Android Phones

Google’s slow hand makes HTC Desire and Legend phones unable to see copy-protected apps

April 20, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka

HTC

Google’s slow hand makes HTC Desire and Legend phones unable to see copy-protected apps

A number of HTC Desire users are complaining about being unable to download certain apps from the Android Market. I first discovered this problem when several multiple readers complained that our recently covered RunKeeper wasn’t appearing in the Android Market, and I couldn’t figure out why. After some quick searching, I came across an AndroidGuys post that discovered the apparent problem.

The HTC Desire and Legend are having trouble displaying copy-protected applications because Google has yet to update its ROM database. Every phone operates on particular software (ROM) that has an identifier which allows the Android Market to know which apps that phone is allowed to see. The problem is that Google has yet to update the Desire and Legend’s identifiers in its database, causing users of either phone to be unable to see certain copy-protected apps. That means RunKeeper, Layar, Twidroid, and other apps that have copy-protection will be unavailable for download until Google fixes this problem.

Remember, this is the same problem that we discovered back in November when Sprint Hero and Droid Eris users were unable to see certain apps because of this same issue. HTC has done all it can and is simply waiting for Google to flip the switch and make copy-protected apps visible once again. Let’s speed this up, Google!

[Google Support via AndroidGuys]