App summaries - short and often wasted room

fdroiddata
#1

Translating a lot of app summaries I noticed that contents of them are frequently poor in information. That’s because many devs insert some unneeded matters of course instead of feeding these short 80 characters with relevant data.

So, dear devs

  • don’t repeat your app’s name in summary, it’s written just above and therefore already known!
  • don’t confess that “it is an app” or even worse “an application”, what else in an app store!
  • forget that it’s " for Android ", otherwise it wouldn’t be on F-Droid!

Thx

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#2

Those are already the rules, if there are slip-ups please name them.

#3

I totally agree! It would be great to see improvements there! The summaries that are included in the fdroiddata collection were almost always written by fdroid contributors rather than the upstream dev. So I think we can consider those “ours” to edit, rather than upstream source code to leave as is.

@kingu has started doing this already: https://gitlab.com/fdroid/fdroiddata/merge_requests/4821

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#4

As you like. Here are the results:

  1. Wikipedia - Official Wikipedia app for Android. https://f-droid.org/packages/org.wikipedia

  2. Bluetooth terminal - Simple bluetooth terminal application. ASCII and hex. Opensource. https://f-droid.org/packages/ru.sash0k.bluetooth_terminal

  3. NFC Reader - Simple app for reading various NFC tags and cards https://f-droid.org/packages/se.anyro.nfc_reader

  4. Bad Pixel Detector - Bad Pixel — application for check of the screen on existence of «Bad pixels». https://f-droid.org/packages/tk.al54.dev.badpixels

  5. Metronome - A simple metronome app with tap tempo functionality, and a preset system. https://f-droid.org/packages/tk.radioactivemineral.metronome

  6. TUIOdroid - TUIOdroid is a multi-touch remote control app based on the TUIO protocol. https://f-droid.org/packages/tuioDroid.impl

  7. Intent Intercept - This app attempts to intercept Intents in order to examine their contents. https://f-droid.org/packages/uk.co.ashtonbrsc.android.intentintercept

  8. OpenMoneyBox - Budget management application https://f-droid.org/packages/com.igisw.openmoneybox

  9. Lobsters App - An app for lobste.rs https://f-droid.org/packages/com.nikhiljha.lobstersapp

  10. The Kana Quiz - A simple app to quiz the user on identifying Japanese characters https://f-droid.org/packages/com.noprestige.kanaquiz

  11. FlashCards - Simple flash card app with csv files as input https://f-droid.org/packages/com.quchen.flashcard

  12. ScraperClub - Application for ScraperClub https://f-droid.org/packages/com.scraperclub.android

  13. Calculator Notification - Calculator application in the Android notification drawer https://f-droid.org/packages/com.tananaev.calculator

  14. OpenHub - A GitHub client app, faster and concise https://f-droid.org/packages/com.thirtydegreesray.openhub

  15. Checkup - An app that allows end users to test the features of their device https://f-droid.org/packages/community.fairphone.checkup

  16. Senior Launcher - A launcher app intended for oldies https://f-droid.org/packages/de.nodomain.tobihille.seniorlauncher

  17. EtchDroid - An application that helps you write images to USB drives, no root required https://f-droid.org/packages/eu.depau.etchdroid

  18. FairEmail - Privacy friendly email app https://f-droid.org/packages/eu.faircode.email

  19. BeamControl for Smart Interface - Control / notification application for smart factory/industry 4.0 applications https://f-droid.org/packages/eu.halaser.beamctrl

  20. Easy Weather - Easy and quick weather app https://f-droid.org/packages/github.vatsal.easyweatherdemo

  21. App Lock - Privacy App lock https://f-droid.org/packages/io.github.subhamtyagi.privacyapplock

  22. Diab - A smart diabetes manager app https://f-droid.org/packages/it.diab

  23. Synchronizing - App to synchronize music over network by using the beets web server https://f-droid.org/packages/max.music_cyclon

  24. Easy Diary - A diary application optimized for user experience https://f-droid.org/packages/me.blog.korn123.easydiary

  25. 35C3 Wifi Setup - Official NOC application for connecting to the 35C3 WiFi https://f-droid.org/packages/nl.eventinfra.wifisetup

  26. SimpleEmail - Simple and minimalistic email app https://f-droid.org/packages/org.dystopia.email

  27. KIBA - A booth attraction app https://f-droid.org/packages/org.schabi.kiba

  28. Nextcloud Bookmarks - A front end for the Nextcloud Bookmark app https://f-droid.org/packages/org.schabi.nxbookmarks

  29. Interval Timer - Privacy Friendly App that supports you during circuit exercise sessions https://f-droid.org/packages/org.secuso.privacyfriendlyintervaltimer

  30. andOTP - Open-source two-factor authentication App https://f-droid.org/packages/org.shadowice.flocke.andotp

  31. TinyKeePass - Another simple read-only KeePass app https://f-droid.org/packages/org.sorz.lab.tinykeepass

  32. APKMirror - An unofficial APKMirror client/web app https://f-droid.org/packages/taco.apkmirror

  33. FreeDCam - Camera app https://f-droid.org/packages/troop.com.freedcam

  34. Rehearsal Assistant - Multipurpose audio recording app. Supports high-fidelity uncompressed recording. https://f-droid.org/packages/urbanstew.RehearsalAssistant

