WSA clones/modifications - legal issues? Safety issues?


pokeefe0001

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I have need to run just one Andriod app on my PC - the Comcast XFinity Mobile App - and it is available only through Google Play. There are a number of web hits mentioning how to get Google Play on Windows. All I've seen require replacing WSA with a modified version. Most refer to a modified version that used to be available from GitHub but has been taken down due to policy violations. (I've seen no further explanation.)

While I would like to be able to run this app, I have concerns.
  1. Are there any legal issues in creating and delivering a modified version of WSA?
  2. Are there any legal issues in running Google Play on an unauthorized platform (whatever "unauthorized" might mean)?
  3. Seems like a brand-x WSA look-alike could be a great way to deliver malware
Are there any safe and legal ways to run Google Play on Windows?
 

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pokeefe0001

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Never mind (for now). There is supposedly a way to get the XFinity Mobile App through the officially supported Amazon AppStore. I just found a web stile that (supposedly) say how to do that.
 

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pokeefe0001

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I need to retract my retraction. I don't see a way to edit postings or I'd completely strike out my previous one.
The web posting claiming that the XFinity Mobile App was available through Amazon AppStore was imagining things, and I can find no mention of a native Windows version of the Xfinity Mobile app.

I took a gamble and installed the BlueStacks which does have Google Play. I could download and run the Xfinity Mobile app, but I couldn't log onto my Comcast account ... making the application useless. (I don't know whether that was a problem with the XFinity, BlueStacks, or Windows.)

So I'm back to my original questions: Are any of the brand-x Android emulators safe (and usable), and are there any legal / copyright issues? (I'm guessing there are no legal issues or BlueStacks would not still have Google Store support.)
 

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    Intel Core i5-8400
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    ASUS PRIME H370-PLUS
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    On board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SyncMaster 2043BWX
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    1680 x 1050
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 850 256GB
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    WD 3TB external USB drive
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