Native apps eating up battery and slowing down your phone, even when you’re not using them?
Requirements: 4.4 and up
SWITCH TO LITE APPS TODAY
Create your own shell apps for any web site — for better security, privacy & battery life. Skip downloading native apps that require all sorts of permissions and eat up battery.
FREE LITE APPS LIBRARY
Hermit includes a Library that offers alternatives to Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Reddit, YouTube, Yahoo, Amazon, IMDb, TripAdvisor and more. There’s no need to download a separate wrapper app for every web site.
If you’re privacy-conscious (as you should be!), Hermit lets you wear a tinfoil hat on any web site by creating a custom Lite App. Each website gets its own icon on your home screen, a place in the Recent Apps list, and looks and feels like a native app.
WHY LITE APPS?
Lite Apps are “Good Guy” apps. They:
— Only run when you use them,
— Cannot run in the background,
— Cannot track your location, and
— Cannot access your photos or files directly.
DESKTOP MODE TOO
Run in desktop mode too: you can now run WhatsApp on a second phone with Hermit!
BETTER PERMISSIONS SETTINGS THAN ANDROID 6.0 MARSHMALLOW
Even on Android Marshmallow, once a native app is granted a permission, it can continue to use it in the background.
Not with Hermit. See the screenshots for clear, fine-grained privacy and permissions controls.
When you want to check-in to a location, or take a photo, Hermit permits the Lite App to see your location or your photos only for that one time. As soon as you’re done checking in, no more access allowed. Instead of completely blocking all the functionality, Hermit lets you do all these things on your own terms, so you get all of the features, but none of the background tracking.
BETTER BATTERY THAN ANDROID 6.0 MARSHMALLOW
Doze mode on Android Marshmallow only works when your phone is not moving. Otherwise all apps are allowed to access the network in the background, so your battery keeps getting depleted.
With Hermit, Lite Apps consume zero battery when you are not using them, because they cannot run in the background.
MORE SECURE IN A SANDBOX
Since Lite Apps are HTML5 apps, they run in their own sandbox, so you cannot get a virus or malware from a Lite App.
BETTER THAN RUNNING IN YOUR BROWSER
Chrome lets you put an app shortcut on your home screen, but it will still run within Chrome. So, every site has access to third-party cookies. E.g. if you use Facebook in your browser, Facebook can track any sites you visit that have the Facebook Like button on them.
But if you create a Hermit Lite App for Facebook, then it won’t be able to track your browser history.
ABSOLUTELY NO ADS OR UPGRADE NAGS
The free version allows unlimited use of up to two Lite Apps.
— Unlimited Lite Apps
— Full-screen videos
— Desktop mode
Enjoy a free trial of Premium features when you install the app. After that, you decide if you want to continue using the free version or upgrade to Premium.
We believe that you’ll love Lite Apps so much, you’ll want to get the Premium version right away!
BEST EXPERIENCED ON ANDROID LOLLIPOP AND ABOVE
This Material Design app works on Android KitKat and above, but really shines on Lollipop & Marshmallow (Android 5.1+).
The following features are only available on Lollipop and above (sorry, Android platform limitation):
— Photo and video uploading
— Recent Apps integration
— Status bar color matches the app icon color
NOTIFICATIONS! Hermit can now show you notifications from your Lite Apps.
— Automatic Configuration for the most popular sites, e.g. Facebook
— Customizable Vibrate Patterns, using an innovative system based on Morse code: dots and dashes. You’ll know what notification fired without looking at your phone or watch!
— Customizable Sounds, a different one for each Lite App.
— Customizable Icons
— Fully supports Android Wear watches
Premium features unlocked!
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