Welp, we’re a couple of days removed from Google’s Honeycomb briefing in Mountain View where they also launched the new web-based Android market for Android 2.2 and higher devices. How has it been for you folks?
After an initial hiccup right after the market site went live, we were able to sign in and remotely install applications to our heart’s content, but have you run into any more problems?
Some folks are reportedly unable to see their device on the new market. Engadget suggests it might only be a problem for rooted users or users on custom ROMs, but that isn’t the case at all. I have several phones in my possession and have been testing them out for a few days.
My Samsung Epic 4G (2.1, rooted, ROM’d) is recognized and supported. I do still see my HTC EVO 4G (rooted, ROM’d) and my HTC EVO Shift 4G (stock) there, however.
The only issue I’m having is with AT&T’s HTC Inspire 4G, but considering the device hasn’t been released yet, I can’t say that it’s an issue right now.
Google’s support site says you must visit the Android market on your phone at least once before it’ll recognize the device, but I’m sure many of you with problems have visited the market quite frequently leading up to the launch, if not every day.
I’m also met with security warnings every time I visit the web-based market – even in Google Chrome. I’m pretty sure Google doesn’t think their own site is a security risk.
[Update]: Just as soon as I published this story, the Inspire 4G showed up on the list, but with the name “Desire HD”. Funny, that. But it’s there. So have you had any trouble getting the web-based market to recognize your phone?
[Update 2]: And I just tried it on my Epic 4G, and it worked. When Google announced it last May at Google I/O, they suggested it’d only work with Android 2.2. Looks like they found a way around that for those running Android 2.0+.