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SchildiChat

Secure messenger for Matrix with a traditional instant messaging experience
New in version 1.4.36.sc59
- Update codebase to Element v1.4.36
- Fix pills appearing twice for nested inline images
- Inline images: Use alt text in room previews and notifications
- Use light navigation bar in light SC themes
SchildiChat is a client for the matrix protocol, based on the Element app.
Compared to other clients, it provides a more classic instant messenger feel, while still providing the full functionality of the reference client.

The matrix protocol is a decentralized approach to modern messaging, allowing for end-to-end encryption, shared message history across multiple devices, and more.

Compared to the Element app, SchildiChat features following changes:
- A unified chat list for both direct and group chats
- Optional message bubbles
- Further usability improvements and additional settings to configure the app

SchildiChat is open source: https://github.com/SchildiChat/SchildiChat-android
More information about the Matrix protocol: https://matrix.org/

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  • Version 1.4.36.sc59 (40100930) suggested Added on 2022-09-21

    This version requires Android 5.0 or newer.

    It is built and signed by F-Droid, and guaranteed to correspond to this source tarball.

    Permissions
    • prevent phone from sleeping
      Allows the app to prevent the phone from going to sleep.
    • run at startup
      Allows the app to have itself started as soon as the system has finished booting. This can make it take longer to start the phone and allow the app to slow down the overall phone by always running.
    • run foreground service
      Allows the app to make use of foreground services.
    • ask to ignore battery optimizations
      Allows an app to ask for permission to ignore battery optimizations for that app.
    • pair with Bluetooth devices
      Allows the app to view the configuration of the Bluetooth on the phone, and to make and accept connections with paired devices.
      (11)
    • connect to paired Bluetooth devices
      Allows the app to connect to paired Bluetooth devices
    • have full network access
      Allows the app to create network sockets and use custom network protocols. The browser and other applications provide means to send data to the internet, so this permission is not required to send data to the internet.
    • read your contacts
      Allows the app to read data about your contacts stored on your phone. Apps will also have access to the accounts on your phone that have created contacts. This may include accounts created by apps you have installed. This permission allows apps to save your contact data, and malicious apps may share contact data without your knowledge.
    • control vibration
      Allows the app to control the vibrator.
    • take pictures and videos
      This app can take pictures and record videos using the camera while the app is in use.
    • record audio
      This app can record audio using the microphone while the app is in use.
    • read the contents of your shared storage
      Allows the app to read the contents of your shared storage.
    • view network connections
      Allows the app to view information about network connections such as which networks exist and are connected.
    • route calls through the system
      Allows the app to route its calls through the system in order to improve the calling experience.
    • change your audio settings
      Allows the app to modify global audio settings such as volume and which speaker is used for output.
    • display notifications as full screen activities on a locked device
      Allows the app to display notifications as full screen activities on a locked device
    • This app can appear on top of other apps
      This app can appear on top of other apps or other parts of the screen. This may interfere with normal app usage and change the way that other apps appear.
    • request install packages
      Allows an application to request installation of packages.
    • access approximate location only in the foreground
      This app can get your approximate location from location services while the app is in use. Location services for your device must be turned on for the app to get location.
    • access precise location only in the foreground
      This app can get your precise location from location services while the app is in use. Location services for your device must be turned on for the app to get location. This may increase battery usage.
    • modify or delete the contents of your shared storage
      Allows the app to write the contents of your shared storage.
    • view Wi-Fi connections
      Allows the app to view information about Wi-Fi networking, such as whether Wi-Fi is enabled and name of connected Wi-Fi devices.
    • use biometric hardware
      Allows the app to use biometric hardware for authentication
    • use fingerprint hardware
      Allows the app to use fingerprint hardware for authentication

    Download APK 97 MiB PGP Signature | Build Log

  • Version 1.4.34.sc58 (40100910) - Added on 2022-09-04

    This version requires Android 5.0 or newer.

    It is built and signed by F-Droid, and guaranteed to correspond to this source tarball.

