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Users can't install or uninstall apps from the market to their devices

In the lead-up to the release of Android 2.3, a number of users of Google's mobile OS are experiencing a major issue that prevents them from installing or uninstalling applications from the Android market on their handsets, EWeek reports.

More than 200 people have posted to a thread on Google's Android support forum, citing the problem on a range of Android-powered devices. Nexus One user "joakimcb" explains the problem: 

Cant download a single app on market. Same problem every time. I click Install, accept the permissions, it says " Starting download", then "Downloading" and appears in the notification bar, then get stucked and says download unsuccessful. All this within 10 seconds after pressing "install". Clearing cache or uninstalling market updates doesnt help.

A Google representative commented on Oct. 25, saying the issue was being investigated, but didn't provide any additional information. Many users have left their own work-arounds for the issue, like the following from DineshMBG: 

Close all your open application
Click on Application -> Settings -> Application -> Manage Applications
Click on menu and select Filter -> All
Now look for Checkin Service -> Clear data -> OK
Now look for Download Manager -> Clear data -> OK
Now look for Google Talk Service -> Clear data -> OK
Now look for Market -> Clear cache -> OK

close all apps and start market
download & enjoy.

But the affected Android users are becoming visibly impatient, posting links to stories about Google ignoring the problem.

Perhaps Google is rolling out a fix for the problem in Android 2.3 "Gingerbread," expected to launch on select devices within a matter of days. Still, Android updates are heavily dependent on carrier and manufacturer timelines, and some devices will never see the update. Even if a fix was included in the update, the span of the problem over a number of various devices would call for a more sweeping fix.

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By drunkenmastermind on 11/10/10, Rating: 0
RE: GOD!!!
By Da W on 11/10/2010 8:59:24 AM , Rating: 4
Because you are not a human being, you are only a wallet.

RE: GOD!!!
By drunkenmastermind on 11/10/2010 10:28:33 AM , Rating: 2
Well I'm sick of being a wallet and/or left with a feeling that I didn't get my monies worth.

RE: GOD!!!
By Funksultan on 11/10/2010 12:32:27 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sorry, tell me how much you actually paid for the Android OS.


RE: GOD!!!
By drunkenmastermind on 11/10/2010 6:36:56 PM , Rating: 2
You're still gonna pay $1000 for a phone whether it's the Galaxy S or the iPhone 4.

RE: GOD!!!
By ARoyalF on 11/11/2010 3:32:19 AM , Rating: 2
You gotta vote with your money then. Too bad enough people will buy it (dont matter what) regardless of finish. It'll keep them (widget Inc.) churning out not quite so ready for prime time widgets to keep making money.

On the other hand, if we are made to wait an extra week for froyo, donut, bearclaw, frozen custard (FroTard™), or funnel cake (FunnKe™) the world will end. Ill be happy if my DROID!!!! makes to end of 2 yrs without not being able to do something that is added through software updates. I'm gonna go grab a shnack now.

RE: GOD!!!
By theapparition on 11/10/2010 10:15:59 AM , Rating: 1
Military and Industrial grade hardware generally "just works". It also uses old and proven hardware and software that people here would classify as archaic.

You want the latest, then there are bound to be bugs. In the grand scheme of things, the Google marketplace issue is fairly minor.

RE: GOD!!!
By Donkey2008 on 11/10/2010 12:22:40 PM , Rating: 3
"You want the latest, then there are bound to be bugs. In the grand scheme of things, the Google marketplace issue is fairly minor"

True, but if this problem was with the Apple store, there would be 10x as many posts here informing us of how terrible Apple is and how stupid iPhone owners are. Just sayin.

RE: GOD!!!
By acase on 11/10/2010 12:55:52 PM , Rating: 2
Because there would be just as many idiots out there claiming that everything Apple does works flawlessly. Sure we may call Apple out more, but only to try and erase the overhyped FUD that is proclaimed about all of their products.

RE: GOD!!!
By Paulywogstew on 11/10/2010 1:27:47 PM , Rating: 2
If the Apple store had these problems you would most definelty have more complaints. Of course since iPhones are as such a closed system the affected user base would be higher as well.

RE: GOD!!!
By IcePickFreak on 11/10/2010 4:01:23 PM , Rating: 2
I agree here, with it being such a small number of users having this problem, it's not a major issue. Even 200 users would be an extremely small percentage, and it sounds like from one of the posts above it's more like less than 100.

With all he different rom's available etc it's hard to say what the issue is, although I didn't look at the actual posts either so not sure what they're running. I haven't been having any issues with the market nor anyone else I know with an Android phone, and even tried it a minute ago with no issue.

RE: GOD!!!
By Carl B on 11/10/2010 7:49:06 PM , Rating: 2
I was having issues this morning on a new Froyo device - not sure if those issues are persisting or not, since I don't just download apps all day, but I think it's fair to say that when some minor fragment of the population is posting about an issue on a forum, it represents something which is affecting a much larger set at large. Not everyone is jacked into forums is all.

Anyway, more of a concern of mine is that on top of this and unrelated, my DL/UL speeds have been jacked all day. I'm hoping that tomorrow will usher in smooth function.

RE: GOD!!!
By ARoyalF on 11/11/2010 3:46:07 AM , Rating: 2
I think people tend to mostly post when there is a problem. If you are happy with something, do you go gush about it in a pertinent forum? I'm not doubting your problem just your idea about sampling data.

This is the fun of it right?
By mrdeez on 11/10/2010 11:01:35 AM , Rating: 4
Ever since my first 333mhz Packard Bell PC back in the early nineties I have loved firmwares,bios,drivers and updates. I mean if everything just worked and companies weren't constantly trying to improve their products would we really be happy? NO....

RE: This is the fun of it right?
By bldckstark on 11/16/2010 12:06:50 PM , Rating: 2
333MhZ in the early 90's? You must have had big bucks back then. I bought my first computer in 1995 for $1,800. It was a Packard Bell and it was on sale.

OS = Windows 3.1 w/Free upgrade to Win 95.
Intel chip = 75MhZ
Ram = 8MB
HDD = 800MB
CD Drive = 2X
Monitor = 14" Convex
Built in sound and graphics.

I bought another 16MB of ram a year later for $120 at Incredible Universe.

The internet was almost entirely made up of BBS.

Phones are now the new frontier. In 10 years I will be telling people how I rooted my Android phone with a 3.7" AMOLED screen that only had a 1GhZ processor and the memory chip was as big as my fingernail but only held 16GB.

They will laugh at me on their virtual HUD's that are projected by their brain implants.

Check it.
By The Raven on 11/10/2010 11:24:26 AM , Rating: 3
More than 200 people have posted to a thread on Google's Android support forum

I just checked and there are 219 "replies". Many of these are the same users. I'm not saying that this isn't a problem. I'm just noting the inaccuracy. Checking out the forum, it looks like there is a bigger problem with general DLing with 627 replies.

"We basically took a look at this situation and said, this is bullshit." -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng's take on patent troll Soverain
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