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Hi there.

I use Kurviger app for 3 years yet. Kurviger Pro since it is available. I am super happy with it and recommended it several times to friends and known people. I understand the need of a different cost model and will definitely stay with Kurviger 2 app (if possible).

My problem yet: I have purchased the latest Fairphone and would like to recommend it wholeheartedly. Also, I changed the system to the (Google-) free Android Lineage OS. Runs perfectly so far! The problem to solve is that I can no longer use the Google Play Store. Through the usual workarounds, I can extract and install the free of charge Kurviger app from the Google Store. But unfortunately, not the Kurviger PRO app. I ASSUME the problem relates to the charging for the app.

Long story short: I would ask if the upcoming Kurviger app will be distributed not through the Google Play Store only but as an APK download from the Kurviger Portal and / or through free Android app stores. Since the upcoming Kurviger app 2 will be only one app (free and pro merged into one) this should work without major additional effort. Thank you!

Your opinion about?

The app uses Google Play Services and subscriptions.

It can not work without Google Play and all its services.

Hi devemux86

NO need to become annoyed!

I assume I had been not clear enough and I apologize for it. For YOUR development there is absolutely no need for any rewrite of the app (0, zero, nothing). You develop the app as you always do for the original Google-Android. No change, nothing different and no additional effort for you. No extra line of code, nor testing and no extra error handling. Nothing. I understand very well that you cannot spend any extra effort into the app for that.

The only thing I (we) ask you to do is to distribute the APK file not only through the Google Play Store, but in addition to that (for example) as a download from one of your websites. Or in consultation with kurviger.de from their website.

Nevertheless, please let me explain a bit more. Since almost all Android apps are based on services like Location, Push Services (or even the very new Exposure Framework), there is a replacement for the Google Play services called “MicroG” for people who do not want to run Google-Android but a free Android instead. MicroG deliver exactly the same features as the original Google Services. And even if an app doesn’t work with MicroG, it would be the MicroG developers’ problem, not the app developer’s problem. So really no extra work for you for the Kurviger app.

Maybe you see your extra effort is nearly to nothing but a major step forward for people like me who try to avoid ‘our friend’ Google in their life as far as possible. And again. You are the boss, the captain. If you decide for any reason not to distribute in a different way it is absolutely up to you. This is only MY problem and only I have to handle it somehow.

Again thank you for your time and attention.
Mathias

Thank you again for your attention. I cannot judge about the technical implications, so I assume you are right. And I doubt your list will be empty sometimes. :slight_smile:

But in the meanwhile, I found a workaround. And maybe it is worth adding it to your FAQ:
If someone without Google Store looks for the kurviger pro app they should try via the “Aurora Store”. It looks like you can buy it there.

Kurviger app is legally distributed only through Google Play.

Kurviger 1 Pro will not receive any new features (only fixes).

Kurviger 2 requires subscriptions from Google Play to work.