  35. Firefly III Mobile - Mobile wrapper for Firefly III https://f-droid.org/packages/xyz.hisname.fireflyiii

  36. Termux:Boot - Termux add-on app allowing programs to be run at boot https://f-droid.org/packages/com.termux.boot

  37. SINE Isochronic Entrainer - Brainwave Entrainment application with Isochronic Tones https://f-droid.org/packages/com.dosse.bwentrain.androidPlayer

  38. Vector Camera - An app that applies real-time effects to the camera input https://f-droid.org/packages/com.dozingcatsoftware.vectorcamera

  39. S. Notes - A simple and private notes app https://f-droid.org/packages/com.standardnotes

  40. Atomize - PNG image compression app https://f-droid.org/packages/com.wrmndfzzy.atomize

  41. Zeus - Mobile Bitcoin app for Lightning Network Daemon (lnd) https://f-droid.org/packages/com.zeusln.zeus

  42. KOReader - An ebook reader application supporting PDF, DjVu, EPUB, FB2 https://f-droid.org/packages/org.koreader.launcher

  43. MPD - A flexible, powerful, server-side application for playing music https://f-droid.org/packages/org.musicpd

  44. Finance Manager - App that helps you keep track of your finances https://f-droid.org/packages/org.secuso.privacyfriendlyfinancemanager

  45. FlutterHole - A third party application for the Pi-Hole® dashboard https://f-droid.org/packages/sterrenburg.github.flutterhole

  46. Vespucci - Vespucci is the first editor for OpenStreetMap on Android. https://f-droid.org/packages/de.blau.android

  47. Document Viewer - A highly customizable viewer for PDF, DjVu, XPS, cbz, fb2 for Android. https://f-droid.org/packages/org.sufficientlysecure.viewer

  48. VLC - VLC for Android is the best open source video and music player, fast and easy! https://f-droid.org/packages/org.videolan.vlc

  49. Endoscope - Endoscope lets you to stream live video between android devices over Wi-Fi! https://f-droid.org/packages/pl.hypeapp.endoscope

  50. BusyBox - BusyBox for Android https://f-droid.org/packages/ru.meefik.busybox

  51. WiseRadar - See Canadian Weather Radar Imagery on your Android Device https://f-droid.org/packages/wiseguys.radar

  52. Notifications for Facebook - Reproduce the Facebook Notifications in the Android notifications-drawer https://f-droid.org/packages/org.surrel.facebooknotifications

  53. Pixel Artist - Make Pixel Art on Android https://f-droid.org/packages/rodrigodavy.com.github.pixelartist

  54. IMCKTG - IMCKTG generates ringtones, either spoken or Morse code. https://f-droid.org/packages/us.achromaticmetaphor.imcktg

  55. Etar - Etar is material designed open source calendar, for everyone! https://f-droid.org/packages/ws.xsoh.etar

  56. SUSI.AI - Susi AI is an intelligent personal assistant https://f-droid.org/packages/ai.susi

  57. Brainstonz - Brainstonz is a board game for two players https://f-droid.org/packages/eu.veldsoft.brainstonz

  58. NHBooks - NHBooks is a Material Design NHentai client https://f-droid.org/packages/moe.feng.nhentai

  59. OpenTopoMap Viewer - OpenTopoMap viewer with GPX import https://f-droid.org/packages/org.nitri.opentopo

  60. Duck Duck Go - DuckDuckGo search provider https://f-droid.org/packages/se.johanhil.duckduckgo

  61. Camera Roll - Camera Roll https://f-droid.org/packages/us.koller.cameraroll

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#5

I agree, lots of these descriptions should be improved, but do you have suggestions on how to do that too?
E.g. what would be a good description for:

Just “with csv files as input”? :confused:

Or for

Just "official?

#6

Some can be be improved by removing the app name, but Wikipedia is the site, so that might stay the same.

#7

E. g.

FlashCards - Make cards with csv files as input to memorize things

Wikipedia - Official feature-rich vIewer of the free online encyclopedia

no app, no app name, no Android.

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#8

looks good! I think you might able to make those edits in Weblate, otherwise via merge requests to fdroiddata. You can edit the files directly in gitlab, if you don’t want to use git.

#9

@critdroid, that should be CSV :wink:

Another rule to have would be no advertisement. VLC being a bad example currently, claiming to be the best app in its category.
A lot of apps state they are easy, and simple, etc. which doesn’t explain a whole lot.

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#10

Summaries should explain what pain point the app solves for the end user. Users know their use case and some constraints on how to solve the problem: they will scan for that.

Some examples:

  • FairEmail - Fully featured email client. Neat, Intuitive user interface. Privacy friendly.
  • VLC - The best video and music player. Fast and “just works”. Plays any file.
  • BusyBox - Complete set of basic Linux command line utilities. Many utility apps need it.
  • Etar - The basic Android calendar, in material design.

EDIT: See critdroid’s post for the links, I can’t yet post any.
EDIT2: 80 character limit

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#11

@kingu Correct spelling of filename extensions in English remains a mystery, see e. g. “Document Viewer”. But thx for the hint.
I agree with you that VLC’s self-congratulatory statement is questionable and affirmations of ease and simplicitiy are rather meaningless.

@eckfw Nice examples as a basis! Sadly three of them would fail because they are too long. Summaries are limited to 80 characters.

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#12

I’m also in general against pointless self-promotion, like “the most amazing” but I think VLC can claim to be “best open source video and music player”, I would be OK if that dropped “open source”. VLC has done an amazing job IMHO, even though it is a massive pain in the ass to build, and working with the upstream can be strained at times.

#13

Thanks. I edited my post to fix that.

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