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Questions tagged [open-source]

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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rooted device: how to run SSH server persistent even on reboot

I (linux user but not an expert) just moved from iOS to android, my device is rooted (Samsung s9) and I want a ssh server running all the time on my android device (I prefer openssh over dropbear) ...
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Can developers build applications for unsupported Android versions?

My smartphone still works as a mobile phone. I would like to exploit it at its full potential but many applications don't support its "old" operating system Gingerbread 2.3.6. I do not want to buy a ...
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Is There A Mobile Hotspot App With A Firewall to Block Incoming Connections?

I've been using the Android mobile hotspot to get an Internet connection while traveling. The stock hotspot is fine for my laptop which is firewalled, but there are a few devices (smart TV, game ...
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Google's Huawei ban, how will this hit Huawei, since Andorid is open source?

So, with the latest news of Google blocking Huawei from Android updates, what does this actually mean? Since Android is open source (via AOSP), Huawei should be perfectly able to continue using ...
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What parts of a stock Android ROM are proprietary software? [duplicate]

Since there are a lot of projects for modified OSs based on Android, I was wondering: which sections of a stock Android ROM are proprietary software ("binary blobs")? How functioning is a stock ...
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how to find out secret service codes for android

I have a Spice Dream Uno (Android One) and none of the secret service codes I found on the internet (like ##197328640## and ##7378423##) work on it. Do I have to root my phone in order for these to ...
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How to unhide my review that had been hidden by app developer?

I noticed that one app that is licensed under GPLv3, while the app developer had not been publishing code updates on github for several years already. I decided to write a review on Google Play and ...
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Syncing with (local) desktop taskwarrior server on Ubuntu 16.04 on Windows 10

After installing the Taskwarrior and Taskwarrior server on Ubuntu 16.04 on Windows 10 and successfully synchronizing Taskwarrior with the Taskwarrior server on that laptop, I am trying to synchronize ...
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Why the F-Droid repository doesn't show latest version of Firefox to download?

The latest version of Firefox available for download is v50.0 but on Play Store v52.0 is available.. Why F-droid doesn't show latest version? Firefox (Browse the web) - https://f-droid.org/app/org....
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How can I change the default camera app (on lockscreen)?

I would like to uninstall the default camera app and instead use the FOSS Open Camera. And I would also like to access the camera from the lockscreen. How can I do this in Android 6?
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Custom voice commands

I'm looking for an open source way to specify custom voice commands that use the Google voice recognition backend. It has to be open source and work offline. (I already managed to get the Google app ...
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How to root without executing unknown binary? (Open source/adb shell root?)

I have an Android 6.0 phone that has not received updates in a year. It has likely dozens of security holes that allow one to gain root access. I wish to do this in order to remove pre-installed ...
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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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What is a safe way to root a device ?

It looks like rooting a device require using uncertified app, are any of these app open source ? how do we know they are safe to use ?
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Root an LG Spirit with no closed source programs

I own an LG Spirit (Android 6.0) and I'm sick of the limitations that are put on my phone. I decided to attempt rooting, and possibly bootloader unlocking and flashing. But, for now, I'm stuck on ...
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Is the Android default calendar open source?

I did a little of research and found nothing.
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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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Where is Telegram for Android developed? (Or: is it really free software?)

Telegram is supposed to be free/libre software, but where is Telegram for Android developed? Copy of the code: I can't find recent code. https://github.com/DrKLO/Telegram claims to be the official ...
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Disable system apps without closed-source tools?

After spending more than an hour searching through F-Droid for an app to disable system apps, I gave up. The only thing I was able to find was Disable Manager and that doesn't seem to be able to ...
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where/how to find/extract official android os (open source) translation/localization/glossary

Since the open source android (https://source.android.com) is available in multiple languages, can I extract all the translated strings in the OS so I can use them as a reference for my own app's ...
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What is the size of android Marshmallow source code? [closed]

I have downloaded 26.8 gb but the repo tool is still going on and I am on a very slow connection in India.I used the standard instruction provided on the website to download.
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How do I configure OpenVpn for android?

I've installed OpenVPN for Android on my Android 4.2.2 (Micromax A74) and Now I want to configure it in order to connect/active VPN.
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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 askubuntu....
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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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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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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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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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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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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 open-...
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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 4.2....
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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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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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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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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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Open Source Email Application [closed]

Does anyone here know of an open source email application for Android? Thanks in advance
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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 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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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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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 ...