PlayStore Bypass - Deploy Locus (Pro) without a Google account

Michael shared this idea 3 years ago
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On the one hand, Locus Pro is a must-have app.

On the other hand, the PlayStore is a must-not-have.


In that context, Locus is one of the most problematic apps because it's neither opensource nor free and thus somewhat dependant on the PlayStore and its purchasing functions.


The idea is to redesign the mechanism of purchasing the Pro version so that you can offer the App as a direct download (.apk file) from the website or - preferrably - via an own f-droid repo that users can add to their f-droid app.


XPrivacy for example has a free download version which does not work (with all functions) unless you add a premium key you obtained before.


I consider this a real task because Locus as a major app would deliver a real proof of concept of "market jailbreaking".


And I hope that there are many people out there, who, like me, use Locus as a Google Maps alternative and therefore are sensitive for a google-free or less Google-tied Android phone.

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Absolutely agree with this. I refuse to have Google on my phone. I'm happy to support a full featured mapping application, but not if the only place I can get it is Google.

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I'm with you. I don't even use Android as OS. Anyway I'm able to install .apk-files. Last weekend a friend showed me the possibilities of Locus Pro while we were searching for some Geocaches. Result: I wanted to buy the Pro-Version as well, but not in the Google Play Store. So me, too: I'm willing to pay for Locus Pro, but not if the only place to download is Google.

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I would like to buy the pro version again instantly, since I lost my valid one, which i received two years ago via android pit.


I don't want google to have my credit card information or some paypal login.

So locus may be as fancy as it can, that way I don't pay for it.


and call me prejudiced.....that is a bug a major one.

Please fix it!

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I like Locus, but not necessary like Google Play.

I want to buy Locus Pro another way. But how...?

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Hello Yatzek,


this whole topic is about this "problem" and because it is not yet implemented, it also means that it is not yet possible, sorry.

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Thank you for quick replay.

It is not a problem with price. Is fairy reasonable. I want to pay you, because I appreciate you effort, and I live in Poland, so I like to support my neighbors :)

The best way to pay is to use PayU - my favourite.


God bless Google and keep it away of us ;-)

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Same to me.

I would appreciate the possibility to run Locus Pro on device without Google Playstore!

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+1

Is this enhancement on a roadmap of the app development?

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I would prefer that the team does not waste time thinking about this. there is plenty to get on with as it is.

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Hello guys,

a complicated task to be true. For us, a small team behind Locus, almost unsolvable, sorry.

Anyway one question: can you imagine that Locus Pro should be purchased with LoCoins?

Situation: you friend, purchase a pack of LoCoins (around 600) in Locus Store and purchase Locus Map Pro for You (your email) also over Locus Store. You then receive email with link on APK file and also "code". After instalation, you insert email and code and voala ... Is this solution suitable? We have a problem with some payment gate so just thinking about some workaround.

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If I understand correctly.

Is it possible to buy Locus for a friend? Registered on Friend Email?


Q: Email address (friend) must be his registered GooglePlay email? Or any?


This option would be great! There are many cases when friends do not know or can not make a payment.


This option would also be suitable as a gift or any reward.

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Ït is not currently possible, but as we discuss it today in team, it is doable. So I'm checking if there should be interest in such feature ...

After some more changes that we now prepare mainly because of GDPR, it will be possible to use any email, not just GMail.

Just collecting feedback ...

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I understand...The question is whether the email must be the one that is linked to the google account. (I also do not have gmail on my google account)

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E-Mail und PayPal ! ?

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@menion, the alternative payment method with LoCoins you mentioned sounds great as long as the LoCoins are possible to be bought without using Google Play or Amazon Appstore.

Currently I have circumvented the Google Play by buying the app again in Amazon Appstore. It works without Google Play. Even buying the LoCoins happens in-app through the Amazon payments. That said I'd be glad for a refund in the Google Play store, if possible ;)

Anyway using Amazon is just a bit better, replacing one big brother with another. And I have the Amazon Appstore installed just because of Locus. So the independent solution would be much better.

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The deal with the devil was signed by buying the Android device and turning it on.

All other games on the blind baby are naive :-D

I note that I myself am also paranoid :-DDD


By the way...

Google (even without googleplay) knows what other store is used on the device and what apps.

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Only as long as you have any Google Apps installed on that device. If you run a "pure ROM" with no ties to Google, and don't install any such ties yourself, it's very unlikely.


That said, and answering @Menion and @freischneider: Using Paypal would be replacing one demon by another. Same unfortunately applies if one needs a demon to get hold of the currency. Inside EU we have SEPA, if bank transfers could be accepted (no extra costs then). If you can "collect" from an EU bank account, that might make "automation" easier. Not being a dev nor knowing the numbers, I cannot say if its feasible.

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I think the problem was:

how to pay for locus without entering sensitiv payment data to a not trustworthy device, like a smartphone...also including Google as not

trustworthy.

So, an independent control System would be needed within the app itself to allow to run locus, even offline.

I unterstand the problem is coming with android or whatnot OS...and probably not solveable without new ways of giving trust.

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That's conceivable. Unfortunately I can't use Locus anymore because I don't have GAPS installed. Amazon is not an alternative


With Threema it works like this, you pay by credit card and get a code ....