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First F-Droid Workshop to Happen Soon in Berlin

If you always wanted to learn how to include new apps into the F-Droid Free Software app repository for Android, then the first F-Droid Workshop is for you. There the F-Droid developers themselves will show you how to do it.

When? Saturday the 3rd of August, 2PM – 5PM Where? IN-Berlin (OSM) Who? Daniel Martí . . . → Read More: First F-Droid Workshop to Happen Soon in Berlin

Meine Einschätzung der NSA Mitarbeit an Android für ZEIT ONLINE

Gestern Abend erhielt ich eine E-Mail von einem ZEIT ONLINE Redakteur, der mich um eine Einschätzung zu der Mitarbeit der NSA an Android bat und fragte, ob es möglich sei, dass die NSA Hintertürchen eingebaut habe. Der Artikel dazu wurde mittlerweile veröffentlicht und zitiert mich teilweise. Aus Transparenzgründen und zur Steigerung der allgemeinen Medienkompetenz, gebe . . . → Read More: Meine Einschätzung der NSA Mitarbeit an Android für ZEIT ONLINE

CyanogenMod removes tracking opt-out, reverses decision, but still uses Google Analytics

The most successful and best managed version of Android CyanogenMod is gathering data from users for statistical purposes. The statistics are public and users have the chance to opt-out of being counted. On March 31st this changed. The founder of the CyanogenMod initiative Steve Kondik removed the opt-out feature from the source code (commit). He . . . → Read More: CyanogenMod removes tracking opt-out, reverses decision, but still uses Google Analytics

Android SDK is now proprietary, Replicant to the rescue

I just noticed that the Android SDK is now non-free software. If you go to

https://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html#download

and click on one of the files, you are presented with lengthy “Terms and Conditions” which for example say:

In order to use the SDK, you must first agree to this License Agreement. You may not use . . . → Read More: Android SDK is now proprietary, Replicant to the rescue

Paying for Free Software

I would like to be able to pay for more Free Software. Usually people think the great thing about Free Software is that it is free as in free beer. They often neglect the fact that it is free as in free speech. This is probably because they rarely or never make use of this . . . → Read More: Paying for Free Software

Updating Custom Versions of Android Easily

FSFE’s Phone Liberation Workshops (or Android Install Parties) are just taking off. People usually have to learn how to flash their devices because there’s no over the air update that easily updates the operating system. The Free Software initiative OTA Update Center is planning to change this. It will notify you of updates and allow . . . → Read More: Updating Custom Versions of Android Easily

What I am missing in CyanogenMod 9

Since CyanogenMod 9 rc1 came out, I’ve been testing it extensively on my phone. I got used to the new look and appreciated the visual speed improvements. I also like the new data usage diagram and predictions. Furthermore, my phone uses a lot less battery power than on CM7. It had power for four and . . . → Read More: What I am missing in CyanogenMod 9

Free Your Android Kampagne

In den letzten Monaten war ich sehr mit der Free Your Android Kampagne beschäftigt. Sie hat überraschend starken Widerhall in den Medien gefunden. Unter anderem bin ich von der TAZ interviewt worden. Da das Interview gekürzt abgedruckt wurde, veröffentliche ich hier mal den fehlenden Teil, der sich unmittelbar am Ende anschließt:

Bei Android nehmen . . . → Read More: Free Your Android Kampagne