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Flipper Zero gets an app store

Just when I thought that the Flipper Zero, a portable security multi-tool designed for pentesters and geeks, couldn't get any better, it now gets an app store and a bunch of third-party apps.
Written by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Senior Contributing Editor
Flipper Zero running the MiFare Fuzzer app from the new app store.

Flipper Zero running the MiFare Fuzzer app from the new app store.

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I've raved about the Flipper Zero, the $169 multifunctional device that looks like a toy but can interact with digital interfaces in the physical world. 

It can do all sorts of cool things, such as emulate RFID and NFC cards, analyze radio protocols, imitate remote controls, and much more. It's like a "digital Swiss Army knife" for cybersecurity enthusiasts, tinkerers, and those interested in exploring the digital side of their environment.

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For some time now, you've been able to load a number of third-party operating systems onto the Flipper Zero, but it's been missing something -- an app store.

That changes today.

Flipper Devices, the company behind the hardware, announces the launch of Flipper Apps, an open hub for applications from third-party developers. With Flipper Apps, users can expand on what their device can do by downloading small custom applications that take seconds to install. 

Also: Flipper Zero: Geeky toy or serious security tool? 

This can all be done with a single click, rather than having to overwrite their Flipper Zero with an entire operating system or go trawling through GitHub repositories to find a specific app. 

Flipper Apps on the iOS Flipper app.

Flipper Apps on the iOS Flipper app.

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A host of specific purpose apps from third-party developers are already available, including:

  • Flipper Authenticator: A software-based authenticator for services using the Time-based One-time Password (TOTP), such as Google, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

  • Flipper Air Mouse: This app allows you to turn your Flipper into a USB or Bluetooth air mouse to control PCs and other devices.

  • Unitemp: An application for reading temperature, humidity, and pressure sensors, such as the DHT11/22, DS18B20, BMP280, HTU21, and more.

  • Xbox Controller: An infrared remote control unit for Xbox One. 

  • Multi Fuzzer: A multi-protocol pen-testing app lets users check if their iButton/RFID reader is vulnerable to various attacks, such as denial of service or dictionary-based brute force. 

There are also a bunch of new games, including poker, 2048, Minesweeper, and Tetris. If you know someone else who owns a Flipper Zero, you can even play a wireless game of rock-paper-scissors. 

Also: Flipper Zero: 'Can you really hack Wi-Fi networks?' and other questions answered

Installing an app is as simple as connecting the Flipper Zero to the computer or mobile device and pressing a button.

Installing apps on the Flipper Zero

Installing apps on the Flipper Zero is smooth and simple.

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes/ZDNET

Currently, there are some 80 apps available. Given how big and industrious the Flipper Zero community is, I expect this number to explode over the coming weeks, making the Flipper Zero even better.  

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