that is not known about Telegram: it is an alternative to WhatsApp with many extra features and cloud-based.
The source code for the Telegram Android client is available on GitHub. In it you will find the enormous number of functions of the app such as voice chats, voice calls or the multi-device support, to name a few of them.
NewPipe has gained some popularity as one of the best applications to view and download YouTube videos, which is to say, there are countless of them. It is something like a unofficial thin client from YouTube.
Best of all, you don’t need Google services and you don’t need to log in. With it you can, among other things, play YouTube videos with screen off. Its source code is available on GitHub.
Open Camera is one of the best third party camera apps that you will find on Google Play. As the name suggests, it is an open source app, so that you can consult and download its source code at SourceForge.
The interface is not the prettiest we have seen, but it has manual controls (if your phone supports Camera2 API), HDR, software image stabilization, noise reduction, night mode and histogram, to name a few of its functions.
Our latest recommendation in the world of open source applications for Android is Open Radio, an app for listen to radios from all over the world.
It has a database with a multitude of stations in all countries. You can add your stations to favorites for faster access and it is totally free and no ads (except those that broadcast on the radio). Its source code is on BitBucket.