Google Getting More Explicit With Android App Compatibility?
It’s an all-too-familiar problem: you find an Android Market app you’re interested in, read up on it, and when you go to install, you learn your Android isn’t supported. Apparently Google is working on a way to more explicitly warn you when your smartphone won’t play nicely with a certain app, with some users reporting the web-based Android Market is now displaying compatibility data for their devices on the primary app page.
The feature is not yet available for all users, nor announced by Google, but appears to be slowly coming to more and more users. If you’re among those, you’ll now be able to see an expandable list of your registered Android devices on the left side of the Market, warning you which of your smartphones won’t be able to run the app you’re looking into.
It doesn’t appear this offers much of a change in functionality over existing measures to limit app installs to compatible Androids, but presents the information in a more upfront manner. If none of your Androids can handle an app, the warning box will turn yellow, giving you an easy-to-grok cue that you should move on to looking at other apps.
Google hasn’t released a time table on the implementation of this feature, but if you don’t have it yet, look for it to arrive soon.