What does “AOSP Android” mean? Can you use it?

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  • GmsCore

    Free implementation of Play Services

    > it’s missing critical components like the Google Play Store

    That's interesting, I've been running microG, a free/libre GMS replacement, for a couple years now and even did no-GMS installs before that. While the latter was a bit uncomfortable, I can't say it's a "critical" component. The Play Store itself is easily replaced with something like Aurora Store (a free Play Store client), or F-Droid (if you only want FOSS apps).

    For what it's worth, I've been running Lineage OS, although I think pure AOSP should be pretty usable too with a custom launcher and a couple extra apps.

    [microG]: https://microg.org/

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