The Aurora Store is a popular open source client from the Google Play Store that allows users to find, download, and update Android apps and games on any device running Android 5.0 and higher. The main highlight of the app is that it does not require any GApps, MicroG or Google services. Originally a branch of the Yalp Store, the app was later rewritten from scratch to offer a modern user interface with material design.
The team behind Aurora Store is working on an important update that will improve app recognition and bring the user interface one step closer to the Google Play Store. XDA senior member Hb20032003 shared some pictures that were originally posted on the Aurora Store’s official Telegram group and gives us a little glimpse into the new user interface. As you can see in the screenshots below, the new user interface is clearly inspired by the Google Play Store and focuses on making new apps easier to spot. The old tabs “Home”, “Updates”, “Categories” have been replaced with “Apps”, “Games” and “Updates”. There is now a floating search button in place of the top search bar. We also see new columns like “For You”, “Top Charts” and “Editor’s Choice” as well as the correct app categories.
Regardless of whether you want to discontinue Google services or have a phone without a GMS, e.g. For example, a Huawei phone, the Aurora Store allows you to browse and download virtually all of the apps available on the Google Play Store. Even if you don’t fall into those camps, features like the ability to forge your device information and region are tempting enough to give the app a try.
If you’re interested, you can download the latest stable version of the Aurora Store from the official XDA thread below. The new version of the Aurora Store isn’t available on F-Droid or GitLab yet, but should get there soon.
Download the Aurora Store app from XDA
Be warned that using the Aurora Store with your Google Account may result in deactivation or permanent banning as the app directly violates Google’s Terms of Service. 3.3. So proceed at your own risk or use the anonymous account provided by the app.