HOW TO :: Install Android Market on BlackBerry PlayBook

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Ok, you’ve installed the PlayBook OS 2 beta. You’ve rooted your PlayBook. Now it’s time to get the Android Market up and running on your PlayBook.
Because while it’s certainly cool that PlayBook OS 2 lets you run repackaged Android apps that have been converted to RIM’s .BAR format, it’s way cooler to just install them as if you’re using a regular old Android device via the Market. It’s also a lot easier and makes a wider selection of Android apps available for the PlayBook.
If you haven’t already rooted your PlayBook and installed PlayBook OS 2 beta, go do that now before attempting to install the market. You won’t get anywhere if you skip those two steps.
You’re also going to need an SCP client like WinSCP (use the first link labelled ‘installation package’) and PuTTYgen. Download and install them on your computer before following the steps below, too.
The following instructions assume you’re using a Windows computer, because for now the only way to root a PlayBook is to use a Windows PC.
1. Download the current Google Apps package from CyanogenMod.
2. Extract the contents of the .zip file (you’ll need them later).
3. Download an Android launcher app packaged as a .bar file from PlayBook Bars and install it using DDPb Installer (mentioned on the PlayBook OS 2 tutorial. (Just choose any of the apps with “Launcher” in the name such as Android Launcher, Launcher, or the Honeycomb Launcher).
4.Tap your launcher app to initialize the Android Player on your PlayBook (it should appear on your PlayBook homescreen near the bottom).
5.Launch PuTTYgen on your computer, press the load button, and browse to your Dingleberry folder. Change the file type dropdown to all files and double click the file rsa to select it.
6.Click OK when you see the PuTTYgen notice above and then click save private key. Name your file something easy to remember (like playbook.psk) and save it.
7. Log into your playbook as root with an scp client (eg: WinSCP for windows). Use your PlayBook’s IP address for the host name and root for the username. Under private key file, click the  button and browse to (and select) theplaybook.psk file you just saved in PuTTYgen.
8. When the WinSCP file explorer opens, your computer appears on the left and the PlayBook appears on the right. In the left pane, browse to the folder where you extracted the CyanogenMod Google apps.
9. Copy the META-INF and system folders to the root directory of your PlayBook (the system folder will merge with the existing system folder on your PlayBook).
10. In the right pane, browse to /system/app/ and deleteSetupWizard.apk. Now click the folder icon with the up arrow (again, in the right pane)
11. Again in the right pane, browse to/apps/ [enter]. XXXX is different for every PlayBook, and it’s a LONG number.
12. Once you’ve changed directories, click the black box icon that says HOM to open a command prompt in WinSCP.
13. Type ./ [enter] to kill the current Android Player process on your PlayBook.
14.Launch the launcher app you installed in step 3.
15. Using the launcher app, tap through to the full apps listing (often in the top right corner of a launcher’s main screen). Tap Android Market (or another Google app), and enter your Google account details.
16. If Google logs you in, you’re done! If not, retrace your steps.


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