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I just factory reset my phone and updated everything (including Google Play Services) on my Galaxy S4 running Android 4.4.

I have been playing the game on this phone for months but now I cannot re-download it, with the Google Play store saying my phone isn't compatible with this version.

What happened?

  • No proof, so not an answer: Very likely it was updated with a new version of the SDK, which requires a higher version of Android than 4.4. When I owned my Note II (stuck at 4.3), this happened pretty commonly to me. (Including my bank's software, which was aggravating) If you're okay with rooting the phone, you can find a non-official OS and it may install, but no guarantees. – Khale_Kitha Jan 19 '17 at 19:40
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I'm not sure what happened originally, but it's a bit of a moot point now: As of July 2019, Niantic has updated their supported devices and operating systems, dropping support for Android v4 (Kitkat) (Twitter Announcement, Support Article), as well as iOS 9 (Support), and the Apple Watch (Support):

The currently supported technical specifications are as follows:

Android

  • Android 5 or above
  • Preferred resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels (Not optimized for tablet)
  • Strong internet connection (Wi-Fi, 3G, or 4G)
  • GPS and Location Services
  • Rooted devices are not supported

iOS

  • iPhone 5s or above
  • iOS 10 or above
  • Strong internet connection (Wi-Fi, 3G, or 4G)
  • GPS and Location Services
  • Jailbroken devices are not supported

See Niantic's 'Supported Devices' Page for more information.

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