Fdroid search algorithm performance

Be the next play store. Make fdroid a behemoth on search algorithm performance.
Google performs on its search results. Because Google’s search algorithm performs on:

  • Ranking by app downloads
  • Search query content cluster, based on:
    • Android app keyword metadata
    • Implicit engagement

We don’t have these numbers as we don’t track users


app downloads

Not even a count? Not a count by user.

See News maybe? Dunno

I don’t know about existing examples of analyzing engagement and keyword metadata of the play store. Each app contains metadata, which can be extracted by use of A.I., to form keywords. Each user engages with an app store. Implicit engagement is not directly expressed. Things like download history, likes, ratings, etc., are explicit. The majority of engagement is implicit. For example, because I know things about youtube’s algorithm (I know, YouTube ain’t an app store. Nonetheless, just like an app store, a video platform too analyzes content, and just like an app, a video too is content, and has users engaging, mostly implicit), one thing YouTube analyzes as implicit engagement, is how far someone scrolls over a thumbnail. This is an example of implicit engagement.
As I said, I don’t know what implicit engagement and keyword metadata the play store analyzes.

On the topic of analyzing app downloads, you can start tracking users’ app downloads. Just like fdroid can track engagement and keyword metadata.

The whole point of F-Droid is that it does not track you. If you want a store that tracks you, just use Google Play.


I wasn’t talking about what I want. I said for fdroid to be the next play store. It’s up to the fdroid devs to decide on what they want with fdroid. I only tell what will make them as big as the play store. If fdroid devs say no, then fdroid will never be as big as play store. Fdroid devs can always decide to get as big as play store. If they ever do, then they already know how to get the UX right to get as big as play store.

Hi there, we have some funding to improve search results. And someone actually is working on it already. However AFIAK it will work quite a bit different from what you’re suggesting. Due to our software architecture and the declared goal to make F-Droid work in a truly decentralized way, search will have to work entirely client side. This has some limitations, but also advantages centralized systems can’t deliver. High performance and good quality search results are technically feasible, right now it’s mostly a matter of resources and priorities.


I wonder (it’s really just me wondering. I don’t have any intention telling what desires you, or any of the (other) devs, prioritize), what is it fdroid prioritizes? If fdroid prioritizes decentralization, why does that mean fdroid cannot deliver the same performances as play store does? Is it possible to have an underlying blockchain, with a centralized host on top? Lbry & odysee work that way. Such system, of connecting a blockchain with a centralized host, delivers two things:

  • UX (algorithm) performance (which makes it appeal to all users)
  • Censorship resistant

If, however, what fdroid figures, is to make fdroid’s front-end, including the search results, decentralized, then you have to sacrifice performance, because p2p is nothing but a chain. It’s static. It’s passive. You need something active, such as A.I., to make for the same performance as play store.

Don’t take this as criticism. Instead, it’s feedback.