How to Install Android Market on Polaroid PMID701

I’ve had this tablet for a couple weeks now, and I have to say that the out of box performance is a little lacking. While it does ship with a basic suite of apps they’re not very good. Even the free ones I’ve gotten from Amazon’s Appstore are rather lacking when compared to the official Google apps (gMail, gReader, etc).

Luckily for me there’s a way to install Android Market and thus get the official apps. It’s also really easy.

Note that this isn’t  a set of instructions on how to hack the tablet; I’m only interested in achieving a certain minimum level of ability with the least work required.

Update: There are now at least 2 related Android tablets with the PMID701 moniker. These instructions have been confirmed to work on the PMID701C and the PMID701I.

A few days back one commenter pointed me at this page, which has both a set of instructions and the necessary apps. I’ve installed them without a hitch and I am now much happier about this tablet. I followed the instructions on that page and got the exact same results. Here’s how you do it.

  1. Download this ZIP file to your computer.
  2. Open it and copy the contents of the ZIP file to your Polaroid tablet over USB. Then unplug your tablet.
  3. Once you’ve done that, open the file manager on your tablet and go to the folder where you put the files. Try to install the following apps in this order (double click on the files in order to run them):
  • OneTimeInitializer-signed.apk
  • SetupWizard.apk
  • vending-3.1.3-signed.apk

As a 4th step you might want to press the home button, select the checkmark which says “open always with”, and then select Launcher. This will guarantee that whenever you press the home button you will see the home screen and not be prompted with a menu.

All 3 apps installed okay, and I now have the Android Market working. I’ve downloaded and installed several apps. I know that it’s weird that the icon and app still says Android Market, not Google Play, but it works so I do not care.

But there is one small problem. For some reason the Setup Wizard app is listed as an alternate home screen. This does not impact the functions of the tablet, but it is a little annoying so I checked the box to always open the home screen with the other item (Launcher).

All in all, this is a much nicer tablet now. It doesn’t quite have the vibe of the IdolPad but at least it’s no longer coming up short in the apps department.

200 thoughts on “How to Install Android Market on Polaroid PMID701

  1. I have one and have rooted mine as well. I have noticed that not all apps are visible on the tablet Market. Have you searched for any on a PC, using the Play Store, then searched the same way for same app (like Springpad) and it would not find an installable app on the tablet? I have found several not available in my tablet install, just wondering…

      1. I have followed your instructions to put Google play store on my son’s polarid tablet. When i try to install the first one (OneTimeInitializer-signed.apk) i get a pop up app not installed. what am i doing wrong?

    1. Hi. I recently bought the Polaroid PMID800.
      It’s okay,but i am interested in Rooting it. Can you give me specific intructions or tell me where you found the information to Root the device.
      It would be much appreciated :))))

      Thank YOU!

    2. I just got the Polaroid PMID901. I had to restart my system but following your step-by-step worked. Thank you for taking the time to post that video. You made my day.

  2. I just bought 2 of these yesterday for my kids from Big Lots for $99 ea. What’s cool is there is no learning curve if you already have an Android phone. The Market hack worked great. I didn’t install the framework apk because it cautioned that it was already on there. So far, the Market works as it should. The Amazon App Store sucks for free apps because it requires a credit card. I’m not about to let my 13 year old have free rein on a credit card!

    1. I didn’t want a bunch of accidental charges on my credit card either. I created a separate Amazon account just for the app store and added a $0.15 gift card to it to. Amazon app store works fine to buy free apps this way and the device has no access to a credit card.

  3. Exactly what is supposed to be better about 4.0 vs 2.3? Is it just a pretty user interface? If so, it should demand more processing power.

      1. Can you help me out please? I tried copy through usb cable but could not so I use send method and I see ” gapps-2.3.4.zip” in filemanager. When I tried to open it, it say “extract here or to. Could you tell me why I cannot open it? Thanks.

