If you’ve flashed a new ROM on your device, I’m sure you’re tracking it by flashing Google apps or a GApps package. This is mainly because a custom ROM can be simple without your usual set of apps needed to use your phone. However, what if you don’t like Google’s app set? Or you just don’t want to get stuck in the Google app ecosystem and want to get out of it? This is where FOSS applications come in. FOSS stands for Free and Open Source and is essentially a collection of free to use and open source applications. These can be used as a replacement for your usual set of apps like google dialer, google messages, youtube etc. If this sounds good to you, there is a new website that lets you find and install FOSS alternatives to Google apps quickly and easily. way.
Un.pixel-fy (also known as Fossapps) is a website created by user XDA wacko1805 which lets you choose which FOSS apps you want to install on your phone and creates a flashable ZIP file that you can install through Magisk. It runs on Android 8 and above and requires you to be running Magisk 20 or above. If these conditions are met, all you need to do is go to the website and browse the list of apps in each category. Select the apps you want to install in each category and once done, you just need to click on the Create and download button. Download the file, copy it to your smartphone and install it to enjoy all the FOSS apps you have selected!
There are different categories on the website and several options under each category to choose from. You can choose from Koler, Emerald Dialer and Simple Dialer for the phone app, Fenix, Styx and DuckDuckGo for the browser, F-Droid and Aurora for the App Store, NewPipe and Vanced for YouTube, etc. It’s basically a great tool to find free and open source alternatives to Google apps in the fastest way possible!
If you want to get out of the Google ecosystem or if your phone doesn’t support Google’s GMS core, you can try Fossapps and let us know about your experience in the comments below!