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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

jiit gravatar image

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 2017-11-25 11:37:07 +0300

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I tried many hints to fix the download pending problem on my JollaC and always it reappeared. Few days ago I managed to install my bank app via a link on their web page and suddenly realized that I can live without an updated app. Log in play.google.com then install or reinstall the app you need. The process is not so clear than via an app but it works.

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answered 2017-09-17 14:47:33 +0300

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For me it works that (with Jolla C and Pico installer from coderus) I let Play Store to update and do whatever it wants, but I update and download programs from elsewhere (eg. Yalp Store). Google Services stay up to date, and programs which need them to be updated are working normally.

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answered 2017-06-06 19:40:30 +0300

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downdate to 7.3.25

i.e. from. apkmirror.
turn off wifi, install apk, run it, turn auto update apps completely off, enable wifi, try to install any app, will work.

did it multple times already, worked everytime. just take care not to hit update all button. happened to me twice already

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I found i simple fix today and it seems to work ! What i have done : In /data/app folder make a new folder with name com.android.vending-1.apk

And one my device it dont update the store anymore. i use a Intex Aquafish...

Xray2000 ( 2017-06-12 21:53:25 +0300 )edit

answered 2017-06-05 09:08:44 +0300

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It is the same problem described here: https://together.jolla.com/question/160541/is-sailfish-blocked-from-google-play-store/

use YALP in the meantime: https://fossdroid.com/a/yalp-store.html you can log in with your google account

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answered 2017-05-21 20:22:39 +0300

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This situation is getting me pretty worried. SailfishOS without play store will not stay relevant for me long...

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answered 2017-05-21 19:37:19 +0300

xneo gravatar image

Same issue with Jolla Tablet here... This sucks so bad, because I payed a lot for apps and can't install/ update them anymore

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Admittedly still on Haapajoki but downgrading to and changing attributes still works:link text Unfortunately do not have enough karma to include screenshot in comment link text

aspergerguy ( 2017-05-21 22:13:07 +0300 )edit

answered 2017-05-21 12:21:48 +0300

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if its blocked from playstore the pgone gets more and more useless. i need playstore because i need my companys Exchange account. the buildin is not working because the server needs the PIN-securityfeature. there arw to many functions missing and it.was enough time (i have one of the jolla first one an now aquafish with jolla c software) it is a very nice system but there are no devices and sofware is missinh features. i will try to get a bb prime. as a n900 user i realy miss tje hardwarekeyboard.

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answered 2017-05-05 09:19:50 +0300

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updated 2017-05-05 09:20:51 +0300

I too face this problem. It seems the reason is google decided to stop access of uncertified devices to the play store. The new version of Play store says the device is uncertified.

I found a work around in my Aqua Fish. Go to aptoid- which comes pre-installed. Unistall play store from there. It downgrades play store to old version. Now get to play store and update/install the apps you want. Play store will update automatically the next time yoy open it. But you can keep it open to prevent updating.

Not a good solution, but does the job. :)

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The workaround works for me and Jolla would not be the same without its community that provide the fast solutions. Nevertheless this solution is very unsatisfying, because many apps are only available for Android and distributed via Play Store. Especially paid apps use Play store and there are many apps I am very interested in. Yes, I pay for apps, because developers need to eat, too, and then less commercials are shown within the app. There should be an official solution between Jolla and Google to have official access to the Play Store.

MaxT ( 2017-05-05 10:45:12 +0300 )edit

See above how to prevent the Play store updating...

Schturman ( 2017-05-05 12:42:45 +0300 )edit

I know, but this is not sustainable. The next attempt to block updates will come, maybe in future Google only allows to update with the newest version of Play Store? As long as Google provides more than 90% of all Android apps, there must be an official solution for this problem.

MaxT ( 2017-05-05 12:59:51 +0300 )edit

Remember: Google Services are NOT supported by jolla. They will not fix that.

Moo-Crumpus ( 2017-05-16 09:14:20 +0300 )edit

And this is what google thinks about it: *If you're concerned about your device's certification showing up as "Uncertified" for Google Play, this could be because Google doesn’t have a record of the Android compatibility test results. To make sure that Android devices with Google apps work correctly, Google only certifies devices that:

  • Include proprietary apps under license from Google
  • Pass Android compatibility testing

Only certified devices are eligible to include Google apps, like the Google Play Store app. Hence, I'd recommend contacting your device manufacturer. Ask for a fully tested, Google certified device."

Moo-Crumpus ( 2017-05-16 12:33:01 +0300 )edit

answered 2017-05-01 18:03:06 +0300

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Downgrading the Play Store App and changing its attribute explained in this link,will solve "download pending" issue.

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^ F5121 : Well, it does the job, #but1, #but2 and #but3 ....

Initially it looked very promising, #but1 effectively the Play Store upgraded straight into 11.2.14 about 1h later ( according to the event screen message ). The Play Store just ignored its "opted out" automatic update settings ....

#but2 : the chattr-ed apk whithstood d (^_^) .....

The undesired update left intact the classic "Play Store" icon in the app launcher, #but3 added an empty icon named "vending", which must be deleted every time one experiences the "pending download" issue ....

Maybe s.o. would find a way of controlling the Play Store's background activity via API :

Android-running allow restrictions of background transfers via Settings > Network & Internet > Data Usage. From the lists one can turn off specifically Google Play's background activity which should prevent it from unwanted updating ....

launchpad ( 2018-08-29 05:22:47 +0300 )edit


No problems occurred updating / adding apps ( incl. licensed / paid ) with the latest Play Store version 11.4.17 running on Dalvik's Android 4.1.2 ....

launchpad ( 2018-09-11 01:16:59 +0300 )edit

answered 2017-05-01 16:09:34 +0300

santhoshmanikandan gravatar image

I think this might be the issue. It's showing as uncertified device. image description

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Is there any way to mimick a certified device? Is Intex Aquafish a certified device?

MaxT ( 2017-05-04 09:08:11 +0300 )edit

This is a bit inconsistent policy from Google, since although the Play Store refuses to update my apps - presumably because of that "uncertified" status - some apps (e.g. WhatsApp), that are capable to update themselves, succeed doing that !?

Upp15 ( 2017-06-11 20:05:53 +0300 )edit
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