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Lactobacillus 05-28-2018 04:29 PM

Google Play Services
NationalRail app keeps prompting me "Missing Google Play Services" and complains that it cannot continue.

... but then continues and works fine. Does anyone know of a way to disable the prompts?

tsac 05-28-2018 08:19 PM

Re: Google Play Services
Turn off the phone. Works every time.

Lactobacillus 06-09-2018 09:06 PM

Re: Google Play Services
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@knottyrope, up to you, but I will only thank tsac when they stop trying to suck all positive energy out of the web! :)

I found a proper fix: "simply" patch the application that displays the prompt.

Many third-party applications contain a string that they use to check that a "Play Services compiled by Google" is installed on your phone. Chances are that if you have Play Services on a BB10 then you are not using the Play Services compiled by Google. (You are probably using a version modified by Cobalt232 on the dark side).

The "Missing Google Play Services" prompt means that the two strings above did not match, even if the binary is identical.

How do you fix that? You could change the string in the app (executable/binary) using a HEX editor, which is not hard but it is tedious. You could use the "Play Services Patcher" developed by Cobalt232 for Windows to update the binary for you. Use Google to find your preferred tool.

This kind of "patching" might also fix apps that prompt and then immediately exit.

These fixes are fairly straight forward because BB10 is a variant of Android, just like MacOS is a variant of BSD. Some "tech news" sites claiming that Android apps cannot work with 1:1 screen ratio are baloney. Other "trusted publishers" make erroneous claims that apps on BB10 can only use the pre-installed BlackBerry services for tasks such as mapping. As a rule of thumb, do not trust hasty Internet posts! The reality for me is Android apps can generally be made to work on a "Classic" with the caveat that the GUI proportions might result in a sub-optimal experience.

I have rock solid stable BB10 OS, a battery that lasts 48 hours between charges (I leave it permanently in low power mode), and all the apps I need; so hopefully will not be tempted to turn off the phone. The phone is, however, somewhat slower than I would like it to be.

Lactobacillus 06-11-2018 04:18 PM

Re: Google Play Services
The forum software has omitted https:// from attachment URL, and that stops it displaying in some browsers.

Just evidence that is works, because so many sites claim its not possible:

Link to the same attachment

knottyrope 06-12-2018 01:21 PM

Re: Google Play Services
this site has not had anything done to it in years

go grab a stick

Lactobacillus 06-12-2018 04:08 PM

Re: Google Play Services
Where did I say the site had changed?

All I said is that the auto-generated link for my Thumbnail might not work in some browsers. It does not work for me in my Safari on MacOS. Are you saying the link auto-generated by the forum for my Thumbnail works fine for you?

In either case your reaction is irrational.

knottyrope 06-14-2018 08:41 AM

Re: Google Play Services
thumbnail works fine in IE

you made a comment about a forum that's no longer being maintained

Lactobacillus 06-14-2018 12:08 PM

Re: Google Play Services
I just say things as I see them. That particular thumbnail link generates empty blue screen in both Mac/Safari and Mac/Chrome. When debugging I found that prepending https:// to the URL fixed the link in these particular browsers.

Changing the protocol to https:// actually blocks resources that is requested from an insecure http:// address. The blocked resources include the page CSS, so something in the current CSS is incorrect for the above browsers.

The link does however work in Mac/FireFox.

Its not an attack: It is just an observation, and a workaround.

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