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foobar66

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Some of my favorites:

- Nova (best launcher ever?)
- Microsoft authenticator (2FA; nice because of cloud backup/restore and fingerprint needed when opening app - extra security)
- Osmand for offline (OpenStreet)maps
- Poweramp pro (best player IMHO - support for hires FLAC)
- App freezer (must have if you want to freeze APKs; root and NON-root)
- Chronus widgets
- Substratum with Swift Dark (I use it only to generate overlays for Twitter/Whatsapp/Instagram so that their color is consistent with the Google 'dark' color)
- Today weather (visually one of the nicest weather apps)
- Overdrop (another nice weather app)
- Garmin (since I own a Garmin GPS) + health sync (to sync Garmin bike rides to Google Fit)
- Geocaching
- Wavelet
- ConvertBee (multi unit convertor)
 
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What are folks using for a music player? I don't see any mentions. I'm using Music only because I did t find any other app with a decent rating. Anyone using something other than a streaming servic?

For streaming, I use quobuz. High rez streaming.
 

Alekos

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  1. Newpipe (youtube replacement that includes soundcloud & bandcamps client - for web, use api.invidious.io to pick closest server to your country)
  2. Spotify
  3. Audio Recorder [fdroid] (excellent UI and amazing quality v9.0.22)
  4. Signal (apk from signal's website)
  5. Catima (for all rewards cards and your Vax QR Code)
  6. Shortcutter
  7. Bitwarden
  8. Geometric Weather (such a perfect, transparent widget, looks awesome on the home screen when using 3rd party launcher)
  9. Lawnchair Launcher v12 (sometimes us a launcher, this one is great, free and based on Pixel Launcher, the play store has an older version, grab v12 on their github/telegram page)
  10. X-Plore (File Manager to transfer files to pc or streaming device)
  11. BlueWallet
  12. TomTom AmiGo maps (New app, great alternative to GMaps - interface is nice and big for unfamiliar travels)
  13. SMS Backup & Restore by SyncTech (best call/sms backup/restore app - been using it for at least 6 years)
  14. Bromite (Chromium alt with built-in adblocker)
  15. NextDNS (not an app but PrivateDNS profile in network settings to block ads/trackers/telemetry)
 
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Some of my favorites:

- Nova (best launcher ever?)
- Microsoft authenticator (2FA; nice because of cloud backup/restore and fingerprint needed when opening app - extra security)
- Osmand for offline (OpenStreet)maps
- Poweramp pro (best player IMHO - support for hires FLAC)
- App freezer (must have if you want to freeze APKs; root and NON-root)
- Chronus widgets
- Substratum with Swift Dark (I use it only to generate overlays for Twitter/Whatsapp/Instagram so that their color is consistent with the Google 'dark' color)
- Today weather (visually one of the nicest weather apps)
- Overdrop (another nice weather app)
- Garmin (since I own a Garmin GPS) + health sync (to sync Garmin bike rides to Google Fit)
- Geocaching
- Wavelet
- ConvertBee (multi unit convertor)

You should think twice about using m$ authenticator (or anything they offer for that matter). No way to know what they're doing with the codes.

Use andotp, which is open source.
 

foobar66

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You should think twice about using m$ authenticator (or anything they offer for that matter). No way to know what they're doing with the codes.

Use andotp, which is open source.
Yes, I'm generally very wary of M$ stuff ... but in this case, this app was adviced to me by security people who know what they're saying. So I have a good amount of trust in it. Microsoft is not stupid (anymore). I don't love them but I don't hate them any longer either - the've come a long way ... ;-)
It's a good app with cloud backup/restore of the accounts and the additional protection of FPS any time when you switch to the app from another screen to avoid evesdropping. So I'm pretty cool with it.
 

96carboard

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Yes, I'm generally very wary of M$ stuff ... but in this case, this app was adviced to me by security people who know what they're saying. So I have a good amount of trust in it. Microsoft is not stupid (anymore). I don't love them but I don't hate them any longer either - the've come a long way ... ;-)
It's a good app with cloud backup/restore of the accounts and the additional protection of FPS any time when you switch to the app from another screen to avoid evesdropping. So I'm pretty cool with it.

No competent "security" people would ever recommend that. Maybe a paid ape, but that's it. No sense trusting something that can't be trusted when something good is available.
 

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