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Message 87819 - Posted: 27 Aug 2018, 15:18:28 UTC

I noticed over the weekend when I was trying to add 2 more phones to my BOINC phARMY that the app is no longer showing up in the Play Store. Was this planned? Is it going to return? Any details other than telling people to download it diretly? https://boinc.berkeley.edu/dl/boinc_7.4.53.apk
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Message 87824 - Posted: 27 Aug 2018, 22:25:47 UTC - in response to Message 87819.  

I came here to say the same thing.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=edu.berkeley.boinc&hl=en_US
We're sorry, the requested URL was not found on this server.

In the off chance we have to load the APK manually, how do we do this?

When I tried to download manually, I downloaded a .man file which Android OS 4.4 didn't know how to handle...
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Message 87829 - Posted: 28 Aug 2018, 4:18:30 UTC - in response to Message 87819.  
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Okay, Play Store is still missing BOINC for me. Using Android 4.x

Workaround: use Amazon App Store and download BOINC for Android 7.4.5.3

* Allow unknown sources to download Amazon App Store apk. Look in Settings > Security
* Download Amazon BOINC app: https://www.amazon.com/Space-Sciences-Laboratory-U-C-Berkeley/dp/B00DCCGLAG
* Optional but recommended: Disallow unknown sources

After I ran the Amazon version of BOINC, I could not tell the difference between Google Play Store and Amazon version.

I tried the link you provided above, but again, it downloads as a .man file and Android didn't know how to open it.
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Message 87832 - Posted: 28 Aug 2018, 12:58:38 UTC - in response to Message 87829.  

The web address I posted above is the apk file provided from the Berkeley download page.
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Message 87839 - Posted: 28 Aug 2018, 15:52:59 UTC - in response to Message 87832.  
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I know, I was just giving my experience. I don't know why the .apk is behaving weird. Maybe its a mime type issue or something else. When I downloaded the Amazon Store app, it worked fine... so I know downloading .apk works okay.

When you download the .apk from the link you gave... are you able to install BOINC okay? What browser are you using?
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Message 87842 - Posted: 28 Aug 2018, 15:59:13 UTC - in response to Message 87839.  

I used Chrome browser to download it. However, I used the file explorer to navigate to the downloads folder and ran it from there. This was on an Android v6.0.1 https://boincstats.com/en/bam/host/747047
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Message 87843 - Posted: 28 Aug 2018, 16:07:52 UTC - in response to Message 87842.  

As I suspected, the download has an unexpected content-type so Android is misinterpreting how it is supposed to handle the file.

The BOINC download says it is application-x-troff-man while another site I go .apk is application/vnd.android.package-archive

The webmaster on boinc.berkeley.edu may need to adjust the content-type for files ending in .apk ? And that might work in Android better that way.

References to screenshots that show this.

https://ibb.co/b3xbOU
https://ibb.co/hshXxp
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Message 87845 - Posted: 28 Aug 2018, 16:37:27 UTC - in response to Message 87843.  

And yes I had to enable the device to install unknown source but I'm assuming that is a given these days.
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Message 87885 - Posted: 31 Aug 2018, 0:38:32 UTC

It's back in the Play Store.
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