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OESF Portables Forum _ Gemini PDA - Android _ X "won't run without Google Play services, which are not supported on your device"

Posted by: Yev May 16 2019, 04:40 AM

Hi, a few weeks ago the above message suddenly started appearing whenever I tried to open Google apps like Calendar, Gmail, Trusted Contacts.

I can get into my Google Account OK via the Settings, Chrome & Google Maps are still working, and Agenda and K9 Mail both work fine.

The Play Store is no longer visible anywhere on my Gemini, not even in the Apps Settings.

I've tried clearing Google Play Services' cache and indeed all data for Google Play Services, but nothing works.

I've removed and replaced my SD card too - still the same.

I am nervous about removing and readding my Google account to the Gemini in case that makes things even worse, especially as my Google Account is working.

I'm still on the original firmware from when my Gemini was first delivered and original Android version 7.1.1 - again I've been unsure about updating them in case it kills my Gemini (you can tell I've suffered from years of Windows updates!).

Any suggestions please as to how to get back Play Store and get Google apps working properly again? (And in what order to try them?).

Thank you.

Posted by: amsomniac May 16 2019, 06:31 AM

QUOTE(Yev @ May 16 2019, 08:40 AM) *
Hi, a few weeks ago the above message suddenly started appearing whenever I tried to open Google apps like Calendar, Gmail, Trusted Contacts.

I can get into my Google Account OK via the Settings, Chrome & Google Maps are still working, and Agenda and K9 Mail both work fine.

The Play Store is no longer visible anywhere on my Gemini, not even in the Apps Settings.

I've tried clearing Google Play Services' cache and indeed all data for Google Play Services, but nothing works.

I've removed and replaced my SD card too - still the same.

I am nervous about removing and readding my Google account to the Gemini in case that makes things even worse, especially as my Google Account is working.

I'm still on the original firmware from when my Gemini was first delivered and original Android version 7.1.1 - again I've been unsure about updating them in case it kills my Gemini (you can tell I've suffered from years of Windows updates!).

Any suggestions please as to how to get back Play Store and get Google apps working properly again? (And in what order to try them?).

Thank you.


Do you have TWRP? One solution might be to flash TWRP with sp_flashtool, https://forum.xda-developers.com/gemini-pda/development/recovery-twrp-3-2-1-0-t3763855 and then install a gapps zip from https://opengapps.org/

Mysterious that it just stopped working, though.

Posted by: Yev May 16 2019, 09:51 AM

QUOTE(amsomniac @ May 16 2019, 03:31 PM) *
QUOTE(Yev @ May 16 2019, 08:40 AM) *
Hi, a few weeks ago the above message suddenly started appearing whenever I tried to open Google apps like Calendar, Gmail, Trusted Contacts.

I can get into my Google Account OK via the Settings, Chrome & Google Maps are still working, and Agenda and K9 Mail both work fine.

The Play Store is no longer visible anywhere on my Gemini, not even in the Apps Settings.

I've tried clearing Google Play Services' cache and indeed all data for Google Play Services, but nothing works.

I've removed and replaced my SD card too - still the same.

I am nervous about removing and readding my Google account to the Gemini in case that makes things even worse, especially as my Google Account is working.

I'm still on the original firmware from when my Gemini was first delivered and original Android version 7.1.1 - again I've been unsure about updating them in case it kills my Gemini (you can tell I've suffered from years of Windows updates!).

Any suggestions please as to how to get back Play Store and get Google apps working properly again? (And in what order to try them?).

Thank you.


Do you have TWRP? One solution might be to flash TWRP with sp_flashtool, https://forum.xda-developers.com/gemini-pda/development/recovery-twrp-3-2-1-0-t3763855 and then install a gapps zip from https://opengapps.org/

Mysterious that it just stopped working, though.


Thanks very much amsomniac for your quick reply. Yes it's very mysterious and frustrating.

Unfortunately I don't have TWRP. I will take a look and see if I can do that.

Any other suggestions please, short of flashing?

Posted by: Yev May 27 2019, 06:32 AM

As my account is fine, it's just the main Google apps that aren't working. I decided to go for the firmware update.

It seemed to download OK.

But it's now stuck on a black background screen that says:

Android Recovery
Planet/Gemini/Planet
7.1.1/some letters and numbers
user/release-keys
Use volume up/down and power
Reboot system now <-- this is highlighted
Reboot to bootloader
Apply update from ADB
Apply update from SD card
(and more lines)

And at the bottom it has a bunch of other lines ending with: "start to update main loader image"

I thought it would all happen automatically... should I go for "Reboot system now" please, or something else?

Obviously I don't want to do something that will stop my Gemini from working altogether!

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

EDIT: I bit the bullet and rebooted. Although my Gemini is now on 8.1.0 the "Play Services not supported" problem persists.

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