[FEATURE PROPOSAL] Pre install a QR code reader app


the open camera app seems not to be able to read QR codes (or is it?).
A fully functional mobile operating system should IMHO be able to read QR codes out of the box.
How about pre installing a QR Code reader app on /e/OS?

Or is /e/OS already able to read QR codes out of the box and I just did not understand how to do it?

Regain your privacy! Adopt /e/ the unGoogled mobile OS and online servicesphone

As long as it is impossible to deinstall pre-installed apps I would prefer to have as little apps as possible. So everyone is able to choose the app thats functional range fits for her/him.
I use “SecScanQR” from F-Droid which is open source and slim, it can scan but also generate QR-Codes: SecScanQR | F-Droid - Free and Open Source Android App Repository


The second point is: I think it’s better for privacy if the photo app is an offline app,

1 Like

QR code scanner is “bloat ware” for me. The /e/ ROM is already too big for some devices. We should be removing unnecessary, nonessential app, not adding them.

1 Like

I looked into the backlog what it says… the question is - how much Code is it to support qrcodes in OpenCamera. Even feature full qrcode readers have a small install footprint (Binary Eye → 6M packed, 17M installed)

For what it’s worth, CCTG got its own integrated QR code reader recently, so it seems doable.

I’m totally with you.
Just a QR code scanner is an app that 50% of users never need.
This is a classic example of keep it simple and stupid.
An OS should only contain the core components and load all other apps in the user space as third party apps.
Otherwise, you can never please everyone anyway.
Ideally, if you dedicate it to /e/OS, even there the non-core components should be uninstallable. And out of the system and not as adb commands.

1 Like

If you use the app, then yes. But many people only use the CovPass app and not the spy app. I am also one of them. :wink:


1 Like

Even if you don’t use the App for whatever off-topic reason, it still is an Open Source project which added a QR code reader, so somebody did it, and the code should be out there.

1 Like