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Android Market update adds support for devices with unofficial market app

0. phoneArena posted on 29 Nov 2011, 03:48

Rejoice, Kindle Fire owners - Google has rolled out an update to the Android Market enabling support for devices with the unofficial Market app…

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posted on 29 Nov 2011, 04:20 1

1. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)

First. This is why cheap tablets are inferior. You get what you pay for, especially for Android

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 08:13 2

6. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)

Yeah, it sucks when they add features to inexpensive products. Why can't everyone just by the high end stuff? I don't understand.

It's like everyone is in some sort of weird depression right now, almost like the economy is in the s**tter.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 08:45 5

8. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

yea its horrible.. those cheap tablets do so little... well unless you put them next to an ipad, then they do so much. :)

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 05:19

2. rf1975 (Posts: 259; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)

These are common problem (i mean fragmentation / App quality) in open source. We have to live with it.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 05:44

3. Angie7F (Posts: 2; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)

I agree with Miz.
Sometimes it just pays off to pay more upfront. There so many really good free apps and cheap apps, like games from G-Gee, if your device is more versitile you save a lot on running fee.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 08:47 6

9. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


if you can get a dual core 7 inch tablet for 200 bux, and a dual core 7 inch tablet for 400 bux.. which would you choose? If some minor hacking can put them on the exact same level techwise, why would you pay double the price? And technically, the dual core processor found in the Fire (OMAP) is stronger than the dual core processor found in almost every android tablet (Nvidia).

Thats the thought process of a lot of people that are not afraid of spending 20 minutes rooting a device to get full functionality out of it. price in no way dictates quality.
Cheaper tablets dont always mean your getting "less", they just mean they run on thinner profit margins. Who's wallet are you more worried about? your's or apple's?

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 10:10 1

11. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

Miz and taco are worried about APPLE's wallet, apparently.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 11:41 1

12. roldefol (Posts: 4365; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

Yeah, but that's the problem - "If some minor hacking can put them on the exact same level techwise". You're assuming millions of buyers would go through the trouble of rooting/modding/hacking when the iPad offers a clean user experience. Until Samsung/Moto can undercut the iPad (say $300) and still offer a full-featured stock device with a huge app store, Apple will own the market.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 14:41

13. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

im not saying thats not true, rolde. But there is a growing number of people.... especially in the android community, that are willing to monkey around with rooting. For those people, they can save money by doing such things.

Its like anything else in life, the more you know, the better decisions you can make, the more you can possibly save.

Honeycomb hasnt exactly been up to snuff.. i openly admit that. I'm hoping with the iCS rollout, that it will even out the playing field a bit. Android is much much more powerful than iOS, but to the basic user thats looking at a $600 ipad or a $600 samsung Tab, I can see the appeal of the ipad, as it is more smooth and comes off as an easier system because its not as customizable.

For those that want such frivalties but cant afford to blow 600 bux on an over sized toy, learning how to spend 20 minutes hacking a kindle fire is a great alternative.. or hell.. u dont even have to hack it. most of what peeps use tablets for is reading and media anyways.

for a $400 price difference between the fire and the ipad, even apple is going to have a hard time justifying people spending all that extra money for a silver logo. Thats why there are new rumors of the smaller cheaper ipad coming out.. to compete.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 17:48

14. godsarmylds (Posts: 36; Member since: 05 Mar 2010)

Or Just going into your local T-mobile store and pick up an amazing Springboard and get 4g speeds and a dual core for a low cost of 180 bucks!!!!!!! WIN!!!

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 07:01

15. Angie7F (Posts: 2; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)

I guess if you have the ability to fiddle around with your gadgets, then sure, other models are good too. But as rodefol mentioned, not everyone does that. For many people, using the gadget as is, is the only way they can use it.
Its the same with cars, I would rather pay money to buy a car already good to drive then spend hours tweaking it myself. Its not the question of the wallet. Its a combination of time, skill and the wallet.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 06:11

4. OSFantasma (Posts: 119; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)

If cyanogem mod is available then install that on your tablet then rejoice as you can still have amazon app store on there unless you want the exclusive property app for a particular device then we'll that beyond me.. Google android market does quality apps have but some Devs can be lazy and make android version of certain apps less then great

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 06:25 1

5. ibap (Posts: 785; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)

OK, now I'm really confused about why the cheaper tablets didn't get Market in the first place. I had thought that either Market's 'owners' wanted some sort of licensing (but it is open source) or they were trying to prevent people from whining about apps that wouldn't run on underpowered systems. But Market for some time has known which versions an app was intended for, so what is that about?

And there were other sources for apps as well - Amazon, anyone?

I have a Pandigital Novel - one of the early tablets hacked to full Android - and it was a PITA to get other apps on it, but once you have access to any Android device with full market, you can transfer the apk to anything else. The Novel is not a great device, but it wasn't a bad e-reader, and the hack (I just installed it, don't have the skills or time to actually do it) was a way to make it more useful, though it is gathering dust now. Unlike any of the e-readers that come with one bookstore, I could install the Kindle software as well. There was one early reader tablet I returned because it would let me install other apps, but not the competing bookstore app - go figure.

Anyway, the real question is why did it take this long? Was it competition that prompted it?

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 08:14

7. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)

I haven't read in to this much but from what I can tell companies like Amazon didn't want the Android Market on the tablet because they were expecting to make most of their money off their own market.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 10:08 1

10. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

"There’s one slight downside, though - the Market also seems to recognize apps previously installed from other, non-Market sources. It then tries to update them, but since they’re not properly signed it can’t."

Hey, PHONEARENA, that is already the case right now. I cannot update apps purchased/downloaded via AMAZON appstore through the market. Get your facts straight, thanks!

XDA can fix the issue, lol. Yes, these tablets are cheap, but they are a great alternative to overpriced Ipad and other tablets.

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