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Question about apps that only run on certain android versions.

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by JesseBrown23, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. JesseBrown23

    JesseBrown23 Member
    Thread Starter

    Okay, so in example Instagram.

    Quote from their website.
    I have a HTC Droid Eris, and the last update for them was 2.1. I am running CM7 and now im '2.3.7.'

    My question is: Is it the hardware that makes it able to run these newer apps or is it still possible to run them?, because even now that im 2.3 it wont let me find them in Google Play.

    Do ROMs really update your phone or is it all just an illusion? Haha.
    Sorry if wrong spot. I didnt know if it should go in Root or Apps. But its an app question so yeah.:thinking:

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  2. Slug

    Slug Check six!
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    It's the hardware identification; the handset will still be recognised as an Eris and as that was never officially updated beyond 2.1 then apps requiring more recent versions will be filtered out by the Play Store.

    Having said that, there may be a way around this on a rooted handset. That's something to ask about in the HTC Droid Eris - All Things Root sub-forum though, as users there are most likely to know whether or not it's possible.
  3. chanchan05

    chanchan05 The Doctor

    From what I can find of the Droid Eris Specs, it doesn't have a GPU, so basically, it is not capable of OpenGL support, so no instagram no matter what you do AFAIK.
  4. JesseBrown23

    JesseBrown23 Member
    Thread Starter

    Okay I'll ask. i started here because barely anyone watches it im guessing cause this phone is so old. Thank you.

    Is GPU hardware?
  5. chanchan05

    chanchan05 The Doctor

    GPU is hardware, it stands for Graphical Processing Unit. Its analogous to the Graphics card on your PC.
  6. JesseBrown23

    JesseBrown23 Member
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    K, I guess i just have to put up with it until I get my dad's gf's Droid 2

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