Nope. The app already runs without Google Play Services. What I’m asking for is an official distribution point of the app outside of the Play Store.
If anything this would be a security improvement. People like myself would no longer have to trust random APK mirror sites and would be able to keep up with app updates.
If Monzo fancy going further and disentangling their app from Google’s services to better support those outside of the ecosystem then I’d be the first to celebrate! But that’s not what I’m asking here.
That’s actually what I’m suggesting. The Monzo app is not eligible to be in the default F-Droid repository anyway since it’s not FLOSS.
But you can add custom repositories in the F-Droid client and Monzo could easily run their own to serve their app; with no third-party involvement.
Serving the APK as a simple download (along with checksums etc.) would be decent. My reservations there are:
as a bank, being seen to encourage the practice of downloading APKs and installing without verification probably isn’t a good look
doesn’t solve the knowing-when-there’s-an-update problem
Another advantage of providing an F-Droid repo as opposed to just an APK download is that 99% of people in the position of avoiding the Play Store will already be using and trusting F-Droid. Nice to have everything in one place (and trusting as few apps as possible with the permission to install apps!).
+1 here. Seems like a fairly low effort task to support customers on older devices running custom ROMs (because manufacturers… planned obsolescence… etc) and those who have a clearer picture of just how much data goes to Google and have done something about it (I haven’t, I value convenience far too much)
Would be a good nod to security, privacy, sustainability and open source from Monzo
Just to show how low effort a task it could be, the wonderful @nbgoodall at the mobile network Zevvle had an F-Droid repository running for their app a couple of hours after learning what F-Droid was last night.