Browser-Based Lima to Compete with Cydia for Jailbroken Apps & Tweaks

For a while Cydia has been the one and only source for jailbroken applications and tweaks, and it hasn’t really had a lot of competition. That’s about to change, as a new web-based installer called Lima is on its way to give Cydia something of a challenge.

Developed by the Infini Dev Team, Lima runs in the Safari browser and doesn’t require any additional applications – you just navigate to its webpage to access all of its packages. Downloading and installing packages is just as simple as it currently is with Cydia.

Judging from the video at the top, Lima looks like a nice, snappy way of accessing jailbroken apps and tweaks, without the downsides of the often slow Cydia. However, I’m not sure whether you’ll we’ll still be able to add our own repositories like we can with Cydia, or whether we’re stuck with whatever Lima has to offer.

As much as I love Cydia, sometimes its slow reload times and all too frequent errors prove to be a huge frustration, and I’m looking forward to giving Lima a try. What do you think; will Lima give Cydia a run for its money, or is it facing an uphill battle? Let us know in the comments!

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  • Wirehedd

    Looks interesting. Any chance of a link? :)

  • Lggeek -

    I would like to see it loading with as many apps as cydia has then I could judge if it is better or just different.

  • Hampus

    It seems they have the same packages as cydia available so they are probably using the same repos, that would mean it works basically the same way but the packages list and the task of updating it is placed on the server rather than the end user device…

    Will be fun to see how Saurik responds to this, maybe he just buys this to claiming they shouldn’t not be storing the package list on a server, taking shortcuts and that the competition is bad, you know kinda like with the Rock (Your Phone) app…

    Oh well will be fun to see how this works out…

  • Hampus

    Seeing how they had so many familiar Cydia apps/tweaks in the video and the fact that they use the term “Install package now!” I bet they are using the same repos and .deb packages as Cydia.

    So basically a web/server-based front-end for apt and dpkg…

    I wonder how they will handle paid apps that are in the Cydia store, I saw a few in the video.

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