Simple Mobile Tools: how to configure an Android in a simple and safe way
“I want apps that are useful” the developer assured when the Simple Mobile Tools project started. Among the common problems with pre-installed apps, he mentioned the use of permissions they don’t need, poor usability, and too much advertising. This project is his way to combat these bad practices.
So, Simple Mobile Tools is open source, ad-free, free, and easy to use. Is an application package which offers an application for Gallery, a Calendar, Calculator, an app for To draw, an app of Camera, a File Browser, a App drawer, an app for take notes and a Music player.
This is what the development team considers essential for our devices. The last application is one that is used to donate, if you want to contribute some money. It is the only income method they have.
All applications They are also very light, around 2 MB in weight. When you enter them, you can choose the permissions they ask for, but normally they only claim the essential. For example, the Gallery only asks you to access your multimedia files, something essential.
They are not short on options either. The File Explorer offers you several options to order how the elements appear, it allows you to explore all the directories, choose between a light or dark theme, add folders to favorites … Although it does not offer options such as browsing by file type or any kind of synchronization with accounts in the cloud.
More or less, those characteristics are common to the rest of the suite. The Calendar and the player also offer widgets whose appearance you can customize to better fit your home screen. The Calendar will not connect to the Internet and will be completely offline. The Player is only capable of sorting by artist or song title, not by albums or discs.
The end result is an interesting alternative suite with which to eliminate apps that abuse the user in favor of more respectful applications with the system. The experience can be limited if you choose to use all of them, but that’s where identifying what you need in your day-to-day comes into play.