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Fakestore, blankstore, gms, microg, unifiednlp - what's best for Android without Gapps?

Some basics first: NoGAPPS is deprecated and got replaced by its successor, µG (read: microG). µG includes the core (basically, GServices) and also UnifiedNlp. No GService replacements will support ...
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Does Google still have the ability to uninstall apps without user permission (in 2023)?

Yes, the feature has been known as Google Play Protect since 2017. As per Google Play Help - Use Google Play Protect to help keep your apps safe and your data private, one of its features is to remove ...
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What would happen if I deleted all my data used by Google Play Services?

Google Play services offers APIs to other apps. Data used by Play services is mostly cached data for these APIs, duplicated data of Android wear apps synched with your phone and some kind of search ...
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What is the exact functionality of Google Play Services & Google Services Framework (gapps)?

Google Play Services (com.google.android.gms) is an app which works in collaboration with a number of other closed-source apps to provide Google Mobile Services (GMS) to Android users. To quote a few ...
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Google Play services for Instant Apps downloads/installs itself without authorization, downloads/updates other components, how to disable?

Update: In recent android versions you can do it from Settings -> Google -> Instant Apps -> OFF. Original answer follows below: In the best case scenario this should be enough to block Instant ...
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Install Google Play on Android SDK Emulator

For that, you have to install the Google Play image from the Android Studio SDK Manager. But you can't get it for API level below 24
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What is com.mgoogle.android.gms?

Based on quick research of the package name com.mgoogle.android.gms, looks like it is a MicroG package used by YouTube Vanced. The installation of this package is suggested by the official YouTube ...
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What are the absolute minimum required Permissions I need to download from Play Store?

Play Store has an irrevocable INSTALL_PACKAGE permission that allows it as a system app to install apps without other assistance. Based on quick testing by disabling every possible permission on Play ...
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Viewing apps that need updating

Open Google Play, touch the Menu icon in the upper-left (next to Google Play text), My apps & games, the tab that opens should be called Installed, and anything updating will show an "Update All" ...
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Google Play Services required permissions

Google Play Services is kind of a "service provider" for other apps on your device. A look into our google-play-services tag-wiki will give you some details and explain some of the permissions this ...
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What data does the Google drive app contain in an android smartphone?

What does does this app exactly contain The app's files and settings, plus the files that you have made available for offline use. and what I may lose on clearing this app's data? Nothing. Only ...
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Info on and removal of COVID contact tracing in Google Play Services

The Covid contact tracing in Google Play Services is an API. And according to he documentation this API is working opt-in. By default your device will not track anything. Also note that "contact" in ...
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What would happen if I deleted all my data used by Google Play Services?

I just cleared all data used by Google Play services and my phone abruptly crashed. I rebooted it but it starts hanging for 2-5 secs every 10 secs or so. Most of my apps won't open and I get an "...
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Google Play Services Has stopped message continually popping up on my Samsung phone

After some searching, I found this solution from Google Play Help (archived) and that's how I solved the problem. Go to Settings -> Lock screen and security -> Other security settings -> ...
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Why Google play services not included in Doze mode

Google Play services is excluded because Google wants it so. It has to remained excluded from Doze or any power saving mode because apps depending upon Google Cloud Messaging (GCM) may fail to serve ...
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Google Play services for Instant Apps downloads/installs itself without authorization, downloads/updates other components, how to disable?

As the name suggests, it's part of the Google services apps. PlayStore uses it to run apps without installing them (new service). It is possible to disable but not remove (as far as I know it will ...
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Problems with Google Play Services

Make sure you have the correct version of Google play services. Download the latest version of play services info APK from apkmirror. This app will tell you if you already have the right one or which ...
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Is there anything malicious with "play support libraries"?

What are the Android Support Libraries? The Android Support Library is a set of code libraries — resources that can be used to build features and/or functions into an app — that provide things like ...
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Install Google Play Services without Google Play Store

After installing the latest version from apkmirror, and checking I had the Google Framework installed, apps still crashed You can't simply get Play Services work by installing .apk file(s). Google ...
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Does buying thousands of apps (but not installing them) cause bloat in Android?

No, they are not installed on the device... Your device doesn't even "know" you purchased the app. It has absolutely no effect on your device at all and your purchase history is stored on Google ...
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How does degoogling affect battery?

You can run Google free device, however you really have to know what you are doing. Removing Google apps and services from an existing device isn't a recommended way. You may run into serious problems....
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Why can't Android device use Google service without permission?

First the problem is mainly a legal problem, not a technical problem: Huawei is not allowed to install the Google apps. Second the Google apps you mention are only the user visible part - similar to ...
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Install TWRP and Magisk Manager on Moto G5 Plus without rooting

Answer: it is not possible without unlocking boot loader. Thank you to @alecxs ! Also for anyone interested, rooting has some side effects: cannot load the Netflix app due to safety net checks. Even ...
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SafetyNet vs MagiskHide: what's the status now in mid 2020?

(29 June 2020) It looks like Google is just being cautious, and preparing a new field in the SafetyNet response. According to the SafetyNet API Clients Team We have started rolling out a new feature ...
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Info on and removal of COVID contact tracing in Google Play Services

Google Play Services v20.15.15 seems to be the last version before covid tracing was added. Stock phone FW versions released before April 2020 should all have a lower version of Google Play Services - ...
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COVID-19 contact tracing API stats?

Nope. As part of the joint Apple/Google initiative, a great deal of emphasis is placed on the privacy of the data. Authorized Covid-19 Exposure Notification Apps are the only ones that can use the API....
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Why Google play services not included in Doze mode

This is one reason, there may be more Google Play Services has location API. And your Android Device Manager (ADM) which you use to track your stolen or misplaced device uses location API. Let's say ...
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Majority of apps deleted themselves (including Google Play services) on a Samsung device

The same thing has happened to me. The fact I also have a Note 3 with exactly the same symptoms makes me believe it is a faulty system update or other service installation/upgrade error. Google Play ...
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Why Google play services not included in Doze mode

Google Play Services is in charge of Google Cloud Messaging (GCM). GCM is the mechanism by which applications can request to exit doze mode, upon receiving high priority messages from GCM. In other ...
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Why does SockStat app show Google Play Services making VNC connections?

I just decompiled the SockStat apk and found this: .class Lcom/powl1/sockstat/Utils$1; .super Ljava/util/HashMap; .source "Utils.java" # # #skipped lines # # const/16 v4, 0x146c #Register v4 is ...
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