How to Open Source Code in Android Studio

Open source code allows developers to see how their apps are built and modified. Android Studio is a free IDE that developers can use to build mobile apps for Google’s Android software. Many developers publish their app’s source code online so anyone can review or use the code.

If you have made your apps on Android Studio, you will notice that it has a simple function to open source code, but you need to know the right ways to open source code in Android Studio. This article discusses how to find the open source and edit file path.

NewPipe

NewPipe - Open-Source Android Apps

NewPipe is somewhat a lightweight version of YouTube that unlocks a heap of otherwise restricted features. The app comes with a simple UI but is packed with some powerful features — background player, picture-in-picture mode, download support for offline playback and on top, it’s a completely free open-source Android app with no-ads. The main plus point of this app is its “extended privacy” — NewPipe protects user privacy since no proprietary Google APIs is there in the code and only send information which are required to get video and channel details.

  • Google Play: Not Available
  • Source code: GitHub

Setup the Project

After forking the repository you need to setup the project and test the application on your local device or emulator. Firstly check if there is a read-me guide given in the repository. Some projects have additional setups and plugins which need to be added manually. Once done we can move to the next step.

How to find an issue?

Usually, most of the big and popular project repositories do have some issues or bugs or any required feature for the application. For that go to the issues section of the remote repository on GitHub. Many repositories have issues recommended by other developers. If you do not find an issue there then you can test the project yourself and find any bug or a feature that you think will add value to the application. After knowing what contribution you can make. It’s time to implement it.

  • Commit and Push – Commit changes with proper messages and push them to the repository on Github.
  • Make a Pull Request – To make a pull request you need to push changes to the sub-branch from where the owner of the project can merge it to the main branch.

Get your PR merged quickly

  • Find bugs or errors which are very urgent or find features that will increase the value of the project by a significant amount.
  • Communicate with the owner of the repository to look into your PR  also ask for suggestions and discuss other queries.
  • Suggest valid test results (Junit or Expresso) to show that your PR would not break the app.
  • Have a well-maintained Github account with valid information.

OmniNotes

OmniNotes - Best open-source Android apps

Fully-featured lightweight open-source Android note-taking application. With OmniNotes app source code will help to develop your own note talking application with features like basic add, modify, archive, trash and delete notes actions, insertion of an image, audio and generic file attachments in notes, including a To-do list feature on your note app, etc.

Mutify

Mutify - Open-Source Android Apps

Mutify is a Spotify ad silencing app for Android. This open-source Android app auto-detects whenever Spotify plays an ad, and once it does, it will immediately turn your phone’s volume down to zero. If you don’t have Spotify premium subscription, then Mutify is a pretty great solution. 

Fabric

Fabric development platform

Crashlytics kit on Fabric platform
Source

Fabric is the development platform behind Twitter’s mobile application. It gives developers the ability to build better mobile apps by providing them with a suite of “kits” that they can pick and choose from. These kits include everything from beta-testing to marketing and advertising tools.

Google purchased Fabric from Twitter in January of 2017. Uber, Spotify, Square, Groupon, Yelp, and more big-name companies have utilized Fabric in developing their mobile applications.

TimberX Music Player

TimberX Music Player - Best open-source Android apps

TimberX Music Player is one of the new open-source Android apps written in Kotlin. TimberX comes with a simple UI with great features. The app source code will help you learn databinding and dependency injection with KOIN. The app has cross-platform support — it works on phones, Android Wear, Android Auto, Chromecast and other cast devices and Google Assistant.

FlowUp

FlowUp allows you to monitor the performance of all your production apps. Handy dashboards let you keep track of your stats and metrics, including CPU and disk usage, memory usage, frames per second, bandwidth, and more.

FlowUp is a monthly subscription-based SaaS solution with pricing determined by the total number of users in the company.

K-9 Mail

K-9 Mail - Best open-source Android apps

K-9 Mail is an open-source email client for Android with support for multiple accounts, search, IMAP push email, multi-folder sync, flagging, filing, signatures, BCC-self, PGP/MIME & more. This project helps you to understand the working of an email client and how to implement IMAP, POP3, and Exchange 2003/2007.

GameMaker: Studio

For Android game app developers, one of the most popular development tools is GameMaker: Studio. GameMaker provides everything you need to create 2D games using very little code. It is an extremely user-friendly application with a simple drag-and-drop interface.

GameMaker: Studio is targeted to beginner and novice gaming developers.

FreeOTP Authenticator

FreeOTP Authenticator - Best open-source Android apps

FreeOTP is an open-source 2FA authenticator developed by Red Hat. The app source code teaches you the working of an authenticator app, how to generate one-time passwords on your mobile devices which can be used in conjunction with your normal password to make your login nearly impossible to hack.

Genymotion

Another Android emulator, Genymotion helps developers test and preview an application on over 3,000 device scenarios. Genymotion is popular among gaming developers because it comes with pre-installed standard Android images and graphics that are quite useful in the testing process. It also provides greater speed than testing an app on an actual Android device.

Genymotion is a cross-platform development tool and supports many different programming languages and environments.

Conclusion

There are a few ways you can open source code in Android Studio. First, you can go to the file where you want your source code to be stored, right click on the file or folder and hit “Git Bash”. This will open up a folder in your Git Bash window.

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