Jun 02 AT 3:59 PM Chris Caddell 24 Comments

Android 2.2 prevents some apps from displaying in the Market

Put down that Froyo, it may not be fully frozen yet! A voice at Google (Ry Guy) recently came out stating that Android 2.2 was not quite ready for full public consumption. Now it looks as though those of us who were so quick to update using the link on Google’s servers are beginning to feel the repercussions of the (super) early adopter. Reports have began to pop up that applications that previously displayed in the Market with 2.1 are no longer showing up for 2.2 users.

For those who installed the Froyo update, popular applications such as NYTimes, Epicurious, FlightTrack, and Calorie Counter are now unable to be found on the Market. Users who had the applications previously installed report them functioning correctly, but are finding them no longer listed in the Downloads portion of the Market. Worse still, some users who ran a factory update are finding themselves unable to even install previously purchased apps since they do not display in Downloads or Market searches.

Investigation into a related Google Group discussion reveals that applications with copy protection enabled are causing the application disappearances. When an Android developer releases an application into the Market, they have the option of “Forward Locking” it. This feature is designed to prevent application content copying, as well as disables the ability to install the application onto developer or unreleased devices.

It appears that since 2.2 is not “officially released”, the signature it gives to the Market is one of an unofficial phone, and therefore is prevented from seeing Forward Locked applications. At this time, the only solution for users craving an invisible application (where is my Huffington Post!) is to hope the developers remove Forward Locking, or wait until Google releases the official Froyo build over the air. Reports are that users who ran the spurious upgrade will still get the update notifications when the final build is released.

Chris has been spending the better part of his life telling people what he thinks about things. Now that he has discovered Android, he's only gotten more opinionated. When not talking about phones and tech, Chris can be found speaking about himself in the third person and enjoying the finer points of beer at www.frostygoodness.com.

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  • http://www.google.com/profiles/anakin78z anakin78z

    Still worth it.
    The only thing I’m really missing right now is the full version of Battle for Mars. If you happened to be in a multiplayer game with me… I’m sorry, I’ll be back as soon as the official release hits.

    -z

  • http://plankhead.com Zacqary Adam Green

    Well, that’s a relief.

    I haven’t seen the invisible apps problem (because I just so happen to not be interested in any of the affected apps), but my Nexus has been freezing and crashing a lot more since I installed Froyo. Good to know that it’s essentially a beta that I installed.

  • http://Website Jesse

    There’s a way to restore the missing apps if your phone is rooted. You need to replace the build.prop file with one from 2.1. I found the instructions on either XDA or Modaco, but in doing a quick search just now, I wasn’t able to find them. I’m sure if you spend a little more time you can find them.

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  • http://Website Joel Haasnoot

    Had the same issue with my Samsung Galaxy Spica running a new Android 2.1 ROM (vs. Stock 1.5). Get the MarketEnabler app of the market, but only once the phone has been rooted…

  • http://Website david

    Epicurious is back on the market for froyo as of a couple of hours ago.

    • Dharmabhum

      Yea this is strange news, but I also downloaded Epicurious on my Froyo-powered N1 very recently. At least we know it’ll be fixed with the official update.

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    Has anyone noticed slower internet speeds in the browser that manually installed 2.2 on T-Mobiles network?

    • http://Website B

      Not me. Faster than ever.

    • http://Website Dilbert

      Responsiveness of the UI definitely seems faster…Browser renders much quicker. 3g speed seems the same.

  • http://Website bahnduame

    This is not entirely true, I was able to install epicurious and reach these other apps that are said to not appear on the market to 2.2 users. Though roundabout indeed, I found that I was able to reach epicurious on the market from my froyo n1 through using appaware. I am not sure why or how it worked, but it did.

    • http://Website Bahnduame

      Oh, also, this was about 3 days ago as well, before epicurious changed its availability to froyo

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    • http://pgtci.com Chris Caddell

      True, but for the average user, modifying build properties files and the like is a daunting proposition. Plus, average users of Android likely have no idea what “adb” is.

      • http://swedroid.se droidgren

        No problem since the average user won’t install unofficial updates anyway.

      • http://Website Robin

        So how would an average user install a non-official Froyo without “small” things like unlocking their bootloader, installing a custom recovery… ect??

        • http://pgtci.com Chris Caddell

          Heh, despite what I do here, i consider myself a pretty average user. I’ve never rooted and generally don’t like to mess with the defaults of the Android experience (hey someone on this site has to be that way ;] )

          The Froyo install was highlighted all over the Net with some pretty basic instructions, so those of us who felt like “being first” followed them. It’s not a bad thing in general. I do like the Froyo advantages. It’s just something worth noting if you start finding apps not in the Market when you expect them to be.

  • http://brykins.blogspot.com Brykins

    Bit of a non-story this – it happens EVERY time any manufacturer or carrier issues an update as it seems to take Google a long, long time to update the Market database with the rom/version/build numbers of the updates. Forward protected apps are only available to rom numbers that have been signed off by Google – happened to me updating a T-Mobile G2/Hero. Google are just playing with Android it seems and not devoting the resources/time to it that it really needs.

  • http://koxx3.wordpress.com Koxx

    To answer to the article, remove the copy protection is worst than anything alse. ALL USERS would have a faulty application after such update (I tried it during 1h, the result was really really bad).
    They need to fully uninstall/reinstall the application after such change… that’s a big issue for us (devs).
    Koxx – dev of Pure widgets -

  • sigamore

    All of this for something which is probably coming anyway within few days? Give me a break folks; )

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