IzzyOnDroid (could just be configured within F-Droid to include this repo)
Forks happen for a few reasons but the official client has never given reason to need one. Unmaintained clients hinder future progress of the official client. How many of these forks are one developer forks?
Open source should mean contributing, not copying. I don’t know how I would feel spending thousands of hours coding an app for someone to click a button, rebrand it, and get a bunch of pats on the back when they could’ve contributed to the original.
Do note that I don’t like forks either, specially when they’re started to “fix” something but they never contribute back to original, or just change colours then go and die because maintenance is hard.
G-Droid - not sure if still developed, just a fix in latest
Neo Store - fork of the one below because the dev was busy, new job
Droid-ify - maybe still developed as dev has free time, fork of Foxy
F-Droid Classic - fork of old 0.102 (before the UI update)
Aurora Droid - sister app of Aurora Store (for Play)
Foxy Droid - fork of old 0.102 (before the UI update) not sure if developed
I think it’s good - it shows how popular FDroid is. Do you know how many browsers are Chrome/Chromium based? like half of them now. And there are are/were at least half a dozen browsers based on Firefox/Gecko technology as well. Gecko-based browsers - LinuxReviews
Some people also go for selling the forked app on Play Store without even changing a word. It’s really frustrating to see them earning for the app from which the original maintainer or developer gets nothing.
Aurora has been a big help in the past to access apps only on google play but without the bullshit process of handing your adrenochrome to google. Their ability to spoof ownership of an active google account has always been something I’d like to have in browsers so you can bypass youtube age restriction without using a third party site like 9xbuddy
There are a few reasons to choose a alternative frontend:
GrapheneOS: You simply have to confirm every install when you update apps. With Droidify you do that once for every app and then never again. (It’s just faster and much more usable when you are not rooted)
Android TV: The original client is not usable with a remote control. So is doidify in my expierience. BUT NeoStore works just fine
With Droidify you also get a better repository-manager and muuuuuch faster syncs. As for me: I need to run a OS without root to install my banking apps in a work profile to work. Droidify is just much more convenient to use than the original store.
But yes, it woul be nice to only have one store that has the best of all of them…