[App][4.4+] Aurora Store - Open Source Play Store client [April 8 2021]

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maybeme2

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Google connectivity will not download. Is that because I logged Aurora anonymously? It says app not purchased. Is there a workaround other than logging in under my real account?
 

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I am new to Aurora Store and recently struggle with "timeouts" when trying to open the app. I wonder if that is normal or not?
Checked previous postings already and checked my pi-hole after i heard about people having domains blocked, but it wasnt the case (and wouldnt have happened out of nowhere).
 

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I am new to Aurora Store and recently struggle with "timeouts" when trying to open the app. I wonder if that is normal or not?
Checked previous postings already and checked my pi-hole after i heard about people having domains blocked, but it wasnt the case (and wouldnt have happened out of nowhere).

No, it isn't normal but it occasionally happens and the dev usually fixes the problem. It's just started happening to me as well this morning.

EDIT: This problem has resolved itself for me. I'm no longer getting timeouts.
 
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Draygon

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I love Aurora Store, will following features be added in future?
1. Automatic Updates in background via Aurora Services (This was removed I guess? Really important to many people)
2. Support for in-app purchases (Maybe impossible without GAPPS, but it would be really needed and completely replace Play Store)

Excited to see what comes next. Thank you devs!
 
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I love Aurora Store, will following features be added in future?
1. Automatic Updates in background via Aurora Services (This was removed I guess? Really important to many people)
2. Support for in-app purchases (Maybe impossible without GAPPS, but it would be really needed and completely replace Play Store)

Excited to see what comes next. Thank you devs!
What is the point of aurora if you need to connect your own google account for purchases?
 

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I'm using CalyxOS and Aurora is the only way to download apps from Play Store. It also is more private than the official app (less data leakage).

Paid apps are a must for me because I want to support developers.
I believe you would need google services on your phone to support in-app-purchase verification, so the aurora app is not really related in that case.
 

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thanks for your response - with a bit of digging the best documentation on this feature is here: https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/...ore-client-april-8-2021.3739733/post-84739245 (which is the developer's announcement of the feature). Does not give any detail on implications, however.

I have a couple questions. Kinda detailed i suppose, but I greatly appreciate your info as i am trying to understand the privacy implications.
  • If I enable this (once) in order to 'find' my app via the official store, then DISable it - are there any privacy implications beyond interacting with google's servers [what I'm obviously already exposed to]- it would look just like a random ID to them, correct?
    • eg is there any explicit info left over linking the sessions or device [device/location/usage fingerprinting would still apply obviously]
  • is a new id generated every time this is enabled? Eg, if I need to repeat this in the future, am I trailing along a _persistent_ or just new-random ID?
    • experimenting with this on/off - i see that once i've installed the app Aurora can display it for updates. Is there anything tying that to the "GSF ID" i used to find/install the original apk?
This doesn't seem that well documented anywere - adding searchable text for future folk DuckDuckGo'ing this feature: Aurora store --> Networking --> "Insecure anonymous session" --> "Generate GSF ID locally on device" to force a region for app availability in the Play store/api.
I also would love a more detailed description of how this feature works from the developer or anyone else that explicitly understands the privacy implications of this feature. Simply making the option is available is great, but I'd love some deeper documentation on just the questions you've raised. Does this assign a GSF ID to my device that could now, in theory, be used to persistently track my activity and future downloads? Or will it simply only tell google that on x day at x time a Samsung S20 downloaded the Mcdonalds app from x location and once I turn the feature off and resume a new anonymous session there will be no further tracking. Furthermore, if I use this feature again will it add to the tracking of that initially assigned insecure GSF ID? Or is a new one generated each time I activate the feature?
 
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I can´t install paid apps with aurora store. I am on an Linage 18.1 vanilla without gapps.
I installed the aurora store according to the instructions and have successfully logged in with my google account. i can see my installed apps and easily install freeware and get updates for the apps. However, I cannot see my purchase history. it updates and does not display anything. if i want to install apps that i have bought, it says i have to buy them. Inn app purchases are also not recognized. What can I do? thank you very much!
 
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What to download and install?

The Aurora GitHub site has 3 files available to download :
AuroraStore.....
AuroraServices....
AuroraServices....Unity

I am rooted with Magisk and have AuroraStore already installed. Which of the above 3 files do I download and install to update to the latest version?

Thank you.
 
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What to download and install?

The Aurora GitHub site has 3 files available to download :
AuroraStore.....
AuroraServices....
AuroraServices....Unity

I am rooted with Magisk and have AuroraStore already installed. Which of the above 3 files do I download and install to update to the latest version?

Thank you.
Install latest Aurora store 4.0.5 like a normal apk file.

