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08 April 2016 - 06:23 PM

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TPCi_Samhayne

    TPCi Staff

  • TPCi_Samhayne

Officially, the Android version of the Pokémon TCG Online is currently for Tablets.
 
We certainly understand the desire for phone versions of the game. We want to play on our phones too. 
 
The game was originally designed for a robust (wifi or wired) data connection on a PC.  The game has not been optimized for use over a limited cellular connection, that players on a smartphone might expect. Also, there are user interface considerations that could be optimized for smaller smartphone screens. For these reasons, any device that Google Play considers a “phone” is not currently enabled to download the game. If Google Play views your device as a "phone" it will come back with "your device is not compatible" and you will not be able to install the app from Google Play.
 
Those are the official reasons for the game being labeled as tablet only. Hopefully that helps at least understand why it is as it currently is.
 
Thank you in advance for your understanding.


Alex Leary
Pokémon TCG Online
The Pokémon Company International

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08 April 2016 - 07:17 PM

#2

Derpblade

    Rookie Trainer

  • Derpblade

"Thanks in advance for your understanding." - Is it a joke? I don't understand it at all, there are phones with screens almost like in tablets, and you aren't able to play on these because Google Play does read them as "Phones"? If you wanted to make huge amounts of people angry, you probably achieved your goal. GG Pokemon, GG...

 

Is it only for a beta period or it'll stay like this even after releasing the official version?


Edited by Derpblade, 08 April 2016 - 07:22 PM.

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08 April 2016 - 07:46 PM

#3

ExandroR

    Rookie Trainer

  • ExandroR

Yeah. I'ts kinda anoying that we can't use TCG app because it only for tablets. Should make it compatible for phones at least. 


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08 April 2016 - 08:38 PM

#4

adonPL

    Rookie Trainer

  • adonPL
As far as i know(done it myself) you can install the apk directly on the device ****** the app even if your device is listes as a phone(typing off lg l90 and playing right now) as far the game is a bot laggy and has some compatibility issiues but hey ots a bet so...everything will be worked out i hope
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09 April 2016 - 02:09 AM

#5

jcgss77

    Expert Trainer

  • jcgss77

Officially, the Android version of the Pokémon TCG Online is for Tablets.  If Google Play views your device as a "phone" it will come back with "your device is not compatible" and you will not be able to install the app.

 

Thanks in advance for your understanding.

My device is a phone which docks into a tablet, and it says it is not supported.  I would appreciate knowing if it will ever be supported.


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09 April 2016 - 02:16 AM

#6

ThePokeman92

    Novice Trainer

  • ThePokeman92

My device is a phone which docks into a tablet, and it says it is not supported.  I would appreciate knowing if it will ever be supported.

Also, virtually ANY android phone can connect to an external display with a simple cable, and a mouse via BT. The only reason they refuse to list it for phones is some stupid Google Play store guidelines, apparently.


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09 April 2016 - 10:30 AM

#7

Wikierrante

    Rookie Trainer

  • Wikierrante

Yeah, the game works better in my Nexus 5 than in my iPad2... but, wait! My phone isn't compatible, right?
Also, preclude the "phone installations" is very tricky: I haven't a pc that runs Winzoz or a Mac, and with my iPad I can't redeem codes... so why limitate also the device compatibility when a phone can run the game and doesn't have the "Appstore issue" with redeem?

Like I said, on my Nexus 5 phone the game works better and has less connection problems than an iPad tablet!


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10 April 2016 - 03:16 PM

#8

XAVALONGAMESX

    Rookie Trainer

  • XAVALONGAMESX
The game should be allowed to be installed if the phone meets a certain screen size and resolution. My phone has a higher resolution than my tablet but I am not able to install the game on the better device.
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12 April 2016 - 07:37 AM

#9

the-pika-master

    Rookie Trainer

  • the-pika-master

SO i cant Install the Beta On my Galaxy S4 Booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo just Boooooooooooooooooooo :(  :angry:  -_-


Edited by the-pika-master, 12 April 2016 - 07:38 AM.

