So, next move of thought is towards open-source package manager. But only to find out that:
- Trackdroid is fool's gold, with source never released (or taken down after release)
- Undroid is stopped because "ultimately it was made irrelevant by Google market place."
- apkget was started just this year, but already undergone repo created - something committed - repo removed cycle.
They offer maintained client, they offer repository of packages. Hurrah!
UPDATE: F-Droid is a fork of Aptoide, which also specialized in Android repository provision, but not specializes in FOSS. Consequently, Aptoide client lacks detailed information about licencing, etc. and the repository provided by Aptoide project contains more than just FOSS project. At the same time, Aptoide seems to be leaning towards meta-level (i.e. provide package provision solution for others to reuse), and thus has more documentation and momentum.
F-Droid on the other hand also includes build system for its packages, albeit simple/limited one (e.g., entire recipe is written in one line).
All in all, it's great that there're such solutions for Android, and pity that that they are relatively hard to find, they should be published more, that will contribute to overall software quality on Android platform.
How it all started: F-Droid Repository Vapourware