Former Writer · Mar 2, 2012 at 01:30 pm

Build.prop Tweaks Help Droid Razr Owners Access More Games on the Market

Downloading apps—especially high end, 3D games—on the Android Market can be a hit or miss experience. What you can install depends on the device you have and, in some cases, even phones with the same hardware, but different firmwares can’t access the same applications. In these cases, we turn to the all powerful build.prop file.

XDA Forum Member Sh4itan has brought some tweaks to the table that will help Motorola Droid Razr owners access more games from the Android Market than they could previously. XDA Forum Member therazrguy has also posted a similar method with different build.prop tweaks. In both tweaks, the concept is pretty much the same. Basically, you’re changing the build.prop so that it thinks you’re actually on a different phone than you actually are. therazrguy prefers the following changes:

ro.product.model to LT18i (or any other which you want)
ro.product.brand to SEMC (or any other which you want)
ro.product.device to LT18i (or any other which you want)

However, that method is having limited success. Sh4itan’s method is:

change ro.product.model to “Nexus S”
change ro.product.manufacturer to samsung

Both methods could work and both are definitely worth checking out. Just be sure to make a backup of your build.prop before attempting just in case something goes horribly wrong.

While these methods are written for the Motorola Droid Razr, it should be noted that this method could actually work on almost any device—though games will typically only work on devices with a PowerVR SGX 540 GPU.

For additional information and the complete methods, you can find head on over to either Sh4itan’s thread or therazrguy’s thread for more gaming goodness.


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Former Writer is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users.
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