When you think about how varied Android devices are in terms of hardware, safe to say that sometimes there are some apps that aren’t compatible with certain devices due to hardware or software. Google’s Play Store does a pretty good job at telling users which apps are compatible with their phone, but a weird bug has changed that.
Initially reported by Android Police, it appears that a weird bug is affecting the web version of the Play Store, where quite a few games are now being displayed as being incompatible with all devices. The report points to an example of how they recently purchased Alien: Blackout which they managed to download and install, but when they view the listing on the web Play Store, it says it is incompatible and that the app can’t be installed via the Play Store’s web interface.
The good news is that this only seems to affects a subset of games, and that other apps don’t seem to have been affected. It also seems to be affecting the web Play Store which means that you can still go ahead and download and install games via the Play Store app on your Android device.
There is currently a thread on Reddit in which multiple users are reporting the same bug, and it doesn’t seem to be limited to any particular device as users with newer phones, like the Galaxy S9, have been affected as well. So if you do come across this on the web, just use your phone for the time-being. We expect that Google should probably fix this soon enough.
Source: Android Police
January 25, 2019 at 02:37PM