    Permissions
    • prevent phone from sleeping
      Allows the app to prevent the phone from going to sleep.
    • run at startup
      Allows the app to have itself started as soon as the system has finished booting. This can make it take longer to start the phone and allow the app to slow down the overall phone by always running.
    • run foreground service
      Allows the app to make use of foreground services.
    • ask to ignore battery optimizations
      Allows an app to ask for permission to ignore battery optimizations for that app.
    • pair with Bluetooth devices
      Allows the app to view the configuration of the Bluetooth on the phone, and to make and accept connections with paired devices.
      (11)
    • connect to paired Bluetooth devices
      Allows the app to connect to paired Bluetooth devices
    • have full network access
      Allows the app to create network sockets and use custom network protocols. The browser and other applications provide means to send data to the internet, so this permission is not required to send data to the internet.
    • read your contacts
      Allows the app to read data about your contacts stored on your phone. Apps will also have access to the accounts on your phone that have created contacts. This may include accounts created by apps you have installed. This permission allows apps to save your contact data, and malicious apps may share contact data without your knowledge.
    • control vibration
      Allows the app to control the vibrator.
    • take pictures and videos
      This app can take pictures and record videos using the camera while the app is in use.
    • record audio
      This app can record audio using the microphone while the app is in use.
    • read the contents of your shared storage
      Allows the app to read the contents of your shared storage.
    • route calls through the system
      Allows the app to route its calls through the system in order to improve the calling experience.
    • change your audio settings
      Allows the app to modify global audio settings such as volume and which speaker is used for output.
    • display notifications as full screen activities on a locked device
      Allows the app to display notifications as full screen activities on a locked device
    • This app can appear on top of other apps
      This app can appear on top of other apps or other parts of the screen. This may interfere with normal app usage and change the way that other apps appear.
    • request install packages
      Allows an application to request installation of packages.
    • access approximate location only in the foreground
      This app can get your approximate location from location services while the app is in use. Location services for your device must be turned on for the app to get location.
    • access precise location only in the foreground
      This app can get your precise location from location services while the app is in use. Location services for your device must be turned on for the app to get location. This may increase battery usage.
    • view network connections
      Allows the app to view information about network connections such as which networks exist and are connected.
    • modify or delete the contents of your shared storage
      Allows the app to write the contents of your shared storage.
    • view Wi-Fi connections
      Allows the app to view information about Wi-Fi networking, such as whether Wi-Fi is enabled and name of connected Wi-Fi devices.
    • use biometric hardware
      Allows the app to use biometric hardware for authentication
    • use fingerprint hardware
      Allows the app to use fingerprint hardware for authentication

    Download APK 97 MiB PGP Signature | Build Log

  • Version 1.4.32.sc57 (40100900) - Added on 2022-08-23

    This version requires Android 5.0 or newer.

    It is built and signed by F-Droid, and guaranteed to correspond to this source tarball.

    Permissions
    • prevent phone from sleeping
      Allows the app to prevent the phone from going to sleep.
    • run at startup
      Allows the app to have itself started as soon as the system has finished booting. This can make it take longer to start the phone and allow the app to slow down the overall phone by always running.
    • run foreground service
      Allows the app to make use of foreground services.
    • ask to ignore battery optimizations
      Allows an app to ask for permission to ignore battery optimizations for that app.
    • pair with Bluetooth devices
      Allows the app to view the configuration of the Bluetooth on the phone, and to make and accept connections with paired devices.
      (11)
    • connect to paired Bluetooth devices
      Allows the app to connect to paired Bluetooth devices
    • have full network access
      Allows the app to create network sockets and use custom network protocols. The browser and other applications provide means to send data to the internet, so this permission is not required to send data to the internet.
    • read your contacts
      Allows the app to read data about your contacts stored on your phone. Apps will also have access to the accounts on your phone that have created contacts. This may include accounts created by apps you have installed. This permission allows apps to save your contact data, and malicious apps may share contact data without your knowledge.
    • control vibration
      Allows the app to control the vibrator.
    • take pictures and videos
      This app can take pictures and record videos using the camera while the app is in use.
    • record audio
      This app can record audio using the microphone while the app is in use.
    • read the contents of your shared storage
      Allows the app to read the contents of your shared storage.
    • route calls through the system
      Allows the app to route its calls through the system in order to improve the calling experience.
    • change your audio settings
      Allows the app to modify global audio settings such as volume and which speaker is used for output.
    • display notifications as full screen activities on a locked device
      Allows the app to display notifications as full screen activities on a locked device
    • This app can appear on top of other apps
      This app can appear on top of other apps or other parts of the screen. This may interfere with normal app usage and change the way that other apps appear.
    • request install packages
      Allows an application to request installation of packages.
    • access approximate location only in the foreground
      This app can get your approximate location from location services while the app is in use. Location services for your device must be turned on for the app to get location.
    • access precise location only in the foreground
      This app can get your precise location from location services while the app is in use. Location services for your device must be turned on for the app to get location. This may increase battery usage.
    • view network connections
      Allows the app to view information about network connections such as which networks exist and are connected.
    • modify or delete the contents of your shared storage
      Allows the app to write the contents of your shared storage.
    • view Wi-Fi connections
      Allows the app to view information about Wi-Fi networking, such as whether Wi-Fi is enabled and name of connected Wi-Fi devices.
    • use biometric hardware
      Allows the app to use biometric hardware for authentication
    • use fingerprint hardware
      Allows the app to use fingerprint hardware for authentication

    Download APK 97 MiB PGP Signature | Build Log