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PeteK

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Your Device isn't compatable....
« on: May 06, 2013, 10:30:50 AM »
So, just got a new Slate 7 and was setting it up with most of the same apps that I have on my phone (Droid Razr Maxx JB 4.1.2).   Much to my suprise, a lot of the apps display the banner "Your Device isn't compatable with this version".

Is this becuase the Slate 7 (with JB 4.1.1) is new and not a known device?  JB 4.1.1 is not that much different, and the version that comes on the Slate is pretty much stock from Google.

Any way around this without rooting?  Or are we just going to have to wait?



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Re: Your Device isn't compatable....
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2013, 12:35:19 PM »
Not really sure.  You might be right that we'll have to wait until some of the apps are updated to recognize the device.  If you figure out a solution please let us know.
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Re: Your Device isn't compatable....
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2013, 03:32:12 PM »
I was wondering about this as well. I thought maybe it was the ARM processor used in these, but ARM processors are showing up everywhere these days on some of the best smartphones and tablets.

I get this when trying to install the Bank of America app. I'm always looking at my account. I wonder who would have to fix this problem. HP , Google, or BofA?

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Re: Your Device isn't compatable....
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2013, 10:17:20 AM »
Most likely, the "incompatibility" has to do with the fact that the Slate 7 does not have GPS or phone. In rare instances, it may be due to the fact that the camera is fixed focus (autofocus being required to scan 1D barcodes, for example - though QR codes will scan just fine).

If you have another Android device, you can get around much of this "incompatible" problem by using an app like APK extractor on the supported device and sending the APK file to yourself (or get a friend to do it). This avoids the risks of downloading/installing it from an untrusted source (many now verify compatibility through Google Play, anyway, so you may still see the "incompatible" message if you try to download/install online).

Understand that any features of the app that rely on missing features of the hardware (GPS, phone, autofocus) will not work and the app developer may not provide support. (I've found that app developers are happy to know that their apps will work on the Slate 7 - in some cases, it is just because the device is new and they've overly restricted things in the Google Play store - so do let them know if you like the app and it works well on your HP Slate 7.)

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Re: Your Device isn't compatable....
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2013, 11:27:41 AM »
 Are you the same holly j from the hp site? I would think that a new device should have all the bugs ironed out before release we can't side load all our apps now can we
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Re: Your Device isn't compatable....
« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2013, 04:02:47 PM »
@Yetanothertechguy

The lack of a GPS (which fences us out of so much of the Android market) isn't a bug, and it isn't an HP thing.  Google, in their infinite wisdom, doesn't allow a user to install an application if their device doesn't meet the stated requirements for the app.  Since there is no GPS, we're stuck.

Sure would be nice if Google would allow us a method to "install the application anyway" -- but alas, this doesn't appear to be the case.

Another fix would be for developers to be slightly more lenient in their application requirements.  Every time you are foiled in your attempt to install an app, and find yourself side-loading it... be sure to use the "email developer" link in the Google market app and request the developer open their device up to the Slate 7.
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