FOSS over F-Droid:
Security app: Blokada
Password Store: Bitwarden
News Reader: Feeder
Gallery: Simple Gallery
File Manager: GhostCommander
Calendar: Simple Calendar
Weather: Small Weather App
Contacts: Simple Contacts
Mail: monocles Mail
Camera: Open Camera
PDF: PDF VIewer +
QR Scanner: QR Scanner
SMS: Simple SMS
Phone: Simple Dialer
Non FOSS: As apk files
Navi: Magic Earth
Chat: Whatsapp (in shelter sandboxed)
Spotify, Teufel and WhatsApp are mercilessly restricted via Blokada.
I can’t quite get away with Whtsapp. Because of associations, etc…
And for Teufel and Spotify there is unfortunately no alternative.
Captive Portal Check via efoundation and Kuketz.
DNS via secure DSN servers currently: Digitale Gesellschaft, Switzerland
NTP via de.ntpool.org
Minimal trackers and ads. Further advantage: Long ScreenOnTime
Deezer, Apple Music, amazon Music, spotify… it’s all the same, isn’t it? Are all evil
Disadvantage of Deezer is also that my Teufel system has implemented, for example, only one Spotify Connect. Deezer does not work with it.
Had I known all this in the past, I would not have bought the system. But now it is there and too expensive to dispose of. Thus, I have to live with it unfortunately…
I have used and tested NetGuard for a while.
It has its advantages if you focus on firewalling.
You can configure individual apps much more granularly.
But, my focus is more on blocking trackers and filtering ads. And for that Blokada is more ideal.
Blokada is also a bit more configurable than TrackerControl. as an example: In TC you can not set additional blocklists. Also the DNS handling is more limited.
Therefore Blokada has become my first choice.
But you have to make sure that you use the version from the f-droid store, or the apk directly.
In the Google Store, because of the Google business model, only a light version is distributed, which you can forget.
In addition, Blokada also runs on IOS. I still have an Ipad, so it fits great.
Right. It looks like the filter lists are only in use when only Rethinks’ DNS is chosen. However it is possible to change DNS to other providers.
Honestly, I haven’t used this app extensively. I need to take a closer look at it, time permitting.
For the time being I set my preferred DNS in the Settings > Network and Internet > DNS.
I use Netguard as firewall.
And then I use a custom /system/etc/hosts for blocking ad/tracker/malware servers at system level.
I am still looking into ways of improving on this.