First off, the laptop specs: Label underneath reads Model: HP mini 110-1025DX (In the Bios: HP Mini 110-1000) with XP(SP3), Intel ATOM (N270) 1.66Ghz with 160GB drive 1gb Ram. Video: Intel 945 Express Chipset (GMA 950) with native resolution 1024x576 upgraded to 2gb Ram and Windows 7 Professional. Given to me by a friend to revive with an alternate OS with popular up to date applications for a gift to his wife.
Tried OS's in order: Phoenix OS, Android x86 and CloudReady.
Problem: Errors from Google Play Store and Google Play Services; can't install apps, can't run built-in Google apps. Both will stop running with option to restart or with an error code 501 or 910. Buttons to clear or force stop are disable or not present. Can't access My Apps > Tabs: Updates, Apps and Library.
In the order specified above I was hopeful that Google Play Store and Google Play Services would work and that any app could be installed but it could not. Many claim it works, one arguing sometime in the early 2000 that Google no longer requires a license for it to be used. Phoenix OS and Android x86 I've pointed out that their OS and Forums complained it does not work and in the OS and on their official websites are notes instructing users of alternate repository sites for APK's. That being said, my hopes lay with CloudReady.
When I installed and started using CloudReady for the first time, I logged in with my Google account (if it mattered, I used it in all the OS's I tried). I was intent on trying the Google Play Store, but the Welcome and Get Started screens appeared and I browsed the Chrome Web Store. As I scrolled and added apps to Chrome and look to confirm the existence of an Icon, by the time I passed about the 50th item on the list I saw the Google Play Store and added it to Chrome. There it was when I opened the shelf, the Google Play Store Icon. I clicked the Icon, and a web version of the Play Store appeared. I was very excited. I started to click on the Install button just like with the other apps I wanted.
In the first app I installed,in the full description of the app, it says that my device is compatible with the app. I clicked Install button then a Google Login screen appeared although I logged into the laptop with my Google account. A dialog window appeared to with an install button. In the window the information read: Choose a device (Certifying the device was required first before my laptop appeared as a qualified device "HP Mini 100-1000" in the field), the apps permissions and a cancel and install button. I clicked on the Install button and an install process commenced. When finished, the install button turned into an installed button. There wasn't an open button as expected. I searched everywhere and there was no icon on the desktop and the shelf. Not even if I searched for it on my laptop's Google search box on the shelf. Other apps I installed from the Chrome Web Store appeared to be installed but the Play Store apps can not be found. So I tried to look for options to uninstall the apps from the Play Store. There where no options anywhere. I found a way to remove existing apps like the Play Store Icont by right clicking the Icon and selecting to remove from CloudReady, but I did not. Maybe Neverware is receiving information about my device and configuration and maybe they can investigate why it seems possible to add Google Play Store from Chrome Web Store and other problems like uninstalling.
There is a post under Cloudready's Knowledge Base titled, "Does CloudReady Support the Google Play Store & Android Apps?" and it states that Neverware has no plans to add this functionality due to legal and technical issues.
QUESTION IS: So if that means that Google never said the Google Play Store could be installed to install Android Apps without a license then why did the Google Play Store appeared in the Chrome Web Store with an option to add to Chrome? Why did I get as far as clicking an install button?
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