Google moving away from the open APK format to a proprietary Android app format locked to Google Play.
Interesting. I had previously been using gplaycli to download things into a local f-droid repository, but it broke at some point.
Though wouldn't this project also struggle if google switches to a proprietary container format? (I am assuming propreitary will mean DRMed in some way)
@samuraikid Apparently FairPhone 2 with UT randomly reboots, I don't know what the heck is up with that. Maybe it's fixed by now, I do not know.
@person lineageOS is stable ubuntu os is stable postmarket os is being developed all compatible with fairphone
@yogthos @yuki I don't quite agree. I think they are primarily trying to solve a (very minor) technical problem (with a very complicated solution). But they don't care about anyone else's interests, so they are solving the technical problem in a way that ignores others' interests and incidentally creates more monopolistic power for them.
@person using it since September 2020 and quite happy. I use mainly matrix and of course the calls. The only issue was a bug with gnome authenticator. I had to hack it locally, but now it works.
what the article looks like is it may actually be as open as apk but it has a SaaS component to get the rest of an app, and this may make it more difficult to host apps in the 'modern' format outside of google's huge serverfarms
it doesn't seem totally clear yet whether something like f-droid could create a libre implementation of the aab 'additional modules store' that's maybe just a bit slower than google's but still a step above apk
@Valenoern @yogthos …huh, is federation working? Did I get blocked or something? Why is my post (https://fedi.xerz.one/notice/A8omr0DQeDYWZiI40W) not in this thread (https://mastodon.social/@yogthos/106500741488047090)
@yogthos To keep Huawei from using it perhaps? Huawei phones, even after GPlay cut them off, still had some backdoor access
Ps. I believe it was you a while back who posted a link to an article explaining how the commercial real estate industry and financial industry can scam vacant properties to increase lease rates by leaving storefronts and other property vacant. Was that you and can you supply the link? I'm not finding it in my browser history. I BELIEVE it was a WSJ article
@yogthos The CEO of Huawei claimed, before the dustup, that their 5g platform was 'hardened against intrusion' and by extension US versions are vulnerable to government backdoors. I always figured that was at least one of the reasons huawei was attacked, because of either that hardening, or the insinuation US Vs are subject to domestic spying.
@yogthos this was a long time in the making, they want to limit the initial download size for all apps across the board to 150 mb. I imagine they will still allow APKs that are under 150 mb. if you’re worried about the binary format, DEX and OAT executable formats have been “proprietary” for almost 10 years.
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