Earlier 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?