Open source is a term that describes practices in software development that promote access to the source materials of the software. It is sometimes even considered as a philosophy.

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Where can I find open source Android apps?

I'm not an open source zealot, but I generally prefer to use open source applications over proprietary ones if they stack up. Are there any directory sites with reviews, ect that specialize on open ...
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SSH (and SFTP) server on Android discoverable through avahi/bonjour

I would like for my Android device (a Samsung Galaxy) to be discoverable through avahi/bonjour when it is connected to a WiFi network, and then to be able to access its filesystem via SSH (SFTP). For ...
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Open Source Email Application

Does anyone here know of an open source email application for Android? Thanks in advance
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Open source flashlight app? [closed]

On my new phone, for security reasons I decided to stick to Open Source apps as much as possible. Is there an Open Source flashlight app? The most popular flashlight apps (1,2) are asking for crazy ...
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Is there an Android phone without proprietary code?

I want to buy an Android phone. However, with everything that is happenning in the IT world today (all the backdoors, "Carrier IQ" stuff and so on), I am more and more convinced I want a trully open ...
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How can I build the TextSecure app from source code?

Unless I’m mistaken, the TextSecure app (which provides encrypted text messaging—both over the wire and on disk) was pulled from the market a while back, leaving no way to install the app is readily ...
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Open source tasks app that syncs automatically with Google Tasks? [closed]

Now that there is an API for Google Tasks (tasks in Calendar), do you know a tasks app with the following features? Automatic sync with Google Tasks Open Source Works offline too. Minimalist (same ...
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Signing Firmware

I have successfully created my own custom firmware and loaded it onto a phone. But I was wondering why I didn't need to sign the firmware before loading it, or was it signed with a debug key similar ...
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Motorola DroidX eCryptfs related Sources?

I see over in this question that the Motorola DroidX uses eCryptfs to do its data encryption. I'm trying to find the source code of the mount.ecryptfs that version of Android uses (as I am one of the ...
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Open source driver availability for main Android GPUs?

What are the current GPUs with fully open-sourced drivers on Android? There's been issues recently with Qualcomm's GPU in the new Nexus 7, which makes me wonder how strict are the rules for ...
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Android versions without DRM?

Since smartphones have become "the thing", it has somehow been decided that locking your phone to a particular primary e-mail address and having DRM is "okay". Android, despite being open-source, is ...
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Is the SHIELD an Android device with a fully open source software?

NVIDIA announced the Open Source Resources for the Tegra SHIELD device. Does this mean the SHIELD is a device with fully open-source software? How does it compare to another device, for example, the ...
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Nexus 7 with AOSP, what is missing from stock?

I would like to install AOSP version of Android OS on the Nexus 7. However, I am wondering what would I miss by doing so. I know that by compiling the AOSP android-4.2.2_r1, I should get Android ...
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How would you turn a tablet into a keyboard + easy-to-reach touchscreen (mirror the desktop) (not a touchpad) for a desktop PC?

How would you turn a tablet into a keyboard + easy-to-reach touchscreen (mirror the desktop) (not a touchpad) for a desktop PC? Numerous remote touchpads on Android I asked a question on ...
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Open Source “My QR code” app to quickly share my contact details?

Especially in Japan/Korea, there are many proprietary apps to quickly share your name+email+phone. Example here. They all work the same way: At first use, enter your name, email, phone: It generates ...
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How does OMS (Open Mobile System) relate to Android?

So I've just read about "OMS" and a bit of googling suggests it's a fork of Android prevalent in China: http://www.engadget.com/2010/02/02/china-mobiles-ophone-platform-goes-2-0-supports-winmo-api-w/ ...
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Free (libre) SSHD for Android?

How can I install a sshd server (with scp support) on Android without relying on Google Play Store for my safety? Rooting the device or compiling the application is not a problem, but so far I'm ...
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open-gpstracker: Export all tracks or access the SQLite database

I am using open-gpstracker to track routes. After quite some time I have collected a large number of tracks that I like to export as GPX files. The application allows to do that, however, there is no ...
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Black screen after Flashed ROM build from AOSP source

I everyone. I have compiled Android 4.3.1 for my device (Samsung Galaxy TAB 2 7.0). After flashed the compiled zip file my tablet stuck on samsung logo. After analyzed the Logcat i have noticed this ...
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How android ROMS based on TouchWiz work if TouchWiz source code is not available as opensource?

Source code of samsung-touchwiz is not available to public to download and use. But there are custom roms which have touchwiz UI available .How do touch-wiz based roms like Salman rom work without ...
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How to debug the “data” restore procedure (from a backup) in CWM-based recovery?

I'm using the ClockworkMod-based recovery.img for Galaxy S (GT-I9000) from http://redmine.replicant.us/projects/replicant/wiki/ReplicantImages (the last one, from 2013-04-06), on two such devices. ...