One problem F-Droid has is that people frequently seach Google Play to find F-Droid. Of course, F-Droid is not in Google Play for two reasons: 1) F-Droid does not support proprietary software like Play, 2) Google does not allow app stores in Play. So we know that the chances of F-Droid being in Play at any point in the future are basically nil.
The problem is that F-Droid is a popular enough search term in Google Play that scammers upload apps with the F-Droid name there. There is no F-Droid app there, so its easy to be at the top of the search results.
I propose that willing contributors submit free software apps to Play that can carry the F-Droid name, and therefore guide users to the real F-Droid. I think @uniqx’s forum reader app is a perfect option. I think it can be branded as “F-Droid Forum Reader” or something like that. And as long as all the core contributors are OK with that, then it can carry the F-Droid name without being an official F-Droid app.
Any objections to the idea? Or feedback on which app(s) should go into Play?
Another idea would be to make an app like “Swap with F-Droid” that is just the Nearby/Swap part of fdroidclient. That is allowed under Google Play Terms of Service. This could be a Guardian Project app, since there is already a presense in Play.