Transferring your iPhone information like videos, photographs, contacts and calendar events into a non-iOS apparatus can be quite stressful. If that’s the circumstance, it’s very good to have a few tricks up your sleeve to have fun with and assist yourself. Well, one of these is backing up your own information to Google Drive. Apple users can copy their iPhone information and iCloud accounts to Google Drive. Including photographs, calendar and contacts. Likewise, your calendar and contacts get supported up to Google Contacts and Calendar respectively. However, before you copy your videos and photos, make certain your iPhone is attached to a Wi-Fi system.For some reason, in case your ending up backing up your information multiple times, just the new data will be backed up. It overwrites any previous copies for contacts and calendars. If you’d like photographs to be supported up to Google Photos, refrain from arranging them into records. Calendars and contacts coming from third-party providers such as Facebook do not back up.The Way to begin your backupStep 1: Download and install Google Drive program in your iPhone.Step 2: Open the program and pat on hamburger menu in the left. Step 3: Harness equipment icon for Settings in the top and Harness’Backup.’ Step 4: Hit on the choice known as’Start Backup.’ As soon as you get done backing up your photographs, you can get them across all of your devices. Be certain that you set up Google Photos program for another phone. You are able to check all of your photographs within the program and then edit them are there if needed.Restoring your backupTo renew your contacts backup in your iPhone, visit your iPhone preferences > Accounts & Passwords > Insert Account > Google. Tap Next. If you’re utilizing Android, just log in to your Google account. It is going to automatically sync your contacts with all the gadget. In terms of calendar events, just set up your Google Calendar program for your device.You could also encounter a mistake”Backup didn’t finish” if some of your information fails to backup successfully. If that’s the scenario, all you can do is try again because the matter is often temporary. However, if it does not work, be certain you are connected to an energetic Wi-Fi system.
Other than Google, one of the reasons why Android flourished so quickly is because it is an open source operating system. It might be possible if the world’s most famous mobile OS were proprietary, you wouldn’t have been reading this post. Because there are things that even the mighty Google failed to establish, just like these products which the search giant shut down in 2016.
Android does include some proprietary components, intended to improve functionality and user experience, but its base is the Linux kernel which puts Android in the category of open source software. The stock Android ROM has been a wellspring of various custom ROMs developed by third parties.
You might have heard about CyanogenMod which later transformed into LineageOS. MIUI developed by Xiaomi, Paranoid Android, Resurrection Remix, etc. are other custom ROMs. People install these custom ROMs on compatible smartphone and tablets after enabling root access on the devices.
Moreover, there are millions of apps and games available for the Android operating system. But a set of open source Android apps would likely complement in the open source nature of the mobile operating system. You can also check out our list of open source apps for Windows.
Best Free And Open Source Apps For Android in 2018
1. Orbot – an Android version of Tor
If you’re a big-time fan of the Tor Browser, then it won’t take much time for you to start liking Orbot. Similar to Tor, it behaves as the anonymity cover for your Android device. Developed by The Tor Project, Orbot first came into existence in 2008.
When you enable the Tor proxy using Orbot, it suggests you to use an app called Orfox – an open source web browser which borrows its source code from Tor Browser. Using any other browser won’t hide you behind Tor’s proxy.
There is an Apps VPN Mode which allows the apps on your device to connect to the web using the Tor network. However, Orbot requires a rooted device to work with full potential.
2. Firefox for Android
Firefox web browser is one of the best open source app for Windows. So, it would have been surprising if Mozilla didn’t make its open source app for Android the best. With the release of Firefox 54, the open source web browser brings multi-process, with up to four content processes, to the masses as an effort to improve performance and responsiveness.
3. Prey – find your lost device
You can use this open source Android app to track your missing device. I have written about Prey project earlier, and it’s available for other leading platforms also. The registered devices can be tracked using a web interface when they get lost.
Among many features offered by Prey, you can track device’s location, erase data, retrieve files, and even take a screenshot of the person remotely. Inevitably, an active internet connection on the lost device would be required to fetch the latest data.
Prey is available in both free and paid versions. Obviously, the free version is limited in some sense, but you can live with it if you want to track one or two devices at a time.
4. Signal – have encrypted conversations
Singal is a great open source Android app which enables end-to-end encryption for instant messages and voice calls. NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, who sparked global debate over privacy, has promoted the app in the past.
The app was first released in 2014 by Open Whisper Systems, and it’s also available for the iOS devices. The Signal Protocol which is the USP of the app was developed by Open Whisper’s founder Moxie Marlinspike and Trevor Perrin in 2013.
The protocol enables the end-to-end encryption in the Signal app, and it is also used in other popular instant messaging apps including WhatsApp, Messenger, and Google Allo.
5. VLC For Android
Do I need to tell you what is VLC and what is its use? For Windows OS, the open source media player is the default on most computers. On Android, MX Player might have left behind VLC, but still, it’s loved by millions of users.
The Android open source app is free to download, and it can play all the formats that it’s desktop brother does. It even outperforms MX Player when it comes to audio format support. Sadly, MX Player can’t play AC3 audio due to licensing issues.
6. DuckDuckGo – a Google Search alternative
Google might be the best search engine on the planet, but there is a Duck which says it’s better than Google because it doesn’t track people. Well, DuckDuckGo’s argument might compel people to give it a try but replacing Google would be a next to impossible task as their presence in our lives is far greater than Google founders would have imagined.
Anyways, the search engine is available for Android as an open source app, and you can use at times when you don’t want a cookie from Google.
7. Kiwix – get Wikipedia on your Android
It’s hard for someone not to like Wikipedia. The free online encyclopedia offers content in languages most of us don’t even think existed in the world. Wikipedia has its open source app for Android which is developed by the Wikimedia Foundation. But there is another open source app called Kiwix. It’s an effort by Emmanuel Engelhart and Renaud Gaudin to make Wikipedia accessible without the internet.
