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Is sailfish blocked from Google Play Store ?

asked 2017-04-20 10:22:11 +0300

Bart S gravatar image

updated 2017-04-20 10:33:50 +0300

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Referring to this question, because I am facing the same problem right now. I can see there are updates, but all it says in Google Play Store is "Download pending" which may have to do with what is mentioned in this article.

One of the apps is completely blocked from running because it must update to the new version (because of security issues).

Does anyone know if Google now is blocking uncertified devices from app updates from the play store ?

Does anyone know how to downgrade the Google Playstore app on Sailfish OS ?

Device : Intex Aqua Fish Sailfish OS: (Haapajoki)

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It works for me, so the problem is not this one.

Giacomo Di Giacomo ( 2017-04-20 11:22:57 +0300 )edit

@Giancomo: Did you update to the latest google play store ?

Bart S ( 2017-04-20 15:34:17 +0300 )edit

I guess so, since starting this morning the appearance of the application list has changed.

Giacomo Di Giacomo ( 2017-04-20 16:12:51 +0300 )edit

I too have the latest and it works fine. But maybe a couple of months ago I had the same issue as you. Restarted alien dalvik, rebooted the phone, cleared caches from the play store app, nothing fixed it. But then I just left it, and it had fixed itself the next day I think. Doesn't help in diagnosing the problem I guess, but perhaps "wait and see"?

vitaminj ( 2017-04-20 18:04:07 +0300 )edit

Even after downgrading, play store updates to latest version within seconds.

santhoshmanikandan ( 2017-04-20 19:39:58 +0300 )edit

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answered 2017-04-20 10:46:41 +0300

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You could try an alternative store to download apks from the playstore like the yalp store that you can get from fdroid. This allows you to use your google account to login and download your apps or updates from the playstore.

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Thanks.this is indeed working. For others some more information: I downloaded and installed the latest apk from this link. I did not try the F-droid application (yet) but may give that a try as well.

Bart S ( 2017-04-20 11:14:33 +0300 )edit

answered 2017-04-20 20:14:54 +0300

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updated 2017-04-22 12:26:58 +0300

I did an install of OpenGApps. I then had the google play store icon in the menu, but still not able to get rid of the "download pening" problem, even after rebooting the device. Now I just uninstalled OpenGApps and checked if the icon was gone from the menu.

Then I did another install of OpenGApps and as soon as Warehouse said installing (after download finished), I switched off the WiFi and mobile data (to prevent from updates downloading during install)

When installation was ready, I switched on WiFi and mobile data and I was able to start Google Play Store from the icon in the menu. Switched off WiFi and mobile data right after play store started.

In Google Play Store settings I can see version 7.7.31.O-all [0] [PR] 153394623 which is the latest AFAIK. After switching back on the WiFi and mobile data, I tried to update an app, and surprisingly it did update normally.

@vitaminj was right .... "just wait and see" ... no idea why it fails for days and suddenly started working again

Edit April 22, 2017: Just now I opened google play store on my Intex Aqua Fish where I can see that 2 updates are available. Pressing the update button brings me back to the original problem .... Download pending .... and not any download progress. To me it starts looking like Google is experimenting and testing with blocking downloads for uncertified devices.

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Exactly how did you do the uninstall ? Long press of the icon and then 'delete' ?

Upp15 ( 2017-04-20 21:07:38 +0300 )edit

I did the install and uninstall from Warehouse

Bart S ( 2017-04-20 21:17:06 +0300 )edit

Never i could get it back to work. installed version is

santhoshmanikandan ( 2017-04-22 14:59:55 +0300 )edit

answered 2017-04-20 10:53:27 +0300

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Check this one: cant-download-apps-from-play-store/ For me in Jolla C and Tablet ( Play Store 7.6.08.N is last one that works. With Jolla CI used "OpenGApps Pico Installer" in Warehouse by Coderus to go back to old version.

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Done that. Now I see an play store icon in the menu which was never in the menu before even though the play store was installed. I cannot open the play store with this play store icon. Because I have updated the apps already with Yalp, I cannot test if the play store version is indeed working fine. I will wait for the next "forced" update for that particular app and see if I can update it through the playstore again as I did normally. Then I will also come back here, for feedback.

Bart S ( 2017-04-20 11:17:36 +0300 )edit

I did an uninstall of OpenGApps and another install. Google Play store installed is 7.7.31.O-all [0] [PR] 153394623 and strange but true it does download apps again.

Bart S ( 2017-04-20 20:06:31 +0300 )edit

answered 2017-04-20 15:51:32 +0300

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updated 2017-04-21 10:13:05 +0300

I think there is at least one example showing that Google allows app publishers to block Aliendalvik. Have a look at "CBC mobile banking". Previous versions were working perfectly with Jolla. Last month a new version was released: its only new "feature" is being not Jolla compatible, not available with Yalp. Of course, older versions are also blocked by the bank.

(this app is only for CBC customers of course, but everyone can install it provided the device isn't Jolla)

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Maybe it's a different reason. I can't install some apps as Sailfish Aliendalvik is Android 4.x compatible and the apps require more current Android

mdosch ( 2017-04-20 16:57:56 +0300 )edit

Obviously, the reason isn't technical (the app can be installed onto any 4.x Android except Jolla). This was more or less confirmed on the phone by CBC customer support. They just don't want their app to be run on devices Google can't access or can't "certify".

objectifnul ( 2017-04-20 17:48:11 +0300 )edit
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