Post Reply Crunchyroll updates Android 4.1 required apk on Android 4.0 device.
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Posted 8/10/16 , edited 8/10/16
Why no warning that if I updated my Crunchyroll, I would lose video streaming on my Android 4.0 Nook HD? Now I've lost my Crunchyroll, just in the two month window when I'm in the US and can actually see most of the anime I am subscribed to see.

You guys should have a "Crunchyroll Classic" player on the Google Play store for below 4.1 Androids.
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agila61 wrote:

Why no warning that if I updated my Crunchyroll, I would lose video streaming on my Android 4.0 Nook HD? Now I've lost my Crunchyroll, just in the two month window when I'm in the US and can actually see most of the anime I am subscribed to see.

You guys should have a "Crunchyroll Classic" player on the Google Play store for below 4.1 Androids.


It appears as though Android versions below 4.1 account for less than 1.5% of the mobile OS marketshare: https://www.netmarketshare.com/operating-system-market-share.aspx?qprid=10&qpcustomd=1. It may be that CR determined that extra support for such a small number of devices was not worth the additional cost.
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eyeofpain wrote: It appears as though Android versions below 4.1 account for less than 1.5% of the mobile OS marketshare: https://www.netmarketshare.com/operating-system-market-share.aspx?qprid=10&qpcustomd=1. It may be that CR determined that extra support for such a small number of devices was not worth the additional cost.


The generic response is that with Crunchyroll getting distinct hits in the 100's of thousands of individuals, that puts a potential 1%+ market share in the thousands.

But the main point it, it was Crunchyroll's decision to break my app, so that ought to make it Crunchyroll's responsibility to fix it.

If Crunchyroll had simply listed it as incompatible with pre-Android 4.1, the install would not have gone ahead and I would still have a working app.

It was Crunchyroll who decided to list it as compatible with pre-Android 4.1, except for the minor fact that it doesn't STREAM VIDEO with pre-Android 4.1, that left me with a broken app and ... since the Nook is locked down to allow Google Play video downloads ... no way to sideload a working old apk if Crunchyroll does not put it up into the app store.

And the fix I suggested wouldn't have a high price tag. The transaction cost would be low, since that is the advantage of the Google Play store, the development cost would be nil, since they would just be taking the last Android 2.3 compatible Crunchyroll app, and the support cost would be close to nil.

The other fix, if the old apk works on the newest (Samsung) Nook's, is to put that old apk into the Nook app store, but that is an even smaller market share than the general sub-4.1, so it would only be really worth doing if going into the Nook app store is a way to goose Amazon into getting off their attitude to allowing Crunchyroll into the Amazon store for the Amazon Fire tablets and TV boxes.
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agila61 wrote:
But the main point it, it was Crunchyroll's decision to break my app, so that ought to make it Crunchyroll's responsibility to fix it.

If Crunchyroll had simply listed it as incompatible with pre-Android 4.1, the install would not have gone ahead and I would still have a working app.

It was Crunchyroll who decided to list it as compatible with pre-Android 4.1, except for the minor fact that it doesn't STREAM VIDEO with pre-Android 4.1, that left me with a broken app and ... since the Nook is locked down to allow Google Play video downloads ... no way to sideload a working old apk if Crunchyroll does not put it up into the app store.

And the fix I suggested wouldn't have a high price tag. The transaction cost would be low, since that is the advantage of the Google Play store, the development cost would be nil, since they would just be taking the last Android 2.3 compatible Crunchyroll app, and the support cost would be close to nil.

The other fix, if the old apk works on the newest (Samsung) Nook's, is to put that old apk into the Nook app store, but that is an even smaller market share than the general sub-4.1, so it would only be really worth doing if going into the Nook app store is a way to goose Amazon into getting off their attitude to allowing Crunchyroll into the Amazon store for the Amazon Fire tablets and TV boxes.


It's no consolation, I know, but Funimation and CR both did the same thing to Kindle Fire HD. Even trying to sideload an older Crunchyroll APK file doesn't work now, either. Even trying to go back to the original Amazon pre-HD version is broken now. Both were working apps, they upgraded on Amazon, which forced a removal and install, and afterwards, not working because of version incompatibility, or even possibly being blocked somehow...

Time to start considering PerfectlyAndroid to get to an actual Android (cyanogenmod Lolipop or Kit Kat) generic tablet release I guess. Supposed to work for Nook, too... Afraid of what that might break though, if it considers the device to be rooted afterwards.
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