Aurora services is a optional magisk module for rooted users which installs app in the background(behaviour similar to how Play Store installs app). Install the latest version(the unity one ig) through magisk.
 

Aakaxda

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Cannot open app pages in Aurora Store from play store links

Aurora Store version: 4.0.5 (latest, stable)

Suppose I google something on the web browser and an app is suggested on the search page. Now if I click on the app link, it directs me to Aurora Store, but it never loads the app page.
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Aakaxda

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Feature request: is it possible to add a small search bar in this empty part of app pages like this one?

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........... ........... ............

Reason (Example):-

Step 1: Search for an app on Auroa Store
↓↓↓
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Step 2: Open an app page
↓↓↓
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Step 3: On the bottom suggestion strip you find a better alternative
↓↓↓
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You go to that app and install (or not install) it
↓↓↓
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Step 4: Now you think of installing another app or just want to edit the search keywords which you first applied
>> But now you have to press back button again and again until you find the first search page
↓↓↓
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Aakaxda

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Possible Solution: kindly make the 1st part of the top search bar constant on all pages (from start page to app page), make the 2nd part variable i. e. on search page it's (↓) and on the app pages it's ( ⋮ ) ...on app page, you may include the top share option in this ( ⋮ ) and not outside.

The 1st and 2nd part of the top search bar is depicted below
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Hi everybody,

Aurora Store's search doesn't find/indicate an app which definitely already exists in (german) Play Store (CovPass-App). Is there another way how I can find/get this app?

Samsung S7 with unofficial LOS 16.0.

Thanks in advance!
 

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    I can't telegram, sorry. But I think people would benefit from knowing this, please move as necessary.

    Aurora Store would crash immediately when I attempted to start it.

    I found out was getting SQL errors: "could not open database", "database not found".

    BTW: I'm on AICP OS, and when an app crashes there is a popup that allowed me to "copy the URL", I pasted the URL into a browser and it displayed the errors.

    Long story short, Aurora Store was being installed on the sdcard (or perhaps it got moved).

    After I moved it back to (internal) system storage, I noticed 2 installs of Aurora Store (maybe there was always 2 and I just didn't notice) so I uninstalled the sdcard version.

    Immediately after I moved it, the install screen displayed (grant permissions etc).
    It would not advance to the "next" setup screen but when I hit the previous button, back to the chose color screen then and went forward again it completed the setup.

    It's fixed.
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    Aurora Store
    Unofficial Google Play client

    Disclaimer :
    Using Aurora Store with your own Google account may cause your account
    to be blacklisted, use at your own risk.




    Aurora Store is an Unofficial FOSS client to Google's Play Store, with an elegant design,
    using Aurora you can download apps, update existing apps, search for apps, get details about app tracker & adware.
    You can also Spoof your Device Information, Language, and Region to get access to the apps that are not yet available or restricted in your country or Device. Aurora Store does not require Google's Proprietary Framework to operate,

    It works perfectly fine with or without Google Play Service or microG.

    Earlier based on Yalp store, v4.0 is a Kotlin rewrite from scratch that follows
    Material Design and runs on all devices running Android 4.4 and above.




    Aurora Store is derived from the following projects, special thanks to the devs
    YalpStore | AppCrawler | SAI | Raccoon

    Important Links
    GitLab | Telegram Support Group | Telegram Channel

    Downloads
    Stable | Nightlies

    Special Thanks for Help & Inspiration
    Sergey Yeriomin | Nick Kountouriotis | Krzysztof Szczepański | Andreas Itzchak Rehberg (IzzySoft)

    Core Developers
    Rahul Kumar Patel

    Designers
    Iacob Ionut | Radek Błędowski | Lumiq Creative

    Aurora Community Members
    Anunay | Snoop | Sicarious | My Translators | BadAss Bug Reporters | Alpha Testers & Khaleesi

    Version Information

    4.0.4

    XDA:DevDB Information
    Aurora Store, App for all devices (see above for details)

    Contributors
    WhyOrean
    Source Code: https://gitlab.com/AuroraOSS/AuroraStore


    Version Information
    Status:
    Stable

    Created 2018-01-24
    Last Updated 2021-04-07
    73
    Changelog : v4.0.4 (35)
    • Fix missing download entries
    • Do not allow users to install bundled apps via Native Installer
    • Updated Translations

    Changelog : v4.0.3 (34)
    • Add back search filters
    • Add back manual downloads
    • Fixed installer related issues
    • Fixed language spoof issue
    • Fixed dispenser timeout issue
    • Added support for insecure anonymous sessions
    • Fixed ABI mismatch issues on Huawei devices
    • Added options to disable ForYouPage & customize default tab
    • Bug fixes & improvements
    • Updated Translations

    Changelog: v4.0.2
    • New GPlay API
    • New improved UI
    • Better app installers
    • Theme Engine
    • Bug fixes & improvements

    Changelog : v3.0.2
    • Updated translations & added new Koffrora (Meme) locale
    • Enforced root install method to set installer as 'com.android.vending' allowing app to work that
    impose restricts if installed from other sources except Play Store.
    • Fix bugs related to search bar & search history
    • Fix bugs related to Downloader
    • Added option to view changelogs in updatable app list
    • UI improvements

    Changelog : v3.0.3
    • Sort app list in ascending order of app name
    • Enforced proxy network on download requests
    • Show update size in updatable app list
    • Disable quick notification completely if notifications are turned off

    Changelog : v3.0.4
    • Bug fixes & improvements
    • Added new locales (Asturian, Catalan and Sardinian)
    • Added new spoof location : Tokyo, Japan

    Changelog : v3.0.5
    • Bug fixes & improvements

    Changelog : v3.0.6
    • Improved legacy card style
    • Added support for TV
    • Improved Accounts and added support for 2FA
    • Fixed exodus showing old reports
    • Fixed and improved search results
    • Added new locale - Dutch
    • Updated translation

    Changelog : v3.0.7
    • Added option to use custom token dispensers (Settings->Network)
    • Added new dummy accounts & dispenser
    • Added support for Aurora Services
    • Added option to view AppInfo from list menu
    • Zip the splits to backup bundled apps
    • Bug fixes & improvements
    • Updated translation

    Changelog : v3.0.8
    • Added option to export current device info
    • Improved Search UI
    • Bug fixes and improvements

    Changelog : v3.0.9
    • Added option to install apps directly to work profile (only rooted users)
    • Added cleanup routines and image caching control routine
    • Added new locales - Punjabi, Belarusian and Norwegian Bokmål
    • Bug fixes and improvements

    Changelog : 3.1.0
    • Cache apps to reduce network calls, auto clear after 3 days
    • Fix Google account login
    • Fix OBB issue for big games
    • Bug fixes and improvements

    Changelog : v3.1.1
    • Do not cache updatable apps, its fetched on each launch
    • Make installation sequential
    • Improve notifications
    • Improve app aesthetics
    • Bug fixes and improvements

    Changelog : v3.1.2
    • Fix downloads on Android 10
    • Notify user if 2FA is enabled
    • Improve dummy logins and handle rate-limit
    • Add self-update module
    • Bug fixes and improvements

    Changelog : v3.1.3
    • Fix Google login issue
    • Fix user reviews
    • Update exodus trackers list
    • Bug fixes and improvements

    Changelog : v3.1.4
    • Fixed login issues
    • Bug fixes and improvements

    Changelog : v3.1.5
    • Updated translations
    • Bug fixes and improvements

    Changelog : v3.1.6
    • Update UI
    • Fixed issues related to beta subscriptions
    • Fixed login issues
    • Bug fixes and improvements

    Changelog : v3.1.7
    • Fix a critical serialization/deserialization issue

    Changelog : v3.1.8
    • Fixed Exodus report
    • Fixed Login/No network issue
    • Fixed Splash screen issue
    • Fixed 2FA login issues
    • Fixed multiple other issues
    • Updated translations

    Changelog : v3.1.9
    • Updated translations
    • Bug fixes and improvements


    Changelog : v3.2.0
    • Updated translations
    • Bug fixes and improvements

    Changelog : v3.2.1
    • Updated translations
    • Fixed search issues

    Changelog : v3.2.2
    • Updated translations
    • Bug fixes and improvements

    Changelog : v3.2.3
    • Fix root installs
    • Fix files details not being displayed

    Changelog : v3.2.4
    • Fix notifications & auto-installs
    • Fix few apps not downloading issue

    Changelog : v3.2.5
    • Fixed auto-install issues for bulk updates
    • Fixed no-network issues for Anbox setups
    • Various other bug fixes and improvements
    • Updated Translations

    Changelog : v3.2.6
    • Bug fixes and improvements
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    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    What is the difference between Aurora Store and Google PlayStore ?
    Unlike Google Play Store, Aurora doesn't track your downloads or the apps you use. We respect your privacy. Aurora is also uneffected
    by Google marking your device as uncertified or a lack of Google Apps.''

    Is Aurora Store a fork of Yalp Store ?
    Technically No, the Aurora Store v3 is written from scratch, but it does share some code from Yalp Store (the POJO xD)

    How can I report a bug or suggest something?
    You can open issues here, or you can join our Telegram Development Group Join Now

    How to Join | Contribute to Aurora Store ?

    I am open to any kind of suggestions/feature request, you can either mail me at [email protected] or ping me on Telegram.

