[Q] PVStar+ Pro missing from Google Play Store? Anyone know why?

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crypt0kiddie

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I'm not even sure if this is the right section to ask in, I've never really left my specific device forums before but here goes!

So I just upgraded from a Sammy S3 to a Nexus 6 and I had a paid app called PVStar+ Pro on my S3. It lefts you play Youtube video's while having the screen off unlike that POS Google Youtube app! :)

So I setup my new Nexus 6 and I just realized it's not here on this phone. So I checked my apps on the market, nope. So I copied my APK off my S3 over and but it doesn't seem to work right. I can't search videos. For example, I've searched Tiesto, Hardwell, the Wonderland Music Festival etc and it comes back with zero results. Plus I don't think it's fully PRO.

I tried checking out the home page of the dev but it's all in Japanese so I shot them an email and so far no reply.

One of my favorite apps! Just wondering if anyone knows WHAT happened to it? Even Google searching brings up nothing.
 

Petrollis

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I have the same problem. My PVstar+ didnt show any search results what so ever, so I thought thay I might need uninstall/install it, but after I uninstalled it I noticed that it was missing from google store. After a while I found the .apk file on another site but the problem with the search results remain.

Too bad, this was my favourite player.
 

1talo

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I have the same problem. My PVstar+ didnt show any search results what so ever, so I thought thay I might need uninstall/install it, but after I uninstalled it I noticed that it was missing from google store. After a while I found the .apk file on another site but the problem with the search results remain.

Too bad, this was my favourite player.

I have the same problem!
 

tgeza

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I think it was pulled due to the youtube music go-live, which is basically the same service, only paid..

The normal version still works btw guys!

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isroisro

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Wtf?! I hope it will be back... if they pulled it due to the reason mentioned above that is such a crApple-like tactic. I hope it isn't true. And if it is true I hope it will still be available somewhere else. Does the developer have his own page?
 

tgeza

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Wtf?! I hope it will be back... if they pulled it due to the reason mentioned above that is such a crApple-like tactic. I hope it isn't true. And if it is true I hope it will still be available somewhere else. Does the developer have his own page?

I tried searching for ASBIT but didnt find anything.

We can still use it though, so just make backup and dont lose it :p

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isroisro

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Howw exactly can google remove it from devices? I saw other youtube background players are still there... anyway good job of it's true... no one will buy their service and probably use itunes instead. Really smart.
 

zelendel

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Howw exactly can google remove it from devices? I saw other youtube background players are still there... anyway good job of it's true... no one will buy their service and probably use itunes instead. Really smart.


Its not that hard, They even did it awhile ago when an app was found to have a virus built in.

http://gizmodo.com/5572510/google-remotely-removes-apps-from-android-phones-for-security-reasons

This was awhile ago but just a proof of it does happen. I am not saying they will just that they could.

No chance on the Itunes bit. Most wont even come close to wanting that POS software on their system.
 

doclucas

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Is it just on my device or the PVSTAR+ youtube search doesn't come up with any search results anymore? (when searching for a youtube video inside the app I mean)
 

GoMati

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I believe nothing new happenned in this case? I loved PVSTAR, so maybe there's some info from devs? Any homepage I can visit?

Thanks, and sorry for digging that up
 

RodimusConvoy

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I like PVStar+ cause its the only Youtube streamer I could find that 1) doesn't require me to log in to Youtube and 2) will keep playing in the background even when you X out and go to the desktop. The only problem is once you go to the desktop you can't go BACK to the app without making the video you're streaming start over from the beginning.

But yeah I haven't been able to find another Youtube streamer like this, so I'm sticking with this for now. Already saved the APK if I switch device (rooted with Titanium Backup).
 

andreaciri

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Hi, I have noticed that pvstar+ is in the Amazon appstore and it is updated to 2.6.2 version, while my installed version is 2.5.11, probably the last that was available on the play store.
How can I install the new version from Amazon without lose all the cached music?
 

Darthstrudel

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Fun on the appstore

Hi, I came to have the same problem as you guys, not finding the pvstar app anywhere on the playstore. But looking at other similar apps, the recent updates had the users mad because they couldn't listen to music in the background as well.
This is not one singular occurrence and I'd love to write one angry email, but I don't know where to send one...
This is a low blow.
 

user2837

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Pvstar+ pro version, difference from free version?

updated below with answer to own question

The Pvstar+ which is free on Amazon app store in version 2.6.2, how does that differ from the donation "pro" version that was available from play (last version 2.5.9)? Did the regular non-pro version from play display ads? I don't remember it doing so, but I bought the pro very shortly after finding out about the app. The Amazon version does not display ads from what I've seen, and both amazon's 2.6.2 and 2.5.9 pro from play can still do background streaming.
Was pro just a support the developer thing with identical functioning as the free version? Cached copies of their respective play store pages don't seem to be available so no help there.

