6 Incredibly Useful Open Source Android Apps You Must Try
I have a soft spot for open source apps. Not because they are usually free and keep your privacy, but an open sources app seems like it has been custom created for my needs. As open source apps are developed by enthusiast developers who actually care about the cause of the app, these apps usually cater to all the needs of the users.
On my Android phone, I have multiple open source apps that make my daily tasks incredibly easy for free. If you are a fan of open source apps as well, then check out my favorite open source apps for Android.
A must have app for any phone user. OpenSignal greatly helps in making your wireless connections easier. You won’t be using it often, but it’s your best resort when network and WiFi signals quit on you. The app creates a wifi and network tower map for you to find areas with best signal strength. It can also show you the exact location of the network tower you are connected so you could get closer and improve signals.
My favorite messaging app, QKSMS is elegant, simple and comes with tons of unique features that make it better than any default android messaging app. It has a material design UI and supports over 200 free themes to make it look the way you like. I love its QK reply feature that lets you reply to a message without opening the QKSMS app or moving from your current app. Other features include the ability to delay messages, built-in custom search bar, night mode, group messaging, and much more.
Although I personally prefer Google Maps for all the navigation, but when it comes to offline maps MAPS.ME is the best offline maps app. It is powered by OpenStreetMap and lets you download maps even of a whole country and keep it with you forever. Apart from reliable offline maps support, it has step-by-step navigation, POI, save/share locations, real-time traffic data, and more. Not to mention it is very light on system resources.
Minimal Open Source Flashlight
There have been so many cases of flashlights apps being infected with malware, but this flashlight will ensure you get the best experience without worrying about any malware. It’s open source and only 39KB in size which ensures that is free of any malware or does anything other than turning on the flashlight. You just press the button in the app interface and the flashlight will turn on, it will stay on even if you turn off the phone’s screen. And the fact that it’s free and without ads, it’s probably one of the best flashlight apps.
CPU Info (open-source)
CPU Info offers tons of information about your phone’s hardware and software. You can actually see which of your phone’s CPU cores are running currently and at what frequency they are running. Although it’s useful in many ways, I personally use it for monitoring CPU and battery temperature. If I notice my phone is heating up more than usual then it helps me find out the problem. Twice it has helped me solve my Android phone heating issues.
Its battery status checking tool is also great for finding problems with the battery, which can be very useful if you notice your phone turning off for no reason.
Loop – Habit Tracker
Whether you want to make or break a habit or just need to keep track of your schedule, Loop has everything to offer. You just need to tell the app about your habit and the schedule you want to create to work the habit, and the app will handle the rest. It will notify you when you are supposed to work on your habit and it uses beautiful graphs to show your progress. There is an interesting scoring system as well, that scores your progress based on how you did overall.
The app itself is highly customizable and caters to all your needs. You can create flexible schedules, add notes, view full history, and much more.
So these were one of my favorite Android open source apps. OpenSignal is definitely my favorite of the bunch as I often face network issues while traveling, and it has never failed me. Which one of these open source apps for Android do you like? Share with us in the comments below.