Missing Features in Android App

Updated 4 months ago by Micah Daby

​Why am I Missing Features in the Star Wars Droids App?

In early 2020, new Google Play technical requirements resulted in a required update to the Star Wars Droids app. To accommodate these technical requirements, a number of app features had to be removed in release 1.7.2.4, including the following:

• Force Band support

• BB-8 animations

Watch With Me is available for R2-D2 and BB-9E in Version 1.7.2.4 in the Android version of the app.

All these features are still available on the iOS version of the Star Wars Droids app.

When Will these Features be Available for Android?

We do not have an estimated date of when the missing features will be available on the Android version of the app.

Can I Access the Features?

While a solution is worked on, there are a few options when it comes to the available software offerings that are compatible with your Droids:

  1. If you own an iOS device, you can download the Star Wars Droids app from the app store here. This version was not removed by Apple.
  2. All Droids work with the Sphero Edu app located here. You can both program and drive them.
  3. If you only have a Sphero BB-8 Droid, you can use the BB-8™ Droid App by Sphero located here.
  4. We have a 32-bit version* of the Star Wars Droids app for Android available to download here. Do note that you will need to follow the required steps to manually install the APK on your Android device. This process can vary a little bit based on the Android device you have, but general rules are as follows:
    1. Set your Android device to enable installing from "unknown sources" or for "unknown apps". This is required to install an APK from other sources than Google Play. This process will vary per device. You can learn more here.
    2. Download the app APK from this link here. You must have the APK on your android device to install it, so make sure to either download the APK on your phone, or transfer the APK to your phone with your computer and a USB cable. If you downloaded the APK on a mac and wish to transfer it to your Android device, then use Android File Transfer.
    3. Make sure your Android device has a file manager or file viewer app. Many Android devices have one pre-installed, but on some devices you may need to install one from Google Play.
    4. Using your file manager app, locate the downloaded APK, and run through the installation process.

*The 32-bit version of the Star Wars Droids app does not have the Watch With Me feature. This feature is still available with the iOS version of the app.


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