Evaluate the odds for application compatibility

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#1

This is a newbie question: how to evaluate the odds that a given application in the Google Play Store would work with /e/ ?
If the application is in the F-Droid store or even in the /e/ store, does it mean it has been tested and will fully work ? And if the application is nowhere but in the Google Play Store, what are the hints that could help determine if the application would be compatible with /e/ when I install the .apk ? What if I cannot even get the .apk ?

I wish I could give it a try, but unfortunately I do not own any device compatible with /e/, and I understand I cannot run any emulator on an x86 Linux PC. Today I am locked by unwanted vendor apps I cannot remove. I wonder to what extent I would be free to install any app I like if I switch to /e/


#2

Actually, 99% of apps in the Play Store are compatible with /e/. Why not 100% ? Just because we never know :yum:


#3

Ok, I did not realize compatibility was so good, thank you for your reply! So there is no reason for me not to switch to /e/, except I do not have compatible hardware and I am not fond of flashing devices…
But wait, preinstalled hardware is on the way https://e.foundation/register-now-for-your-first-smartphone/
I am in!


#4

/e/ is not some kind of completely original OS. It is just privacy-tuned and open-source-centered Android, based on LineageOS with using MicroG instead of GApps.

If you need a Play Store access — just install Aurora Store or Yalp Store. But would be better to use only F-Droid Store, since this will be enough in most cases.


#5

Shpock doesn’t locate you like other apps that use the latest version of g00g1e map


#6

yes all apps that i have used have worked on /e/ as they work on Google’s version of Android, never come across one that did not work!


#7

Thank you for the information. It makes much sense to stop using Google Maps (and applications relying on it) anyway. I am a big fan of OpenStreetMap :slight_smile:


#8

For me, the following apps don’t work yet: