[APP] microG GmsCore - lightweight free software clone of Google Play Services

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kurtn

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Did a full wipe.
Flashed CrDroid 7.9 / Android 11.00.
Flashed MinMicroG Minimal 2.10

Getting the following error:



Also tried with MinMicroG NoGoolag 2.10.
Also tried flashing miniMirocG after I restarted the newly flash CrDroid ROM

Have 51.8GB Free of 64GB Storage.

Thanks for your help.
Your free storage is in data partition. The problem is size of system partition. But that should be large enough. I guess, crDroid can be installed with GApps? Try to find a workaround. Do you use
Magisk?
 

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v0.2.22 is up
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Just an announcement. . .

I no longer even have an Android phone for testing much less development. So the location backends I wrote are not being actively supported. There has been a developer who has taken over the local GSM backend. But there are people who are apparently using the DejaVu backend and it could use a developer to take it forward. Repository is at https://github.com/n76/DejaVu If you want to take it over with my blessings, or know a developer willing to take it over, please let me know and I will work with them to transition the project.
 

Kali.boy

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Hi guys

1- Why some apps crash and give me stop working error, after installing microg? Even without debloat google?
(like uber) I test different app version and ...

2- Magisk's microg module doesnt install microg gmscore!!! and flashable microg from link below install play store as fakestore. i just want fakestore. what can i do?

3- Can we use tingle master patch for signature spoofing and xposed for its module at the same time?

4- How we can use bromite webview as default after debloat google's?

5- Why my Gps isnt working fine?

tnx for answering.
 

Izzysoft

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2- Magisk's microg module doesnt install microg gmscore!!! and flashable microg from link below install play store as fakestore. i just want fakestore. what can i do?
Are you sure you picked the right installer? The linked page offers multiple. Going by the names, I'd guess the NoGoolag one comes without Playstore. See the Readme of the main repo for what is part of which installer package: Standard and MinimalIAP ship with PlayStore, you probably used one of those.

Should you wish to look for alternative installers, there's also the microG unofficial installer and NanoDroid. I didn't try any of those as the ROMs I use luckily include microG already (LineageOS for microG).

Sorry that I cannot answer your other questions – but hopefully they are picked up by someone else.
 

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Should you wish to look for alternative installers, there's also the microG unofficial installer and NanoDroid. I didn't try any of those as the ROMs I use luckily include microG already (LineageOS for microG).
@Kali.boy For many years now, I always installed µG via NanoDroid by @Setialpha In my setup I've always chosen to use the by Setialpha modified Google Play Store (by the way, the one and only "Google" app on my device). I can easily access my purchases with his modified play store and update them, conduct new purchases including in-app purchases.
Just for completion: I'm on LOS 16.0/Android 9 aand will never go "higher".
 

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Hi guys

1- Why some apps crash and give me stop working error, after installing microg? Even without debloat google?
(like uber) I test different app version and ...
when i installed microg i did come across some apps that would crash. i had to test older versions of each app to find a version that worked without crashing. it was time consuming but i was able to find a version that didnt crash.
 
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Kali.boy

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Are you sure you picked the right installer? The linked page offers multiple. Going by the names, I'd guess the NoGoolag one comes without Playstore. See the Readme of the main repo for what is part of which installer package: Standard and MinimalIAP ship with PlayStore, you probably used one of those.

Should you wish to look for alternative installers, there's also the microG unofficial installer and NanoDroid. I didn't try any of those as the ROMs I use luckily include microG already (LineageOS for microG).

Sorry that I cannot answer your other questions – but hopefully they are picked up by someone else.
Yes i used standard version.
I'll check the other.
Tnx

But my main problem is question one yet.
 

Kali.boy

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@Kali.boy For many years now, I always installed µG via NanoDroid by @Setialpha In my setup I've always chosen to use the by Setialpha modified Google Play Store (by the way, the one and only "Google" app on my device). I can easily access my purchases with his modified play store and update them, conduct new purchases including in-app purchases.
Just for completion: I'm on LOS 16.0/Android 9 aand will never go "higher".
Tnx for your answer
I dont have purchases.
And aurora is fine for me. I just need update apps.

I test nanodroid too. It has so many bloatware and Nanodroid change or recompile all script. I dont like these two.
 

Kali.boy

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when i installed microg i did come across some apps that would crash. i had to test older versions of each app to find a version that worked without crashing. it was time consuming but i was able to find a version that didnt crash.
I want to find and solve the problem.
Cause i need the updates.
I think they recognize different gmscore.

Tnx for your answer.
 

Izzysoft

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I want to find and solve the problem.
Cause i need the updates.
I think they recognize different gmscore.

Tnx for your answer.
I have no apps crashing here – but then I've stopped using PlayStore years ago, and instead take my apps from F-Droid. Going as Google-free as possible, for me also meant avoiding apps relying on such proprietary components (if you ask what for I need microG then: mainly location services; Google registration, FCM etc. I always leave turned off). That meant replacing some apps by others; not being a heavy app user this was not too hard. Side effect: all those other trackers are gone as well, so less resources wasted: less data usage, less battery usage, longer run times with one charge – I'm satisfied with the outcome and don't miss a thing.

What might help you finding app replacements? There are several sites even offering comparisons/recommendations (which app to replace with which other, e.g. instead of Google Maps take OsmAnd or Organic Maps). Another helpful resource might be my app lists, which clearly show which apps have Google dependencies, how many trackers (and which especially offending ones) are inside, and more.

Apart from that, it might help if you'd name the apps causing trouble for you. Someone might have experienced the same and know specific advice how to get them stable. You might also wish to check with Plexus who maintain a compatibility list.
 
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My gps doesn't work after flash microg.
In map navigator i see gps error.
Some apps crash for gps problem. Even without debloat googles services before microg.

What can i do
 

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I have no apps crashing here – but then I've stopped using PlayStore years ago, and instead take my apps from F-Droid. Going as Google-free as possible, for me also meant avoiding apps relying on such proprietary components (if you ask what for I need microG then: mainly location services; Google registration, FCM etc. I always leave turned off). That meant replacing some apps by others; not being a heavy app user this was not too hard. Side effect: all those other trackers are gone as well, so less resources wasted: less data usage, less battery usage, longer run times with one charge – I'm satisfied with the outcome and don't miss a thing.

What might help you finding app replacements? There are several sites even offering comparisons/recommendations (which app to replace with which other, e.g. instead of Google Maps take OsmAnd or Organic Maps). Another helpful resource might be my app lists, which clearly show which apps have Google dependencies, how many trackers (and which especially offending ones) are inside, and more.

Apart from that, it might help if you'd name the apps causing trouble for you. Someone might have experienced the same and know specific advice how to get them stable. You might also wish to check with Plexus who maintain a compatibility list.
Hi again
I looked at your lists.
I didn't find backend for GPS.
My location is okay just when in high accuracy with Mozilla and other backend.
But in airplane mode without Wi-Fi GPS doesn't work.
What do you suggest me to do?
 

Izzysoft

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I looked at your lists.
I didn't find backend for GPS.
My location is okay just when in high accuracy with Mozilla and other backend.
But in airplane mode without Wi-Fi GPS doesn't work.
What do you suggest me to do?
There is no backend for GPS – GPS is provided by your device itself. But there are other location provider backends, such as the MLS (Mozilla Location Service) one you've mentioned. The corresponding list you can find here. I'm using the LocalGsmNlpBackend as the only one, which uses a local cell tower database you can generate in-app based on data from MLS and OpenCellId. For a device without mobile internet, you could of course try one of the WiFi backends (Déjà Vu / LocalWifiNlpBackend) – but then you need to collect the WiFis yourself first.
 

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Hi @All,

I installed latest MinMicroG standard on CrDroid Rom 7.12 (Android 11), OnePlus 8T.

Everything works fine (selftest is ok!) EXCEPT, in Play Store paid apps are shown with price instead to be able to install them. (In my Play payment history, I can see every paid app.)

Any hints welcome, how to fix this problem.

This is my last issue to get rid of that nerving Google framework...


Tnx in advance!
Enkidu
 

kurtn

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Hi @All,

I installed latest MinMicroG standard on CrDroid Rom 7.12 (Android 11), OnePlus 8T.

Everything works fine (selftest is ok!) EXCEPT, in Play Store paid apps are shown with price instead to be able to install them. (In my Play payment history, I can see every paid app.)

Any hints welcome, how to fix this problem.

This is my last issue to get rid of that nerving Google framework...


Tnx in advance!
Enkidu
Yes. Paid apps are not easy with microG. Some app developers are cooperative and give you a free premium version.
And i don't think it is bad piracy, if you make an app usable without play store, if you already payed for it.
 
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Yes. Paid apps are not easy with microG. Some app developers are cooperative and give you a free premium version.
And i don't think it is bad piracy, if you make an app usable without play store, if you already payed for it.
Maybe I did not understand it... In MinMicroG, there is a Play Store included (looking like Google Play Store) and I can see my payment history.

So why is it not possible to download and install these apps via microG Play Store?
 

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Maybe I did not understand it... In MinMicroG, there is a Play Store included (looking like Google Play Store) and I can see my payment history.

So why is it not possible to download and install these apps via microG Play Store?
I didn't know about MinMicroG by now. As far as I understood the included Play Store is the one provided by the NanoDroid developer. I had the same issue with this patched Play Store and reported that issue. I was lucky because I had the data backup of this Store from an older device where it worked correct. After restoring these data the Play Store works again. A different user had the same problem and could not solve it that way. Clearing cache or data, registering the device at Google and all other suggested fixes did not help. The patched Play Store from NanoDroid has not been updated for many months and the issue has not been fixed. I am afraid that you might not be able so solve this problem but I hope someone knows a solution.
 
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    Thanks but that doesn't answer my question.
    You won't find any: https://github.com/bbindreiter/PushNotificationTester_App/issues/8

    ... as I already commented previously:
    wondering about historical Google motto truthfulness: "Don't be evil, ... in Greed we love".
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    Introduction
    microG GmsCore is a FLOSS (Free/Libre Open Source Software) framework to allow applications designed for Google Play Services to run on systems, where Play Services is not available. If you use your phone without GAPPS this might become a useful tool for you.
    microG GmsCore is one of the two core components of the microG project.
    More up-to-date descriptions and instructions might be available on the wiki

    Instructions
    Preparation:
    1. You need a 4/5/6 ROM that is GAPPS-free. Either don't install them or remove them, if your ROM ships them. Please note that microG GmsCore might run on a cleaned stock ROM, but it might also brick it or cause random bugs. Be aware that only latest Android versions (4.4+) are regularly tested and thus prioritized over older versions when issues occur.
    2. You need a ROM that supports signature faking. Some custom ROMs are patched to support signature faking out of the box, including all OmniROM-based ones. Stock CyanogenMod denied the inclusion, as the possibility of third-party play services implementations is considered a security issue (read here about why it's not). Please ask your ROM developer if unsure. The latest version of signature spoofing for Android < 6.0 has to be enabled at the bottom of the developer settings first. If your ROM does not support signature faking, but you use Xposed, you can grab a Xposed module here.
      If you are a ROM developer or just do custom builds for whatever reason, you can download and include the patch from here and here for Android 5.1 or here for Android 6.0.
    3. Remove UnifiedNlp. In case you installed it before. You can keep your backend modules installed, microG Services will be able to use them later and provide the same feature set (to be precise, microG Services includes UnifiedNlp).

    Installation:
    The installation does not require any modification of the /system partition. All installations should be done using the default app installer included with Android or using `adb install`. This means you need to enable third-party sources or developer mode first.
    1. Install GmsCore.apk as provided in the download section below.
    2. If you want to use Google Cloud Messaging ("Push-Notifications"), Install GsfProxy.apk as provided in the download section below. The GsfProxy version does not need to match the GmsCore.apk version.
      • If you have BlankStore installed, continue with the next step.
      • If you want to be able to access the Play Store, install BlankStore from its thread. It is not a requirement that you set it up correctly and this is not covered by this instructions. If you need help ask in the original thread.
      • If you don't care about Play Store access, Install FakeStore.apk as provided in the download section below.
    3. Open the microG Settings, which are available in the launcher now. If you want to use any Google services (Log-In, Cloud Messaging), tick both checkboxes for background services. This is the only supported setup, but you are free to disable them if you like playing with fire. You can also open the UnifiedNlp settings to enable the location backends of your choice. If you don't have any yet, check out F-Droid. For further questions and concerns regarding UnifiedNlp, use its corresponding thread.
    4. Reboot your device. If you skip this step, everything unwanted is possible.

