Android and Google Play Store on a PinePhone?
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I have a friend who's very interested in open-friendly hardware and wants a PinePhone, but is stuck deeply in Google's service ecosystem. Ability to use Android and Google Play Store is a make or break feature for him. He said he'll preorder a PinePhone if (and only if) that is possible. What should I tell him?
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(11-07-2019, 09:13 PM)Solra Bizna Wrote: I have a friend who's very interested in open-friendly hardware and wants a PinePhone, but is stuck deeply in Google's service ecosystem. Ability to use Android and Google Play Store is a make or break feature for him. He said he'll preorder a PinePhone if (and only if) that is possible. What should I tell him?


There is anbox that can make some android apps work, but it's not really mature.

There is also a lot of apps for ubuntu touch: https://open-store.io/

As for Android, I have no idea, most of the focus is on getting Linux OS's to work with the phone.
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The user that provided us the Android /e/ image for the Pinebook expressed interest in producing a build for the PinePhone. If he does, /e/ already uses microg, which is a non-Google implementation of Google Services. Your friend would still be able to use any desired Google apps.
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in addition, from what I understand are also porting salifish that has a layer of compatibility with android (although I do not know how they are porting it).
Plus if also replicants is ported, you can probably install the gaps on them too.
If this is still your friend's doubt, maybe you should wait for the official release and not the bravehearts edition, so you can see which systems are available instead of hoping that some of the possible ones will become available.
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