I am thinking about 2 additional features in /e/'s app store. Before putting them on GIT, I wanted to check out what your opinion is.
1 - Adding an app category with suggestions from /e/
The varietey of apps offered in APPS is already overwhelming. I think it could be very helpful to have in the categories section of the app store a section that is curated by /e/ and featuring a small selection of apps that offer potentially a high added value to the /e/ user - either apps with a security focus (features that are not included in /e/ yet or with some other very useful feature) (see pic 1). This category could contain for example an ad-blocker. This section could enable new users easily to identify ‘really important’ apps with only a few clicks.
My idea would be to have 10 or 15 apps max in this section.
For now I am thinking about: Blokada, Exodus Privacy, SnoopSnitch, Librechair, Conversations, DeltaChat, Riot.im and maybe GadgetBridge and OpenPods.
2 - Featuring F-Droid
For a long time (that’s my impression) F-Droid was just a niche app store, I realise more and more F-Droid is becoming a brand, a widely recognized source of trusted software for Android-based smartphones. F-Doid has strict but transparent roules under what conditions apps are accepted in their store.
So, I was wondering, why not giving a bit more visibility to apps sourced from F-Droid within /e/. So why not highlighting in the search results and listings of the /e/-app store when apps are taken from F-Droid - with a little icon for example (see pic2). Ideally, there would be a option to tick to filter exclusively F-Droid apps to be seen in the /e/-app store. We had alreay a similar suggestions to be able to filter FOSS apps in a revised version of APPS, but in the meanwhile I believe I’d favour a F-Droid filter over FOSS filter.
This would on the one hand esteem the work of the F-Droid team and on the other hand increase the credibilty of the relatively young APPS store.