    Using it:
    • You can test Google Cloud Messaging using this test application. Push notifications do not require account registration.
    • You can add an account through the system settings. Some applications might ask you to do so, if you don't.
    • Use your applications as you like. But note that apps that use Cloud Messaging must be installed after GmsCore, else they will not work. Some hint of applications that can run due to microG GmsCore: TextSecure/Signal, Play Music, YouTube
    • When using AdAway make sure to put mtalk.google.com on your whitelist, else problems are likely to occur when using Google Cloud Messaging. Thanks @benstyle1 for the hint.

    Downloads
    See this wiki page for Downloads. You can find details on the F-Droid repository on https://microg.org/fdroid/.

    Signing key
    The NOGAPPS and microG Project use a shared signing key. Apps and the F-Droid repository are signed using this key. You can verify app signatures using the Checkey app (not when signature spoofing is enabled) and the F-Droid key in F-Droid repository details.
    The SHA-256 hash of the key is:
    9B D0 67 27 E6 27 96 C0 13 0E B6 DA B3 9B 73 15 74 51 58 2C BD 13 8E 86 C4 68 AC C3 95 D1 41 65

    Current implementation progress
    Please check this wiki page for up to date implementation progress.

    Please report bugs
    This project is still rather unstable. Please report bugs as they occur. Whenever you report a bug, please tell us what application caused the bug, including its exact version. If you're the developer, name the play services library you are using. Please do not bother the original app author when it might be related to microG services. If the problem is related to geolocation with UnifiedNlp, report it in the UnifiedNlp thread, even if you're using it through GmsCore.

    Thanks
    Big thanks to everyone who continuously supported me doing this, by donating, pull-requests or just feedback.

    XDA:DevDB Information
    microG GmsCore, App for all devices (see above for details)

    Contributors
    MaR-V-iN
    Source Code: https://github.com/microg/android_packages_apps_GmsCore


    Version Information
    Status: Beta
    Current Beta Version: v0.2.13.203915
    Beta Release Date: 2020-10-19

    Created 2015-10-04
    Last Updated 2020-10-20
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    I am still alive, but just super busy.

    Starting end of February, I set aside 20 hours a week to work solely on microG.

    But please don't expect any update earlier than that, I have to ensure that there are no loose ends before I remove myself from some of the obligations I have right now, so probably will be even busier than before.

    Thanks for your ongoing support everyone.
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    Nice! Even original Play Store started to work with this! Not fully, but now you can login, search for apps and see already installed ones. Just download doesn't work yet. Keep up good work! Original GMSCore is android cancer.
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    Thanks for your feedback @emandt. I appreciate it, although it's impossible for me to not agree with @Ultramanoid that it feels like trolling. I will try to answer to all your concerns.

    It's true that Google API change. This project has some history and still uses some code from 2013. In the meantime, I saw some API changes, but most APIs stay stable. This is because not all play services users update directly and Google does not want important system features to break. I know that Google is aware of this project (or atleast some Google employees are) longer than you are and atleast one change in the web service implementation was targeting a third party software, with microG being the only one I know that fits into that. So yes, I agree that Google is unlikely to be happy with this project. But as Ingress players know, even the mighty Google is not able to block users out that really want to do something with their services. We will always find a way.

    This project is all about privacy. As mentioned above it existed long before I posted it here on XDA and it was reviewed by several people. I also know that at least one "Android company" is working with it. The source code is still fairly simple to follow, and if you want you can check every future commit (and those from the past) one-by-one. It should also be noted that I built privacy related tools for Android the last years, some of them being published here on XDA as well or being integrated in e.g. OmniROM.
    As I don't want users credentials to end up in wrong hands, microG GmsCore doesn't even safe or access your google account password, the login is done through Google's OAuth based website.

