Site Notice - We are currently investigating an issue with missing download links. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. PaulOBrien

  • Announcements

    • Reminder - MoDaCo position on illegal content   07/30/15

      ILLEGAL CONTENT I'd like to just reaffirm MoDaCo's position regarding piracy and illegal content in the light of some recent questions / postings. Posts will be censored by myself or my moderation team if the contain or link to: Illegal / pirated / cracked software or sites that host such softwareNintendo emulators / ROMs or sites hosting them (in light of Nintendo's legal stance)CUSTOM ROMS You may discuss and post links to custom device ROMs on MoDaCo, provided the following rules are adhered to: ROMs must not contain any illegal 3rd party software (this includes trial versions included without permission)ROMs must give full credit to the original authorISSUES If you have any issues with this policy, please contact PaulOBrien directly via PM.
    • Reminder: Selling items on the forum directly is not allowed   07/30/15

      Please note that selling items on the forum directly is not allowed by the forum rules. There is a forum for eBay auctions whereby you can list the items on eBay and link to them there. This is the ONLY forum for this type of activity. You may also advertise links to the eBay forum in your signature. Please note that selling directly in contravention of these rules will result in a warning / suspension / ban.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0

Market and GMail app blocked in China

2 posts in this topic

Posted · Report post


Apparently the Market and GMail apps are blocked in China for about 3 days. You can enter the market but all downloads will be unsuccessful. And the GMail app simply won't connect. What's worse, it seems that many people tried to perform a factory reset and ended up being unable to even log into, or create, the Google account. Others with a new phone cant configure it either. I tried to flash the latest MoDaCo r4 pre-release for Hero and this is what happened to me too. Same with my stock 1.5 ROM nandroid backup, even though it was already configured. Thankfully my backup of another MoDaCo R4 pre-release can still connect and sync contacts and calendar.

I'm afraid that the emergence of the China Mobile Android-based 'Ophone' system and its 'Mmarket' were the perfect pretext for the Chinese to simply shut down the uncontrolled western version of it. And I don't think that Google will try to do anything against it as they need to cooperate with the Chinese if they want to be able to advertise on the local platforms. Plus, as far as I know, Android and its market weren't officially sold in mainland China yet. I really fear that Maps is next on the list.

So, for me and many other foreigners or Chinese using one of the awesome Android phones here, this is really bad news.

There should be solutions though. The best right now seems to use a VPN, but I haven't tried that yet as my own computer VPN is based on OpenVPN, not PPTP nor L2TP. However VPN aren't free... GMail is simply available through the 'normal' app. I also saw that some people are suggesting to flash the 'host file' or something but this is in Chinese threads and I'm not 'technical' so I have no idea what they are talking about (I only discovered the possibility of rooting one week ago).

Any suggestion on workarounds would be highly welcome.


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted (edited) · Report post

Well, it's working again! Almost exactly 4 days after the connection was lost, the market and GMail are back...

I knew it'd be worth being patient before spending $$$ in a VPN ;)

Edited by Sunspot

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0

MoDaCo is part of the, © Paul O'Brien 2002-2015. MoDaCo uses IntelliTxt technology.