Problems with Froyo creates chaos in Android Market

Problems with Froyo creates chaos in Android Market
Froyo may be a tasty treat for Android users, but it might leave a little bad after-taste right now. According to some reports, phones upgraded to Android 2.2 are not displaying certain applications in the Android Market. It seems that some apps that the developer enabled copy protection on are the ones that are missing while using Froyo. The developer has the option of "Forward Locking" his work to prevent unauthorized copying of the app or the installation on unauthorized phones. Because Android 2.2 has not officially been released, it gives off a signature as through it was coming from an unauthorized phone. Those who installed an app that is not showing up can still run the application, but it will not appear on the Downloads section of the Market. If you had to put your phone through a factory update, you will have to repurchase previously bought apps because there is no proof that you previously paid for them. Some of the apps involved are The New York Times, FlightTrack and Calorie Counter. Once Froyo becomes an official release, or if Google eliminates "Forward Locking" as a developer option, the disappearing apps should reappear.

source: AndroidandMe

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6 Comments

1. scorpio85

Posts: 160; Member since: Jan 16, 2010

This goes to show you that you might want to wait to update your Evo to 2.2 until the offical update is available. Im sure it wont be long since this is "The Android Phone".

2. nak1017

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

Anyone who is spending the time to update their EVO to 2.2 should also look up all the solutions people have come up with to get the apps back on the market... I've been using Froyo with no market problems.

3. drewstiff

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

"If you had to put your phone through a factory update, you will have to repurchase previously bought apps because there is no proof that you previously paid for them." No, sorry. You're wrong. Don't make up "facts". You will in no way have to repurchase previously bought apps, and the market is still fully aware of what apps you have previously paid for. In fact, even if this was the case you would NOT BE ABLE TO repurchase apps, because they ARE NOT SHOWING UP IN THE MARKET. Generally all this boils down to "Pre-release software has not been set up to work in the same way as full-release software would be, news at 11!". Don't install pre-release updates if you're not prepared to deal with the consequences... As far as the Android Market is concerned, Froyo doesn't exist yet for consumers. I believe developer and testing phones don't have the ability to purchase protected apps at all and hence protected apps have not been 'unlocked' for Froyo. The solution is to wait for the official release and then surprisingly the Froyo update will work as is expected. Or, as nak1017 says, there are ways around it if one is as keen to resolve their market issues as they were to obtain the unofficial update in the first place.

4. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

I thought Froyo was released on certain handsets already? Does this only pertain to people updating on non-Froyo handsets? That said, you are 100% correct.

5. drewstiff

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Well it's not officially out for the Nexus One yet. If it was I'd have installed it on mine by now :o) The Froyo update that's going round for the N1 is not the official one (according to a Google employee via the URL below - see "Best answer"). http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/android/thread?tid=488da0ef21660d13&hl=en Any other instances of Froyo for other devices are either ported from the (unofficial) N1 version or have ported parts of the new SDK (which is pretty pointless as it's far less comprehensive that the N1 leak). I don't believe there are any devices officially with Froyo still. I used "official" way too many times in this post!

6. coachandrew unregistered

The good news is that with a little hunting you can find the NY Times .apk (the actual file). I found it on an Android freeware site. I had to temporarily allow non-market apps to be installed, and then I installed the app, and changed the setting back to prevent non-market apps from installing, and now... voila! NY Times is back on my phone. BTW I had been under the impression that the Froyo I downloaded directly from Samsung (with instructions from Dan Costa's article on PC Mag) was "official" and the same as the OTA that I was not patient enough for -- I would not have downloaded it that way.

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