Thursday, June 25, 2015

Pendo tablet from Dodo has 1Mobile Market and I wonder if I could access/install the Google Play Store.

When I joined Dodo (this isn't a recommendation for Dodo) I received a free 7" Pendo tablet. I thought I'd pass it on to someone in the family. However when I tested the tablet I found it was so poor in performance it was close to useless as a general tablet. It really has simply sat at the bottom of a draw.

I needed to do some Wi-Fi analysis so I thought perhaps the tablet might be usable for that purpose. I'd tested a couple of apps from the Google Play Store in the past and thought I'd see if I could find them again. The Pendo tablet only has the 1Mobile Market which is an alternate app store. Not knowing much about that app store I prefer at this point to use the Google app store.

After some research I found this information on Google's support site. "If the Google Play Store app still isn't showing up, contact your carrier or manufacturer for help. Unfortunately, if the app isn't on your device, there's no way to download it."

Well that's not the answer I wanted to read, but at least I know. Given the tablet was free it's not a big deal, and I can download some apps that may do what I want, but it does concern me when manufacturers cripple devices in this way. They're the type of device I would like to steer clear off.

It's a good idea to not assume an Android device will necessarily come with all the features you'd normally expect, or even features you don't want and would prefer removed but can't. It's a good idea to make sure the device hasn't been crippled in some way for marketing purposes. If a device has been crippled, at least you'll be able to make a more informed decision.

Kelvin Eldridge
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