Sometimes I would like to install some App on my Notion Ink Adam but the Android Market says that my device is not compatible with the App. ATM I simply google for the specific App and search some file hoster where I can download the apk, but this has several disadvantages (you never know if it is a hacked version, you don't receive updates, etc).

Therefore I would like to simply tell the market that I know about the incompatibility, but I want to simply install the App anyway. Does someone of you know a solution?

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    Typically these things are defined in the android_manifest by the developer if it's because it requires certain hardware (e.g., NFC, bluetooth, Android version, etc. etc.). The developer can also choose to not support specific devices when they publish in the Android market. It could be possible there is a valid reason why it isn't compatible. Which app is it?
    – Bryan Denny
    Jan 26, 2012 at 16:14

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Yes. Unfortunately the Market appears to pull the version of Android directly from the system somehow, so I'm not sure how to get around apps that are limited by version. However you can get around apps being limited to specific devices by editing your build.prop file. See my answer here: How can I modify the phone model in build.prop to get unsupported apps?


There's an app called Market Unlocker (which requires root).

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    I tried it, but AFAIK the unlocker is more about the country and provider but not about the compatibility check, doesn't it?
    – JepZ
    Jan 26, 2012 at 13:27
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    A little leg-work is preferable in answers. "There's this app, look for it on Google" is far less helpful than a link to the app. Jan 26, 2012 at 14:30
  • I would have posted the link, but my network's being filtered (proxy).
    – geffchang
    Jan 27, 2012 at 6:40

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