Android Market now shows which handsets are compatible with each app

Android Market now shows which handsets are compatible with each app
Now you can make sure that your Android device is compatible with an app before you download it on your phone. The Android Market has added a device compatibility check that you can access before pressing the install button.

With the new feature, those wanting a specific app on their phone won't have to read the text that is posted in the Market. Sometimes longwinded and too much of a hassle to go through, some developers slip in which handsets are compatible with a specific app, but like the fine print on a contract, it doesn't get read. The addition by Google of the device compatibility check will save Market users time and eliminate the aggravation of having to uninstall a recently downloaded app because it doesn't work on your phone.

source: AndroidCentral



1. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Well its recognition of the problem at least. Although creating APIs that enable app to work across all devices and os versions would be the ideal fix. No reason why some apps should work on one device with group and not the next(a la Netflix).

2. JC unregistered

Aside from different manufacturers' skin and various hardware configs...

3. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

That's why I'm saying Google should just create some new APIs which would bypass skins and UIs. Even then this aren't the only reasons why some apps don't get to all devices. There are dozens of Android handsets running sense but only a few that run Netflix.

7. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

many apps only work on certain versions of android. Netflix is a Gingerbread app. If you have gingerbread it will almost always work on your phone. There is also the processor needs. Thankfully that is going away as the older android phones get traded in.

4. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

That's awesome. Glad to see Google include the feature.

10. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

it is nice, but it isnt a final solution...

8. NexusKoolaid unregistered

Nice idea, but it looks like it needs work. The market tells me that Buzz Box News won't work on my Nexus One. But it's been working fine for the past few months.

9. theBankRobber unregistered

Who ever said Netflix is a gingerbread app please pull your head out of your ASS. The Evo 4g had Netflix on froyo, then when gingerbread came out Netflix stopped working. Netflix will work on any Android device, problem is they have to test each device to make sure the DRM is in place in a manner that will please movie studios before they can release it.

11. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

now if they use this to mark safe apps.....

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