    1. Hey all, I’ve followed the instructions with the Polaroid 705 and am having a couple of issues maybe someone else has already figured out… I unzipped the files to my mac and copied them to my tablet’s “Download” folder. They’re there and visible when file-sharing via USB. However, when I go to the tablet to install the store, File Manager lists no files on my internal SD card. I do not have an external one at the moment. Any suggestions?

  4. Installed market just fine, thanks. But books and movies don’t work, only apps. Glad to have market up and running. Thanks.

      1. I tired Google Play APK 3.5.16 and 3.5.16. They install but stop operating when trying to download app. So, back to 3.1.3.

        RealPlayer works pretty well on 3GP, MOV, FLV, MP4, WMV.

  5. I tried this and was able to install the files, but I kept getting a message that the app has stopped. I tried using the vending.3.1.3 that you prvided after trying it with a com.android.vending-3.5.15 that I saw on another post. The both popped up with a message that they have stopped, is this the ICS vesion of force close? After loading all of the files you provided I also noticed that my Home button quit working. After fumbling around and trying different combinations I gave up and did a Factory Reset. I then went to their Online Help on the Polaroid widget on the tablet and it said that you could install apps using the app apkinstaller which I didn’t have on my device. I went to the Amazon store and downloaded Easy Installer. I opened it and it showed me all of the APK files I had transferred to the device. I tried the 3.5.15 first and after the install I got the same stopped message. I uninstalled the Play Store and tried again with your 3.1.3 file and I now have the Market. It works! I first downloaded Adobe Flash Player and it is functioning. I also successully downloaded the 3D Digital Weather Widget and it is now on my home screen showing me the time and local weather info. I also loaded G-mail. I think I’m good to go although I wonder if my apps will get updates since I’m not a fully functional Google device. Are there other pieces I might be missing to get me on Googles radar?

  6. Thank you so much for this info. I just got this tablet today and just did the install right now it worked without a hitch. I had bought one from Kmart the Leader Impression i7 but it was soo slow and it wouldn’t let me hack it. So today I returned it and bought the Polaroid at Big Lots, best investment. :)

    1. Hi,
      I just bought one of these and would like to install Google Play (if I can’t I will need to return it). I am an extreme novice and do not understand the jargon on these forums. Would someone mind, in very basic terms, explaining to me step by step, how I install Google Play on this? I don’t want to mess it up in any kind of way. I would be deeply appreciative. I am running windows 7 on my computer if it matters.

      I am a little confused because it appears as if there are several different ways to do it posted on here.
      Thanks, Andrew

        1. Hi,
          I managed to install the google market. My kids wanted me to download angry birds space and fruit ninja. They don’t show up in this app store but are available on Google Play on my phone. Is there a newer version of the google market available that has Google Play or these apps?

          1. I’m sorry, the latest angry birds, angry birds space. I found a hacked fruit ninja on rapidshare and got it to work, I guess I’ll do the same for the anry birds. Wish I could just download it through the market, however.

  7. I just got one of these at Big Lots, and I’m very happy with. It seems comparable to my girlfriend’s Fire. I was able to easily install Android Market using the above instructions.

    1. I did same thing, and i tried several upon several attempts from many sites to get google play store to install and run and contantly came up with “unfortunately google play store has closed”. this was just the fix i was looking for.

  8. Just bought 2 of these yesterday. I’ll see how your instructions work for my 2 and re-post what happened soon. Thanks for all the info in advance. I will add, that if you didn’t want the Android Market and just the use of Amazon App store..you’re better off considering doing this work around. Amazon limits you one important app for me, Google Plus! ;)

  9. Nate I can’t thank you enough for taking the time to do this review and to add all these simple steps. Android market place loaded just fine. I’ve downloaded several apps with no issues, no foreclose…nothing! Just like you, 3 of the 4 files loaded. It does say market place for me and I to don’t care whether it says Google play or not. The name is not affecting downloads on device. This is a fantastic tablet for the price. Sure it may be cooler with a camera, but I do own a smart phone. ;) Other than that I’m very happy with the purchase from BigLots for 99 bucks! I even picked up a 7inch tablet cover from there for only 5 bucks more. Now I can take this tablet with me on my Harley, fits perfect in the saddle bag. Cheers Nate! Thanks again dude!

