• @digger@lemmy.ca
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    11310 months ago

    Something worth noting is that F-Droid is both an app to download other apps but they also maintains a repository of apps. You can use alternative store apps (like Droid-ify) with the F-Droid repository OR you could use the F-Droid app with a different repository (like IzzyOnDroid). You can mix and match to meet your needs.

    I use the Droid-ify app with the F-Droid, IzzyOnDroid, microG, NewPipe, and Collabora repositories.

    Once you start down this rabbit hole, give Obtanium a look.

    • Gunpachi
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      2010 months ago

      Neostore is also a good alternative to the normal f-droid client

      • @itadakimasu@lemmy.world
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        010 months ago

        I wanted to like this one.

        Neostore got stuck trying to sync repos or something and drained my battery from 80% to 20% within like an hour.

        Uninstalled it immediately. No app should be able to malfunction in such a way to cause such battery drain.

    • 6daemonbag
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      710 months ago

      Can you elaborate on what these different repos are and do? And, referring to a child comment, what is divest?

      • @digger@lemmy.ca
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        910 months ago

        On Android, we’re used the “Play Store” being both the app that facilitates downloads as well as the collection of apps available. With F-Droid, you can add additional collections of apps to make available for download.

        You might add an additional repository to gain access to apps not in the main F-Droid repository. You might add a developer’s repository to gain access to updates to their apps before those updates hit the main F-Droid repository.

        Divest is the developer repository for app maintained by Divest OS, a fork of Lineage OS.

        • 6daemonbag
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          210 months ago

          I have and use F-Droid but hadn’t caught on to repos and their function. Just seen it mentioned. Thanks for elaborating!

      • @fulano@lemmy.eco.br
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        610 months ago

        Some software developers prefer to host their own repos and have more control over the release process and/or don’t want to fill all the criteria for being included on f-droid, so they create their own repos. Some of these apps can still be found on vanilla fdroid, but often aren’t updated so frequently.

        Izzyondroid, on the other hand, is a different project, aimed at hosting different apps that are usually from smaller devs and can’t be included on fdroid yet, for different reasons.

        The greatest thing about fdroid is that it allows anyone to create their own repos and you aren’t forced to depend on anyone.

    • @skybox@lemm.ee
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      210 months ago

      Oh THAT’S what repos are for? I assumed they were all independently structured and incompatible with each other for different reasons lmao.