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# 213932 19-Apr-2017 15:08
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I have recently bought a couple of these cheap 7" Ollee M16071A tablets from The Warehouse, but have found out since that they do not have device certification in the Google Play store, meaning that many of my favourite apps won't run on them. Is there some way to encourage the manufacturer to get them certified with Google? I assume this is between the manufacturer and Google, right? That they are being sold at NZ's largest chain store, I thought they would have undergone rigorous testing first, but I guess not.

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  # 1767400 19-Apr-2017 15:18
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No way your convincing the manufacturer. Just return them and buy something decent, The Warehouse is pretty onto it with their "money back guarantee". 





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  # 1767451 19-Apr-2017 16:45
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Can you side load the apps somehow?

 
 
 
 




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  # 1767587 19-Apr-2017 21:42
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Thanks for that @chewster. Of course, if I could've afforded "something decent" in the first place, I wouldn't have bought these. Unfortunately my last (decent) tablet got damaged, with no insurance, so I had to replace it with an el-cheapo. I wasn't expecting it to be so cheap that the manufacturer had even skimped on certification though.

@gehenna, not sure how to do that. I assume it would require rooting first, right? That brings up other issues, with some apps not being able to be installed at all on rooted devices.

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  # 1767640 19-Apr-2017 23:18
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"sideloading" means installing the program from a source other than the Google Play Store, it does not require rooting per se. (programs that require root require it whether you install from the Play Store or not) 

 

Sideloading is discouraged in two ways (a) its usually disabled by default (b) theres great FUD about the level of risk.

 

Enabling "installation from unknown sources" as it is called (see b above) is straightforward but depends on the version of Android installed - google for "cnet sideloading outside google play" for a good guide.

 

An Android app has an "apk" extension like windows programs have "exe" extensions. A popular and reputable source for apk files is APKmirror com. You can compare the info on a file with the info in the Play Store (or on another Android device if already installed there) to feel confident about what you're downloading. Then, like windows, its just a matter of "double clicking" it to install.

 

If the program still doesnt run then it could be a related issue to your lack of Google certification : the tablet may not be running all the Google support services. This is quite common with low level Chinese "clones", both tablet and phones, so theres common ways around that, too. Google "sideloading google play services".   

 

This will sound like a lot of work the first time you do it, but ... theres a reason that tablet was cheap. 

 

 

 

 


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I wouldn't trust too many APK sources either, but apkmirror is trustworthy.


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