Android Web Market now recognizes those rooted devices of yours


Up until recently, users who have rooted devices such as the Kindle Fire or Nook Color have been unable to take advantage of the Android Web Market’s ability to push apps. This was due to the fact that the Android Web Market would not recognize any device that didn’t originally ship with the Android Market. Well, Google has changed all that with a recent update, and we couldn’t be happier. If you’ve gone ahead and put the Android Market on one of your Androidstein creations, you will now see it listed under your devices in the Android Web Market. That means you can now download apps via the web and have them pushed to your device.

Of course, as with any attempt to make your device more Android, it does not comes without its issues. There appears to be issues with the Android Web Market wanting to update apps that you have installed previously via other sources. The update fails and you have one of two options: Simply re-install the app (which is fine if the app was free) or deal with the constant notifications to update your app. It’s really great to see Google doing its best to support users who wish to use their devices as they see fit, and not the other way around, like most companies. Of course this will only work if you have already rooted your device and installed the Android Market app onto it. Congratulations, you are now one step closer to having your cake and eating it too.

Source: liliputing


  1. It is an interesting thing that Google won’t allow their proprietary apps unless you hack them on, and then they bend over backwards them make them work right.

    • Manufacturers who WANT their devices to be shipped with the Android Market on it only need to contact Google to ensure they comply with the Android compatibility program. Achieving compatibility is a prerequisite for obtaining access to the Android Market software and branding and is extremely simple. These manufactures choose NOT to have the Android Market. 
      Thankfully Android is open source and any one of us can use it to build any kind of device or put the Android Market on it. ONLY manufacturers wishing to use the Android name with their product, or who want access to the Android Market, must first demonstrate that the device is compatible.

  2. I rooted my Nexus S 4G phone immediately after I bought it on 06/17/2011. I’ve been able to use the web-based marketplace on my laptop to push apps to my rooted phone since that date. The Dell Streak 5 I had through AT&T before my Nexus S 4G had DJ_Steve’s Android build installed which of course means my phone was rooted. Prior to 06/17/2011 I was able to use my laptop to push apps from the web marketplace to my rooted Dell Streak 5 phone as well.