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11-30-2016

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Re:Google play certification for Tab M8 FHD tb-8705f please?

2021-03-07, 11:37 AM

Oh..don't bother flashing it with an international ROM either. Tried that. Didn't work. Either sideload disney+, netflix, android auto etc.. or get another tab. Or lenovo could certify these but seems real quiet from Lenovo reps on here..lol

 

 

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12-10-2020

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Re:Google play certification for Tab M8 FHD tb-8705f please?

2021-03-08, 4:47 AM

 

If the device is the Chinese version (assigned for domestic Chinese use at the factory) then I’m not sure if Lenovo can choose to certify the device. While I was researching the Tab P11 Pro (how to get hold of one in Australia) I read about the lack of Google Play Protect certification on the Chinese version of this tablet. In the case of the P11 Pro (I’m assuming this may also be the case for the M8 FHD) the Chinese version actually has a different model number (TB-J706F_PRC) and serial number format.

 

At first, I thought this was a cost/time saving measure by Lenovo – why apply for certification if the device doesn’t have Google Play/GMS (Google Mobile Services) installed at the factory? However, some more recent googling now leads me to believe that the issue may be due to a larger disagreement between Google and the Chinese government. It seems that Google Play Protect Certification is.. unavailable for devices assigned for domestic Chinese use at a factory level (even those devices with identical hardware and flashed with a manufacture's official ROW ROM). This may not be news to some, but I wasn’t aware. At least, this seems to be the case with Xiaomi products, so I guess the same may be true for Lenovo and other Chinese manufactures (manufactures who sell products both in China and abroad).

 

It seems like Google may use a “security feature” as a pawn in its commercial disagreements with China.

 

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