Google Play breaking Market shortcut on Motorola phones

Google Play breaking Market shortcut on Motorola phonesEarlier this week, Google pushed an update to Android users, replacing the good old Market with Google Play (or Play Shop, as the icon insists on calling it). It’s ultimately the same dealio, with all the usual apps and books and stuff you’re used to.

However, there are reports that the Google Play update is screwing with Motorola phones, a fine example of Moto not getting preferential treatment.

See, thanks to BLUR, the UI Motorola pastes on top of Android, users have a permanent shortcut to the Android Market at the top of the application tray. With a tap of the little shopping bag, users can – or could – instantly leap to the Android Market. But not any more.

Following the Google Play update, tapping the icon now yields the error message: “Application is not installed on your phone.” Oh dear. Clearly the shortcut is looking for the Android Market, which is automatically removed during the update process.

Not the end of the world, obviously, and Google Play still works, it’s just the embedded shortcut that’s now redundant.

Of course, Motorola peeps can always drop a Google Play shortcut onto one of their homescreens.

Do any Mobotniks have Motorola phones? Are you shaking your first in anger, or entirely unmoved?

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MDrX  Mar. 8, 2012 at 12:53


Did Google wake up yesterday morning and decide to rename it? Did anyone know it was going to happen? Did they think to inform people before confusing the hell out of them with what looks like malware?

It's just weird.

krogothnx  Mar. 8, 2012 at 13:44

I'm still stuck on 2.1 so i don't think i'm going to be seeing google play for quite a while.

Andy247  Mar. 8, 2012 at 13:47

Surely that doesn't affect users in the UK, Motorola don't sell anything here do they?

krogothnx  Mar. 8, 2012 at 13:52

They do, just not via networks i believe.

jaybear88  Mar. 8, 2012 at 14:41

Similar thing happened with my Note, that was just because I didn't update it when it asked me too (malware fears) and then my market was gone :(. Fixed it after a bit of trial and error but novice users will probably struggle a little!

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 8, 2012 at 18:55

It wrecked my Market shortcut on my S2, this seems like an odd and rushed decision by the big G.

Pondlife  Mar. 8, 2012 at 19:40

Surely that doesn't affect users in the UK, Motorola don't sell anything here do they?

Still keen on the ruggedness/waterproofness of the defy.

jbvanoosten  Mar. 8, 2012 at 21:30

l like new play shop


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