On Tue, 27 Mar 2012, Matt Giuca <matt.gi...@gmail.com> wrote: > I'm under the understanding that if you don't use the official Android, > then you can't use the Android Market (or "Google Play" now). Is this > correct?
Google has a set of binary-only proprietary apps for Android which can only be installed by a hardware vendor who satisfies some Google conditions. I'm not really interested in what those conditions are apart from the fact that obeying the GPL is absolutely not one of them. The applications which come from Google are the App market (which can be replaced by the "Google Play" market on Android 2.2 and above - including CyanogenMod), the Gmail client, and Google Maps. Osmand provides functionality which is in many ways equal to Google Maps, apart from the fact that Osmand has no satellite maps and no good search interface. On the up-side downloading vector maps for all of Australia is less than 200MB of Zip file and thus you can use Osmand without net access (I plan to use it next time I'm on a cruise ship). This is one significant Osmand feature that Google Maps will never have, Google Maps allows you to cache 10 miles square regions. The Gmail client is an annoyance, it keeps on getting run when you least want it to. I now use Fetchmail to suck mail from my Gmail account and put it in an IMAP folder on my own mail server just to shut up Gmail on my phones. The Google App market (now Google Play) is really handy for a set of free as in beer apps. Annoyingly it now features a book market which has absolutely no free books! > I've also been told that if you have an existing legitimate Android device, > then you *can* install Google Play into Cyanogen or another unofficial > Android distro. Is this correct? > > If yes, then how difficult is it to get normal (Market) Android apps > working in Cyanogen? When you install CyanogenMod you are permitted to use the same binaries that you had on your phone with the stock Android distro. But in practice most people who run the Google App market on CyanogenMod probably just download an archive of Google Apps from someone else - it's one of those things which is illegal because the copyright laws are insane. Also it is possible to use various backup programs to take a package file from an Android system and copy it to another. So if you have an Android phone running the Google Play market then you can use it to install an application, then do a backup/restore process to get the app running on an Android system without the Google Play market installed. -- My Main Blog http://etbe.coker.com.au/ My Documents Blog http://doc.coker.com.au/ _______________________________________________ Free-software-melb mailing list Freefirstname.lastname@example.org http://lists.softwarefreedom.com.au/mailman/listinfo/free-software-melb