  10. Can you tell me if my method described above has shortcomings? I may be exchanging mine because the display does some weird things (blurs when scrolling on some WEB sites, forums being an example). It’s not a biggy, but if is a problem with my unit I want to exchange before the 30 days run out. If I loaded the Market as I described will I still get updates or have I sneaked in the back door? If I exchange I might try your route again before going down my path again. I would really like to get this one or a new one set up as a full fledged Google device.

  11. Yes, this really works! The tablet not getting Google Play was the only draw back. My husband purchased this for me yesterday at Big Lots, was up til 4am, disgusted, trying to get Google Play on it with no avail. He took it back this morning.
    We went out most of the afternoon today looking at other tablets. After the looking was over I wanted my Polaroid internet tablet back. LOL….I went to Big Lots and got it back.
    I searched the internet to see if there was a way to put Google Play apps on this tablet without rooting it and found this page. I spent 10 minutes doing this….Just ten minutes….and it is working like a charm! thanks….Now when hubby gets back, I can show him who is the techy in this family :)

      1. Chaya may i ask how you got the Google Play and Android Marketplace,i’m new to android so not sure how to root it.

  12. I just returned my first 701i because the display was fuzzy at the comfortable viewing angle. The new one is definitely better. I went throught the same set-up as the first, without my previous fails at loading the Google Market. This time I tried installing the com.android.vending-3.5.15.apk without doing any roots. It installed fine, I went through the whole set-up process with Google and it was in my Apps. When I tried to use it I got a “Unfortunately….has stopped”. I uninstalled it and installed vending-3.1.3-signed.apk that I found in a downlod of 4 files on another post. It worked on the other tablet and works on this one. I have downloaded a few apps successfully, even after receiving errors on re-boots. I get “com.android.smspush” and “cpm.google.process.gapps” has stopped on every re-boot. Do I need to worry about these messages, I seldom re-boot and hiting OK a couple of times is an agrevation I can live with as long as the Market works? Will I still get updates for the apps I have downloaded or do I need to install another apk or two?I have not rooted this thing yet nor do I have a clue how to do that.

  13. Did all this, and now it works! Thank you. But – – now my home key does not function, have to keep using the back button. Is there a fix for this?

    1. Try doing a factory reset (under the settings menu).

      Q: Did you download the ZIP file direct to your tablet or did you download it to your computer first?

      I ask because another reader had this issue and he downloaded directly. Once he tried doing it the other way he succeeded.

      1. I also had the Home button issue after downloading all of your files to my PC and copying them to the device. I ended up loading the Market only and the only issues I have now are on a cold boot as I mentioned in an earlier post on this thread. The old Market seems to be working. I wonder if I will get upgrades.

      2. Nate,

        I had downloaded onto the computer first. But, I did a reset, and now it all works fine! Thank you so much for your help.

      3. Hi Nate, I’m also having a problem with my home button on my Polaroid 705. I uninstalled the android market as you suggestedand reinstalled but i’m not even getting the option to make choices with my home button now. I’m cooncerned about pressing the factory reset button it says so much will be lost and i would have to manually reset, is that true or will it just go back to the way it was when i bought it? i just want access to the button again:) Thank you

          1. Yay it worked:) Thank you so much… I was also wondering, i had seen somewhere on one of these many blogs posted, ways that i can get free books, movies and music. I’ve looked and looked and can’t find where i read it. Could you please post it again??? Thanks for all your info, it’s really helpful:)

  14. Thanks to this page I bought the $99 Polaroid from Big Lots! I have the Android Market on it now. Is it supposed to just show a bag with the Android logo on it?

