14
Jan
tapatalkhd

Back in late December, Tapatalk HD beta left the forum-only download arrangement and made its way into the Play Store as a free download. Now, the beta period has ended, the aforementioned freebie is no more, and the first stable client is available.

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For those who may not be familiar with Tapatalk, it's essentially a way to natively interact with many forums from your Android device. This prevents you from having to deal with the cumbersome (and not-touch-friendly) interface of most message boards. While its phone counterpart has been available since what seems like the dawn of time, Tapatalk HD is the first build that is optimized for use on the larger screen of a tablet.

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For the time being, you can grab the app for $0.99 – better get it now, though, because after today the price will jump up to $5.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • NathanDrago

    Is there a way of buying it even if at the moment I don't have a tablet? I'm planning on getting a tablet very soon, and I'd like to catch Tapatalk HD at this price if I can.

    • http://www.baronsofbullshit.com/ seriosbrad

      I'm interested in this as well. Plan on getting a tablet soon!

    • atlouiedog

      If you have a friend with a tablet you could sign into the store from it and then remove your credentials from the device immediately. It will remain on your account and let you buy tablet apps from the web store. You could also try editing your build.prop. Google around for info.

      There's also Android x86. If you're familiar with virtual machines you can download Android x86, boot it up in a VM, sign into the store, and use that. It doesn't work for everything, but looking at my device compatability it appears that Tapatalk HD is compatible. This route will take a bit more of your time and require you to be relatively tech savvy.

      • http://twitter.com/bat0nas Tomas Misevičius

        Nope. You don't have to be techy at all. Just check my other message. It's really simple.

    • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.breszkovics Dániel Breszkovics

      It's kind of weird, because I have a SE Xperia Mini, but i've changed my build.prop, so it's a Nexus 7 now. I've already bought games like N.O.V.A. 3, Wild Blood, etc. just fine and those are definitely not compatible with my Xperia, yet it doesn't let me buy Tapatalk HD.

      • Daniel

        You need to change lcd_density to a lower value, 180 did the trick for me. I didn't need to change anything else.

        • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.breszkovics Dániel Breszkovics

          Wow, my phone didn't really like it, I kept getting an error message saying "Com.Android.Phone has stopped unexpectedly". Like a hundred times in a minute. I managed to change it back, so it's fine. Thanks though, I guess it just doesn't work on every device.

    • Daniel

      If you have a rooted android phone you can edit /system/build.prop, change the value of ro.sf.lcd_density to 180 and reboot (you'll see everything REALLY small).
      Now you can buy it from your phone.
      Finally change ro.sf.lcd_desity to the previous value and reboot so everything goes back to normal.
      I've bought it this way with my SGS3, I also have plans to buy a tablet :)

      • http://twitter.com/bat0nas Tomas Misevičius

        This doesnt work with gnex. Virtualbox method - yes

    • http://twitter.com/ArtVandelay440 Nathaniel Webb

      It's kind of geeky, but you cmight be able to set up an Android Virtual Device in the SDK and download it from there.

      • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

        Not easily, the Play Store isn't on the VMs (at least, not by default). I remember about 2 years ago that a lot of people were sideloading the Android Market and having a ton of problems with purchasing, but with enough hacking around it was possible. The amount of work that went into it certainly wasn't worth it. Things are probably easier now, but I suspect the other proposed methods are much more reliable and generally easier (except for the bulid.prop changes, those can be dangerous if done wrong).

  • tber

    only the beta is showing on Play

  • Havoc70

    If you already bought Tapatalk do you now have to buy TapaTalk HD?

    • mgamerz

      Yep

    • kay

      sadly it looks like you need to rebuy it.

    • Havoc70

      Sent an email to the dev to see his response, i will let you know what answer i get.

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      They are separate apps. The original Tapatalk is intended for phones but will work on tablets (like any phone app will), while Tapatalk HD is intended specifically for tablets and has been tuned for larger screens. Yes, they could have woven the interface into the phone app and made this into a feature improvement for existing owners, but they decided not to. I wouldn't judge too harshly since they really do need to make money to fund development, but other people will surely have different opinions.

      Obviously, it's your choice if you want to pay for it... At $0.99 (for today), it's a pretty small price if you actually use the app and you want a better experience on a tablet.

  • Ian

    I am running the Beta version and it is working fine...

    Do I need to "upgrade" and pay for this one or keep using the Beta?

  • mgamerz

    My nexus 7 arrives on wednesday... damn :(

    • Havoc70

      If you have a gmail account you can still login to the play store and buy it now to get it for .99

    • http://twitter.com/bat0nas Tomas Misevičius

      Check my other post here. I provided the links how to run Android on VirtualBox.

  • Scott

    Snagged. Thanks for the heads up!

  • http://twitter.com/bat0nas Tomas Misevičius

    Here's a really simple way (like 1-2-3 -> done) to purchase a HD version if you don't have a tablet yet.

    All you need is latest version of VirtualBox and Android for x84 VM image. You can download everything here: http://www.keyables.com/2012/10/run-android-411-jelly-bean-on-virtualbox.html

    I used "vbox86t with Google Apps". Worked perfectly right after the import of the VM.

    Good look!!!!

  • Matchstick

    So since when for $0.99 = £0.99 on the Play store ?

    I would have bought a copy if the devs hadn't tried being insultingly greedy to UK customers

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      Google Play doesn't allow for apps to be set below 0.99, it doesn't matter if it's dollars, pounds, or most other currencies. Blame Google, not the Tapatalk developers.

      • Matchstick

        I'm afraid that simply isn't true, there are plenty of pay-for apps on Play costing less than 99p.

        Just picking some at random:
        Doodle Jump is 62p
        https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.realarcade.DOJ
        ezPDF Reader Lite is 70p
        https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=udk.android.reader.lite

        And there are hundreds more I could have listed,

        The devs clearly had the option of not ripping UK customers off and decided not to take it.

        • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

          I won't be able to see those prices from the US, but I'll take your word for it. They must have changed their policy since I last looked into it. My appologies

          Here's a question, since I can't see it. Is the same pattern true for the regular phone app (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.quoord.tapatalkpro.activity)? In the US it's priced at $2.99 (so is HD now), I wonder if somebody is screwing up pricing in the developer panel by setting it to the same value for both regions.

          • Matchstick

            I just checked and the normal version is listed at £1.99.

            The HD version is also now listed at £1.99 so I'm guessing the US price has gone up to $2.99 ?

          • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

            Yeah, they are both even at $2.99 here. Whoever was in charge of setting the initial sale price probably didn't even think it through and set everything to $0.99.

            I'm still pretty disappointed that they are charging for the themes and colors. That actually does feel like wholesale greed to me.

    • Daniel

      Could be worse - it's $3.50 in New Zealand (roughly US$3.00/£1.75)