Google Play no longer shows sideloaded apps
0. phoneArena 11 Apr 2012, 22:18 posted on
The Google Play app has had a strange characteristic since back in the olden days of the Android Market wherein it would show apps that had been sideloaded or installed from 3rd party apps (like the Amazon Appstore)...
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1. frydaexiii (Posts: 1456; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
Awesome, I've always been frustrated when I sideload a cracked version of an app, only to love it and wanna support the dev, but realize I can't because it's labelled as purchased and I can't buy it.
2. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2705; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Wouldn't you be able to just uninstall the app, then purchase it?
4. frydaexiii (Posts: 1456; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
Yeah, like Where's my Water, I sideloaded it, played it, liked it and uninstalled it so I can purchase it, but it's labelled "purchased" in the Play Shop and when I try to download, it says "error, you haven't purchased this app" and I can't buy it cause it's still labelled as "purchased". But now it seem the "purchased" is gone.
3. breathlesstao (unregistered)
That's odd...I've never had that problem (granted, Amazon AppStore ain't even available over here). But other sideloaded apps? They never showed up in the installed apps section of the Market for me. Something about having different names in the signatures or something that does not match the Market-versions, I believe, to avoid this issue specifically... dunno about Amazon tho.
5. zackh121556 (Posts: 101; Member since: 01 Feb 2012)
All you needed to do in order to get passed this problem was delete the app and clear the market cache
6. bloodline (Posts: 706; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
I think the design of the play store looks brilliant! Kills the competition IMO !
7. roscuthiii (Posts: 2224; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
Excellent news. A while back a 3rd party app store was having a promotion where they had some paid apps available for free. I took the bait on one of them but it wouldn't receive any updates and the 3rd party app store wasn't supporting it any longer. It was listed with Google as purchased already so I couldn't pay for it but also couldn't download it. At least there was a free version I could use in the mean time but even that wouldn't let me purchase it since it was already listed as purchased. Clearing the market cache and even a factory reset did nothing to resolve the issue of it being listed as purchased with Google itself.
At least it's finally resolved. Whoo hoo!!!
8. fervid (Posts: 183; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
I usually have the opposite problem and Amazon tries updating my other apps.
9. asimo (Posts: 41; Member since: 05 Jan 2012)
yeah getjar free apps prevented me from buying the apps on the market to get the updates; even uninstalled, the apps would show up as "purchased" in the market, but errors "not purchased" when trying to download; glad they finally changed that.
Also it would be nice to remove the history on installed app in the web store.