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Having just installed waydroid, how is the Google Play Store installed?

nicholas@mordor:~$ 
nicholas@mordor:~$ sudo waydroid shell
/system/bin/sh: No controlling tty: open /dev/tty: No such file or directory
/system/bin/sh: warning: won't have full job control
:/ # 
:/ # whoami
root
:/ # 
:/ # exit
nicholas@mordor:~$ 
nicholas@mordor:~$ waydroid status
Session:    RUNNING
Container:  RUNNING
Vendor type:    MAINLINE
Session user:   nicholas(1000)
Wayland display:    wayland-0
nicholas@mordor:~$ 
nicholas@mordor:~$ waydroid --version
1.3.1
nicholas@mordor:~$ 

The directions are:

waydroid app install xyz.apk

Which is easy enough. However, there's no mention per se of installing the Google Play Store and secondary sources would indicate that alternates must be used. Looking to install some sort of repository to pull in mainstream apps like gmail.

What repo's can be installed?

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    Google Play Store and Play services have to be installed as system apps, not as regular apps. Not sure how this can be done on waydroid. usually you have to modify the system image.
    – Robert
    Commented Sep 11, 2022 at 10:16
  • Trying auroraoss.com which has an apk for download..looks like the right thing. Commented Sep 11, 2022 at 10:47
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    AuroraOSS is a third party OSS app store (if it comes to OSS I would prefer F-Droid), even if you find GMail there it won't work without Play Services.
    – Robert
    Commented Sep 11, 2022 at 11:02
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    AuroraStore is just a FOSS front-end to Google Play (so it would work to get non-paid apps from there which, as pointed out, might not run properly if they require Google Services). AuroraDroid is the pendant for the F-Droid repositories. You can probably use both, yes. The term "Aurora Apps" just refers to these two apps, not to those you can access via AuroraStore ;)
    – Izzy
    Commented Sep 11, 2022 at 11:56
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    You could install the GAPPS image (sudo waydroid init -s GAPPS -f) and register it. Commented Dec 15, 2022 at 4:54

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