There was this issue with many videos not being played at all by pvstar+ before, possibly all videos that were only available in. FLV format from Youtube.

Pvstar+ is perhaps only a frontend in app format for the streaming site at http://sp.pvstar.dooga.org since the app needs to connect to pvstar.dooga.com to be able to play anything not in your devices local cache.

The developer does not seem to answer emails. Someone who is fluent in Japanese could give it a try to see if there are any answers to be had from the official source.

Copied from cached version of https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.co.asbit.pvstarpro from October 10th 2014
Changelog:
Code:
 If the version is under 2.5.2, You must update the app!
You shouldn't use Task killer app, because they may stop this app forcibly.
Ver 2.5.9 (8/25) New!
- Important bug fix.
Ver 2.5.6 (8/17)
- Some bug fix.
Ver 2.5.2 (7/2)
- Fixed a problem that does not play for the second time.
Ver 2.5.1 (6/3)
- Fixed problems with logging in to the NicoVideo.
Ver 2.5.0 (3/29)
- Equalizer added. (Android 2.3 or later)
- The problem of importing playlists has been improved.

Description
Code:
This is NO AD version of PVSTAR+.
Please use this app, before you try to use the FREE version.
Let's listen to music for using PVSTAR+!
You can create and manage playlist for Youtube, DailyMotion videos and MV. Moreover, continuous playback, background playback, repeat playback are also supported.
The main features are as follows.
- Video search (YouTube, DailyMotion, NicoVideo, Vimeo)
- Voice search
- Search Youtube playlists
- Search Youtube channels
- Category Search
- Playlist playback
- Background playback
- Repeat playback
- Shuffle playback
- Mylist (up to 100)
- Wallpaper on Mylist
- Backup Mylist
- Edit video title and summary
- Sleep Timer
- Popular video ranking
- Music mode
- #NowPlaying, timeline playback on Twitter
- Tweet video
- Video cache function
- Low quality mode (for slow networks)
- Automatically stop when the earphone is disconnected.
- Open in PVSTAR when you open the URL in other app.
- Import playlists from Youtube or NicoVideo.
- Viewing related videos
- Bookmark function for playlists and channels
- Widget
- Equalizer
- Keyword suggestion
- Easy operation
- System also supports Android 4/3
[Very easy operation]
- Continuous playback of music ranking. Listen to popular songs at once!
- Video search by artist. Selected from the search results, continuous playback!
- By creating a mylist, you can assemble your own favorite album! Even a wallpaper can be set!
- Play YouTube playlists directly. It's not necessary to create a mylist!
- Playing in the background. You can listen while you work!
[Also good in these scenarios]
- Classification into a list of your favorite music videos, repeat playback.
- You can play in the background, while you are out. Enjoy using your earphones!
- Also convenient on your way to work or school. Play the mylist you created the day before.
- Set the sleep timer before going to sleep.
- Continuous playback of a playlist for videos of a series.
- Also useful while driving. Please try to connect to the car audio system.
Please find your own use case.
[FAQ]
Q. Playback is interrupted or stops.
A. Usually a high network utilization, low signal strength, interference or insufficient bandwidth are responsible for playback problems. Check the current network status. Please also check if there is enough free memory for caching on the SD card.
Q. Can not play in the background.
A. This can be caused by wrong settings and/or other apps. Please exit other apps, it needs sufficient memory.
http://sp.pvstar.dooga.org/apps/killer
Q. Can not play at all.
A. Please restart the android device and use the latest version of the app.
Q. Other Inquiries
A. Refer to the help and troubleshooting section, please check the method of operation. 
http://sp.pvstar.dooga.org/apps/help
Please feel free to contact us.
http://sp.pvstar.dooga.org/app_contacts
[About permissions] 
- full Internet access
For searching and gettin video information.
- modify/delete SD card contents
For video caching and wallpapers.
- view network state
For advertisement, for the selection of video quality.
- prevent phone from sleeping
For music playback.
[Notice]
- By specification, the playback is interrupted when returning from the background.
- This app does video streaming. For streaming video playback, we recommend a highspeed network connection, such as Wi-Fi. (Works with 3G.)
- Your playback may stop because of task killer and eco setting. Please turn disable task killer and eco setting. You may need to restart the device after changing these settings.
- You can only watch videos compatible to the MP4 standard.
- Due to a change in the specification of the video sites, you may not be able to view videos, temporarily. In that case, please wait for an update.
Contact Us 
http://sp.pvstar.dooga.org/apps/help

Attached are the screenshots shown on the play store page.
 

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