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To:Android Developers From:Keith Wiley Subject:[android-developers] Re: Market device-filtering question Date:Sun, 18 Mar 2012 08:27:55 -0700 (PDT)
 

Thanks for responding. Here's my permission list:

<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.INTERNET" />
<uses-permission
android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION" />
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.WAKE_LOCK" />
<uses-permission
android:name="android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE" />
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.CALL_PHONE" />

Hmmm, your followup question concerns me. My manifest doesn't have
the uses-feature tag at all (the app goes back to 2009 and as I have
upgraded it I haven't added extraneous stuff that was unnecessary; I
have only made changes that new SDKs require in order to build and run
the app). At the very least I would expect that leaving the filter
wide open (by specifying no required features) would make it maximally
visible. Why wouldn't someone with a Galaxy Tab be able to see the
app as a result of the uses-feature tag? It seems to me like the uses-
feature tag could only make an app *less* visible (by indicating a
feature which someone's device lacks). If I indicate no features at
all, doesn't that prevent it from being filtered on anyone's device?
I think I misunderstand how this tag works.
Thank you.

On Mar 17, 11:50am, Mark Murphy <mmur...@commonsware.com> wrote:
> What permissions are you requesting? And, did you add the appropriate
> <uses-feature> elements as needed for things the permissions imply
> that you do not actually need?
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> http://developer.android.com/guide/topics/manifest/uses-feature-eleme...
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> On Sat, Mar 17, 2012 at 2:12 PM, Keith Wiley <kbwi...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > I realize this question is more about the market than android code
> > development, but by Google's own admission they have completely shut
> > down the market forums coincident with the switch to Google Play, and
> > my question *is* about how to properly configure an app for the
> > market, so that's sort of a developer question.
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> > My problem is that a potential customer with a 10.1" Galaxy Tab says
> > he can't see my app in the market (or Play or whatever stupid name
> > they recently gave it that makes it seem like Google only sells silly
> > games and not serious business software!), but he *can* see it from
> > his phone...so it isn't excluded for his region or some currency
> > issue. Rather, it would appear that the market is filter-excluding my
> > app specifically on his tablet. I have the following entry in my
> > manifest, which I would have expected to avoid this kind of problem:
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> > <supports-screens
> > android:xlargeScreens="true"
> > android:largeScreens="true"
> > android:normalScreens="true"
> > android:smallScreens="true"
> > android:anyDensity="true" />
>
> > Is there something else I need to put in the manifest to make the app
> > appear on tablets? At a higher level of abstraction, is there a
> > general way of knowing precisely why an app is being excluded for
> > certain devices so that developers can readily solve these kinds of
> > problems?
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> > Thank you.
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> > Cheers!
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