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GenieGo app installs but won't open on Android tablet (black screen)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by BMWBig6, Dec 22, 2013.

  1. BMWBig6

    BMWBig6 New Member

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    I'm trying to get this app to work on a brand new (stock, unrooted) Dell Venue tablet with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. It installs fine, but when I open the app all I see is a blank (black) screen. One clue is that if I leave the DirecTV GenieGo app running, it will eventually completely fill up my memory. Not sure who is to blame here, the app developer or Dell, as the app works fine on all of my other Android devices. What is so unique about the Dell Venue? Is it the Intel Atom processor?

    I purchased the Dell Venue tablet specifically to use with GenieGo, so if it's never going to work, I may return it for a different product that I know will work with GenieGo.
     
  2. dualsub2006

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    The Dell tablet has issues with the GenieGo app as well as the D* tablet app. Hulu users seem to have issues with it as well.

    My Nexus 7 (2012 & 2013) both work perfectly with both.
     
  3. BMWBig6

    BMWBig6 New Member

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    Really? I have the DIRECTV app and so far it works fine but maybe I haven't tested every mode or feature yet.

    Thanks for sharing the data point about Nexus compatibility. I was hoping to keep my Dell Venues because of the larger 8" screen and MicroSD card slot.
     
  4. dualsub2006

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    I'd pay a lot to have a Nexus 8, and when I was getting my new Nexus 7 the other day I did look at the 8" Dell, but I'm so tired of delayed updates and custom skins that I don't do anything but Nexus now.

    I have a friend with this Dell tablet and a GenieGo. The GG app force closes on startup for him every single time.

    The D* tablet app starts up and runs, but force closes a lot. It doesn't show the content from all of his DVR's and trying to stream leads to an instant force close. Hulu streams audio, but the video is blacked out.

    He uses his Nexus 7 with the D* apps and Hulu+
     
  5. BMWBig6

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    Does anybody else with an Android tablet have this issue? [SIZE=11pt]I see that the DirecTV app for Android was updated on 12/27, but not the GenieGo app (which still doesn’t work). Does anyone know when will the next GenieGo update be released? (Or when will the GenieGo functions be merged with the DirecTV app like the Apple iOS version?)[/SIZE]
     
  6. mreaves53

    mreaves53 Cool Member

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    I can not get either the Genie Go app or the Directv app for tablets to work on my new Galaxy Tab 3 running Adnroid 4.2. Both work perfectly on my old Toshiba Thrive running Android 4.1. Any insights would be great.
     
  7. BMWBig6

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    I can get the DirecTV app to work on my tablet, but it's the "for Phones" version. Try to go to the Google Play store, find the DirecTV app, scroll down to other apps by same developer, and the phone version will show up in the list. See if that will install for you. GenieGo is another story, I can't get it to open at all.
     
  8. Jan 2, 2014 #8 of 21
    BMWBig6

    BMWBig6 New Member

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    An interesting development: when you go to view the other apps by Developer "DirecTV" the other version of GenieGo "for tablets" is no longer visible (for me). I don't know if that means they marked it incompatible or if they pulled it off the Play Store.
     
  9. Jan 2, 2014 #9 of 21
    dazed&confuzed

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    +1 on this as well for the Galaxy Tab 3, works fine on my Galaxy SII phone?!?!?!?
     
  10. BMWBig6

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    Did you open a service ticket with DirecTV? Please do so that they know there a number of us Android tablet users out there having problems (Dell Venue 8 here).
     
  11. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 DIRECTV A-Team

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    Anybody bother to look at the "Supported Devices" list for Android at DirecTV.com?

    Enlightening.
     
  12. BMWBig6

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    Sure but it's way out of date and there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason as to why certain devices are supported and others aren't (other than it's obvious that they didn't invest a lot of time and resources in testing popular products). Android is Android!
     
  13. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 DIRECTV A-Team

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    If I've learned anything about Android over the past 4 years as a regular Android tablet and smartphone user, as well as being a Moderator on an Android device site...I've learned that the highlighted part of that quote couldn't be further from the truth.
     
  14. BMWBig6

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    Then let's let DirecTV know that by opening more tickets, otherwise many of us will be left 'in the dark.'
     
  15. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    you've hit the nail on the head!
     
  16. dazed&confuzed

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    Done!
     
  17. bmccarty

    bmccarty New Member

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    Any recent updates on this this?

    I have the same problem as described. Installed the GenieGo app on my Android tablet, its an HP 7 tablet. The app installs fine. But when I try to open it it just displays a blank screen. And as another post indicated that if left running the app will consume all available storage on the tablet (+2G and growing) until I killed it.

    This thread has no posts in many months, and I have not seen any newer threads. Does this mean that others having this issue have given up or is there a fix/workaround available someplace?
     
  18. dazed&confuzed

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    No workaround (Other than buy a new tablet) I think everyone is just waiting to see if DTV ever will do anything. App on the play store still shows Dec 2013 as the last update.
     
  19. mreaves53

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    One thing I have noticed is that GenieGo does not seem to play well with the Intel chip in my Samsung Tab 3 10.1. It works fine on my Samsung Galazy 3 running a Qualcom processor.

    Makes you think.
     
  20. prushing

    prushing DIRECTV A-Team

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    One thing you can try is to clear the cache and data for the app. This has fixed login issues for other apps that crashed or failed at login, but probably won't fix this issue.


    The only issue I had that forced it to close was when I had the SD card setup as the storage location and then Google changed that it kitkat, so it kept force closing.
     

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