After launching in 2007, Kiwix initially focused on making Wikipedia articles offline. But in later years it started including content from other platforms maintained by the Wikimedia Foundation.
Although the Wikipedia app can make the articles offline, Kiwix downloads complete Wikipedia at once in a compressed ZIM format, if you want to try the offline experience. The ZIM file can be downloaded from their PC website as well and then copied to the Android device.
Other than Android, the open source app is also available for iOS, Windows, macOS, Linux, and as a web extension for Chrome and Firefox.
8. SpeedMeter – know how are you moving
One of the features I liked about Nokia’s Here Maps if you can recall it, was it could track my speed while walking, running, or traveling on a bus or train in real time. Even, Google Maps is capable of doing so, but it doesn’t display this kind of information.
If you feel like tracking your speed sometimes, you take the help of this open source Android app called SpeedMeter.
9. Amaze File Manager – open source file explorer
Your quest for an open source file manager app can surely end with Amaze. It has great looks, simplicity, material design, root explorer, other loads of features, and above all, its free.
It uses other apps on the device to open media like images, videos, etc. One thing I didn’t like is one can’t swipe between consecutive images. You have to go back and open the next image instead. The same is the case for video; you can’t open the next video directly.
Anyways, every app has some cons. You can give Amaze File Manager a chance. I have high hopes it won’t disappoint you.
10. AdBlock Browser – stop annoying ads
You might be familiar with the browser extension Adblock Plus. For Android, AdBlock Plus is available in the form of an open source web browser to enable blocking of unwanted advertisements. Because intrusive adverts suck, you know better.
Earlier, Adblock Plus was available as a system-wide app which routed the traffic coming to your device through a local proxy server (set up on your device), where it filtered all the ads before showing the content on the screen. On unrooted devices, Adblock Plus app could only block advertisements over WiFi connections.
Now, the ad-blocker is available in the form of a web browser. So, you don’t have to go through the tedious setup process. However, one thing you should keep in mind is there are websites which rely on ad-revenue and don’t display annoying ads. So, it’s advised to use adblocking software less often.
11. Lightning – a lightweight Android browser
How about a useful open source Android app that takes just 10 megabytes of your phone storage. Developed by New York-based Anthony Restaino, Lightning is an Android browser which comes with built-in support for Orbot proxy and I2P anonymity network. But you’ll have to download the Orbot app.
The addition of a number of privacy-related options might be of interest to the users who want to do away with unnecessary tracking while browsing the web. The only downside associated with Lightning is free version only allows users to open up to 10 tabs. If you want more, you’ll get the paid version which doesn’t cost much.
12. ProtonMail – send end-to-end encrypted emails
Developed by the team of scientists at CERN back in 2013, ProtonMail might not need an introduction. The popular email service quickly became a popular name as it provides an easy end-to-end encryption for emails.
In addition to sending secure emails, ProtonMail’s simple open source Android app allows users to set self-destruction timers, send password-protected emails, etc.
So, these were some great open source Android apps you can try on your device. I’ll try to extend this list in the future.
Do you have any suggestion for our open source Android apps list? Drop your thoughts and feedback.
n Thursday, AMD unzipped their lips more on the recently disclosed Meltdown and Spectre bugs. While the company has stuck to their claims that their processors are at near-zero risk from Meltdown, the chips are not immune to Spectre bugs. AMD’s stocks fell by around 2% in the after-hours post the announcement.
According to a blog post, AMD chips are vulnerable to 2 out of the 3 bugs reported by the Google Project Zero team, namely, Variant 1 (Bounds Check Bypass) and Variant 2 (Branch Target Injection). Their processors are not susceptible to Variant 3 (Rogue Cache Load or Meltdown), the vulnerability which put Intel in people’s bad books.
The company said they’re closely working with Microsoft to resume the paused Variant 1 security patches rollout for older processors, including Opteron, Anthlon, and Turion X2 Ultra, which left AMD-based systems unbootable. They expect to get it done by next week. Software patches for Linux systems are also available now.
Regarding Variant 2, AMD said that they believe their processor architecture would make it hard to exploit the vulnerability. They are working with partners to mitigate the threat.
The company is issuing microcode updates which in combination with updates from OS vendors will be delivered to the users via system updates.
The security patches for Ryzen and EPYC CPUs will be pushed this week which will be followed by security updates for older products in the coming weeks.
Following the footsteps of Apple’s homegrown Swift programming language for developing iOS apps, Kotlin has been growing at a fast pace. This doesn’t mean that all Kotlin developers are learning it with an aim to code safer and faster Android apps.
A new report from Trend Micro states the discovery of a new malicious app named . This app is actually the first malware coded in Kotlin. At the moment, it’s not known if Kotlin’s advanced and user-friendly features have made a difference while creating malware.
The samples of the malware were spotted in Swift Cleaner, which poses itself as a tool for cleaning and optimizing your slow Android smartphones. Thankfully, the app has just 1,000-5,000 installations. However, it has some dangerous tricks up its sleeve.
Kotlin malware has dangerous capabilities
This Kotlin-based malware has the capability of remote command execution, SMS sending, URL forwarding, information theft, and click ad fraud techniques. Moreover, Swift Cleaner can sign up you for premium SMS-based services without your permission.
When the app is launched, the malware sends the device information to the remote server and kicks off the background services to get instructions from C&C server.
By uploading the information of user’s service provider and login information as well as CAPTCHA to C&C server, the malware automatically processes the subscription to premium SMS services.
The users are advised to take the recommended security methods and only download the trusted mobile apps. The hackers improving their game with new technologies and you shouldn’t remain ignorant.