    You complained that not "any warning/advice about privacy, credential or critical actions" was stated on the first post. As you mentioned that you're a XDA user for ten years, this can only be trolling: I never saw a ROM or Patched WhatsApp or darkened Play Store or anything else on XDA state something like this in the first post. And most of them were not open source. I expect users to be able to think theirself that, if you enter confidential data, random things might happen with that. I actually pointed that out by mentioning that "This is currently alpha-grade Software. Don't use it if you're not aware of possible consequences." in red letters :)

    I agree that payments are crucial and it is important that they work fluidly. Until now I did not implement anything related to payments for that reason. Inside Play Store, payments are not directed through Play Services, so this is nothing to fear about (this is all about microG GmsCore now, not about a future implementation of the Play Store). On the other hand, as already pointed out by others, payments should be managed server side. It should NEVER be possible to pay more than needed.

    Reducing the enormous size and bloat in Play Services is one of the goals of the project. And I'm quiet sure that this will be possible, because some things inside Play Services just don't need to be there or can be made a lot simpler. The majority of the size until now actually do not really belong to the project (but is the map rendering library used in the backend and the android-support libraries). I did not use proguard until now, I have a single release for all major instruction set (play services use multiple) and 500KB of assets that can also be reduced in size. Although i did not try it yet, I am quiet sure the size final packages size will stay below 10MB. I am not going into details why play services is so huge here, if you're interested in that, ask me when we meet in person.

    And finally I wanted to point out that most Google applications do not user Play Services intensively. Play Store is using it primarily for Auth and checkin, as well as some smaller things like advertisement id. Only Google Plus related apps (Google+, Hangouts) use Play Services a lot. This is not really a surprise considering that Play Services was originally invented for Google+ and OAuth 2 APIs.

    Finally, I'd like to thank you for the insights in your feelings about this project. I guess these answers will not sufficiently satisfy you, but there is not a lot more I can do. Trust me or don't - it's up to you.

    Puh, what a post...
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    what is the best way to download this these days? little confused by all the different updates and forks.

    is f droid repo a good place to install from still?

    Here's what I know:

    NanoDroid is an app pack that contains, among other things, MicroG. It also replaces system apps and is compatible with Magisk overlays. It is configured with a text file that can be generated using a zip installer with Aroma. It is currently using @Setialpha's fork of microG. There are also basic subset packs for just MicroG or just system app replacements. It comes with a patched version of Play Store that allows for IAP, but can also install FakeStore.
    @ale5000's zip I think was the first of the unofficial zips and AFAIK just installs official MicroG and related dependencies, as well as removing conflicting apps (important for location services), which NanoDroid does as well. I'm not following the thread for this zip for some reason, and probably should find it so I can follow it. AFAIK, there is no simple configuration for this zip.

    My zips are built by downloading the latest MicroG apps by parsing the F-Droid repo's index file for URLs and thus only follows official releases. There are separate zips for installing with FakeStore, official Play Store, and the NanoDroid patched Play Store. There are also separate NoGapps packs that mirror OpenGapps but with apps from F-Droid (and no MicroG, as that's in a separate installer). Configuration is done at build time, but I provide my build tool and build recipes for easy modification.

    The NoGoolag installer I think is most similar to NanoDroid in that it installs its own fork of MicroG as well as F-Droid system app replacements. I'm least familiar with it, but it's in pretty active development, for what that's worth. I don't know much more about it than that, though.

    All of the above zips AFAIK will ensure best compatibility with your device by uninstalling system apps that will interfere, e.g. with location services; extracting libraries from apps that get installed to /system (Android generally can't find the libraries otherwise); and similar things. This tends to provide a better/easier experience than installing straight from F-Droid, though that is still a valid option. Also, if you use an installer that uses the official MicroG, you can get updates from that F-Droid repo.

    TL;DR: Which installer you use will depend on what you're looking for from it. I will almost always recommend mine, but I am opinionated on the subject. It may be worth you looking deeper into what each does and does not provide and if you need that thing, then make a decision. I would highly recommend using one of the zip installers though, even if it's not mine.