Before anyone says it, yes, I see the irony. The problem is that I am not ready yet to move out of gmail. I have moved out of chrome, google search, google photos, google maps, google drive. Now I want to move out from Android, but I will still need to use gmail for the forceable future, as my company uses google workspace for email + calendar + contacts.
K9 email and the whole system of Account Manager does not work yet well enough for me. I am sure the developers will get it better and at some point I will be able to use these tools. But this moment has not arrived yet for me.
So, I want to install the gmail app. I can download it through the app store, it installs, it asks for microG, I am able to login microG, set my account, password, accepting terms of service. Then when I am about to finish, I receive a message:
There was a problem communicating with Google servers
Try again later.
And I get back to the first page.
How can I fix that? Do I have to install google play services in order to get it to work?