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Making “2.1 Only” Apps Viewable on Android 2.0.1

One of the many frustrations that Motorola Droid users running Android 2.0.1 have experienced lately has been from the release of applications in the market which are “2.1 only” apps.  You might remember when Google Earth was released?  (Luckily we had you covered with a version for non-rooted 2.0.1 users.)    And until the official 2.1 update is sent out, this will likely continue to happen as more and more developers are trying to stay ahead of the game by making apps work on the newest builds possible.

Well guess what?  We’ve got you covered again with a little hack that will make all these 2.1 apps viewable and downloadable on your 2.0.1 Droid…

1.  Root your Droid.
2.  Download and install Root Explorer from the market.  (Yes it is a paid app.)
3.  Use Root Explorer to navigate to the system folder and find a file called build.prop.
4.  Hit the Mount R/W button at the top to allow editing.
5.  Then long press the build.prop file to bring up a menu. Scroll down to ‘open in text editor’.
6.  A few lines down in the file you’ll see “ro.build.version.sdk=6“. Change the ‘6’ to a ‘7’.
7.  Back out and hit MountR/O.
8.  Reboot phone and all will be viewable.

Let me know if you have success or run into issues.

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    It was great knowing about,this will likely continue to happen as more and more developers are trying to stay ahead of the game by making apps work on the newest builds possible.

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    Your best option is to bye insurance and “accidentally” break it.Thanks for the excellent information!

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    I think is just an issue with individual phones. Some, like mine, can run at 1.25ghz others not much over stock. Your best option is to bye insurance and “accidentally” break it.

  • http://www.watchenthusiasts.com/panerai-watches/ Watch Enthusiast

    They figure that by the time the companies like Verizon and Motorola get the 2.2 all ready then they will have gotten Adobe Flash Player to work like they want it to. So perhaps if we can trick the Adobe Flash Player installer into letting it install onto a 2.1 OS just to try it and see if it will still work.

  • http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-10202817-83.html March Group

    With that said lol, I'm using CyanogenMod and my SetCPU is on 600ghz every time I autodetect. Meanwhile as people such as Jeffrey running 1000ghz.

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    That i think is just an issue with individual phones. Some, like mine, can run at 1.25ghz others not much over stock. Your best option is to bye insurance and “accidentally” break it.

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  • Samsonite801

    Does anyone think this trick would work but with 2.2 (build 8) to trick Adobe's web site into letting you install the Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Beta version onto Android 2.1 (just to test it and see if it could install and possibly work). Because it is my theory that Google made it to only work with Android 2.2 just to be able to say in the press release that they 'have it now' so to speak but to buy them some realistic time to iron out the bugs and stuff, like for example how now the Adobe Flash Player Android combo so far only supports software decode and not hardware decode and stuff like that. Like they want to tell the people that it's here but it still is kinda buggy, so they figure that by the time the companies like Verizon and Motorola get the 2.2 all ready then they will have gotten Adobe Flash Player to work like they want it to. So perhaps if we can trick the Adobe Flash Player installer into letting it install onto a 2.1 OS just to try it and see if it will still work. Is this a pipe dream?

  • Samsonite801

    Does anyone think this trick would work but with 2.2 (build 8) to trick Adobe's web site into letting you install the Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Beta version onto Android 2.1 (just to test it and see if it could install and possibly work). Because it is my theory that Google made it to only work with Android 2.2 just to be able to say in the press release that they 'have it now' so to speak but to buy them some realistic time to iron out the bugs and stuff, like for example how now the Adobe Flash Player Android combo so far only supports software decode and not hardware decode and stuff like that. Like they want to tell the people that it's here but it still is kinda buggy, so they figure that by the time the companies like Verizon and Motorola get the 2.2 all ready then they will have gotten Adobe Flash Player to work like they want it to. So perhaps if we can trick the Adobe Flash Player installer into letting it install onto a 2.1 OS just to try it and see if it will still work. Is this a pipe dream?

  • maizekidstill

    Guess this isn't needed anymore especially if 2.1 is only days away.
    Even at that I love Droid-Life
    You guys rock!!!!!!!!!

  • austin1234

    hey i rooted my droid and downloaded the root explorer but each time i open it it tells me it is having problems. please help thank all

  • HeathCliff

    When I click on Open in Text Editor, the message says File is Read-Only

  • HeathCliff

    When I click on Open in Text Editor, the message says File is Read-Only

    • kellex

      Then you skipped the step right before it:

      4. Hit the Mount R/W button at the top to allow editing.

  • http://www.robplatt.com/ rob

    this isnt necessary with DroidMod. I'm already at 7 :)

    • sundawg

      So if you have Droid mod you don't need this?

  • schmaltzy

    Not sure if it's related but I've noticed that in the last week or so, I haven't had many application updates. I use to have 3-5+ a day, but lately I'm lucky to have 1 a day. Guessing 2.1 might have something to do with that?

    • phenom

      Install xScope browser. He updates it like every 20 minutes. :)

  • Ace Z.

    LMAO@Jeffrey…Yeah Kellex I mean you're very informative, but get ready for technical difficulties questions. With that said lol, I'm using CyanogenMod and my SetCPU is on 600ghz every time I autodetect. Meanwhile as people such as Jeffrey running 1000ghz, how can I do that as well? Thanks!

    • http://twitter.com/jbernard703 Jeffrey Bernard

      You said you selected autodetect so that is step 1. When you go into setCPU on the top slider, slide it down then slide it all the way up. It stays “stuck” on its stock speed until you move the slider.

      • Ace Z.

        Thanks Jeffrey for answering my question, but I did that and my DROID will just lock up on me. It moves fairly stable on 800ghz, but often times, it reboots. Any other suggestions?

        • http://twitter.com/jbernard703 Jeffrey Bernard

          Oh i see. You turned it up but your phone doesn't like that speed. That i think is just an issue with individual phones. Some, like mine, can run at 1.25ghz others not much over stock. Your best option is to bye insurance and “accidentally” break it. Maybe your replacement will be able to handle it : )

          • Ace Z.

            LMAO! Thanks bro. I will consider that.

          • Ace Z.

            I just called Verizon I'm getting a new DROID. LOL I just told them it just keeps rebooting itself and they told me to they'll send me a new one and all I have to do is send this one back. Thanks for the tip.

          • kellex

            Hah! Nice work.

          • Ace Z.

            Lol…Thanks!

        • phenom

          What app/mod allows you to run your phone @ 600/800/1000 Gigahertz? I'm pretty sure if I could instruct my phone to do that it would melt in my hand..

          • Ace Z.

            Not sure brohaim, I'm trying to figure that out too. Some people have their DROIDS running on 1.25ghz. I tried using the CyanogenMod on 1000ghz by setting up my SetCPU entry and it just keeps locking up on me.

          • kellex

            App called SetCPU

  • syntakk

    If you're going to root you might as well grab a 2.1 ROM while you're at it ;)

  • http://twitter.com/jbernard703 Jeffrey Bernard

    Now you've gone and did it : ) Prepare for lots of “please help me comments”. Since your starting to get more technical posts you should do some on ADB soon. Using root explorer takes all the fun out of it.

    • kellex

      I did just open a giant can of something…

      Over 250 comments on that Cyanogen post now. Eek.

      • syntakk

        That's where a forum could be useful. You can just slap a link to a forum discussion at the bottom of your post and let your readers (us) answer the questions.