I wanted to know whether the Samsung Galaxy S4 will run every app from the play store or not? I had done a lot of googling but failed to find an answer.

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In general, NO.

Some apps:

  • run on specific devices only (i.e. not compatible with S4)
  • run on specific Android versions
  • available only in specific countries
  • available only on specific carriers
  • requires root access. (i.e. if phone is not rooted, it won't work)
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    You forgot to mention "are not available on specific carriers."
    – Chahk
    Commented Oct 9, 2013 at 13:19
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    Or "are only available on specific carriers".
    – ale
    Commented Oct 9, 2013 at 13:32
  • @Chahk an Al Thanks for that. Added into answer. :)
    – geffchang
    Commented Oct 9, 2013 at 13:41

No there are not all compatible. When you watching an application on Google play ( from your device ) if you cannot find the button for installing that app, that means that your device is not supported by that application. Also if you visit that application page on Google play desktop site, and your device is listed in your account than a message will appear in browser that says that specific application is not compatible with your device.


I would say 80% app is compatible. And other 20% are for other specific devices. Specific android version and specific screen size

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    What are you basing that on? I've not seen any breakdowns like that of app/device compatibility, anywhere.
    – Logos
    Commented Oct 9, 2013 at 10:45
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    I'm with @Logos here. If you're going to give numbers, please cite your sources.
    – dotVezz
    Commented Oct 9, 2013 at 12:15

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