I own a Motorola Flipout, Android 2.1 stock ROM. According to the market the app "Handyticket Deutschland" is not compatible with my phone. The required Android version is 1.5 or above. How can I tell why the app will not work for me?

Android Market

The Flipout has a comparably small screen. Is it possible that the publisher just forgot to mark my phone's display resolution as supported?

Note: Users from outside Germany see a different message. I believe, those country-restriction are unrelated.


The Android Market has various filters which are applied to the apk in order to find out if the App will run on your device. The most obviously one is the Android version you are on (also called the SDK level).

But this is not the only criteria. There are others like:

  • Screen Size
  • Software libraries
    • Google API
    • OpenGL
  • Particular hardware features that are required
    • Bluetooth
    • (front) camera
    • Vibration

Unfortunately it is not that easy to find out why an App "isn't compatible" with a particular device, even for the developer. There are some tools that an developer can use to find the current filter criteria for an .apk but this will not tell him why the Android market doesn't show an app on a device explicitly.

In your case, the small screen size seems to be the reason. You should e-mail the developer and ask him to fix this, if it isn't intended.

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    Bottom line, is there a way to bypass the filter? My device isn't supported officially, but I once had the app on my decive (via apk from my friend) and worked great. Mar 16 '12 at 3:29
  • If you run a custom Mod you could change your device properties which are signaled to the market so that more apps will show up.
    – Flow
    Mar 16 '12 at 7:49
  • Is there some app that does this I'm on a rooted phone with stock ROM Mar 16 '12 at 8:17
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    @Shimmy - a late response to your comment, but you can edit the device properties with a build.prop editor (numerous available from the Play Store). Be cautious of what you change with it, you can really mess your device up (boot loop). Most have the option to make a backup before applying any changes.
    – HasH_BrowN
    Jan 27 '15 at 7:58
  • @Shimmy You could fetch the APK from Google Play (via a third party) and then sideload the app. It usually works.
    – Fiksdal
    Jul 7 '16 at 20:19

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