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  1. 4hawk

    4hawk Lurker
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    [If this is an off-the-wall question, I apologize, but can't find a similar discussion via search. Similarly, this looked like the right forum to post. If otherwise, moderators feel free to move.] As you likely know, when approached from a computer, Google Play (Android Market) will list which applications are compatible with which devices, providing the Market had prior knowledge about each of them. I like this feature and have used it to maintain compatibility between devices and OS builds that I currently have. I'm looking for the reverse of this. IOW, whether a certain program will work on a device I have yet to own. Rationale: Cross-compatibility is important to me in some instances. I've often had to use alternate programs instead of a preferred one just to maintain that compatibility, and it's always by testing each program on each device. Invariably, there's going to be a newer device to replace a current one. Since I have yet to own the new device, I can't check a certain app on the market for compatibility. Example: Of my current devices, program 'x' will, say, work on the old Moto Droid. The same program won't be available for the Acer, probably because it's a tablet. And, the same program won't work on the 'Eris', I'm guessing because the OS build is frozen at this point. Is there such a reverse reference/matrix, and I've just been unable to find it?
     



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  2. Mr. Lucky

    Mr. Lucky Android Expert

    I'm not aware of an app or method of accomplishing what you want. However, the "compatibility" tag is not foolproof. Case in point: Zeam launcher has supposedly never been compatible with any Honeycomb device, yet it worked perfectly on my Tab until version 3.1.10.
     
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  3. 4hawk

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    Thanks for your prompt reply, and for understanding my question correctly (couldn't think of better way to describe). I was afraid this might be the case. I feel that instead of a local app, this should be implemented on the Market side of things, perhaps via a drill-down menu of manufacturer, model, etc. It's not as if the process doesn't have precedent elsewhere. Even if it means the "lookup" matrix only worked from a PC. And, instead of specific models (admittedly difficult), perhaps a processor, OS build, and a phone/tablet reference would be sufficient.

    Your reference to Zeam is as good an example as any. When I was looking for a different launcher, it's quite possible I passed over Zeam entirely, based only on the compatibility list.
     
  4. zuben el genub

    zuben el genub Extreme Android User

    Market also assumed my wifi only Coby was a T-Mobile device.
     
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