General request to Hardkernel: Google Certification

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General request to Hardkernel: Google Certification

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Dear Hardkernel Guys,

i am now an official owner of even two of your devices(XU4+N2). And well i like them, but:
In my opinion it is a big pity that you don't certificate your devices in General for "Google Services"
and we as your customers have to "play around" with this topic on our own.
I think your products deserve professionalism and thus i request you to do the general certification for your "very good" devices.

Thanks and best Regards,
Your HK-Fan

P.S: Well i don't know whether and how much it costs so...

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These are development devices, we are fortunate Google allows us to certify them ourselves.
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It may require a locked bootloader, which many may dislike...

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To have a Google Certified Device requires a full locked device and this kind of restriction is not the purpose of a development board.
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But some devices are certified, like my samsung galaxy smartphone, but they allow for OEM unlock nevertheless :)

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Also, SBCs from other manufacturers come with Android on them that you can use the Play store on without having to jump through hoops like you do for the N2. I don't know if that means they are certified or not, but it's a much more pleasant user experience.

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powerful owl wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 3:58 pm
Also, SBCs from other manufacturers come with Android on them that you can use the Play store on without having to jump through hoops like you do for the N2. I don't know if that means they are certified or not, but it's a much more pleasant user experience.
Can you share which devices are able to use PlayStore instantly?

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Android boxes aren't the same as SBC, they aren't development devices.

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The C2 doesn't require you to self-certify the device, how does that work?

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Re: General request to Hardkernel: Google Certification

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benwillcox wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 8:38 pm
The C2 doesn't require you to self-certify the device, how does that work?

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Because C2 is not Android Pie. AFAIK, Google started to block an uncerified device since early 2018, please refer the link.
https://www.xda-developers.com/how-to-f ... error/amp/

HK had tried a lot to bypass the registeration same as previous ODROID devices, but no luck. Even we had considerered to port Android Oreo instead of Pie which brings huge work since we've found the device which upgrades from Oreo to Pie did not require the registeration, the device is already registered when running Oreo. Later, I have not looked into if other Androud Pie box can by pass the registeration.

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Re: General request to Hardkernel: Google Certification

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tobetter wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 6:23 pm
powerful owl wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 3:58 pm
Also, SBCs from other manufacturers come with Android on them that you can use the Play store on without having to jump through hoops like you do for the N2. I don't know if that means they are certified or not, but it's a much more pleasant user experience.
Can you share which devices are able to use PlayStore instantly?
Hi, I use the FriendlyElec NanoPC T4 with Android. However it's Oreo, so (per your subsequent posts) maybe that's why.

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