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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by QR25DE, Dec 28, 2011.

  1. QR25DE

    QR25DE Newbie
    Thread Starter

    When you do a search in the Android Market, does it only show items that are device compatible?

    I have a rooted NT and I was troubled when I searched for some apps I have on my HTC Inspire, and no results came up. Some of the apps that are streaming-based make sense, I suppose, but others leave me scratching me head. Here's a handful of apps that don't appear in the market for my Nook...

    ESPN Radio
    Angry Birds HD
    Google Maps
    Digitally Imported Radio
    Any Beer ABV Full
    OOKLA Speed Test

    Any comments/advice greatly appreciated :D

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  2. AnotherHiggins

    AnotherHiggins Android Enthusiast

    Yes, results you see on your device will depend on the app's compatibility with your device.

    Go to the Android Market in a browser (not through the market app), log in with your gmail account, and you can view ALL apps.

    Here's Speed Test, for example. It will show you compatibility with your various devices.

    Assuming it is a compatibility issue, there are some ways around that, but I've never really had to go down that road so I'm afraid I can't be much help directly.

    But here's a thread on XDA about this, specifically on the NT.
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  3. andr01d

    andr01d Android Enthusiast

    Yeah... strange / not sure what to say but all the 8 apps show up in a stock Nook Tablet. (Did find Angry Birds Seasons instead of Angry Birds HD which is from the B&N shop.)
  4. QR25DE

    QR25DE Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Fascinating, I never knew you could access the market from the browser. Sure enough, when I tried to install OOKLA Speed Test, it recognized all the devices I have signed my gmail into - old Incredible, current Inspire, and Nook Tab - and would not allow me to select the Tab for install. Boo!
  5. swc2001

    swc2001 Android Expert

    I ran into this problem with MANY different apps such as "Modern Combat 3" Bejeweled and many others. So what I did was Use Root Explorer and modify the build.prop

    Where it said "Nook Tablet" I just Renamed it "XOOM" saved the file and then rebooted.

    Viola All my apps worked perfectly and the Google Play store let me download them. I have had no trobles at all afterwards either. If theres a Caveat to to this I havent found it yet.

    I am running CM7 Alpha Final.

    I think that Developers of Apps did this on Purpose because Barnes & Noble shut them out from their exclusive B&N App store. So the Developers punished the Nook by not letting the Nook use them. Because Honestley they all run just fine.

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