    1. One more thing: Big Lots has two versions of the tablet. There is one with Android 2.3 and another with 4.0. They are both the same price.

  15. One last question for me. Has anyone been able to get Google Talk? I can’t seem to find an app for it and when I visit m.google.com It won’t let me launch it? It’s nothing that’s going to make me return the tablet, but just would be nice to have as well.

  16. I found a new post on XDA that was really helpful. I now have the Play Sore working although I am still getting the weird errors on a re-boot that don’t seem to impact performance but I’m still curious if what is stopping is something that needs to be running.

    The really helpful post on the page linked below came from Justin. It has worked, even on my tablet that I have probably left trash installed on before trying his method, Nate’s method and my “don’t know what the heck I’m doing methods”. The good thing is I can now download from the Play Store as I was able to do with the other attempts. As long as I get updates I don’t care if I have to cancel these errors on re-boot. If I’m missing something or I have screwed this thing up, any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Check out Justin’s instructions here

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1613811&page=7

  17. I got the Android Market, Google Play installed fine. Only trouble is I can not get a map app. Google maps says it will not run on the tablet. I can go to google maps using the browser and it works. Any suggestions? Also, I downloaded the 3D Weather widget that I can see on the apps page, but how do I get it to the widgets? When I click on it, it says I need to add it as a widget. I would if I knew how! Help would be appreciated. Thank you so much for this page, I was ready to return the tablet until I found this.

  18. Hi Chuck, I downloaded the Widget, but when I click on it it shows a page that says I need to install it. It just shows the page, but no more info. Sorry to be such an un techie. But could you explain how to install/add it so it works? Also, do you have maps on your? Which one? Thanks for your help in advanced.

    1. go to your Apps page (use the link at the top right of your Home page-6 dots). The top there is a link to Widgets, click that tab and your widgets will display. Hold the 3D and move it to your home screen.

    2. I forgot to mention, it will ask you to set options including your location. I clicked the battery option, that is handy.

  19. Thanks Chuck! Got it working! Do you have a map app that you like that works? I tried Googlemaps, but it says it is not compatible with the Polaroid even after doing this fix.

    1. I assume Google Maps requires a GPS and it doesn’t have one. I am assuming that is why Skytracker, an App I have on my phone and this tablet (my Asus Slider) , doesn’t even appear on the Play Store. I guess we are limited to Mapquest or another web site to get directions. I will not miss it since mine will probably never leave the house and I use an old Garmin for navigating.

      1. Thanks Chuck,
        No maps could be a deal breaker for me. My 5 year old ITouch has maps. Add no camera and I seriously have to rethink this one. Thanks for the help though

      2. Chuck // May 10, 2012 at 11:44 am

        I assume Google Maps requires a GPS and it doesn’t have one. I am assuming that is why Skytracker, an App I have on my phone and this tablet (my Asus Slider) , doesn’t even appear on the Play Store. I guess we are limited to Mapquest or another web site to get directions. I will not miss it since mine will probably never leave the house and I use an old Garmin for navigating.
        >
        >
        There’s something about GPS on tablets which applies to *ALL* tablets that you should know.

        If you don’t have a 3 or 4g data plan GPS on a tablet (Android,IPad) is pretty much useless.

        The tablets need the connection provided by the data plan to download the maps needed by the gps software on the tablet.

        The Tablet GPS Harware/Software *DOES NOT* work like the Hardware/Software found in GPS units made by Garmin,Magellian,tomTom and others, which only needs the linkup to the GPS sats provided by the unit itself.
        No 3/4G or Wi-Fi connection needed.

  20. Just bought a Polaroid PMD701i, followed your instructions and downloaded Android Market so I could use the app for Pandora Radio, but the tablet won’t play a single complete song without skipping to the next one, and I have 100 mb internet. Any suggestions?

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