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12 April 2016 - 02:10 PM

#10

jann12

    Rookie Trainer

  • jann12

As far as i know(done it myself) you can install the apk directly on the device ****** the app even if your device is listes as a phone(typing off lg l90 and playing right now) as far the game is a bot laggy and has some compatibility issiues but hey ots a bet so...everything will be worked out i hope

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How and where did you get the apk file dude?
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12 April 2016 - 04:26 PM

#11

PokePhreak

    Rookie Trainer

  • PokePhreak
It works fine on my phone. Used a backup program to make an apk backup file of the game on my tablet, transfered it to my phone and ran it. Installed the game to my phone and it runs perfectly. Maybe they don't want to say it's supported by phones because they don't want the hassle of people complaining about it not running well on their old cheap htc. But the game runs flawlessly on my Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

Edited by PokePhreak, 12 April 2016 - 04:27 PM.

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12 April 2016 - 05:05 PM

#12

JohnnyCrash

    Rookie Trainer

  • JohnnyCrash
I've loaded the apk to my Galaxy S5 and it seems to work (couldn't test now due to maintenance).
But one tip for anyone with a internet data limit: don't use it if you aren't in WLAN. It consumes about 200 MB per start....
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12 April 2016 - 05:32 PM

#13

B00tl3gg3r

    Novice Trainer

  • B00tl3gg3r

Anyone know about Chromebooks? My daughter has one - but can't install TCG Online because it's not showing in the Google Chrome App store?


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12 April 2016 - 06:15 PM

#14

seminc

    Elite Trainer

  • seminc

Anyone know about Chromebooks? My daughter has one - but can't install TCG Online because it's not showing in the Google Chrome App store?

It is not available in the Chrome App Store. As the app is in beta, the only way to install it is to use this link and become a beta tester.

 

https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.pokemon.pokemontcg


Edited by seminc, 12 April 2016 - 06:16 PM.

seminc

Da Señor Guru

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12 April 2016 - 06:21 PM

#15

B00tl3gg3r

    Novice Trainer

  • B00tl3gg3r

It is not available in the Chrome App Store. As the app is in beta, the only way to install it is to use this link and become a beta tester.

 

https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.pokemon.pokemontcg

Thanks - I signed up to be a tester, but the link to download from Google Play says it's not there?


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12 April 2016 - 06:24 PM

#16

seminc

    Elite Trainer

  • seminc

Thanks - I signed up to be a tester, but the link to download from Google Play says it's not there.

 

Interesting. I just tested the link, and it works for me. Can you elaborate on your problem?


seminc

Da Señor Guru

63% Complete — 2 Sets Complete

 

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12 April 2016 - 06:33 PM

#17

B00tl3gg3r

    Novice Trainer

  • B00tl3gg3r

Interesting. I just tested the link, and it works for me. Can you elaborate on your problem?

So - I guess it's because it's a Chromebook.  I found the app - but it says I don't have any devices and they don't appear to support Chromebook :(


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13 April 2016 - 01:32 PM

#18

MrOzio

    Trainer

  • MrOzio

Works fine on my s6 edge+, side-loaded using lucky patcher and blue stacks.

 

Please release direct download for phones with larger screens, it will help the community troubleshoot the beta.


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14 April 2016 - 05:28 PM

#19

Nulrok

    Rookie Trainer

  • Nulrok
So far the game runs wonderfully on my Moto G LTE phone. Had to side-load the apk for it. Anyone who wants to test it on their phone try doing this.

Even though my screen is tiny, 4", it runs great be it somewhat difficult to read certain text under certain circumstances.
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15 April 2016 - 05:18 PM

#20

luckyapple142

    Junior Trainer

  • luckyapple142




It works fine on my phone. Used a backup program to make an apk backup file of the game on my tablet, transfered it to my phone and ran it. Installed the game to my phone and it runs perfectly. Maybe they don't want to say it's supported by phones because they don't want the hassle of people complaining about it not running well on their old cheap htc. But the game runs flawlessly on my ************** S7 Edge.


Sweet. I will try this. Just tried to join up on my Note 4. Was super excited. Then was denied. Was super sad. Read this and am super excited again.



Seriously though who develops an android app that can not be used on a phone. Get with the times.
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