I am desperately looking for an Android tablet that can run the App Carrot Fantasy. It does run on a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone, but I have not yet had any luck with any tablet I have tried.

I managed to have the Play Store on a Google Nexus 7 show the app, but it would not offer an Install option and just said This app is not compatible with your device., without any further Information.

On other devices, such as Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014, the app does not even show up in Play Store.

Certainly, there must be a way for me as a user to diagnose why the app is deemed incompatible, what specific requirements it has, and then pick an Android tablet type that fulfils those requiresments - how?

I have searched for other similar questions, but they usually seem to be asked from the developer point of view, i.e. how to modify the app manifest or how to check one's settings in Play Store. They did not provide any insights into what to do on the user side.

  • Maybe you could contact the app developer and ask what tablets they support. – ale Jul 5 '14 at 15:59
  • @AlE. I believe you are pretty close to the issue. It looks as though it isn't compatible with any tablets. I have 17 different tablet models listed on my account in Play and none of them show up as compatible. Only my phones. (I don't currently have 17 tablets, but I don't remove them from my list on the Play Store for compatibility testing reasons, just like this.) – abqnm Jul 6 '14 at 4:39
  • @AlE.: As described in my comment below, I now have, and they have merely suggested to download the app from their website rather than using the (presumeably Google-verified) Play Store version. I am looking for a place that compiles information like what abqnm could find out about his or her own tablets, but for lots of tablet types. – Steve Jul 12 '14 at 9:39

It appears that you have already tested the surest way. Attempt to download the app and it will specify it's compatibility. You still might not be absolutely sure until you actually try to run the application.

As mentioned in the comment, you can ask the developer or communicate with others who have used the app (via feedback on Google play or the author's provided web site).

The only way the author can be totally sure is by testing it on every android, or getting feedback from his users. There are many occasions where based on feedback the author has to go back to the drawing board to working glitches to support some devices originally thought to be compatible.

I have a number of Androids. I just clicked on the install option and find that it's compatible with my Samsung Galaxy S3, my very old phone (the Samsung Galaxy Prevail). However it's not compatible with my Samsung Galaxy Tab7 or my Acer-7 tablet.

By the way, good question. It really appears there should be something specific since Play Google is using some criteria to display compatibility.

  • Also keep in mind that app developers can exclude all tablets if they wish (for whatever reason-technical or UX or otherwise). It is highly likely this app has been set to phones only as it doesn't show as compatible on any of the 17 different tablets listed on my Play account. – abqnm Jul 6 '14 at 4:42
  • I have contacted the author of said app for a list of tablets that support the app. However, they only responded with the recommendation to download and install the app from the Website. – Steve Jul 10 '14 at 16:14

Bypass the Google Play Store altogether. Use an app like Shareit or APK Extractor to transfer the app directly from a device where the app is compatible, to the device where Google Play claims it's not compatible. I've done this with several apps, and it typically works, in spite of the Play Store's predictions.

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