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We all know that is behind Android, and runs the biggest app store for it. So they surely know their business, right? Ahem, really? Sure?

Catima is a purely offline working app. It does not even request ANY network permissions. So what do you guess Google needs to review the app whether it meets their developer guidelines?

(source if you want to check: nitter.net/SylvieLorxu/status/)

Quoting the dev from the linked source:

"Another reason to use F-Droid instead: F-Droid app reviewers understand how technology works."

Oh, and rejects apps because they state they are free/libre? Or rather because they "use Google Translate incorrectly"? A story how Gogle constantly messes up, keeping devs from improving their apps as they have to focus on non-existent "compliance issues":

sylviavanos.nl/blog/2021/12/24

And Sylvia isn't the only one experiencing this. Ask @ConnyDuck (Tusky) for example. And I'm pretty sure you'll find many more examples…

@IzzyOnDroid @ConnyDuck

oof

I would say: If google does not want your app don't deliver it, especially if it ist FLOSS. Because: Google could just grap it if they want or anyone else, not only the maintainer (and sometimes this happens and people sell free software on PlayStore and that's totally fine I'd say).

I think I would have not walked thru' this hell except for writing such a beloving blog article.

"At which point did you need login credentials? Please provide some screenshots."

@IzzyOnDroid @ConnyDuck The Funkwhale App was rejected because it provides access to adult content while we state its usable for minors as well. I am wondering how a browser got into the play store...

@gcrkrause @IzzyOnDroid @ConnyDuck And how the hell Yo**be with all toxic shit is allowed... So, time to ban the internet as a whole!

@IzzyOnDroid @ConnyDuck At least on Android there's F-Droid. Poor Apple users have no choice. Well okay there's [AltStore](github.com/rileytestut/AltStor) but that's not even good enough to make *me* stick with iOS, let alone users who just want to install a simple app.

@Blort I'm there: Fairphone with LineageOS and F-Droid. No GServices, no PlayStore or even Aurora. Works fine.

@IzzyOnDroid Similar to my current setup. That said, I'd still like an ecosystem where #Google doesn't control the definition of how the OS works (eg #Android). Not a bad workaround while we build something more independent, though.

@IzzyOnDroid this is not the dystopia I booked. I want to talk to the manager.

@technicallypossible THAT is the first thing ETs say after their arrival on earth 🙊 🤣

@IzzyOnDroid WOW. Am I overreacting or is that not a clear indication that "Libre" is something Google can't stand?

@mray especially when they cannot exploit it – e.g. because it uses a license like AGPL, yes:

opensource.google/docs/using/a

"WARNING: Code licensed under the GNU Affero General Public License (AGPL) MUST NOT be used at Google."

It would require them to disclose their own sources then wherever they use AGPL stuff. To much transparency I guess. Business secrets and all that. Imagine you could easily find out what happens with your data there…

@IzzyOnDroid @mray Google is perfectly capable of exploiting AGPL software. They just choose not to.

@hacknorris I already did, years ago :awesome: Google even closed my accounts "for inactivity" years ago 🤭 🙈

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