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Old 12-09-2016, 02:58 PM   #1
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Question Safe way to download apk file from Google Play Store without account?


Hi.

I only use F-Droid but would like to get the Signal app. Unfortunately it's only in the Google Play Store AFAIK.

Is there a safe way to download the apk file without an account?

Last year this worked but I can no longer get it working: http://ubuntuhandbook.org/index.php/...e-play-ubuntu/.

Or is there another safe repo besides the Google Play Store to get Signal?

Thanks.
 
Old 12-09-2016, 03:22 PM   #2
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Or is there another safe repo besides the Google Play Store to get Signal?
Hi...

I'm not sure if it's safe or not but I did find this page.

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Old 12-09-2016, 03:39 PM   #3
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Here is another site but I cannot say if it is safe.

Download over 463760 free apk files for Android devices, files submitted by users.
 
Old 12-13-2016, 03:37 PM   #4
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Hi ardvark71 & lazydog.

I'd love those sites to be safe but how can I know?
 
Old 12-13-2016, 03:57 PM   #5
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Hi...

Take a look under "Important Notice" here. How you would prove that, apart from examining the code, I'm not sure.

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Old 12-16-2016, 02:25 AM   #6
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Hello, a little info, this a pretty heated thing with the developer of Signal. (See Here here and here.)

His application actually requires Google Play Services in order to operate so even if you did get a copy of his application and install it outside of Google Play (hard but not impossible) it won't function.

Signal is open source, you can compile it fairly easily if you were inclined. But still, it requires Google Play.

HOWEVER! Being open source, someone has taken Signal and made a Google Play free version of it called LibreSignal. I use it and it's awesome


Edit: here is an F-Droid repository https://eutopia.cz/experimental/fdroid/repo

https://fdroid.eutopia.cz/

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Hello, a little info, this a pretty heated thing with the developer of Signal. (See Here here and here.)

His application actually requires Google Play Services in order to operate so even if you did get a copy of his application and install it outside of Google Play (hard but not impossible) it won't function.

Signal is open source, you can compile it fairly easily if you were inclined. But still, it requires Google Play.

HOWEVER! Being open source, someone has taken Signal and made a Google Play free version of it called LibreSignal. I use it and it's awesome


Edit: here is an F-Droid repository https://eutopia.cz/experimental/fdroid/repo

https://fdroid.eutopia.cz/
The fact that it requires google play is a major black mark against Signal.
 
Old 12-20-2016, 04:11 PM   #9
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You could contact the author and ask about the md5 or shal of their product.

Doubt you can trust any program in Android from any source.
 
Old 12-28-2016, 05:02 AM   #10
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You could contact the author and ask about the md5 or shal of their product.

Doubt you can trust any program in Android from any source.
Hi jefro.

I will stick to the official FLOSS repos. (:
 
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Hello, a little info, this a pretty heated thing with the developer of Signal. (See Here here and here.)

His application actually requires Google Play Services in order to operate so even if you did get a copy of his application and install it outside of Google Play (hard but not impossible) it won't function.

Signal is open source, you can compile it fairly easily if you were inclined. But still, it requires Google Play.

HOWEVER! Being open source, someone has taken Signal and made a Google Play free version of it called LibreSignal. I use it and it's awesome


Edit: here is an F-Droid repository https://eutopia.cz/experimental/fdroid/repo

https://fdroid.eutopia.cz/
Hi EP.

Do I install org.thoughtcrime.securesms_10194.apk to get LibreSignal?

Also what exactly are these:
cz.eutopia.snooperstopper_2.apk
org.thoughtcrime.redphone_30.apk

Would LibreSignal eventually make into the official F-Droid repo?
 
Old 12-28-2016, 09:34 AM   #12
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On my phone's web browser I opened the https://fdroid.eutopia.cz/ link and it asked me if I wanted to open it in F-droid -- I did and it was easy to add the repo from there. LibreSignal and PhoneLibre were easily installed.

If someone else had Signal and RedPhone - could I contact them using LibreSignal and PhoneLibre?

Edit: On trying to register LibreSignal - I got the message "LibreSignal won't run unless you update Google Play services." What?

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Old 12-28-2016, 03:27 PM   #13
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LibrePhone shows up as 'RedPhone' in the apps menu. *_*
 
Old 12-28-2016, 04:22 PM   #14
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Interesting. Idk why it would be saying anything about Google Play Services. I run the late (R.I.P.) Cyanogenmod with absolutely zero google anything on my phone other than the opensource android os bits and have never got that message

As for redphone and snooperstopper, they're other projects. You should only need libresignal for libresignal to operate
 
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Interesting. Idk why it would be saying anything about Google Play Services. I run the late (R.I.P.) Cyanogenmod with absolutely zero google anything on my phone other than the opensource android os bits and have never got that message

As for redphone and snooperstopper, they're other projects. You should only need libresignal for libresignal to operate
I run a very old version of Android - maybe that's the reason?
 
  


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