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I survived the Android Market Blackout, and all I got was this Android toy [CONTESTS]

October 28, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka

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The Android Market crashed hard on October 28, 2010. A Twitter Search query of “Android Market down,” revealed that the problems started periodically for some as far back as October 24. However, things really began to pick up Thursday afternoon as readers and people we follow on Twitter started saying that the Market wouldn’t download apps.

We’re still waiting on confirmation from Google for what exactly is the problem – PayPal upgrade, pretty please – but this isn’t the first time that something like this has happened. The problem was patched within 30 minutes in the previous instance, but at some point between 3PM and 5PM ET, the Android Market started failing to download apps for users on various carriers in various countries.

Our buddy DroidHead_Ryan has dubbed this dreadful situation the “#AndroidMarketBlackout,” a reference to the way that power outages can bring entire neighborhoods or cities to its knees. Thankfully, we didn’t riot and loot like real-life blackouts.

To have a little fun, is giving away the last of our Android figure stash. We already sent out the rewards to winners of our previous contest, but there are two more up for grabs. Tell us how you’re “surviving” the great Android Market Blackout in the comments section and we’ll select two lucky winners.


1. Leave a short reply telling us how you’re surviving – real or imaginary – and you’re entered.

2. Users MUST comment using some form of log-in name (Facebook, IntenseDebate, Twitter, etc.) that can receive messages. We will contact the winner requesting a shipping address and he or she has 4 days to respond or the prize is forfeit.

3. Contest is open to anyone in the world; we will cover shipping costs. Contest ends October 31st at 1PM ET.

Not a requirement, but tell your friends about on Facebook or Twitter and you’ll get brownie points that are worth nothing more than our thanks and adulation.



…that we’re also running a contest with NDrive that you should also enter to win a free license to their navigation software.