Before switching to /e/, I’ve used a couple of apps with in-app-purchases. Is there any way to keep using the paid features while using /e/ os? The apps themselves just error out for the runtime paid feature checking.
I tried a bunch of things. At this point, I don’t know what to do anymore and would like to know if anyone has experience with this or knows what to do.
Here is what I tried:
I’ve researched quite a bit, and what I’ve learned is that this functionality resides within the Google Play Store. Of course, /e/ ships with microG which only includes the FakeStore. So I read a bit and read somewhere that just installing the Play Store would work, it’d be using microG APIs.
So I thought that I’d have to install the Play Store. I haven’t found any discussion about anyone particularily doing this already or providing a howto or anything like that specifically for /e/ (which is mostly Lineage if I got it right), but I’ve found a couple blogs and other sources (like this).
So I tried installing the Play Store, but I failed. I first tried just installing the APK normally as a user app, which worked of course, but apparently Play Store doesn’t handle being a user app very well, it kept crashing. So I’ve tried installing it as a system app, which I’ve also failed at.
First I tried this guys standalone play store installers, which just didn’t seem to do anything, no play store after running them (I’ve checked the installer script to make sure it wasn’t malware, and it seemed to just extract the apk into /system/priv-app/Phonesky).
Then I’ve tried following these directions with and without the patch, but any time I try to start, the boot fails and sends me back into recovery.
Finally, I’ve tried downloading the opengapps pico installer, which I didn’t want because it includes actual play services, but it installed and I have a Play Store. But it doesn’t work, just shows “Error retrieving information from server”. I then tried removing everything but the actual play store from the installer script, which didn’t boot again.