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Eddie Android Edition 2.3 beta 2 released

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Hello!
 
We're glad to inform you that we are finalizing the beta testing phase of our free and open source software Eddie for Android version 2.3.

You can participate to testing by joining the beta community in the Google Play Store here:
https://play.google.com/apps/testing/org.airvpn.eddie
 
You can also download the Eddie Android 2.3 beta 2 apk directly from our repository:
https://eddie.website/repository/eddie/android/2.3beta2/org.airvpn.eddie.apk
 
The application is fully localized and we look for translators, especially for translations into Japanese, Korean and other languages. If you wish to translate (from English) please contact info@airvpn.org for every detail.

 

Available languages: Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, Turkish.

Eddie for Android is free and open source software released under GPLv3. We invite you to check from independent 3rd parties the lack of trackers code signatures, for example here: https://reports.exodus-privacy.eu.org/en/reports/search/org.airvpn.eddie

 

New in version 2.3:

  • Disabled data backup on uninstall
  • Server statistics shown in Favorite/Forbidden/Countries & Servers groups
  • Logout drops user credentials
  • Native library updated to the latest openvpn3, lz4, mbedtls and asio commits
  • Minor bug fixes
  • See changelog at the end of this post for a complete list

Main features:
  • Free and open source OpenVPN GUI based on OpenVPN 3
  • The only Android application officially developed by AirVPN
  • Robust, best effort prevention of traffic leaks outside the VPN tunnel
  • Battery-conscious application
  • Low RAM footprint
  • Ergonomic and friendly interface
  • Ability to start and connect the application at device boot
  • Option to define which apps must have traffic inside or outside the VPN tunnel through white and black list
  • Localization in simplified and traditional Chinese, Danish, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish
  • Full integration with AirVPN
  • Enhanced security thanks to locally stored encrypted data through master password
  • Quick one-tap connection and smart, fully automated server selection
  • Smart server selection with custom settings
  • Manual server selection
  • Smart attempts to bypass OpenVPN blocks featuring protocol and server fail-over
  • Full Android TV compatibility including D-Pad support. Mouse emulation is not required.
  • Enhancements aimed to increase accessibility and comfort to visually impaired persons
  • AirVPN servers sorting options
  • Customizable "Favorite" and "Forbidden" servers and countries
  • OpenVPN mimetype support to import profiles from external applications
  • Multiple OpenVPN profile support. The app now imports and manages multiple OpenVPN profiles
  • Support for custom bootstrap servers
  • Support for favorite and forbidden countries
  • AirVPN broadcast messages support
  • User's subscription expiration date is shown in login/connection information
  • The app is aware of concurrent VPN use. In case another app is granted VPN access, Eddie acts accordingly and releases VPN resources
  • Optional local networks access. In such case, local network devices are exempted from the VPN and can be accessed within the local devices
  • Localization override. User can choose the default language and localization from one of the available ones
  • Favorite and forbidden lists can be emptied with a single tap
  • VPN Lock can now be disabled or enabled from settings
  • VPN reconnection in case of unexpected OpenVPN disconnection. (It requires VPN Lock to be disabled)
  • User can generate an OpenVPN profile for any AirVPN server or country and save it in OpenVPN profile manager
  • Server scoring algorithm implementing the latest AirVPN balancing factors in order to determine the best server for quick connection
  • Network name and extra information are shown along with network type
  • Device network status management

Kind regards & datalove
AirVPN Staff

Changelog 2.3 beta 2 (VC 22) - Release date: 27 June 2019 by ProMIND

- [ProMIND] About page and webview function now point to https://airvpn.org
- [ProMIND] Updated native library with the latest sub-project branches and releases

AirVPNUser.java
- [ProMIND] getOpenVPNProfile(): AES-256-GCM is now the default cipher

MainActivity.java
- [ProMIND] Language override is reported to the application log

OpenVPNTunnel.java
- [ProMIND] improved connection error handling
- [ProMIND] removed doRun() method. Method's body moved to run()

VPN.java
- [ProMIND] Added CONNECTION_ERROR to Status enum

VPNService.java
- [ProMIND] Added method handleConnectionError()


Changelog 2.3 beta 1 (VC 21) - Release date: 17 May 2019 by ProMIND

AndroidManifest.xml
- [ProMIND] set android:allowBackup and android:fullBackupOnly to false

airvpn_server_listview_group_item.xml
- [ProMIND] added server statistics layout

ConnectAirVPNServerFragment.java
- [ProMIND] AirVPNServerExpandableListAdapter.GroupListViewHolder: added server statistics items
- [ProMIND] AirVPNServerExpandableListAdapter.getGroupView(): added server statistics items to HEADER and GROUP types
- [ProMIND] createGroupList(): compute server statistics for HEADER and GROUP types

AirVPNUser.java
- [ProMIND] getUserLocation(): set connection timeout to SupportTools.HTTP_CONNECTION_TIMEOUT
- [ProMIND] getUserLocation(): set read timeout to SupportTools.HTTP_READ_TIMEOUT
- [ProMIND] logout(): user name, password and current profile are set to empty and forgetAirVPNCredentials() is called


native library
- [ProMIND] updated to the latest openvpn3, lz4, mbedtls and asio commits

manifest.xml
- [ProMIND] updated to the latest document

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The ad blocking techniques on Android (if you are not rooted) generally use VPNs, which then precludes using Eddie as well.

Is there a way to use Eddie for Android to block ads?
 

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It's an OpenVPN client. By definition the answer is a no :)


Four simple things:
There's a guide to AirVPN. Before you ask questions, take 30 minutes of your time to go through it.

Amazon IPs are not dangerous here. It's the fallback DNS.
Running TOR exits is discouraged. They're subject to restrictions on the internet and harm all AirVPN users.

Furthermore, I propose that your paranoia is to be destroyed. If you overdo privacy, you'll be unique among the mass again.

 

XMPP: gigan3rd@xmpp.airvpn.org or join our lounge@conference.xmpp.airvpn.org

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My imprecise and vague understanding is that generally the ad blockers on Android use a VPN to allow them to change the DNS resolution of ad sites to 127.0.0.1 .  Apparently without the VPN they are not allowed to make those changes.   AFAIK, PIA and IIRC PureVPN have ad blockers within their clients.

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Hello,

we might implement a filtering at VPN DNS level. It's not a trivial decision because it is an attack to Net Neutrality and a violation of our network agnosticism. Once you start selecting content, you are no more necessarily protected by liability exemptions on the behavior of your users. You also set a precedent and you can potentially be forced (legally) to implement wider filtering systems. Our purpose has always been providing our users with a network that's as neutral as possible.

Kind regards
 

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7 hours ago, Staff said:

Hello,

we might implement a filtering at VPN DNS level. It's not a trivial decision because it is an attack to Net Neutrality and a violation of our network agnosticism. Once you start selecting content, you are no more necessarily protected by liability exemptions on the behavior of your users. You also set a precedent and you can potentially be forced (legally) to implement wider filtering systems. Our purpose has always been providing our users with a network that's as neutral as possible.

Kind regards
 

That's a very good argument.   Net Neutrality has to be foremost.

There are non-VPN solutions, but they require rooting the device (which I might eventually get around to doing).

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