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Problems with the map not being displayed have been reported by owners of older Android devices using the noforeignland app. This article outlines the problem and a workaround to get the map back again.

Ask someone whether they prefer iOS or Android and you’re likely to get an emotional response. There are certainly pros and cons to consider when choosing a new phone, one of which will be your new device’s lifespan.

Apple are quite tough on their users, and you can expect an iOS device to serve you for about 4-5 years before it becomes out-of-date. Android devices on the other hand will keep on going for years, even after the version of Android on your phone is no longer officially supported.

From an owners perspective, the Android approach is great – why should you be forced to spend your hard-earned on a new device every few years? From a software maintenance perspective though, this presents a difficult problem to manage.

Whenever we release the NOFOREIGNLAND app, it will include upgrades to our code and to the libraries we use. These upgrades will include new features, performance improvements, and security fixes. Although we test the app on both Android and iOS before every release, it is not possible for us to test all our code, and the libraries we rely on, on unsupported versions of these operating systems.

After this month’s release we received a few reports of the map completely failing to render on a limited number of Android 9 (and some much earlier) devices.

We are actively working with the users that reported this problem and hope to have a solution in the coming weeks.

UPDATE: 2nd APRIL 2024:

Due to compatibility problems with older versions of Android on certain devices, it is not possible to fix the problem of the map failing to render.

To help users of older Android devices, we have reased an old version of our app (Build 110) that was stable with old Android devices. If you are experiencing the problems described above, you can download and try build 110 from Google Play:


IMPORTANT: It is not possible for us to support this version of our app, and you should only use it as a last resort. Please use our regular app on a newer device to get all the latest features, updates and bug fixes.

By Steve Neal

Steve and his wife Helena have lived aboard their Hallberg Rassy 43 Amalia since 2014 and have sailed extensively in the Mediterranean and more recently the Caribbean, the east coast of the United States and Central America.


  • Liam Clarke says:

    Thanks for the heads up! We have both Apple and Android for that exact reason!

    • Avatar photo Steve Neal says:

      No problem. We’ve had a lot of good feedback from users that were seeing this problem. Installing build 110 has worked for everyone we’ve heard back from.

  • Matt says:

    Emotional response? Sure.

    I get much better longevity from my IOS devices than from androids. Both in terms of software updates and hardware longevity.

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