    Why Aurora store ?
    Because PlayServices have always disappointed and are proven to be Spyware & Malicious to the end user link.
    Unfortunately, we cannot always get-by with just FOSS Apps. Aurora store helps us retrieve apps from the PlayStore repository,
    without having to trouble you and your device with Google Apps.

    If I don't need GApps, Do I need MicroG ?
    No. Aurora Store was built to access PlayStore without any kind of google services. It doesn't care if you use it with or without GApps or MicroG.

    What is the FakeStore ?
    Badly designed apps detect if PlayStore is missing and start misbehaving. The FakeStore is a stub that pretends to be as PlayStore and
    preventing the apps from crashing, as the package name for FakeStore is same as PlayStore (com.android.vending).

    Is it safe to use Aurora store ?
    Aurora is fully open source and verified by F Droid. If you're talking about the safety of the apps in the store, it just gets them from the same place
    that the Play Store would, and are verified by Google. A lot of dangerous stuff seems to sneak past them though, so as a rule of thumb, don't download anything
    which you're not sure about.

    What data does Aurora store send to Google ?
    Aurora Store does its best to send the least identifiable information possible. It does send list of package names of your installed apps (for fetching updates),
    your search queries and your downloads for obvious reasons.

    Do I need to use my own Google account to log in ?
    Nope, Aurora Store can log you in with a dummy account so that nothing gets linked to your own account.

    Why would I use my own account? Is it safe ?
    You can use your own account to download apps purchased by you or to access your wishlist. Although you may want to be careful, as Google retains
    the right to block any account, so probably use a dummy account.

    How do I login if I have 2-factor-authentication enabled ?
    You just need to get an app password from the Google dashboard and use that to login into Aurora Store.

    How do I purchase paid apps ?
    Purchase the apps from the PlayStore website, and login using your own account in Aurora Store to download them.

    Can Aurora store verify licences ?
    Not yet. All you can do at this point is pester the dev of the licenced app to give you an alternative method for verification.

    Can I use Aurora store to get paid apps for free ?
    No. Get out.

    What is the F Droid filter ?
    Since F-Droid signs APKs with its own keys, the Play Store variants of apps cannot be installed over them. The F Droid filter excludes all the apps
    it finds with F Droid signatures on your device to prevent such conflicts.

    What is the spoofing feature ?
    Spoofing allows you to pretend to be any other device at any other location in the world, to download geo-restricted apps. You can use your own custom device
    configs by dropping the .properties file in the Downloads directory (Settings -> Downloads -> Download Path).

    How does Aurora install apps ?
    Aurora Store can install apps in 3 ways

    • Manual - Whenever an app is downloaded, it will open the manual installation screen. This doesn't require root or system perms.
    • Root | System - By giving Aurora Store root or system permissions, it will automatically install apps in the background as soon as they are downloaded.
    • Aurora Services - By installing Aurora Services as system app, Aurora Store can automatically install app upon download completion in background.

    How do I use Aurora services ?
    Install Aurora Services (to system preferred), open it, do everything it says, open Aurora settings and choose Aurora Services it as install method.
    You don't need to give Aurora Store system or root grants. Aurora Services handle all install & uninstall requests in background.
    NOTE: Aurora Services support has yet to be implemented in v3.


    How to give Aurora Store|Services system permissions ?
    You need to either manually push the APKs to /system/priv-app, or install the magisk module from the group.

    Can Aurora Download and install Split or Bundled APKs ?
    Yes, with or without root.


    How can I submit/improve translations ?
    Go to POEditor, and inform me when done.
    (Although I keep track of translations progress, but in case I miss, let me know)


    Why do I have two Aurora Stores after installing the new builds ?
    Because the v3 is a completely new rewrite, it comes with a new package name. You can uninstall the older one or keep it if you want.

    Why are the versions on FDroid and XDA labs outdated? When will they be updated ?
    Aurora Store is still in a development phase right now, and only infrequent stable builds will be uploaded there (Also, FDroid's review & build process is quite lengthy).
    You can always grab the latest tests builds either from the Telegram Group or from AuroraOSS


    "Please add FDroid | Amazon App Store| Yada support"
    No, this is a PlayStore client. Which means it's for the Play store only. Different clients for different services (^_~)
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    #Update : New build is up !
    Changelog : v3.1.7
    • Update UI
    • Fixed issues related to beta subscriptions
    • Fixed login issues
    • Bug fixes and improvements

    EDIT : Updated to a new build
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    Hey all!

    A little update, secondary dispenser server is back!
    The primary server is still offline.

    How to enable secondary dispenser ?

    1. Go to Settings -> Networks -> Enable custom tokenizer
    2. Enter Tokenizer URL "http://www.auroraoss.in:8080"
    3. Go to accounts -> Logout -> Login
    4. Enjoy! (Optional)


    Keep calm & stay safe.