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I just bought an HTC Desire S and cannot download apps from the Android Marketplace. I tried to download Skype and it stalled saying "Starting To Download" - nothing happened. Then I tried downloading another app and then it said that app will be soon downloaded, but nothing happened.

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Does this happen regardless of whether you are using 3G or WiFi? If you are using a WiFi connection, it may be getting blocked. – Daemon of Chaos Jun 16 '11 at 20:55

Try clearing the cache and data of the Market application.

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up vote 1 down vote accepted

I think i found the problem. I turned option off that lets use 3rd party apps internet connection as was recommended on one blog on power plan optimization on Android.

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The thing is, with that off you should ONLY be able to get apps from the Market. – Al E. Jun 17 '11 at 20:21
Yeah, sounds like that even if this works it's still a bug in your operating system. If you don't want to upgrade to a custom ROM, I'd suggest looking for any official updates available from HTC for your device. – pzkpfw Jul 16 '12 at 8:42
Don't forget to accept this answer – Flow Jul 16 '12 at 9:20

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