[Bug Alert] Looking for Action Games in Play Store Causes Crash

If you want to find certain types of TV-compatible games on the Google Play Store, you can scroll to the bottom of the “Games” category and select a genre. While most correctly send you to a grid of games, selection “Action” causes the Play Store to crash, as shown in this video below.

The problem has existed for a while, at least since December 8th based on a post in the Android TV Google+ community. A month later and the issue still seems to exist, a bit frustrating for some users, especially given the high profile nature of this crash.

Perhaps the issue is that there are no action games, providing an empty or null list of entries. Maybe one of the first items is malformed in some way, whether there is a missing piece of information or the information is corrupted. One possibility is that since some software now shows square icons (as the developers haven’t uploaded higher resolution content), the grid layout / adapter doesn’t know how to handle the change.

While the developers of the Store may have implemented a row-based adapter that shows square icons, they may have omitted grid-based adapters. Then, the app or game doesn’t know how to present information to the user, causing a failure.

I’m hoping that bringing some attention to this bug will increase the priority of this problem. Of course, I don’t expect developers to necessarily read this either, so I decided to create an issue on the Android issue tracker. While this may not exactly fit into the purpose of the issue tracker, which is meant more for the open source parts of Android, it is a good place to triage bugs of this sort.

In order to prioritize this, I encourage readers to star the issue.

Nick Felker

Nick Felker

Nick Felker is a student Electrical & Computer Engineering student at Rowan University (C/O 2017) and the student IEEE webmaster. When he's not studying, he is a software developer for the web and Android (Felker Tech). He has several open source projects on GitHub (http://github.com/fleker) Devices: Moto G-2013 Moto G-2015, Moto 360, Google ADT-1, Nexus 7-2013 (x2), Lenovo Laptop, Custom Desktop. Although he was an intern at Google, the content of this blog is entirely independent and his own thoughts.

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