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No NCAA March Madness Live for Some Android Users

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We have some Android issues with CBS’s March Madness Live app. Not only can some Android models not download the app from Google Play, the terrible renaming of the Android Market, but video isn’t working.
March Madness Live is supposed to work on iOS and Android and give users the chance to watch all 67 NCAA Tournament games on your device for one low price($3.99). Pay the one time fee, log in on your desktop or mobile device and watch games.
That’s what is supposed to happen. The desktop support works fine, but when I decided to download the Android app, I couldn’t find it when accessing the store from my phone.
I logged onto Google Play on my desktop and found the app, but I can’t send the app to my Galaxy Nexus running Android Ice Cream Sandwich. It shows the Galaxy Nexus in the drop down list grayed out which indicates that it’s not compatible.
Without trying to trick the system, the app isn’t going to show available for download on my Galaxy Nexus as long as the app shows that it’s not compatible. That said, we have to take another approach.

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March Madness 2012 on Android is making users mad.

What I decided to do was find the app in the APK format so I can sideload the app. Luckily, I was able to find it on XDA  courtesy of one of my awesome past users on Aximsite, Spunker88. Thanks!
I downloaded the file and installed it to my Galaxy Nexus. As you can see from the screenshots below, it worked. Everything seems to work except for the actual video. Well, the video is the reason I purchased the game and want the app to work.
March madness App Galaxy Nexus
I have read somewhere that they were working on compatibility for ICS, but according to PC Mag, Turner Sports Interactive already said that the app would only support Android 2.2 to 2.3.7.
According to the developers, Turner Sports Interactive, the app will be usable by all Android phones running OS 2.2 to 2.3.7. However, Turner also lists a few phones that support “the best viewing experience” for the app.
If you check out the reviews of this app on Google Play, you’ll see this isn’t an isolated case. I plan to request my money back and I urge each and every one of you that have issues watching on your Android device to do the same.
Sure, $3.99 is not much money, but offering a non-working app isn’t cool. I was not made aware of this when I purchased the license and if I recall the steps, I was offered to download the iOS or Android app after I made my purchase of the license.
If they can get this worked out today or tomorrow, I’ll update this post to share how to get going with ICS phones like the Galaxy Nexus.

Chris is a former Microsoft MVP, Windows Phone. Chris works for AT&T, but his thoughts and opinions are his own and that he does not represent AT&T in any capacity online. ChrisLeckness.com

8 Comments

  1. Laeuj

    03/15/2012 at 1:27 pm

    same exact results with the same exact phone, however i was able to buy and install right thru Google Play (market) on Tuesday. I requested a refund.

  2. 8A

    03/15/2012 at 2:29 pm

    Not compatible with Asus Prime TF201 either. At least Google Play told me up front so I didn’t waste the 4 bucks.

  3. sevalley

    03/15/2012 at 3:28 pm

    I downloaded the apk from your xda link and sideloaded it onto my rooted nook tablet. Works great! March Madness! Thanks.

  4. Jason C Self

    03/17/2012 at 3:50 pm

    Almost worked for me on Samsung Galaxy Nexus in Verizon (stock, not rooted).

    I logged in the app but the video launches in an external internet browser. Chrome does not have flash support on my phone, so that does not work. Stock android browser plays a commercial from LG and at&t but doesn’t play anything after that (no games). I might try one other browser that has better flash support.

  5. Thickey85

    03/19/2012 at 7:37 am

    Are you able to watch highlight videos on you Galaxy Nexus?  I just tried the google wallet workaround found here…http://www.androidauthority.com/how-to-download-google-wallet-from-the-market-on-the-verizon-galaxy-nexus-50510/ 

    I was able to successfully install using this method and can view highlights, but since there are no live games at the moment I can’t test that functionality.

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