[tbb-bugs] #26318 [Applications/Tor Browser]: TBA - Consider different installation methods

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#26318: TBA - Consider different installation methods
     Reporter:  sysrqb                    |      Owner:  tbb-team
         Type:  enhancement               |     Status:  new
     Priority:  Medium                    |  Milestone:
    Component:  Applications/Tor Browser  |    Version:
     Severity:  Normal                    |   Keywords:  tbb-mobile
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 Following from #26242, we must decide how we will distribute this app for
 initial download and installation.

 1) Marketplaces (Google Play Store, F-Droid, etc.)
 2) Direct download
 3) ...?

 We can't only rely on the marketplaces, because those are blocked on some
 networks. We can use the same mechanisms (such as gettor) for distributing
 TBA. One major difference on Android (when compared with desktop) is the
 difficulty with which a user can verify the downloaded blob is authentic.
 Simply checking the cryptographic signature is not easy, and bootstrapping
 trust is not as easy here. Have any other project solved this in a way we
 can use?

Ticket URL: <https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/26318>
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