Modify build.prop to look like a Nexus S or Droid 3 for more market access

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By HMG10, Senior Member on 18th December 2011, 08:17 AM
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The nexus s and droid 3 have both helped open up the google market to NT users. See posts below for more info on how to edit the build.prop file to spoof the google market.

Droid 3:

Nexus S:

Galaxy Nexus:

Nexus CDMA:

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18th December 2011, 08:23 PM |#2  
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great idea!
18th December 2011, 08:26 PM |#3  
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Originally Posted by somerandomname

great idea!

Have you tried it? And if you do, could you post results? I won't get my nook back until next friday.
18th December 2011, 09:52 PM |#4  
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Updated to avoid added confusion: Nexus S spoof adds Gameloft titles to the market. When I first tried it, I didn't realize this.
19th December 2011, 09:47 PM |#5  
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Tried what? Post should explain what the hell you are talking about without having to link outside of XDA. So tried what?
19th December 2011, 10:59 PM |#6  
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Originally Posted by dkb218

Tried what? Post should explain what the hell you are talking about without having to link outside of XDA. So tried what?

it's steps to edit the build.prop to fool (?) the market into thinking you're running a different device.

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19th December 2011, 11:54 PM |#7  
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Originally Posted by zaptoons

I tried it. It did absoltely nothing as far as I can tell. I cleared market data... tried just changing mentioned lines. No difference. Cleared market again, tried deleting all lines related to nook. No change. It must need some other setting to really spoof the nexus, like service provider or something.

I wonder a freshly rooted nook would make a difference. Prior to logging into market for the first time.
27th December 2011, 10:33 PM |#8  
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You might try also changing the lcd.density to 160 (or using an older market apk?). I don't have the NT yet, or else I'd try it and report back. Good luck though.
3rd January 2012, 11:01 PM |#9  
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I successfully edited my build.prop file to spoof a Droid 3 on Android Market. I was able to see, purchase, install, and run GTA 3 and Asphalt 6 directly from the Market.

Modern Combat 3 should run correctly too, but I won't know for sure until my 32gig SD card comes in the mail. 4gigs isn't enough space for many games. ;)
Half the RAM aside, the Droid 3 is identical in CPU and GPU to the Nook Tablet so it seems like a superior choice to spoof from a compatibility standpoint.

IMO, the BEST choice would be to spoof a Droid Bionic (or even a Droid RAZR) since it has the same CPU, GPU, and RAM. Unfortunately I wasn't able to find the build.prop to one of those to test.

Spoofing the latter would probably overcome the "incompatible game, please request a refund screen" that I encountered when I attempted to install backed up .apks of Nova and 9mm from my Droid X onto my Nook Tablet.

Directions (The standard disclaimer of doing this at your own risk applies.)

I used Root Explorer to navigate to:
Made a copy of my factory build.prop file on my SD card (Root Explorer should make a backup itself, but two is one and one is none. ;) )

Pressed the
Mount R/W
on the top so I could edit the build.prop file.

Then I long pressed on build.prop and selected
Open in Text Editor

I then modified the build.prop file as follows:
After making the changes and saving them, I pressed the
Mount R/O

Note: The original permissions of the build.prop
SHOULDN'T change if you simply edit the original file. If they somehow do change, simply remount the /system directory as R/W, long press build.prop, press permissions, and make the appropriate selections.

After that I exited back to my app drawer and launched the Nook Hidden Settings app that I installed from the thread here on the NT development forum.

Then I went to
Application Settings->Manage Applications->All->Market
and clicked the
clear cache
Clear data

Finally, I rebooted, clicked on my market icon, accepted Google's terms, and then I was off to the races.

Thanks go to Atrix_E for this helpful post:

And tcrews for posting the Droid 3 build.prop contents here:

If anyone has a stock Droid Bionic/RAZR build.prop please share it.

I hope this post helps others.
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5th January 2012, 03:00 AM |#10  
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Droid3 build works great!
5th January 2012, 04:18 AM |#11  
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Does changing the build.prop also allow you to use other apps in the market that the NT doesn't seem to be compatible with (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)? And how far can you take it? Can you fool ROM Manager in to getting you access to custom ROMs?
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